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An investigator looks at the site of a deadly plane crash Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, in Las Vegas. A twin-engine aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff Thursday, killing two people and igniting a fire that damaged a construction trailer from which a man escaped while choking on fuel fumes. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)

2 die in Vegas-area small plane crash; man on ground escapes

Oct. 29, 2020 7:53 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A twin-engine aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff Thursday in suburban Las Vegas, killing two people and igniting a fire that damaged a construction trailer from which a man escaped while choking on fuel fumes. “It was awful," said Bruce Langson, the property owner. He said he...

In a photo provided by Maxar Technologies, slurry dropped against the Blue Ridge Fire leaves a red trail to the right of homes in Yorba Linda, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Thousands of Californians were allowed to return to their homes Wednesday as calmer winds helped firefighters beat back two wind-driven wildfires that had spurred widespread evacuations. (Maxar Technologies via AP)

Evacuation orders lifted in 2 California wind-driven blazes

Oct. 29, 2020 6:08 PM EDT

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Evacuation orders were lifted Thursday for the last of some 130,000 Californians forced from their homes by two wind-driven wildfires. Smoky air lingered over a large swath of Southern California and firefighters said they continued to make progress containing the blazes due to calmer...

FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, file photo, flames from the Cameron Peak Fire, the largest wildfire in Colorado history, burn trees along a ridge outside Estes Park, Colo. As of Monday, Oct. 26,2020, the Cameron Peak Fire in northern Colorado had destroyed 426 buildings and damaged another eight, said David Moore, a spokesman for the Larimer County Sheriff's Office. The fire ignited in arid and rugged terrain near Rocky Mountain National Park on Aug. 13 and has charred some of the most pristine land in the state. Fire investigators have not said what caused the blaze. (Bethany Baker/The Coloradoan via AP, File)

2 Colorado wildfires have burned nearly 700 structures

Oct. 29, 2020 6:05 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Two wildfires that have burned more than 600 square miles in northern Colorado and forced thousands of people to flee their homes have together damaged or destroyed nearly 700 structures, officials said. Grand County Sheriff Brett Schroetlin said at a briefing Thursday that crews were still...

Arkansas man killed in 2-vehicle crash in eastern Nebraska

Oct. 29, 2020 3:33 PM EDT

BLAIR, Neb. (AP) — An Arkansas man has died in a two-vehicle crash in eastern Nebraska, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office. The crash happened just before noon Tuesday on U.S. Highway 75 south of Blair, the Omaha World-Herald reported. The sheriff's office said it was caused when a pickup...

Walton's Bike for Humanity ride to support wildfire relief

Oct. 29, 2020 3:06 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Basketball Hall of Famer and noted cyclist Bill Walton is bringing back his Bike for Humanity global initiative on Saturday to raise money for wildfire relief efforts in California and Oregon. Cyclists can sign up for the Halloween Ride at bikeforhumanity.com. Participation is free, but...

A helicopter drops water as firefighters walk with drip torches to set a backfire against the Blue Ridge Fire on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Chino Hills, Calif. Facing extreme wildfire conditions this week that included hurricane-level winds, the main utility in Northern California cut power to nearly 1 million people while its counterpart in Southern California pulled the plug on just 30 customers to prevent power lines and other electrical equipment from sparking a blaze. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Evacuation orders lifted for many Californians who fled fire

Oct. 29, 2020 12:20 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thousands of Californians were allowed to return to their homes Wednesday as calmer winds helped firefighters beat back two wind-driven wildfires that had spurred widespread evacuations. Roughly 100,000 people were ordered to evacuate Monday after the wildfires broke out in brushy hills...

Man accused of killing wife, 2 kids acquitted on all counts

Oct. 29, 2020 11:29 AM EDT

LONDON, Ohio (AP) — A man accused of killing his wife and two children in an arson fire at their Ohio home in 2008 was acquitted Thursday of all charges by a three-judge panel that heard the case. Peter Romans, 60, of London, faced aggravated murder, murder and aggravated arson charges. He opted to have a...

Officials identify woman killed in southeast Nebraska fire

Oct. 29, 2020 10:31 AM EDT

FILLEY, Neb. (AP) — The state Fire Marshal’s office on Thursday identified a woman killed in a southeastern Nebraska house fire last week. An autopsy identified the woman as Courtney Knepp, 20, of Beatrice, the Nebraska State Fire Marshal Agency said in a news release. Preliminary autopsy results...

A graffiti hammer and sickle is seen next to broken glass at a Chase ATM, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, on Court Street in the Boerum Hill neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York. Demonstrators protesting the police shooting of a Black man in Philadelphia broke store windows, set fires and vandalized police cars in Brooklyn Tuesday night, police said. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

32 arrested at NYC protest over Philadelphia police killing

Oct. 28, 2020 6:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Thirty-two people were arrested during a protest in New York City over the police shooting of a Black man in Philadelphia, police said Wednesday. Protesters in Brooklyn broke store windows, set fires and vandalized police cars during the chaos at about 10 p.m. Tuesday, police said. Videos...

Omro man charged with 3 counts in double homicide

Oct. 28, 2020 5:50 PM EDT

OMRO, Wis. (AP) — An Omro man accused of killing his wife and a man who was visiting and then trying to set the home on fire with help from another man was charged Wednesday in Winnebago County Court. Andrew Clark is charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of attempted...