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Winds fan ferocious fires in Australia's most populous state

Nov. 12, 2019 5:16 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Ferocious wildfires were burning at emergency-level intensity across Australia's most populous state and into Sydney's suburbs on Tuesday as authorities warned most people in their paths that there was no longer time to flee. New South Wales state is under a weeklong state of...

Trains collide in Bangladesh, killing at least 16

Nov. 12, 2019 4:53 AM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Two trains collided in eastern Bangladesh on Tuesday, killing at least 16 people and injuring scores, officials said. Local police chief Shayamal Kanti Das said the collision took place when the Udayan Express and Turna Nishita trains approached each other on the same track from...

As snow moves toward East Coast, bitter cold hits Midwest

Nov. 12, 2019 12:18 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Much of the snow that was supposed to fall in the Midwest has come down and now it's time for the main event: Record-breaking cold. The National Weather Service said Tuesday and Wednesday may see record cold from the southern Plains to the Mississippi Valley to the Great Lakes and beyond,...

Rally Australia cancelled because of concern over wildfires

Nov. 11, 2019 9:40 PM EST

COFFS HARBOUR, Australia (AP) — The final round of the World Rally Championship has been cancelled because of concerns over destructive wildfires near the venue in the northeast of Australia's most populous state. Rally Australia organizers initially proposed a revised, shortened route but took the...

Winter already? Snow, deep freeze from Rockies to East Coast

Nov. 11, 2019 9:19 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — An arctic air mass that brought snow and ice to an area stretching from the Rocky Mountains to northern New England on Monday was poised to give way to record-breaking cold temperatures. In mid-Michigan, three people were killed in a two-vehicle crash that the Eaton County sheriff's...

The Latest: About 1,200 flights cancelled at O'Hare airport

Nov. 11, 2019 9:18 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the winter storm in the Midwest (all times local): 8 p.m. Between 2 and 6 inches of snow fell in northern Illinois, forcing the cancellation of about 1,200 flights at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. The National Weather Service said Monday night that snowfall has ended...

Widow sues boat owner in fire off California that killed 34

Nov. 11, 2019 7:41 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The widow of a passenger who died in a fiery dive boat disaster that killed 34 people in the waters off California sued the vessel's owners Monday. Christine Dignam, whose husband, Justin Dignam, died when the Conception caught fire Sept. 2 off the Santa Barbara coast, claimed that the...

Investigators unclear what caused plane crash that killed 3

Nov. 11, 2019 7:24 PM EST

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Federal investigators are not sure what caused a 2018 plane crash in central Indiana that killed three men bound for Wisconsin. The National Transportation Safety Board issued its final report on the crash last week. The Green Bay Press Gazette reports the NTSB blames "an...

American diver survives shark attack off Mexico Baja beach

Nov. 11, 2019 7:21 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A U.S. diver suffered a shark bite on the forearm after being attacked Monday in Magdalena Bay off the Baja California Sur coast. The Mexican navy did not release the man's name or hometown, though it said he is 23 years old. The navy said the man was diving in the Pacific near San...

West Virginia home explodes, 2 injured

Nov. 11, 2019 6:53 PM EST

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Officials say a West Virginia home exploded, causing non-life-threatening injuries to two people. WTTG-TV in Washington reports the home in Charles Town was destroyed in the Monday blast. Witnesses told the station the homeowners had problems with their propane furnace on Sunday....