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Testimony at Quinton Tillis trial: Dying woman named 'Eric'

Sep. 26, 2018 6:14 AM EDT

BATESVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Prosecutors in Mississippi insist they're trying the right man for an awful crime, the killing of a woman who was set on fire on a backroad. But the first day of the murder retrial of Quinton Tellis was dominated by emergency workers who said a dying Jessica Chambers told them...

Kentucky forestry officials prepare for fall wildfire season

Sep. 26, 2018 4:51 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Despite a wet start to autumn, the Kentucky Division of Forestry is preparing for the fall wildfire season. Forestry officials say most of Kentucky's wildfires are preventable — the result of arson and careless burning of trash, debris and brush. The state's fall forest fire...

Retrial begins for man accused in woman's burning death

Sep. 25, 2018 7:57 PM EDT

BATESVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Quinton Tellis is the man on trial for killing a Mississippi woman by setting her on fire, but much of the first day's testimony focused on emergency workers' reports that Jessica Chambers told them an "Eric" had attacked her. That testimony came Tuesday after prosecutors tried to...

The Latest: Firefighters: Victim said 'Eric' set her ablaze

Sep. 25, 2018 7:01 PM EDT

BATESVILLE, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on a trial (all times local): 6 p.m. Mississippi emergency workers say that a dying woman was hard to understand, but many say they heard her say that someone named Eric had set her on fire. At least six firefighters and paramedics testified Tuesday they heard Jessica...

2 arrested for California fires that injured 2 firefighters

Sep. 25, 2018 6:23 PM EDT

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say they have arrested two people suspected of starting four vegetation fires in the San Francisco Bay Area that injured two firefighters. The San Ramon Police Department said Tuesday that 39-year-old William Priest is suspected of starting two separate blazes on Sunday...

Wildfire smoke costs famed Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Sep. 25, 2018 6:11 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The famed Oregon Shakespeare Festival that attracts tourists from around the world said Tuesday that it lost $2 million this summer because wildfire smoke forced it to cancel more than two dozen outdoor performances. The organization will have an indoor venue next season for smoky...

Wildfire fueled by strong winds forces evacuation in Croatia

Sep. 25, 2018 12:39 PM EDT

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — A wildfire whipped by strong winds on Tuesday forced dozens of people to evacuate part of a southern Croatian peninsula. Some 50 soldiers joined firefighters to help contain the blaze, which reached villages in the small hamlet of Mokalo, in a touristy area close to the village of...

Wildfire in Tuscan countryside forces 700 to flee homes

Sep. 25, 2018 8:29 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian emergency authorities say a suspected arson fire in the countryside near Pisa has forced at least 700 people to flee their homes and has ravaged some 600 hectares (nearly 1,500 acres). Tuscany Gov. Enrico Rossi told reporters Tuesday that arson was suspected and authorities were...

Flying manhole cover hits worker at underground fire scene

Sep. 25, 2018 8:20 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Authorities say a flying manhole cover injured a Baltimore fire department worker on the scene of an underground fire that caused several manhole explosions. Fire department spokeswoman Blair Skinner told news outlets that the employee was hospitalized Monday after being hit downtown. Two...

Police: Man said he poured gas, set fire to disabled wife

Sep. 25, 2018 6:15 AM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A judge wants a grand jury to consider the case of a man who told police he poured gasoline on his disabled wife and set her on fire. Fifty-eight-year-old Delano Grangruth is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 61-year-old Kathleen White-Grangruth. The Virginian-Pilot...