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Flamethrower used to torch Pan-African flag flying on pole

Jul. 02, 2022 16:33 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A person using a flamethrower set fire Saturday to a Pan-African flag flying on a pole outside the headquarters of the Uhuru Movement, a Black international socialist group based in Florida. Security video released by the group shows the driver of a...

Israel shoots down Hezbollah drones over Mediterranean

Jul. 02, 2022 16:28 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military on Saturday said it shot down three unmanned aircraft launched by the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah heading toward an area where an Israeli gas platform was recently installed in the Mediterranean Sea. The launch of the aircraft appeared to...

Police say 1 killed in explosion during Michigan air show

Jul. 02, 2022 16:10 PM EDT

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — One person has died following an explosion during a jet-fueled semitruck performance Saturday at a southwestern Michigan air show, officials said. Emergency crews responded after the explosion happened about 1 p.m. at the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air...

Gully grows near Flagstaff after flood mitigation conflict

Jul. 02, 2022 15:25 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Twelve years ago, a handful residents in the Timberline neighborhood east of Flagstaff declined to grant Coconino County the easements required for the completion of flood mitigation projects. Now, current residents are bearing the consequences. ...

Egypt closes coastal area after shark kills Austrian swimmer

Jul. 02, 2022 15:16 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities on Saturday closed off a stretch of the country's Red Sea coastline, a day after a shark attack killed an Austrian woman swimming near the resort of Hurghada. The 68-year-old woman, who lost a leg and an arm in the shark attack, died shortly after...

Greece gets European assistance for summer wildfire season

Jul. 02, 2022 14:24 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece is receiving European assistance for the summer wildfire season, with the first group of firefighters arriving in Athens. The 28 Romanian firefighters were welcomed Saturday by Climate Crisis and Civil Protection Minister Christos Stylianides and the...

Motorcyclist dies after striking pickup in central Maine

Jul. 02, 2022 14:23 PM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — One man was killed Friday after his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck in central Maine. The Maine State Police say 60-year-old Merle Page was pronounced dead at the scene of Friday night’s crash in Corinna. Page, a Corinna resident, was...

Tropical Storm Colin threatens a wet weekend for Carolinas

Jul. 02, 2022 14:11 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Colin formed along the South Carolina coast on Saturday, bringing the threat of rain and high winds for a day or two during the holiday weekend before improving for Monday's July Fourth celebrations. The National Hurricane Center in Miami warned of the...

US testing new fire retardant, critics push other methods

Jul. 02, 2022 12:32 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. officials are testing a new wildfire retardant after two decades of buying millions of gallons annually from one supplier, but watchdogs say the expensive strategy is overly fixated on aerial attacks at the expense of hiring more fire-line digging ground crews. ...

Fire that engulfed Richmond school deemed accidental

Jul. 02, 2022 12:07 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A nighttime blaze that engulfed a historic elementary school in Virginia's capital city has been deemed “accidental" but the exact cause remains undetermined after a lengthy fire department investigation. The Richmond Fire Department said in a statement...