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After Lahaina, Hawaii fire crews take stock of their ability to communicate in a crisis

May. 22, 2024 15:53 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Fire departments across the state are reevaluating their emergency communication capabilities after the Maui wildfires, when the vulnerability of the island’s cellular network — and a lack of advanced communication tools in fire vehicles — complicated efforts by first...

Native seeds could soon be fueling new growth on burned out acreage across Hawaii

May. 22, 2024 15:05 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The federal government is funneling millions of dollars to a University of Hawaii initiative aimed at increasing the number of seeds for hardy native and non-invasive plants that can compete against the dominant invasive grasses that fuel wildfires. The U.S. Forest...

Four people killed in a house explosion in southwestern Missouri

May. 20, 2024 10:49 AM EDT

GOODHOPE, Mo. (AP) — Four people in rural Missouri died when an explosion that could be heard 10 miles (6.2 kilometers) away occurred at a house. The explosion happened Saturday night near the unincorporated town of Goodhope. Douglas County Sheriff Chris Degase said the home was...

Fast-growing wildfire has shut down a portion of the Tonto National Forest in Arizona

May. 19, 2024 15:40 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A fast-growing wildfire has led the U.S. Forest Service to shut down a portion of the Tonto National Forest northeast of Scottsdale. The so-called Wildcat Fire burning in the Cave Creek Ranger District has charred about 7.8 square miles (20 square kilometers) as of...

French authorities report a sixth fatality in New Caledonia violence

May. 18, 2024 12:10 PM EDT

French security forces reported another death Saturday in armed clashes in the French Pacific territory of New Caledonia, the sixth fatality in nearly a week of violent unrest scorching the archipelago whose indigenous population has long sought independence. The person was killed...

Man who sought revenge for a stolen phone pleads guilty to fire that killed a Senegalese family of 5

May. 17, 2024 18:42 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado man pleaded guilty to murder charges on Friday for starting a 2020 house fire that killed five members of a Senegalese family out of misplaced revenge for a stolen iPhone that he mistakenly tracked to the house. Kevin Bui, now 20, was a teenager at the time...

Up in smoke: Workers remove dozens of apparent marijuana plants from Wisconsin Capitol tulip garden

May. 17, 2024 17:06 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Someone's plans to harvest dozens of apparent marijuana plants grown on the Wisconsin state Capitol grounds have gone up in smoke. The plants sprouted in a tulip garden outside the Capitol, WMTV-TV reported Thursday. Tatyana Warrick, a...

A Colorado man who sought revenge for a stolen phone has pleaded guilty to setting fire that killed a Senegalese family

May. 17, 2024 14:50 PM EDT
DENVER (AP) — A Colorado man who sought revenge for a stolen phone has pleaded guilty to setting fire that killed a Senegalese family.

French police fatally shoot a man suspected of setting fire to a synagogue

May. 17, 2024 12:10 PM EDT

ROUEN, France (AP) — French police shot and killed a man armed with a knife and a metal bar who is suspected of having started a fire that charred and blackened the insides of a synagogue in the Normandy city of Rouen early Friday, an attack the interior minister said was “clearly”...

North Korea test-fires suspected missiles a day after US and South Korea conduct a fighter jet drill

May. 17, 2024 04:55 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea fired suspected short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast on Friday, South Korea’s military said, a day after South Korea and the U.S. flew powerful fighter jets in a joint drill that the North views as a major security threat. South...