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California towns at risk from fires often have few ways out

Apr. 25, 2019 8:23 PM EDT

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Californians got a deadly wakeup call when more than 27,000 Paradise residents trying to escape the Camp Fire got caught in a nightmare traffic jam. The 2018 catastrophe illuminated the grim reality that road systems throughout the state are not designed to handle a sudden...

37 hurt, including 7 critical after Chicago-area gas leak

Apr. 25, 2019 8:23 PM EDT

BEACH PARK, Ill. (AP) — A chemical leak that caused a toxic plume to hang for hours over a northern Chicago suburb Thursday sickened dozens of people, including seven who are in critical condition, officials said. Lake Forest Fire Chief Mike Gallo said a tractor was towing two separate two-ton containers...

Trump administration reevaluating offshore drilling plans

Apr. 25, 2019 7:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Thursday it is reevaluating its controversial plan to sharply expand offshore drilling as it responds to a court ruling that blocked oil and gas development off Alaska and parts of the Atlantic. Governors and lawmakers from both Republican- and Democratic-led...

Cubs' Russell says he's focused on becoming a better person

Apr. 25, 2019 7:13 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell said Thursday that he is focused on "trying to become a better person" since being suspended for 40 games for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy. Russell was suspended last fall after a series of allegations made by his...

UN climate chief warns current path leads to 'catastrophe'

Apr. 25, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. climate chief says world leaders must recognize there is no option except to speed-up and scale-up action to tackle global warming, warning that continuing on the current path will lead to "a catastrophe. Patricia Espinosa stressed in two recent interviews with the Associated...

The Latest: NTSB sending team to investigate ammonia leak

Apr. 25, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

BEACH PARK, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on a chemical leak in a northern Chicago suburb (all times local): 5:20 p.m. The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a team to Illinois to investigate a chemical release from two containers that caused a toxic plume that sickened dozens of people. The NTSB...

Giraffes a tentative step closer toward federal protections

Apr. 25, 2019 5:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Years after international watchdogs began warning that giraffes are sliding toward a silent extinction, the Trump administration is taking the first tentative steps toward protecting the world's tallest land animal under the Endangered Species Act. The move, which advocates say is long...

Eagles sign defensive tackle Tim Jernigan

Apr. 25, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles have signed defensive tackle Tim Jernigan to a one-year contract. Jernigan started 18 games in 2017 when the Eagles won the Super Bowl but he only played three games last season after having back surgery in the offseason. The Eagles released Jernigan in March,...

Brazil's congress receives indigenous leaders amid protests

Apr. 25, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Over 150 indigenous leaders met with lawmakers to discuss land rights and the role of their communities in the protection of the environment Thursday amid protests against the policies of Brazil's new far-right president. The discussions in the Chamber of Deputies came on the second...

Congo park ranger tells of taking viral selfie with gorillas

Apr. 25, 2019 2:47 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A park ranger in Congo has described how he captured a selfie with two gorillas that went viral. Mathieu Shamavu, a ranger at Virunga National Park in eastern Congo, said he was checking his phone when he noticed two female orphaned gorillas, Ndakazi and Ndeze, mimicking his movements, so he...