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Train cars carrying ethanol catch fire in Texas derailment

Apr. 24, 2019 10:35 AM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — No one was hurt when a Union Pacific train carrying ethanol derailed in a residential area in Fort Worth and caught fire. Union Pacific spokeswoman Kristen South says the train derailed at about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday near Echo Lake in Fort Worth. South says the fire was mostly...

Firefighter recruitment ad touts 'Low Pay, Cool Helmets'

Apr. 24, 2019 10:32 AM EDT

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri county trying to recruit new firefighters is getting real with its sales pitch, saying in signs posted outside its stations that the job offers "Hard Labor, Odd Hours, Low Pay (and) Cool Helmets!!" KFVS-TV reports that the Scott County Rural Fire Protection District's...

Jury deliberations resume in trial over deadly bunker fire

Apr. 24, 2019 9:46 AM EDT

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — Jurors have resumed deliberating in the trial of a wealthy stock trader charged with murder in the fire death of a man who was helping him dig tunnels for a nuclear bunker beneath a Maryland home. The 12 jurors deliberated for more than two hours Tuesday after hearing attorneys'...

Fire damages historic Tennessee courthouse

Apr. 24, 2019 9:18 AM EDT

LOUDON, Tenn. (AP) — A fire has caused significant damage to one of the oldest courthouses in Tennessee. Fire officials told news outlets that the first crew arrived at the Loudon County courthouse Tuesday evening and quickly called for backup as flames began to engulf the building. County mayor Buddy...

France wants to speed up Notre Dame reconstruction work

Apr. 24, 2019 9:11 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France's government has presented a bill aimed at speeding up the reconstruction of Notre Dame Cathedral and providing transparency on how huge amounts of donation money for the restoration will be spent. The bill detailed Wednesday in a weekly Cabinet meeting will allow the government to pass...

Judge OKs bankrupt PG&E's plan for $235 million in bonuses

Apr. 23, 2019 8:58 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge approved Pacific Gas & Electric Corp.'s plans Tuesday to pay $235 million in employee bonuses this year, despite the California utility's bankruptcy and objections from lawyers of victims of the state's massive wildfires. The Sacramento Bee reports that U.S....

Jury to decide if deadly bunker fire was crime or accident

Apr. 23, 2019 6:25 PM EDT

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — A wealthy stock trader engaged in "extreme risk-taking behavior" before a fire broke out in his Maryland home and killed a man who was helping him dig tunnels for an underground nuclear bunker, a prosecutor said Tuesday at the close of the millionaire's murder trial. Before jurors...

The Latest: No verdict yet in trial over deadly tunnel dig

Apr. 23, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a wealthy stock trader charged with murder in the fire death of a man helping him build tunnels for a nuclear bunker beneath a Maryland home (all times local): 6:20 p.m. Jury deliberations will resume Wednesday in the murder trial of a wealthy stock...

New strategy aims to save sagebrush in Western states

Apr. 23, 2019 2:19 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A new plan to save sagebrush habitats in Western states that support cattle ranching, recreation and 350 wildlife species — including imperiled sage grouse — is a paradigm shift in strategy, federal officials said. The 248-page document released this month emphasizes new...

Workers install tarps to protect gutted Notre Dame from rain

Apr. 23, 2019 1:57 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Professional mountain climbers were hired to install synthetic, waterproof tarps over the gutted, exposed exterior of Notre Dame Cathedral, as authorities raced to prevent further damage ahead of storms that are rolling in toward Paris. The looming bad weather threatens to further damage the...