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FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2017, file photo, smoke rises from the Arkema Inc. owned chemical plant in Crosby, near Houston, Texas. In February 2020, the Pennsylvania-based company, which is a subsidiary of a French chemical manufacturer, and three of its executives are set to stand trial in Houston in a case that legal experts say will be a challenge for prosecutors to win. (KTRK via AP, File)

Trial to begin over Arkema chemical plant fire during Harvey

Feb. 17, 2020 1:25 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Hurricane Harvey’s historic flooding in 2017 overwhelmed power systems at Arkema Inc.’s chemical plant in suburban Houston, eventually causing organic peroxides made at the facility to catch fire and explode, sending noxious black smoke into the air. The blaze forced the...

In this Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, photo, Houston resident Guadalupe Ortiz takes her daily walk at a city park located across the street from her home and a Valero oil refinery. Houston's lack of zoning has resulted in residents like Ortiz living next to petrochemical facilities and businesses that handle hazardous substances.   (AP Photo/ Juan Lozano)

Houston blast prompts safety debate in city with no zoning

Feb. 15, 2020 10:23 AM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston’s lack of zoning restrictions has left many residents with neighbors they don't want: petrochemical facilities and businesses that handle hazardous materials. That unease was laid bare again last month when a massive explosion leveled a metal fabricating and manufacturing...

Explosions rock chemical plant; evacuation but no injuries

Feb. 13, 2020 3:53 PM EST

NEWBURYPORT, Mass. (AP) — Several explosions rocked a plant in Massachusetts that manufactures chemicals used in medicines Thursday morning, blowing a hole in the roof and leading to an evacuation but no injuries, authorities said. Authorities said there is no public health threat resulting from the blasts...

FILE - This Jan. 24, 2020, file aerial photo shows the scene of an explosion that rocked northwest Houston. Attorneys for the family of a 47-year-old man struck by debris from his home when a warehouse in Houston exploded last month say he has died, bringing the number of those killed from the blast to three. Attorneys for the family of Gilberto Mendoza Cruz said he died Wednesday Feb. 5, 2020. The attorneys said Cruz lived within the blast radius of the massive explosion on Jan. 24 at Watson Grinding and Manufacturing Company. Two warehouse workers were killed in the explosion that also injured more than a dozen people and damaged hundreds of nearby structures. (Godofredo A. Vásquez/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Officials reviewing if man's death tied to Houston explosion

Feb. 7, 2020 4:54 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A 47-year-old man who was injured when an industrial warehouse in Houston exploded last month has died, his family's attorney said Friday, but officials declined to immediately add his name to the list of fatalities caused by the blast. Gilberto Mendoza Cruz died Wednesday, said attorney...

FILE - In a Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 file photo, smoke fills the sky after a massive explosion in Houston, Texas. Watson Grinding and Manufacturing said Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020 it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Houston federal court because of what it expects to be “a long-term interruption of business operations” due to the Jan. 24 blast.  (Melissa Phillips/Houston Chronicle via AP, File)

Company tied to deadly Houston blast files for bankruptcy

Feb. 6, 2020 6:51 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A company filed for bankruptcy Thursday in the wake of a massive explosion at one of its warehouses in Houston that killed two workers, injured 20 more and damaged hundreds of buildings. Watson Grinding and Manufacturing said it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Houston federal court...

CORRECTS PHOTOGRAPHER CREDIT TO HASSAN AMMAR Anti-government protesters chant slogans, during ongoing protests against the Lebanese government in front of the Central Bank, in Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar )

Protesters march in Lebanon to reject new government

Feb. 1, 2020 1:36 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Hundreds of Lebanese marched on Saturday through the streets of the capital and the main northern city to reject a new government named to deal with an economic crisis, which they say lacks a popular mandate. The new government named in January came after weeks of political stalemate and...

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ATF: Electrical spark likely caused deadly Houston blast

Feb. 1, 2020 10:37 AM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — An electrical spark likely ignited a gas leak that led to a massive explosion in Houston last week, killing two workers, injuring 20 others and damaging hundreds of buildings, law enforcement officials said Friday. Highly flammable propylene gas started leaking in the piping connected to a...

Afghan official says explosion in capital Kabul kills 2

Jan. 31, 2020 9:30 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials say two militants pushing a handcart were killed Friday in western Kabul when explosives in the cart detonated accidentally. A civilian was wounded. Ministry of Interior spokesman Nasrat Rahimi says investigators have not been able to link the bombers to any...

Gas explosion at a Russian engineering factory kills 5

Jan. 31, 2020 4:32 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A gas explosion at a factory in Russia on Friday killed five people and injured three more, emergency officials said. The explosion occurred in Russia's central Oryol region, causing an engineering production facility under construction to collapse. It wasn't immediately clear what prompted...

Number of migrants trying Channel crossing in boats explodes

Jan. 29, 2020 3:23 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — A count by French maritime authorities shows that the number of migrants who attempted to cross the English Channel in small boats exploded last year, when more than 2,700 people were rescued at sea or stopped while trying to reach Britain from France. Maritime officials said the 2019 figure...