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Firefighters battle a fire in downtown St. Paul, Minn., that has engulfed a building that was under construction on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. There were no reports of injuries and there was no immediate word about the possible cause of the fire. (David Joles /Star Tribune via AP)

Firefighters battle large fire in downtown St. Paul

Aug. 4, 2020 10:21 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Firefighters on Tuesday battled a large fire in downtown St. Paul that engulfed a building that was under construction, causing part of the structure to collapse. Flames were shooting high into the air and the glow could be seen for miles when firefighters arrived about 4:20 a.m.,...

A rainbow shines over the new San Giorgio Bridge in Genoa, Italy, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. Two years ago this month, a stretch of roadbed collapsed on Genoa's Morandi Bridge, sending cars and trucks plunging to dry riverbed below and ending 43 lives. On Monday, Italy's president journeys to Genoa for a ceremony to inaugurate a replacement bridge. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Genoa has new bridge 2 years after collapse that killed 43

Aug. 3, 2020 3:38 PM EDT

GENOA, Italy (AP) — With a rainbow as a backdrop, Italy's president inaugurated a replacement bridge Monday in Genoa, but families of those killed when the Morandi Bridge collapsed boycotted the ceremony along with the firefighters who pulled many of the 43 dead from smashed cars and trucks. Two years ago...

Relatives of victims of a crane collapse mourn outside King George Hospital in Vishakhapatnam, a port city in Andhra Pradesh state, India, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. A huge crane collapsed during load testing at a government-run shipyard in southern India on Saturday, killing at least 11 workers, a district administrator said. (AP Photo)

Crane collapses in Indian shipyard, killing 11 workers

Aug. 1, 2020 9:37 AM EDT

HYDERABAD, India (AP) — A huge crane collapsed during load testing at a government-run shipyard in southern India on Saturday, killing at least 11 workers, a district administrator said. Television footage showed the new crane hitting the ground with full force and breaking into pieces at the Hindustan...

A wrecking ball knocks debris loose from the Hard Rock Hotel building collapse site in New Orleans, Monday, July 20, 2020. New Orleans' fire chief says it's taking longer than expected to remove the bodies of two construction workers from a hotel that partially collapsed during construction 10 months ago. Fire Superintendent Tim McConnell said that the first may be out by the end of this week and the other next week. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Attorney: 1 victim may be removed from Hard Rock rubble soon

Jul. 29, 2020 8:22 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Contractors believe they may be able to remove one of the two victims still in the debris of the partly collapsed Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans by next week, developer attorneys said. The bodies of Quinnyon Wimberly and Jose Ponce Arreola were originally supposed to be retrieved...

Local firefighters attempt to put out a fire on a derailed freight train on a bridge spanning Tempe Town Lake Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Train derails on Arizona bridge that collapses, catches fire

Jul. 29, 2020 7:30 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A freight train derailed Wednesday as it traveled on a bridge that spans a man-made lake in a Phoenix suburb, setting the bridge ablaze and partially collapsing the structure, officials said. Tempe police said there was another derailment in the same area last month that slightly damaged the...

FILE - New Orleans Fire Superintendent Tim McConnell delivers an update to media for the Hard Rock Hotel building collapse site, seen in the background, in New Orleans, Monday, July 20, 2020. Contractors have not been able to recover either of two remaining bodies from the wreckage of a hotel that partly collapsed during construction last year, and they don't know when they'll be able to do so, New Orleans officials said Friday, July 24, 2020.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Bodies still in New Orleans hotel construction wreckage

Jul. 24, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Contractors have not been able to recover either of two remaining bodies from the wreckage of a hotel that partly collapsed during construction last year, and they don't know when they'll be able to do so, New Orleans officials said Friday. Their inability to say when they might be able...

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, an aerial photo shows the extent of flooding in Guzhen Town of Lu'an City in eastern China's Anhui Province on Monday, July 20, 2020. (Tang Yang/Xinhua via AP)

Breached levees trap thousands as flooding in China worsens

Jul. 21, 2020 7:20 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Breached levees have trapped more than 10,000 people in an eastern Chinese town as flooding worsens across much of the country, local authorities said Tuesday. High waters overcame flood defenses protecting Guzhen, a town in Anhui province, on Sunday, the provincial government said on its...

A wrecking ball knocks debris loose from the Hard Rock Hotel building collapse site in New Orleans, Monday, July 20, 2020. New Orleans' fire chief says it's taking longer than expected to remove the bodies of two construction workers from a hotel that partially collapsed during construction 10 months ago. Fire Superintendent Tim McConnell said that the first may be out by the end of this week and the other next week. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Bodies not yet out from partly collapsed New Orleans hotel

Jul. 20, 2020 7:35 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans’ fire chief says it’s taking longer than expected to remove the bodies of two construction workers from a hotel that partially collapsed during construction 10 months ago. Fire Superintendent Tim McConnell said Monday that crews expect to retrieve the body of...

In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, water flows out from sluiceways at the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River near Yichang in central China's Hubei Province, Friday, July 17, 2020. Engorged with more heavy rains, China's mighty Yangtze River is cresting again, bringing fears of further destruction as seasonal floods that already have left more than a hundred people dead or missing have grown in force since last month. (Zheng Jiayu/Xinhua via AP)

Floods kill 14 in China as water peaks at Three Gorges Dam

Jul. 18, 2020 4:55 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — At least 14 people have died in the latest round of seasonal rains and flooding in southern China, as soldiers and workers built makeshift barriers with sandbags and rocks Saturday to keep the Yangtze River and its tributaries at bay. Three floodgates of the Three Gorges Dam that spans the...

An Indian forest guard on a boat takes away the carcass of a wild buffalo calf through flood water at the Pobitora wildlife sanctuary in Pobitora, Morigaon district, Assam, India, Thursday, July 16, 2020. Floods and landslides triggered by heavy monsoon rains have killed dozens of people in this northeastern region. The floods also inundated most of Kaziranga National Park, home to an estimated 2,500 rare one-horned rhinos. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

Monsoon floods, landslides kill at least 221 in South Asia

Jul. 16, 2020 11:09 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Floods and landslides triggered by heavy monsoon rains have killed at least 221 people across South Asia over the past month, officials said Friday. More than 1 million people have been marooned in Nepal, Bangladesh and India and hundreds of thousands have fled their homes for higher...