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Trump revives criticism over fires ahead of California visit

Nov. 16, 2018 7:58 PM EST

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — With the confirmed death toll at 63, authorities in Northern California on Friday searched for those who perished and those who survived the fiercest of wildfires ahead of a planned visit by President Donald Trump. The president on Saturday is expected to get a look at the grief and...

The Latest: Man says his 75-year-old mom didn't survive fire

Nov. 16, 2018 7:40 PM EST

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California's wildfires (all times local): 4:25 p.m. One man's search for his 75-year-old mother has ended with a phone call from an official with the coroner's office. Sol Bechtold had gone to numerous shelters since the massive Nov. 8 wildfire tore into his mother's...

Crews break wall to rescue 6 in Chicago skyscraper elevator

Nov. 16, 2018 8:04 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Firefighters broke through a wall in one of Chicago's tallest skyscrapers to rescue six people who were trapped in an elevator. The Chicago Fire Department responded early Friday following a report that the six visitors, including a pregnant woman, were trapped at the 875 North Michigan...

The Latest: Firefighter on California blaze struck by car

Nov. 16, 2018 1:23 AM EST

MAGALIA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in California (all times local): 10:20 p.m. An out-of-state firefighter battling a massive Southern California blaze has been struck by a truck. But authorities say his injuries aren't life-threatening. KIRO-TV in Seattle reports that 46-year-old Terry...

California fire has claimed 63 as missing list grows to 631

Nov. 15, 2018 11:20 PM EST

MAGALIA, Calif. (AP) — At least 63 are now dead from a Northern California wildfire, and officials say they have a missing persons list with 631 names on it in an ever-evolving accounting of the missing after the nation's deadliest wildfire in a century. Officials were scrambling to pinpoint everyone's...

Family: North Carolina hiker missing in Mexico killed

Nov. 15, 2018 3:19 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The family of an American hiker missing in northern Mexico says that the state government has informed it that he was killed by a criminal organization. A statement from the family of 34-year-old Patrick Braxton-Andrew thanked Chihuahua state authorities and said the search continues to...

Guard troops search for more wildfire victims; 56 dead

Nov. 14, 2018 10:20 PM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — With at least 130 people still missing, National Guard troops searched Wednesday through charred debris for more victims of California's deadliest wildfire as top federal and state officials toured the ruins of a community completely destroyed by the flames. Interior Secretary Ryan...

The Latest: Outbreak of norovirus at wildfire shelter

Nov. 14, 2018 10:05 PM EST

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the wildfires in California (all times local): 7 p.m. Officials say there has been an outbreak of norovirus at a shelter housing people who evacuated their homes to escape the massive wildfire in Northern California. Butte County public health spokeswoman Lisa Almaguer...

FBI examining more video in search for Wisconsin teen

Nov. 14, 2018 8:19 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The FBI is examining additional surveillance video taken from an expanded area around the Wisconsin home where a couple was shot and killed and their daughter was apparently abducted, the sheriff leading the investigation said Wednesday. Jayme Closs, 13, disappeared early on Oct. 15, when...

As wildfires grow deadlier, officials search for solutions

Nov. 14, 2018 8:16 PM EST

BILLINGS, Montana (AP) — Creating fire buffers between housing and dry brush, burying spark-prone power lines and lighting more controlled burns to keep vegetation in check could give people a better chance of surviving wildfires, according to experts searching for ways to reduce growing death tolls from...