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Mother, 2 children die following Arkansas house fire

Nov. 22, 2019 2:50 PM EST

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — Authorities in Arkansas say a 30-year-old woman and two of her children have died following a house fire earlier this week. Fort Smith police spokesman Aric Mitchell says Whitney Kaub died early Friday from injuries suffered in the Tuesday morning fire in Fort Smith, about 125 miles...

Critics: Tahoe resort project would hamper fire evacuations

Nov. 22, 2019 1:09 PM EST

OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Conservationists trying to block expansion of the Lake Tahoe ski resort that hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics say the developer is trying to hide the impacts of the project on the pristine mountain environment. In legal action, the group Sierra Watch cited a dramatic traffic...

Palestinians: Israeli settlers torch cars in West Bank

Nov. 22, 2019 9:12 AM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Israeli settlers attacked five villages in the occupied West Bank overnight, torching vehicles and olive trees, and leaving graffiti on the walls of homes, Palestinian officials said Friday. Ghassan Daghlas, a spokesman for the Nablus governorate, said the Jewish settlers set...

Fire damages Baltimore shopping center; cancels schools

Nov. 22, 2019 7:18 AM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — Classes at four schools in inner-city Baltimore have been canceled due to a fire at a shopping center. News outlets report the roof caved in at the Edmonson Village Shopping Center in west Baltimore as firefighters battled flames early Friday morning. The schools have been closed due to...

PG&E restores power to thousands in California

Nov. 21, 2019 10:16 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric restored power Thursday to 120,000 people it intentionally blacked out to ease the risk of catastrophic wildfires. The nation’s largest utility cut power Wednesday in parts of 11 Northern and central California counties because of concerns that dry,...

The Latest: PG&E restores power to thousands in California

Nov. 21, 2019 10:00 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on power outages in California (all times local): 7 p.m. Pacific Gas & Electric says it’s restored power to 120,000 people whose electricity was cut because of windy, dry weather. The utility blacked out 11 Northern and central California counties on Wednesday out...

Jet with flaming engine returns safely to LA airport

Nov. 21, 2019 9:45 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Philippine Airlines jet with flames spurting from one engine returned safely to Los Angeles International Airport just after takeoff Thursday. Flight 113, a Boeing 777 bound for Manila, reported a problem with the right engine after takeoff. It turned around and landed at about noon,...

EPA ends safety rules put in place after deadly Texas blast

Nov. 21, 2019 2:40 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Trump administration is scaling back chemical plant safety measures that were put in place after a Texas fertilizer plant explosion in 2013 that killed 15 people. The changes announced Thursday by the Environmental Protection Agency include ending a requirement that plants provide...

North Carolina’s famed Cold Mountain is on fire

Nov. 21, 2019 2:25 PM EST

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s famed Cold Mountain is on fire. The Raleigh News & Observer reported Thursday at a U.S. Forest Service video shows orange flames and white smoke along multiple spots on the mountain’s ridge. The mountain has been featured in a popular novel and an...

Man admits attempted arson at Planned Parenthood clinic

Nov. 21, 2019 1:11 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a man has admitted he tried to burn down a Planned Parenthood clinic in Missouri because it provides reproductive services. Forty-two-year-old Wesley Brian Kaster, of Columbia, pleaded guilty Thursday to maliciously using explosive materials to damage a building...