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Aid groups scramble to reach Syrians as battle lines shift

Oct. 17, 2019 5:02 AM EDT

BARDARASH, Iraq (AP) — Humanitarian groups in northeastern Syria are scrambling to provide aid to hundreds of thousands of people as rapidly shifting battle lines make it increasingly difficult to reach them. Nearly all foreign aid workers have been evacuated because of security concerns, and there are...

Aid groups scramble to reach Syrians as battle lines shift

Oct. 17, 2019 1:35 AM EDT

BARDARASH, Iraq (AP) — Humanitarian groups in northeastern Syria are scrambling to provide aid to hundreds of thousands of people as rapidly shifting battle lines make it increasingly difficult to reach them. Nearly all foreign aid workers have been evacuated because of security concerns, and there are...

Contractor guilty in California wildfire death labor case

Oct. 16, 2019 9:04 PM EDT

SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — The owner of a bulldozer that overturned and killed the operator while battling a huge California wildfire has been found guilty of violating labor laws. KQED-TV says a Monterey County judge ruled Wednesday that Ian Czirban failed to have workers' compensation insurance that's...

Strong quake leaves 1 dead, dozens injured in Philippines

Oct. 16, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

DAVAO, Philippines (AP) — An earthquake hit the southern Philippines late Wednesday, killing a girl, and injuring more than two dozen people in collapsed houses, and sending thousands of panicked people scrambling out of homes, shopping malls and a hospital, officials and news reports said. The U.S....

Officials study fire at California fuel site after quake

Oct. 16, 2019 8:21 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Officials were trying to determine Wednesday if a 4.5 magnitude earthquake triggered an explosion at a fuel storage facility in the San Francisco Bay Area that started a fire and kept thousands of people in their homes for hours because of potentially unhealthy air. The earthquake...

Aging, thin pipe likely cause of Philadelphia refinery fire

Oct. 16, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An aging, failed elbow pipe that hadn't been inspected in almost 45 years appears to be the initial cause of a June 21 fire and subsequent explosions that injured five people at the largest oil refinery on the East Coast, federal investigators said Wednesday. The U.S. Chemical and...

Report: Man who died in Fargo storage unit fire was sleeping

Oct. 16, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Fargo authorities say a man who died this summer in a fire in a rental storage unit where he apparently was living was asleep and possibly impaired by drugs or alcohol. Crews were called to the fire July 14 and found 58-year-old Jonathan Wayne Liles dead inside the unit. According to an...

Fire destroys 4 buildings in tiny southern Colorado town

Oct. 16, 2019 4:59 PM EDT

MOFFAT, Colo. (AP) — An investigation is underway after at least four buildings were destroyed by a fire in the tiny southern Colorado town of Moffat. Saguache County sheriff's officials say the Colorado State Patrol received word of a structure fire in the town Tuesday afternoon, and firefighters from...

Toxic PCBs linger in schools; EPA, lawmakers fail to act

Oct. 16, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

MONROE, Wash. (AP) — At first, teachers at Sky Valley Education Center simply evacuated students and used fans to clear the air when the fluorescent lights caught fire or smoked with noxious fumes. When black oil dripped onto desks and floors, they caught leaks with a bucket and duct-taped oil-stained...

Mobile home fire injures 2; 1 person in critical condition

Oct. 16, 2019 11:58 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Two people were hurt in a fire in an Anchorage mobile home. KTUU-television reports one person was critically injured in the fire early Wednesday morning. Names of the injured were not released. The Anchorage Fire Department says the fire broke out shortly after midnight at a home...