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Portugal: Major wildfire declared under control

Jul. 23, 2019 8:33 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Firefighters in Portugal have brought a huge wildfire under control after the blaze raged for four days and injured 39 people. Civil Protection Agency commander Luis Belo Costa said around 1,000 firefighters were keeping watch over smoldering hotspots amid gusting winds and...

US sanctions squeeze Iran middle class, upend housing sector

Jul. 23, 2019 8:23 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Stay-at-home mom Maryam Alidadi used to lead a comfortable middle-class life. The 35-year-old and her husband, a mechanic, could afford a spacious rental apartment in a central neighborhood of Tehran, along with a car, occasional restaurant meals and holidays abroad. Now they are barely...

Storm winds knock tree over, kill 89-year-old man outside

Jul. 23, 2019 8:10 AM EDT

FINKSBURG, Md. (AP) — Evening storms in Maryland knocked a tree down, killing an 89-year-old man in his driveway. News outlets report the Carroll County Sheriff's Office responded to an emergency call Monday night and found a tree fell on the man and trapped him underneath. Officials said the tree was...

Pedestrian fatally struck by pickup truck on Long Island

Jul. 23, 2019 8:09 AM EDT

EAST FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Police are investigating a crash that killed a pedestrian on Long Island. Suffolk County police ay 42-year-old Fredy Leonel Maldonado was crossing Route 110 in East Farmingdale at 10:45 p.m. Monday when he was hit by a Dodge Ram pickup truck. The driver of the Dodge called 911...

Man dies following apparent fireworks explosion in Chicago

Jul. 23, 2019 8:03 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities say a man has died following an apparent explosion involving fireworks in Chicago. Police responded Monday afternoon to the city's South Side and found a 53-year-old man unresponsive with a head injury. He was pronounced dead at the scene. A preliminary investigation by police...

Rains inundate NYC streets, flood advisory in effect

Jul. 23, 2019 8:01 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Thunderstorms after a spate of hot weather have caused flooding deep enough to float cars in some New York City neighborhoods. The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory in the city. It says rain may lead to small creeks and streams and low-lying spots Tuesday morning. Videos...

Tent camp fire in Russia kills 4 children; owner detained

Jul. 23, 2019 8:00 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities say four children have died in a fire at a tent camp in the country's Far East. The cause of the fire that broke out in the camp early Tuesday has not been determined. Russian media reported that the tents, located in a ski area in the Khabarovsk region about 6,000...

Maryland firefighter's death prompts department reforms

Jul. 23, 2019 7:53 AM EDT

MARRIOTTSVILLE, Md. (AP) — One year after the death of a Maryland firefighter, a county fire department has released a 750-page report detailing how the death could've been prevented and what changes they'll make going forward. Lt. Nathan Flynn of the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services...

Officials: Nonswimmer drowns while trying to rescue child

Jul. 23, 2019 7:50 AM EDT

LEHIGHTON, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a Philadelphia man who couldn't swim drowned when he tried to rescue a child at an eastern Pennsylvania lake. The child was out on a raft in an area of Beltzville Lake in Lehighton where swimming is not allowed. Witnesses say 29-year-old Xin Huang tried to swim out to...

Coast Guard rescues 8 boaters off the Florida Keys

Jul. 23, 2019 7:14 AM EDT

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard rescued eight people in separate boating incidents off the Florida Keys. The agency said in a news release that a 20-foot (6-meter) cabin cruiser capsized near Key Colony Beach on Monday. A Coast Guard crew rescued four people from the water. No one from that boat...