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FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2009, file photo, the 2011 Kia Sorento debuts at the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles. Kia is joining its affiliate Hyundai in recalling thousands of vehicles in the U.S. because water can get into a brake computer, cause an electrical short and possibly a fire. The Kia recall covers nearly 229,000 Sedona minivans from the 2006 through 2010 model years. Also covered are Sorento SUVs from 2007 through 2009. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Kia recalls SUVs, vans; electrical problem can cause fires

Feb. 20, 2020 9:44 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Kia is joining its affiliate Hyundai in recalling thousands of vehicles in the U.S. because water can get into a brake computer, cause an electrical short and possibly a fire. The Kia recall covers nearly 229,000 Sedona minivans from the 2006 through 2010 model years. Also covered are...

The massive fire at Northern Metal recycling in Becker, Minnesota, that has been burning for days, seemed to be under control Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 with massive piles of burned cars covered in ice.  The Becker Police Department posted Thursday  that “major progress

Police: Minnesota recycling plant fire under control for now

Feb. 20, 2020 9:36 PM EST

BECKER, Minn. (AP) — Firefighters battling a stubborn fire that has been burning for days at a metal recycling plant in a small Minnesota community have got the blaze under control, police said Thursday. The fire at the Northern Metals plant in Becker has been belching noxious, billowing smoke since it...

These undated photos provided by the Porterville, Calif., Fire Department show firefighter Patrick Jones, left, and Capt. Raymond Figueroa. Two 13-year-old boys were arrested Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, for allegedly starting a blaze at the Porterville, Calif., Public Library that killed fire Capt. Figueroa, 35. Firefighter Patrick Jones, 25, is still missing,  (Porterville Fire Department via AP)

Body of 2nd firefighter in California library blaze found

Feb. 20, 2020 4:45 PM EST

PORTERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Crews have found the remains of a second firefighter killed while battling a blaze at a public library in central California allegedly started by two 13-year-old boys, authorities said. The Porterville Fire Department said crews were able to enter the the Porterville Public...

Couple dies in Kentucky house fire

Feb. 20, 2020 10:58 AM EST

MORGANFIELD, Ky. (AP) — A couple died in a house fire in western Kentucky, officials said. Joseph Sheffer, 86, and his wife, Joann Sheffer, 81, were killed when their home in Grove Center caught fire, Union County Coroner Stephen Shouse told news outlets. The Union County Dispatch Center was notified early...

Report of aircraft crash in Thailand appears to be false

Feb. 20, 2020 10:43 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Searchers in Thailand say what was reported by police to have been an aircraft crash on a mountain appears to have been only a wildfire. Police and rescue organizations had earlier said a small aircraft had crashed in the eastern province of Rayong, with contradictory reports describing it...

Korri Loader, a friend of the victims of a car fire, sits at a makeshift memorial, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, near the scene of a car fire which claimed the lives of a mother and her three young children in Brisbane, Australia. Hannah Baxter, 31, and her children Aaliyah, 6, Lainah, 4, and Trey, 3, died after their car was set alight on a street in suburban Brisbane on Wednesday morning. (Dan Peled/AAP Image via AP)

PM says Australians 'devastated' by domestic violence attack

Feb. 20, 2020 12:43 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Thursday that Australians were “shocked, saddened and devastated” by the deaths of five people including three children after a car fire in apparent domestic violence. Hannah Baxter, 31, and her children Aaliyah, 6, Lainah, 4, and Trey, 3, died...

Firefighters remained on the scene of a fire that has been burning for more than 24 hours at the Northern Metal Recycling plant, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Becker, Minn. Firefighter Toni Knutson says the fire is burning under a huge pile of cars. She says cranes are being used to remove the vehicles from the pile one-by-one. (David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)

Fire at Minnesota recycling plant affecting air quality

Feb. 19, 2020 7:55 PM EST

BECKER, Minn. (AP) — Officials are monitoring the air quality in Becker where a fire at a metal recycling plantcontinues to burn. Firefighters continued to fight the stubborn blaze Wednesday after working all day and through the night Tuesday at Northern Metal Recycling plant. The fire still had a number...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2010, file photo, a massive fire following a pipeline explosion roars through a mostly residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif. A federal judge repeatedly ripped into Pacific Gas & Electric, saying its executives have put greed before safety. U.S. District Judge William Alsup told the utility at a hearing Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, that it should plan to have at least 1,100 more tree trimmers to reduce the chances that it will cause even more devastation. The harsh rebuke came in a hearing as part of PG&E's criminal probation imposed after its natural gas lines blew up a San Bruno, California, neighborhood and killed eight people. Since its probation, poorly maintained power lines have been blamed for igniting wildfires that killed nearly 130 people and destroyed thousands of homes. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Judge rips PG&E for poor safety record leading to wildfires

Feb. 19, 2020 5:26 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. judge ripped into Pacific Gas & Electric on Wednesday, saying its executives have put greed before safety and telling officials from the utility blamed for catastrophic California wildfires to plan to add at least 1,100 more tree trimmers to cut the risk of even more blazes....

FILE - In this June 11, 2018, file photo, flames consume trees during a burnout operation that was performed south of County Road 202 near Durango, Colo. A report by the U.S. Geological Survey shows investments made to reduce the risk of wildfire in forested areas are paying dividends when it comes to creating jobs and infusing money in local economies. The study focused on several counties along the New Mexico-Colorado border that make up the watershed of the Rio Grande. (Jerry McBride/The Durango Herald via AP, File)

Report: Work to reduce wildfire risks has economic benefits

Feb. 19, 2020 5:22 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Projects to reduce the risk of wildfires and protect water sources in the U.S. West have created jobs and infused more money in local economies, researchers say, and they were funded by a partnership between governments and businesses that has become a model in other countries. A...

2 teens arrested in library fire that killed firefighter

Feb. 19, 2020 1:35 PM EST

PORTERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Two 13-year-old boys have been arrested on suspicion of starting a blaze at a public library in central California that left a firefighter dead and another missing, officials said. Porterville Police Chief Eric Kroutil said Wednesday the teenagers were arrested Tuesday in the...