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Probe can't determine cause of fire that destroyed 10 homes

Dec. 6, 2019 8:22 AM EST

Investigators haven't been able to determine what caused a fire that destroyed 10 homes in a Pennsylvania community earlier this year and displaced dozens of residents. A probe into the Oct. 20 blaze in Allentown wasn't able to determine if the fire was intentionally set or an accident, fire officials said this...

Europe pledges additional support for quake-hit Albania

Dec. 5, 2019 12:50 PM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The European Union’s head for crisis management on Thursday visited Albania to assess damages and reconstruction needs after last week’s powerful earthquake. The 6.4-magnited earthquake on Nov. 26 killed 51 people and injured more than 3,000 others. More than 11,000...

Authorities investigating $1M fire at Yakima business

Dec. 3, 2019 8:16 AM EST

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Officials are investigating a fire that caused an estimated $1 million in damage to a Yakima business that services electrical equipment, pumps and wells. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports Yakima Fire Department investigators are working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms...

Powerful typhoon leaves at least 4 dead in Philippines

Dec. 3, 2019 7:52 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Typhoon Kammuri barreled across the Philippines with fierce winds and rain Tuesday, leaving at least four people dead, forcing hundreds of thousands of villagers to abandon high-risk communities and prompting officials to shut Manila’s international airport. Kammuri...

Woman, 2 children hurt in upstate NY mobile home explosion

Dec. 2, 2019 5:17 PM EST

VERNON CENTER, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a woman and her two young children have been hospitalized with burns after their mobile home was destroyed in an explosion in central New York. Officials with the Vernon Fire Department say the explosion happened around 7 p.m. Sunday at the Quiet Valley Trailer...

Regulation standards seen as factor in Alaska quake damage

Dec. 2, 2019 12:48 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Assessments following Alaska’s enormous 2018 earthquake showed building damage was worse outside Anchorage’s safety area because of reduced regulation, municipal officials said. There was less structural damage in the Anchorage Building Safety Service Area than in the...

EU leads international help to Albania quake recovery

Dec. 2, 2019 9:55 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Dozens of structural engineers from Europe and elsewhere are heading to Albania to help rebuild the country after a devastating earthquake last month killed 51 people and destroyed thousands of buildings, officials said Monday. The European Union and the United Nations are...

Clive house fire destroys firefighter’s home

Dec. 2, 2019 9:03 AM EST

CLIVE, Iowa (AP) — A fire in the Des Moines suburb of Clive has destroyed the home of a firefighter who was at work when the blaze broke out. The fire was reported early Saturday while Lt. Gerrit Foreman was at work at the Windsor Heights Fire Department. Foreman, a firefighter and paramedic, splits his...

Fukushima melted fuel removal begins 2021, end state unknown

Dec. 1, 2019 8:50 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s economy and industry ministry proposed a revision Monday to its decades-long road map to clean up the radioactive mess at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, which was wrecked by a massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Nearly nine years after the accident, the decommissioning...

Flooding at Kansas state parks costing state millions

Dec. 1, 2019 12:21 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The toll of massive flooding in Kansas is proving to be high for the agency that operates state parks. KCUR reports that the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism will lose millions of dollars as the result of park closures, property damage and washed out park roads. In much...