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Rescuers search building rubble after in Philippines quake

Dec. 15, 2019 8:57 PM EST

DAVAO, Philippines (AP) — Search and rescue efforts continued Monday at a three-story building in the southern Philippines that collapsed in a strong earthquake. The Bureau of Fire Protection said six people have been rescued from the building in Davao del Sur province's Padada town since Sunday's...

Strong quake kills 1, collapses building in Philippines

Dec. 15, 2019 10:03 AM EST

DAVAO, Philippines (AP) — A strong earthquake jolted the southern Philippines on Sunday, killing at least one person and causing a three-story building to collapse, setting off a search for people feared to have been trapped inside, officials said. The magnitude 6.9 quake struck an area about 6 kilometers...

Toxic air, gases hamper search for last 2 volcano victims

Dec. 14, 2019 11:40 PM EST

WHAKATANE, New Zealand (AP) — A second land search of New Zealand's volcanic White Island on Sunday failed to locate the bodies of the last two victims of an eruption that has now claimed 16 lives, most of them tourists. New Zealand police confirmed the 16th victim died Saturday at Sydney's Concord...

Specialist teams hope to recover last 2 volcano victims

Dec. 14, 2019 2:56 PM EST

WHAKATANE, New Zealand (AP) — Specialist teams were due to return to New Zealand's volcanic White Island on Sunday to resume a land search for the bodies of two victims of an eruption which has now claimed 15 lives. Two four-person teams wearing protective clothing and using breathing apparatuses were to...

Authorities recover body of girl swept away by creek

Dec. 13, 2019 10:55 PM EST

TONTO BASIN, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities in rural Arizona on Friday recovered the body of a 6-year-old girl swept away two weeks ago when her family tried to cross surging creek waters. The body of Willa Rawlings was found in Roosevelt Lake about 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of Tonto Basin, where the girl...

New Zealand recovers 6 bodies from toxic volcanic island

Dec. 13, 2019 3:40 AM EST

WHAKATANE, New Zealand (AP) — As grieving families sang traditional Maori songs, New Zealand military specialists wearing protective gear landed on a small volcanic island on Friday and recovered six bodies of the 16 people who died in an eruption four days earlier. The specialists — six men and two...

Texas police officer killed by man fleeing traffic stop

Dec. 11, 2019 10:20 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston-area police sergeant was killed when a man wanted on a domestic violence warrant broke free from police while being handcuffed, fled from a traffic stop and struck her with his vehicle, police said. The search continued Wednesday for 21-year-old Tavores Henderson, who police said...

Volcanoes an ever-present, if usually distant danger

Dec. 11, 2019 9:30 PM EST

The eruption of an island volcano in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty killed up to 16 people, injured dozens and prevented rescuers from retrieving the bodies of eight victims believed to be on the island. A famed tourist attraction, White Island is one of several active volcanoes in New Zealand and one of the...

Stand-out student among passengers on missing Chilean plane

Dec. 11, 2019 8:48 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — When Chilean university student Ignacio Parada boarded a military transport plane bound for the Antarctic, he took with him his dreams for the future and a sense of adventure. In his fifth and final year studying civil engineering at Chile's University of Magallanes, the 24-year-old...

Chile: Debris believed from missing plane carrying 38 found

Dec. 11, 2019 7:41 PM EST

PUNTA ARENAS, Chile (AP) — Debris believed to be from a military transport plane carrying 38 people that vanished two days ago en route to the Antarctic has been discovered in the frigid, treacherous waters between the icy continent and South America, Chile's Air Force said Wednesday. Air Force Gen....