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The Latest: Hotel collapse: Explosions demolish cranes

Oct. 20, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on demolition of cranes in New Orleans (all times local): 3:05 p.m. New Orleans officials set off thundering blasts intended to topple two cranes that had been looming precariously over a partially collapsed hotel, but only one crane appeared to make it to the ground. The...

Controlled blasts to bring down cranes at collapse site

Oct. 17, 2019 9:05 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two giant, badly damaged construction cranes towering over a partially collapsed hotel project are to be demolished Friday with a series of controlled explosions in hopes of dropping them straight down without damaging nearby businesses and historic buildings around the site at the edge...

2 employees injured in Cargill plant explosion in Kansas

Oct. 17, 2019 11:54 AM EDT

DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) — Two employees are being treated for burns after an explosion at a Cargill plant in southwest Kansas. Cargill spokesman Daniel Sullivan says the explosion occurred early Thursday in a stand-alone building away from the agribusiness giant's main plant in Dodge City. The two employees...

Contractor guilty in California wildfire death labor case

Oct. 16, 2019 9:04 PM EDT

SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — The owner of a bulldozer that overturned and killed the operator while battling a huge California wildfire has been found guilty of violating labor laws. KQED-TV says a Monterey County judge ruled Wednesday that Ian Czirban failed to have workers' compensation insurance that's...

Aging, thin pipe likely cause of Philadelphia refinery fire

Oct. 16, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An aging, failed elbow pipe that hadn't been inspected in almost 45 years appears to be the initial cause of a June 21 fire and subsequent explosions that injured five people at the largest oil refinery on the East Coast, federal investigators said Wednesday. The U.S. Chemical and...

Nebraska day care worker accused of hurting toddler's arm

Oct. 16, 2019 5:31 PM EDT

BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) — A Bellevue day care worker has been arrested after being accused of injuring a 2-year-old child in her care. Police say the 27-year-old woman was arrested Tuesday, nearly a week after a mother went to police and reported her child had been injured at It's a Kidz World Daycare in...

Evers sign bill extending insurance for police survivors

Oct. 16, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers has signed a bill that extends health insurance for immediate survivors of police officers and emergency medical workers killed in the line of duty. Evers signed the bill Wednesday. He said in a statement that ensuring survivors have coverage is the least officials can...

Man killed in accident at soybean plant in St. Joseph

Oct. 16, 2019 3:51 PM EDT

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — Federal authorities are investigating the death of a 56-year-old man at a soybean processing plant in St. Joseph. The accident occurred Monday at AG Processing in St. Joseph. The St. Joseph News-Press reports the worker, Tony Wilson, died as the result of a fall. His hometown was...

2 contractors killed, 2 injured at Saudi oil refinery

Oct. 15, 2019 11:02 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Saudi oil refinery owned by its state-run energy company says an apparent industrial accident has killed two workers and injured two others. SASREF, based in Jubail on the Persian Gulf, said Tuesday that the deaths happened "on a vessel while contractors were working on...

Construction platform fails, leaving worker dangling in air

Oct. 14, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say two workers on a construction platform in New Jersey were rescued after it failed and left one worker briefly dangling by his safety rope in midair. No injuries were reported Monday morning in Atlantic City. The platform holding the workers was about six floors up...