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New Zealand divers attempt to recover last 2 volcano victims

Dec. 13, 2019 7:41 PM EST

WHAKATANE, New Zealand (AP) — Police divers returned to the waters around New Zealand's volcanic White Island at dawn Saturday to search for the remaining two victims of an eruption that left at least 16 dead and dozens severely burned. Military specialists on Friday recovered six bodies from the island...

Georgia gov. issues emergency after Atlanta hospital flooded

Dec. 13, 2019 3:59 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s governor has issued an emergency declaration because of capacity issues at Atlanta-area hospitals after a flooding incident at the state’s largest trauma center last week. Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta started diverting patients to other hospitals on Dec. 7...

How tramadol, touted as safer opioid, became 3rd world peril

Dec. 13, 2019 3:24 PM EST

KAPURTHALA, India (AP) — Reports rolled in with escalating urgency — pills seized by the truckload, pills swallowed by schoolchildren, pills in the pockets of dead terrorists. These pills, the world has been told, are safer than the OxyContins, the Vicodins, the fentanyls that have wreaked so much...

Woman gets 30 years in arson that killed three firefighters

Dec. 13, 2019 2:20 PM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A Delaware woman who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for an arson that left three firefighters dead has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. Beatriz Fana-Ruiz, 30, was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty in August to one count each of second-degree murder, arson and...

California school bus, van crash; 6 injured, including kids

Dec. 13, 2019 2:12 PM EST

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) — A school bus and a van collided Friday in Southern California, sending six people to hospitals, including children, authorities said. The crash in the city of Lake Elsinore seriously injured the 38-year-old man driving the van and one of his passengers, a 5-year-old girl,...

Nearly $226M to restore open Gulf after 2010 BP oil spill

Dec. 13, 2019 1:56 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal agencies have approved nearly $226 million for 18 projects to restore open ocean and marine habitats that were decimated in the Gulf of Mexico by the 2010 BP oil spill. The projects range from $52.6 million to study deep-sea habitats to $290,000 to find ways to keep sea turtles...

Former Colorado sheriff's deputy sentenced for fatal crash

Dec. 13, 2019 12:53 PM EST

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A former sheriff's deputy in El Paso County, Colorado has been sentenced to 60 days in jail or on work release for a July 2018 chain-reaction crash that killed an elderly couple and severely injured another man. Quinlan Linebaugh, 30, was also ordered to serve four years on...

As California thins forests to limit fire risk, some resist

Dec. 13, 2019 12:09 PM EST

SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS, Calif. (AP) — Buzzing chainsaws are interrupted by the frequent crash of breaking branches as crews fell towering trees and clear tangled brush in the densely forested Santa Cruz Mountains south of San Francisco. Their goal: To protect communities such as Redwood Estates, where...

Germany: 1 dead, 11 injured in apartment building explosion

Dec. 13, 2019 10:06 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — One person died and 11 were injured in an explosion at an apartment building in eastern Germany on Friday, authorities said. The blast occurred in the apartment of a 78-year-old man, who police believe may have been the person who died. Police said they found several containers of butane...

Death toll in aircraft carrier fire in Russia rises to 2

Dec. 13, 2019 10:00 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A crew member who went missing during a fire on Russia's only aircraft carrier was found dead Friday, raising the death toll from the blaze to two, the nation's military officials said Friday. The fire on the Admiral Kuznetsov broke out during welding work at a shipyard in the Arctic port of...