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5 family members killed by gas fumes after surviving Laura

Sep. 3, 2020 7:31 PM EDT

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Five members of a Louisiana family have died after a generator leaked carbon monoxide into their home, hours after they survived Hurricane Laura's deadly winds and storm surge. Rosalie Lewis, 81, decided to shelter with her husband and three other relatives in her Lake Charles home...

Neighbor rescues woman, 5 children from carbon monoxide leak

Sep. 3, 2020 1:12 PM EDT

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman and her five children were recovering after a neighbor found them unconscious inside their home where carbon monoxide was leaking, authorities said. When neighbor William Adkins found the Mingo County mother and children, ages 3 to 11, they were unresponsive,...

An auto parts store employee surveys the damage to the facilty on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, in Lake Charles, La., in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The Latest: Reported tornado in Arkansas spins off Laura

Aug. 28, 2020 12:19 AM EDT

The Latest on Laura: JONESBORO, Ark. — A reported tornado tore part of the roof from a rural church in northeastern Arkansas as the remnants of Hurricane Laura crossed the state. Craighead County was under a tornado warning with there was a report of a tornado on the ground Thursday night near the Refuge...

Buildings and homes are flooded in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, near Lake Charles, La. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Laura thrashes Louisiana, nearby states face tornado threats

Aug. 27, 2020 11:00 PM EDT

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — One of the strongest hurricanes ever to strike the U.S., Laura barreled across Louisiana on Thursday, shearing off roofs and killing at least six people while carving a destructive path hundreds of miles inland. A full assessment of the damage wrought by the Category 4 system was...

Edison chemical leak contained, shelter order lifted

Aug. 24, 2020 5:54 AM EDT

EDISON, N.J. (AP) — Authorities in a New Jersey community told residents to a shelter in place after a chemical leak at a plant that manufactures polypropylene plastic resins. Residents were told to close their windows, turn off their air conditioners and stay inside Sunday night because of the leak at...

Environmental group says Indiana mill exceeds toxicity cap

Aug. 12, 2020 2:35 PM EDT

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — An environmental group that sued a steelmaker in December for allegedly violating the Clean Water Act at its northwestern Indiana facility says the company continues to release excess amounts of chemicals into a Lake Michigan tributary. The Environmental Law & Policy Center said...

Carbon monoxide leak sickens Fond du Lac warehouse workers

Jul. 27, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — Fire officials in Fond du Lac say a carbon monoxide leak sickened workers Monday at a Quality Packaging warehouse. Crews were sent around 2:30 p.m. on a report of a possible carbon monoxide leak and workers feeling ill. Fire crews began to treat several workers. Alliant Energy also...

In this photo made available by the Fire brigade of Marseille, the orange-brown sheet of pollution is seen in the Mediterranean sea at Martigues, near Marseille in southern France, Thursday July 23, 2020. It was part of a15-acre (6-hectare) orange-brown sheet of pollution spilled into a nationally recognized nature spot in the French Mediterranean sea Thursday, following a leak at a petrochemical plant near Marseille, the local fire service said. (Francois Etourneau via AP)

French refinery leaks toxic chemical into marine life area

Jul. 24, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — An orange-brown chemical sheet spread over 15 acres (6 hectares) of a nationally recognized marine life area in the French Mediterranean following a leak at a petrochemical plant in southern France, the local fire service said Friday. The leak at the Lavera refinery spilled 200 gallons or more...