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Palestinian deaths in Gaza pass 30,000 as witnesses say Israeli forces fire on crowd waiting for aid

Feb. 29, 2024 08:53 AM EST

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli troops fired on a crowd of Palestinians waiting for aid in Gaza City on Thursday, witnesses said. More than 100 people were killed, bringing the death toll since the start of the Israel-Hamas war to more than 30,000, according to health officials. ...

Firefighters seek to corral massive Texas wildfires before weekend of higher temperatures and winds

Feb. 29, 2024 07:23 AM EST

CANADIAN, Texas (AP) — The explosive growth of the second-largest wildfire in Texas history slowed as winds and temperatures dipped but the massive blaze was still untamed and threatening more death and destruction. The Smokehouse Fire is the largest of several major fires burning...

Filipino volunteer who saved Outback fire brigade celebrated in Australian Parliament

Feb. 29, 2024 04:02 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A Filipino immigrant who helped a small Outback town keep its volunteer fire brigade was celebrated in the Australian Parliament on Thursday during a special sitting to welcome Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who is on a state visit. Prime...

Wildfire grows into one of largest in Texas history as flames menace multiple small towns

Feb. 28, 2024 23:37 PM EST

CANADIAN, Texas (AP) — A cluster of wildfires scorched the Texas Panhandle on Wednesday, including a blaze that grew into one of the largest in state history, as flames moved with alarming speed and blackened the landscape across a vast stretch of small towns and cattle ranches. An...

House fire that left 5 children dead in Arizona doesn't appear to be arson, authorities say

Feb. 28, 2024 21:01 PM EST

BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. (AP) — There is no evidence an Arizona house fire that killed five children was caused by arson, authorities said Wednesday. Investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives found no trace of accelerants on debris samples taken from...

Officials describe how gunman killed 5 relatives and set Pennsylvania house on fire

Feb. 28, 2024 16:17 PM EST

EAST LANSDOWNE, Pa. (AP) — Four of the five family members found dead in a house fire near Philadelphia were fatally shot by an adult male relative who also killed himself after setting fire to the home, authorities said Wednesday. The youngest victim, a 10-year-old boy, was not...

Texas wildfires forces shutdown at nuclear weapon facility. Here is what we know

Feb. 28, 2024 16:15 PM EST

A nuclear weapons facility was forced to briefly evacuate most of its staff due to a fast-moving wildfire in the Texas Panhandle. The Pantex plant, northeast of Amarillo, evacuated nonessential staff Tuesday night as the blaze rapidly grew. On Wednesday, the Texas A&M Fire...

Why did the Texas Panhandle fires grow so fast?

Feb. 28, 2024 16:07 PM EST

The rapid growth of raging wildfires in the Texas Panhandle has been staggering. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration for 60 counties Tuesday as the blaze forced widespread evacuations. On Wednesday, the Texas A&M Forest Service said the fire had grown to rival the largest...

Cheers to being crooked again. Quirky English pub bulldozed after a fire to be rebuilt as it was

Feb. 27, 2024 20:48 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The owners of a quirky 18th century British pub unlawfully bulldozed after a mysterious fire last year were ordered on Tuesday by a local council to rebuild it — and to stick to its original, lopsided dimensions. The watering hole — known as the Crooked House for...

US airman dies after setting himself ablaze outside Israeli Embassy in Israel-Hamas war protest

Feb. 26, 2024 21:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — An active-duty member of the U.S. Air Force has died after he set himself ablaze outside the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C., while declaring that he “will no longer be complicit in genocide." The 25-year-old airman, Aaron Bushnell, of San Antonio, Texas,...