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Roof collapses at historic church in black Florida community

Dec. 6, 2019 1:15 PM EST

ORLANDO (AP) — The roof has collapsed on a 94-year-old Florida church that was only recently granted historic landmark status, further endangering efforts to preserve the surrounding black community. No one was injured when the roof of the Black Bottom House of Prayer in Parramore crumbled in on itself...

6-story building collapses in Nairobi; at least 4 killed

Dec. 6, 2019 11:52 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A six-story residential building collapsed Friday in Kenya's capital, officials said, with at least four people killed and others trapped in the debris. The scene was all too familiar in a city where an audit once found more than half of buildings unsafe for habitation. Associated...

Gas explosion in Slovakia tower block kills 5, injures 40

Dec. 6, 2019 10:20 AM EST

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — A gas explosion in an apartment building in eastern Slovakia killed at least five people and injured more than 40 Friday. Firefighters rescued people trapped in the building, which officials said is still in danger of collapse. The explosion occurred toward the top of the...

3-story commercial building damaged by fire in Milwaukee

Dec. 6, 2019 8:35 AM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Firefighters have brought a huge fire in a commercial building north of downtown Milwaukee under control early Friday morning. Winds gusts of up to 30 mph fanned the flames at the three-story building which partially collapsed. The building housed Metro PSC and a hair salon. Fire...

6-story building collapses in Kenya’s capital, with people feared trapped in the rubble

Dec. 6, 2019 3:57 AM EST
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — 6-story building collapses in Kenya’s capital, with people feared trapped in the rubble.

Energy company leaves debris in Michigan, delays report

Dec. 5, 2019 9:25 PM EST

PETOSKEY, Mich. (AP) — A Canadian-based energy transportation company's preparation of a proposed tunnel that would house a petroleum pipeline caused a borehole to collapse in Michigan, which left debris in the waterway. Enbridge Energy had been collecting rock and soil samples, which it finished Sept. 12...

4 bodies found, 4 people missing in gas blast in Poland

Dec. 5, 2019 1:31 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Rescuers found four bodies in the debris of a house destroyed by a gas explosion in southern Poland and were searching in sub-freezing weather early Thursday for four people still missing, officials said. Silesia provincial Gov. Jaroslaw Wieczorek said the bodies of four people,...

Water distribution trunk line ruptures in Los Angeles

Dec. 5, 2019 1:02 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities have shut off all the valves on a large water line that broke early Wednesday in Los Angeles and flooded residential streets in the Mission Hills area of the San Fernando Valley. The rupture occurred before dawn in a 72-inch-diameter (183-centimeter) trunk line, a major...

Rescuers looking for 8 people after gas explosion in Poland

Dec. 4, 2019 6:06 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A gas explosion collapsed a house in southern Poland on Wednesday evening, trapping as many as eight people and causing blazes in debris that required dozens of firefighters to combat. Local firefighters spokeswoman Patrycja Pokrzywa said the detached, three-floor house in the popular...

Rescuers looking for 8 people after gas explosion in Poland

Dec. 4, 2019 4:12 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Officials in southern Poland say a house collapsed in a gas explosion, trapping as many as eight people. Local firefighters spokeswoman Patrycja Pokrzywa says the detached house in the mountain resort of Szczyrk was totally destroyed in Wednesday’s explosion and that children...