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Deck collapse at rental beach house in Virginia injures 5

Jul. 10, 2020 8:06 AM EDT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Five people were injured when the deck of a rental beach house collapsed in Virginia. Emergency crews were dispatched to the house along Virginia Beach’s Sandbridge Beach when the collapse happened on Thursday evening, Virginia Beach EMS said on Twitter. Some people were...

Trump declares disaster, releases money for flooded areas

Jul. 9, 2020 9:26 PM EDT

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — President Donald Trump said he approved a major disaster declaration for mid-Michigan counties swept by May floods and will provide more than $43 million to help in the recovery. Trump mentioned U.S. Rep. John Moolenaar, a Republican who represents the Midland area, in his tweet...

In this image provided by the New York Fire Department (FDNY), firefighters work the scene after the brick facade of a vacant parking garage in Manhattan partially collapsed on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in New York. One person suffered minor injuries from falling bricks and was treated by emergency services workers. (FDNY via AP)

1 injured in partial collapse of Manhattan building facade

Jul. 8, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — One person suffered minor injuries when the brick facade of a vacant parking garage in Manhattan partially collapsed on Wednesday, officials said. Part of the parapet of the five-story building on East 38th Street collapsed shortly before noon, Deputy Fire Chief Nicholas Corrado said. One...

The scene in Bow where a 20-metre crane collapsed on to a property leaving people trapped inside, in east London, Wednesday July 8, 2020. The London Fire Brigade says a 20-meter crane has collapsed onto a block of apartments under development and two houses in east London. The brigade’s Assistant Commissioner Graham Ellis says urban search and rescue crews are undertaking “a complex rescue operation” and using specialized equipment to search the properties on Wednesday. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)

Crane collapses in east London, killing 1, injuring 4

Jul. 8, 2020 1:42 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A 20-meter (65-foot) crane collapsed onto a block of apartments under development and two houses in east London, killing one person and injuring four others, authorities said Wednesday. “Sadly, despite the efforts of emergency services, a fifth person has been found and died at the...

FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday, March 6, 2018, Italian composer Ennio Morricone directs an ensemble during a concert of his

Spaghetti Western movie composer Ennio Morricone dead at 91

Jul. 6, 2020 10:02 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Ennio Morricone, the Oscar-winning Italian composer who created the coyote-howl theme for the iconic Spaghetti Western “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” and often haunting soundtracks for such classic Hollywood gangster movies as “The Untouchables” and the epic...

Official: Tree falls on garage in storm, 19 to hospitals

Jul. 6, 2020 6:12 AM EDT

PASADENA, Md. (AP) — A large tree toppled onto a detached garage in a Maryland neighborhood where people attending a child's birthday party sought shelter from a storm, sending 19 people to hospitals Sunday afternoon, authorities said. Anne Arundel County Fire Department spokesman Russ Davies said one...

FILE - In this May 29, 2020 file photo, two cars are flipped over after major flood damage, in Sanford, Mich. Sanford village, with a population of 859, is pulling together after the devastation of two dam failures in May. Volunteers are still clearing muck and providing supplies to those whose homes were destroyed since there's no telling when major state and federal help will come.(Kaytie Boomer/The Bay City Times via AP File)

Michigan village starts flood recovery, awaits funds

Jul. 4, 2020 9:57 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich (AP) — Jenna Hulse was at work out of town as a nurse when she got a message from her brother that a dam three blocks from her house in the Michigan village of Sanford was failing. Six feet (2 meters) of water entered the home, and though Hulse said she’s lucky that the house she's...

2 tremors shake Puerto Rico, latest in series of quakes

Jul. 3, 2020 6:43 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Two strong earthquakes shook Puerto Rico on Friday, but there were no reports of injuries in the latest of a series of tremors that have hit the U.S. territory since late December. A tremor with magnitude-5.3 hit just southwest of the island in the afternoon, the U.S....

The remains of a multistory building that housed a health club is shown after it collapsed, Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in the Carroll Gardens neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York. Building inspectors had ordered a halt to some construction work at the location because of structural problems just three weeks before the collapse. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Brooklyn building collapses after being cited by inspectors

Jul. 1, 2020 9:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A multistory health club shuttered by the coronavirus pandemic collapsed into a heap of rubble on a Brooklyn street Wednesday, three weeks after building inspectors ordered a halt to some construction work at the location because of structural problems. The three-story brick building...

COVID-19 sweeps away matriarch in flood-ravaged mid-Michigan

Jun. 29, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — With floodwaters rising and his wife hospitalized with COVID-19, Kevin Hennig feared the worst — missing critical moments with her. “I was worried about the bridges and the roads washing out, and I wouldn’t be able to get to her,” he said. He hurried to the...