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Wisconsin police officer rescues dog from burning house

Jul. 8, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

RACINE, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin police officer says he did what any dog lover would do when a pet is in a burning home. He rescued the pup. Caledonia K-9 Officer Cory Radke and his canine partner, Lou, were on their way home Monday when Radke saw smoke and heard a dispatcher calling all squad cars to the...

The scene in Bow where a 20-metre crane collapsed on to a property leaving people trapped inside, in east London, Wednesday July 8, 2020. The London Fire Brigade says a 20-meter crane has collapsed onto a block of apartments under development and two houses in east London. The brigade’s Assistant Commissioner Graham Ellis says urban search and rescue crews are undertaking “a complex rescue operation” and using specialized equipment to search the properties on Wednesday. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)

Crane collapses in east London, killing 1, injuring 4

Jul. 8, 2020 1:42 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A 20-meter (65-foot) crane collapsed onto a block of apartments under development and two houses in east London, killing one person and injuring four others, authorities said Wednesday. “Sadly, despite the efforts of emergency services, a fifth person has been found and died at the...

5 killed, 9 injured by wildfires in Ukraine

Jul. 8, 2020 10:07 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — At least five people have been killed and another nine have been injured by wildfires raging in Ukraine's east, officials said Wednesday. The wildfires triggered by extreme heat and fanned by strong winds have destroyed about 100 houses and affected several villages. The authorities...

Fire under control on Danish former research island

Jul. 7, 2020 6:48 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Emergency and rescue workers in Denmark brought a blaze under control Tuesday on a largely deserted Danish island that until recently housed an animal disease research center, local media reported. No one was injured in the fire and investigators were dispatched to Lindholm island to probe...

FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2018 file photo, the National Museum stands gutted after an overnight fire in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Brazil's Federal Police wrapped up the investigation on Monday, July 6, 2020, into the fire, ruling out any criminal offense, saying the blaze likely started with an air conditioning unit. (AP Photo/Mario Lobao, File)

Brazil police finish investigation into National Museum fire

Jul. 6, 2020 1:44 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's Federal Police on Monday wrapped up an investigation into a 2018 fire at the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro that destroyed much of its 20-million-artifact collection, and ruled out any criminal offense. The blaze in the former palace likely started with an air conditioning...

Kenyans protest cop who allegedly killed man over sanitizer

Jul. 6, 2020 10:40 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Residents of a small town in western Kenya set fire to a police station and damaged several vehicles after a police officer allegedly killed a man over a dispute about hand sanitizer, according to an official report. It is the second time in two weeks that Kenyans have violently...

Woof Warning: Dog alerts owner to house fire next door

Jul. 6, 2020 6:06 AM EDT

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — A dog in Tennessee became a hero on the Fourth of July by alerting her owner to a house fire next door. Roux, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, woke her owner Jeff LeCates with “frantic and unusual barks" on Saturday night, a Franklin Fire Department press release said. When...

A passenger has her temperature checked to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus as some routes for the Traditional Jeepney buses were opened to help public transportation while the government slowly eases lockdown in metropolitan Manila, Philippines on Friday, July 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

The Latest: Australia’s most populous state to close border

Jul. 5, 2020 11:16 PM EDT

SYDNEY, Australia — The leader of Australia’s most populous state says her government’s decision to close its border with hard-hit Victoria state marks a new phase in the country’s coronavirus pandemic. New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has long been a critic of states that...

This photo released Thursday, July 2, 2020, by the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran shows a building after it was damaged by a fire at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility, some 200 miles (322 kilometers) south of the capital Tehran, Iran. Iran on Sunday confirmed that a damaged building at the underground Natanz nuclear site was a new centrifuge assembly center, the official IRNA news agency reported. (Atomic Energy Organization of Iran via AP, File)

Iran confirms damaged nuclear site was centrifuge facility

Jul. 5, 2020 5:16 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Sunday confirmed that a damaged building at the underground Natanz nuclear site was a new centrifuge assembly center, the official IRNA news agency reported. Iranian officials had previously sought to downplay the fire, which erupted early on Thursday, calling it only an...

A car stands vertically on a muddy road after being washed away by flood, in Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto prefecture, southwestern Japan, Sunday, July 5, 2020. Heavy rain in the Kumamoto region triggered flooding and mudslides Saturday and left dozens still being stranded at their homes and other facilities. (Kyodo News via AP)

Japan floods leave up to 34 dead, many at nursing homes

Jul. 5, 2020 7:12 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Deep floodwaters and the risk of more mudslides that left at least 34 people confirmed or presumed dead hampered search and rescue operations Sunday in southern Japan, including at elderly home facilities where more than a dozen died and scores were still stranded. Helicopters and boats...