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FILE - This file photo from exclusive video provided by San Francisco TV station KGO-TV, made late Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, shows Derick Ion Almena, right, and Micah Allison, the couple who operated the Ghost Ship warehouse where dozens died in a fire, at an Oakland, Calif., courthouse. Almena, facing a second trial after a 2016 fire killed 36 partygoers at a San Francisco Bay Area warehouse he's accused of illegally converting into a cluttered artists enclave, is expected to plead guilty later this month, relatives of several of the victims said. Almena, 50, is expected to plead guilty to 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter on Jan. 22, 2021. (KGO-TV via AP, File)

Man pleads guilty to deaths of 36 people in warehouse fire

Jan. 22, 2021 5:38 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The master tenant of a San Francisco Bay Area warehouse where 36 people perished when a fire ignited during a 2016 dance party pleaded guilty Friday to the deaths, avoiding a second trial after the first ended in a hung jury. Derick Almena, 50, pleaded guilty to 36 counts of...

Man charged in deaths of 36 people in 2016 San Francisco Bay Area warehouse fire pleads guilty, avoiding second trial

Jan. 22, 2021 1:14 PM EST
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Man charged in deaths of 36 people in 2016 San Francisco Bay Area warehouse fire pleads guilty, avoiding second trial.
Smoke rises from the Serum Institute of India, the world's largest vaccine maker that is manufacturing the AstraZeneca/Oxford University vaccine for the coronavirus, in Pune, India, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

5 killed in blaze at Indian producer of COVID-19 vaccine

Jan. 21, 2021 8:35 PM EST

PUNE, India (AP) — At least five people were killed in a fire that broke out Thursday at a building under construction at Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer, officials said. The company said the blaze would not affect production of the COVID-19 vaccine. Murlidhar...

Sheriff: Woman upset over husband's absence kills kids, self

Jan. 21, 2021 6:48 PM EST

FAIRLEA, W.Va. (AP) — Five children found dead after a West Virginia house fire late last year were shot to death by their mother, who then took her own life, authorities said Thursday. Greenbrier County Sheriff Bruce Sloan revealed details of the shootings and fire last Dec. 8 at a news conference. He...

15 die in Ukraine nursing home fire

Jan. 21, 2021 11:59 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A fire at a private nursing home in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv killed 15 people and injured five others Thursday, officials said. The cause of the blaze in the two-story building was under investigation. News reports said the building originally was a residence but had been converted into...

Fire hits factory belonging to Serum Institute of India, world's largest vaccine maker; COVID-19 vaccine not affected

Jan. 21, 2021 5:17 AM EST
NEW DELHI (AP) — Fire hits factory belonging to Serum Institute of India, world's largest vaccine maker; COVID-19 vaccine not affected.
FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2020, file photo The CZU August Lightning Complex fire consumes trees and a fence along Empire Grade Road in the Santa Cruz Mountains community of Bonny Doon near Santa Cruz, Calif. Months-old embers from a deadly California fire were blown back to life Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, by powerful winds that raked the state and prompted safety blackouts to tens of thousands of people. The state's firefighting agency says Tuesday it has responded to at least a dozen vegetation fires in San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties in 12 hours. (Shmuel Thler/The Santa Cruz Sentinel via AP, File)

California winds easing after sparking fires, power outages

Jan. 20, 2021 9:14 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A windstorm that fanned brushfires, toppled trees and left thousands of Californians without power focused its remaining energy Wednesday on the southern end of the state, where forecasters warned of the additional threat of heavy rain and flash flooding. Strong winds that began Tuesday...

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2020, file photo The CZU August Lightning Complex fire consumes trees and a fence along Empire Grade Road in the Santa Cruz Mountains community of Bonny Doon near Santa Cruz, Calif. Months-old embers from a deadly California fire were blown back to life Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, by powerful winds that raked the state and prompted safety blackouts to tens of thousands of people. The state's firefighting agency says Tuesday it has responded to at least a dozen vegetation fires in San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties in 12 hours. (Shmuel Thler/The Santa Cruz Sentinel via AP, File)

Fierce California winds fan fires, topple trees and trucks

Jan. 20, 2021 9:04 AM EST

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — Months-old embers from a deadly California fire were blown back to life Tuesday by powerful winds that raked the state and prompted safety blackouts to tens of thousands of people. Firefighters chased wind-driven blazes up and down the state, trees and trucks were toppled,...

Fire, blast at ammunition warehouse in western Libya kills 3

Jan. 20, 2021 4:09 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A fire, followed by an explosion at an ammunition warehouse at a naval academy in western Libya killed three people, including two officers, a Libyan spokesman said Wednesday. It was not clear what caused the overnight blaze at the academy in the town of Janzur, about 24 kilometers (14 miles)...

Motorbike museum in Austrian Alps goes up in flames

Jan. 19, 2021 5:27 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Fire investigators picked their way through the charred remains of a motorbike museum in the Austrian Alps on Tuesday, searching for clues to the cause of the blaze that destroyed more than 200 exhibition pieces, many of them collectors' items. The fire early Monday at the Top Mountain...