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Fire rages through reserve in Mexico's resort-filled Yucatan

Jul. 15, 2019 3:51 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A fire in the Sian Ka'an nature reserve on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula has spread to more than 6,000 acres (2,500 hectares) and local authorities say it's 30 percent under control. The Quintana Roo Environment Department says the fire's advance across the brush and grasslands has slowed...

Woman, 2 kids dead in fiery freeway crash in Indianapolis

Jul. 15, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A woman and her 18-month-old twin daughters died in a fiery, seven-vehicle crash on an Indianapolis freeway, authorities said. Indiana State Police say the crash happened about midday Sunday on eastbound Interstate 465. A preliminary police investigation has revealed that a semi...

Italian police clear migrant squatters amid burning debris

Jul. 15, 2019 12:08 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Migrants and squatters set up burning barricades at an abandoned school outside Rome on Monday after police were ordered to clear the site. Residents set fire to tires, mattresses, and garbage to try and deter the police in riot gear. But authorities doused the blaze and proceeded with the...

Hot chocolate: 17 tons of cocoa burns on German highway

Jul. 15, 2019 12:02 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities say a busy stretch of highway had to be shut down after a truck carrying 17 tons of cocoa caught fire. Police said the fire started when the truck was on the A14 autobahn near the town of Grabow, between Berlin and Hamburg, on Monday. They say the driver escaped unharmed...

2 adults die in Tennessee house fire

Jul. 15, 2019 9:44 AM EDT

DECATURVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Officials say two adults have died following a house fire in Tennessee. Decatur County Fire Coordinator David Whitaker told news outlets that the two-story home overlooking the Tennessee river was fully engulfed Saturday morning when firefighters responded to the blaze. He said...

Suburban Chicago mother fatally shoots teen sons, herself

Jul. 15, 2019 8:33 AM EDT

ELMHURST, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a Chicago-area mother fatally shot her two teenage sons before setting their house on fire and turning the gun on herself. The DuPage County sheriff's office says 43-year-old Jamie M. Jones killed 16-year-old Jason M. Harris and 19-year-old Nathan A. Harris in their...

Oprah Winfrey visits Maui Humane Society following wildfire

Jul. 14, 2019 9:19 PM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Oprah Winfrey surprised the Maui Humane Society with a visit to thank the organization for evacuating animals during a wildfire, a report said. Winfrey is a part-time Maui resident who visited the society briefly Saturday, thanking a volunteer and taking a photo outside with the...

Agencies boost efforts to stop wildland firefighter suicides

Jul. 14, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Shane Del Grosso spent some 30 summers crossing smoke-shrouded mountains and forests to fight increasingly devastating wildfires in the U.S. West. Toward the end, his skills and experience propelled him to lead a federal multi-agency team that responded to large-scale national...

Police: 69-year-old man dies after attacking migrant jail

Jul. 14, 2019 6:34 AM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A 69-year-old man armed with a rifle threw incendiary devices at an immigration jail in Washington state early Saturday morning, then was found dead after four police officers arrived and opened fire, authorities said. The Tacoma Police Department said the officers responded about 4...

No lights, big city: Power outage KOs Broadway, Times Square

Jul. 14, 2019 4:47 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A power outage crippled the tourist-filled heart of Manhattan just as Saturday night Broadway shows were set to go on, sending theater-goers spilling into siren-filled streets, knocking out Times Square's towering electronic screens and bringing subway lines to a near halt. Electricity was...