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Dead in cars and homes: Northern California fire toll at 42

Nov. 12, 2018 9:41 PM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The dead were found in burned-out cars, in the smoldering ruins of their homes, or next to their vehicles, apparently overcome by smoke and flames before they could jump in behind the wheel and escape. In some cases, there were only charred fragments of bone, so small that coroner's...

Death toll in Jordan flood up to 13 after girl's body found

Nov. 12, 2018 9:14 AM EST

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordanian search teams have found the body of a five-year-old girl, bringing the death toll from last week's flash floods in the kingdom to 13. The state news agency Petra says the girl was found Monday, a day after her father and four of her sisters — also flood victims...

Turkey: 4 migrants killed, 6 missing after boats sinks

Nov. 12, 2018 8:21 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Turkish coast guard on Monday recovered four bodies and was still searching for six missing migrants after their boat sank in the Aegean Sea, Turkey's state-run news agency reported. Anadolu Agency said three other migrants were rescued as part of a search-and-rescue operation...

Death toll rises in California wildfire, matching deadliest

Nov. 11, 2018 10:14 PM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — As relatives desperately searched shelters for missing loved ones on Sunday, crews searching the smoking ruins of Paradise and outlying areas found six more bodies, raising the death toll to 29, matching the deadliest wildfire in California history. Wildfires continued to rage on...

The Latest: Sheriff: 6 more bodies found; total of 29

Nov. 11, 2018 9:41 PM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the California wildfires (all times local): 6:20 p.m. Authorities have reported 6 additional deaths in a Northern California, raising the death toll to 29 and making it the deadliest wildfire on record in California history. Butte County Sheriff Cory Honea said the...

Rescues, not firefight, prove emotional for firefighters

Nov. 11, 2018 5:44 PM EST

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — Casey Peck had never prayed so hard. His fire engine was trapped with dozens of cars and panicked people as an inferno roared through the Sierra Nevada foothills town of Paradise on Thursday, hot enough to peel the firetruck's paint and melt its hoses, blowing relief valves designed to...

Coast Guard Academy honors pilot for heroism in 1986 rescue

Nov. 11, 2018 10:01 AM EST

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — A Coast Guard Academy graduate who won praise for the 1986 rescue of two people from a plane crash in a lake has been inducted into the service academy's Hall of Heroes. Mark Feldman piloted a helicopter that pulled the two victims from Lake St. Clair in Ontario, Canada, after...

Death toll in Northern California wildfire rises to 23

Nov. 11, 2018 12:01 AM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The few residents of the burned-out Northern California city of Paradise who were able to inspect their property on Saturday saw nothing but disappointment. Nearly the entire city of 27,000 residents lay in ruins and most were still barred from returning to the still hazardous town...

The Latest: Sheriff: 110 people missing in N. California

Nov. 10, 2018 10:50 PM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local): 7:15 p.m. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea says his department has reports of 110 people still missing in a massive Northern California wildfire that has scorched 164 square miles (425 square kilometers). Honea says he's hopeful...

Mudslide near Rio de Janeiro kills 10, injures 11

Nov. 10, 2018 3:54 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Ten people were killed and 11 injured in a mudslide near Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, Brazilian authorities said. Roberto Robadey, Rio's civil defense department head, told the Globo TV network that the mudslide in the city of Niteroi was caused by heavy downpours. He said people were...