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Hip waders on: Venice braces for another exceptional tide

Nov. 17, 2019 6:48 AM EST

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Venetians braced Sunday for the prospect of another exceptional tide in a season that is setting records. City officials shut down St. Mark’s Square, removing elevated walkways and turning back curious onlookers. Tourists with scheduled departures rushed to grab the last water...

2 jets collide after landing in Frankfurt, no one injured

Nov. 17, 2019 5:28 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities say a collision between two passenger jets on the tarmac at Frankfurt Airport caused damage but left no one injured. The Korean Air Boeing and Air Namibia Airbus planes hit each other shortly after both landed at the airport on Saturday evening. News agency dpa reported that the...

Pope’s Asian agenda: Atomic bombs, martyrs, family reunion

Nov. 17, 2019 5:25 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has agendas both pastoral and personal for his trip to Asia, where he’ll appeal for global nuclear disarmament at the sites of the atomic bomb and minister to two tiny Catholic communities that have suffered gruesome periods of persecution. Emphasizing the dignity of...

Egypt says 9 killed in road accident in southern province

Nov. 17, 2019 3:57 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian police say nine people were killed when a minibus collided with a small truck on a highway in the southern province of Sohag. A police statement says the accident took place late on Saturday and that along with the nine killed, nine others were injured. Sohag is located 390...

At least 7 die, 25 hurt in Bangladesh gas pipeline explosion

Nov. 17, 2019 1:08 AM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — At least seven people were killed and another 25 injured after a gas pipeline exploded in southeastern Bangladesh on Sunday, police said. The explosion at Patharghata area in Chittagong district collapsed portions of a boundary wall of a nearby building, local police chief Mohammed...

2 large yachts destroyed in predawn fire at Florida marina

Nov. 16, 2019 5:44 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a huge fire has destroyed two large yachts in South Florida, sending flames skyward and leaving millions of dollars in losses. No injuries were reported in Saturday’s pre-dawn fire. Fort Lauderdale Battalion Chief Stephen Gollan told news outlets the fire...

TS Raymond flags as it heads toward Mexico’s Baja peninsula

Nov. 16, 2019 5:29 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tropical Storm Raymond began weakening Saturday over the Pacific as it moved northward in the general direction of Mexico’s resort-studded Los Cabos. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Raymond had maximum sustained winds around 45 mph (75 kph) as of the afternoon, was...

Last survivor of the Hindenburg disaster dies at age 90

Nov. 16, 2019 4:10 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The last remaining survivor of the Hindenburg disaster, who suffered severe burns to his face, arms and legs before his mother managed to toss him and his brother from the burning airship, has died. Werner Gustav Doehner, the last among 62 passengers and crew who escaped the May 6,...

Mechanical issue forces flight to land in Pittsburgh

Nov. 16, 2019 4:01 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — An American Airlines flight was forced to land at Pittsburgh International Airport due to a mechanical issue. The airline says Flight 2244 had departed about 7:30 a.m. Saturday from Chicago and was bound for Washington with 72 passengers and six crew members aboard. The Boeing 737-800...

Drought recedes as rain waters parched areas of Southeast

Nov. 16, 2019 2:00 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Drought continues to recede in Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina. Almost one third of South Carolina and more than one third of Georgia recorded no drought as of Tuesday. Last week, only 9% of Georgia and 24% of South Carolina could make that claim. In Alabama, 70% of the state is now...