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Afghan police: Taliban fire rockets toward presidential palace as president was giving his holiday message; no injuries

Aug. 21, 2018 1:31 AM EDT
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan police: Taliban fire rockets toward presidential palace as president was giving his holiday message; no injuries.

APNewsBreak: Utah firefighter died after plane made drop

Aug. 20, 2018 8:43 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A firefighter from Utah was killed last week from falling tree debris after a modified airliner dropped thousands of gallons of flame-suppressing liquid on the area where he was helping battle California's largest-ever wildfire, according to a preliminary report from investigators...

Hard to see, hard to breathe: US West struggles with smoke

Aug. 20, 2018 7:50 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Smoke from wildfires clogged the sky across the U.S. West, blotting out mountains and city skylines from Oregon to Colorado, delaying flights and forcing authorities to tell even healthy adults in the Seattle area to stay indoors. As large cities dealt with unhealthy air for a second summer...

Fires prompt sage grouse hunting ban in large part of Nevada

Aug. 20, 2018 6:09 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Destruction of sage grouse habitat by a series of large wildfires has prompted a ban on hunting for the game bird this fall across a stretch of Nevada that is nearly twice as big as the state of Delaware. The Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners approved the emergency closure Friday of...

The Latest: Utah firefighter remembered as sharp leader

Aug. 20, 2018 5:53 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a Utah firefighter killed battling California blaze (all times local): 3:45 p.m. A suburban Salt Lake City firefighter who battled wildfires throughout his life has been laid to rest after his death fighting California's largest recorded blaze. Friends and family...

Police: 1 dead after woman opens fire at Texas warehouse

Aug. 20, 2018 2:58 PM EDT

MISSOURI CITY, Texas (AP) — A female employee opened fire at a Houston-area food distribution center early Monday, killing a company manager and wounding another worker, police said. The shooter, identified by police as Kristine Peralez, 38, was also killed in the attack, which happened around 2:30 a.m. at...

Report: Firefighter on California's largest-ever wildfire died from falling tree debris after crews dropped retardant

Aug. 20, 2018 2:47 PM EDT
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Report: Firefighter on California's largest-ever wildfire died from falling tree debris after crews dropped retardant.

US service member killed in helicopter crash in Iraq

Aug. 20, 2018 1:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — One U.S. service member was killed and three others were wounded Monday in a helicopter crash in Iraq, where a U.S.-led coalition is battling the remnants of the Islamic State group, the Pentagon said. The cause of the crash was being investigated, but Army Col. Rob Manning, a Pentagon...

Firefighters battle forest blaze near southern Greek village

Aug. 20, 2018 10:35 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek firefighters are battling a forest fire that briefly threatened a village in southern Greece but so far has caused no injuries or damages to buildings. The fire service says more than 80 firefighters, three water-dropping planes and three helicopters are trying to extinguish the...

Smoky skies, poor air from wildfires return to Northwest

Aug. 19, 2018 11:25 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Poor air quality will be common across parts of the Pacific Northwest this week as winds push smoke from surrounding wildfires into the region, forecasters and regulators said. Air quality alerts are in effect for much of Washington state through Wednesday, according to the National Weather...