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Show calls boy who stayed up for TV and saved family 'hero'

Jan. 16, 2019 4:13 PM EST

MINQUADALE, Del. (AP) — A 13-year-old Delaware boy credited with saving his family from a house fire when he stayed up late to watch TV has received a special delivery from the show's writers. The News Journal reports that Damir Carter defied his mom by staying up late to watch TV in early January, and was...

Tribute to 9/11 workers takes shape in granite country

Jan. 16, 2019 1:01 PM EST

BARRE, Vt. (AP) — A tribute to thousands of rescue and recovery workers who labored in the ruins of the World Trade Center is taking shape in Vermont, where workers are chipping at and chiseling slabs of granite that will be installed this spring at the national Sept. 11 memorial. The new area with a path...

The Latest: Body of German skier recovered after avalanche

Jan. 16, 2019 11:09 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on winter weather in Europe (all times local): 5:10 p.m. Austrian police say they have recovered the body of a fourth German skier killed in an avalanche near the resort of Lech last weekend. Police in Vorarlberg province said rescue workers using search dogs and an avalanche probe...

Spain: DNA sample confirms 2-year-old fell into borehole

Jan. 16, 2019 8:23 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spanish rescuers working against the clock to find a 2-year-old boy who's been missing for three days say they have found DNA samples of the boy confirming his parents' account that he had fallen into a narrow borehole more than 100 meters (328 feet) deep. The parents of toddler Julen...

The Latest: Nairobi attack survivors reunite with families

Jan. 16, 2019 12:08 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Latest on the attack on a hotel in Nairobi, Kenya (all times local): 7:10 a.m. Dozens of people are reuniting with friends and family after being trapped for more than 12 hours in a hotel complex under attack in Kenya's capital. Survivor Lucy Wanjiru says she had been trying to...

Death toll in Russia's gas explosion climbs to 4

Jan. 15, 2019 10:06 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The death toll from a gas explosion at an apartment building in southern Russia climbed to four Tuesday after the bodies of three missing people were found in the rubble. The explosion on the top floor of the nine-story building ripped through the structure in the city of Shakhty before dawn...

3 deputies shot while serving search warrant at Texas home

Jan. 15, 2019 7:35 AM EST

ODESSA, Texas (AP) — Police in Texas say three deputies have been shot and wounded while serving a search warrant at a home in Odessa. Ector County Sheriff Mike Griffis says officers returned fire and one person was killed during the Monday night shooting. Investigators believe the person who died was the...

Spanish rescuers bore tunnel in frantic search for toddler

Jan. 15, 2019 4:46 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Rescuers in southern Spain are digging a horizontal tunnel in an attempt to reach the bottom of a deep and narrow borehole where they hope to find a 2-year-old toddler, two days after he disappeared. The 100-meter (330-feet)-deep shaft is too narrow for an adult to enter. It was bored last...

Police: Utah mall shooting that wounded 2 was gang dispute

Jan. 14, 2019 7:31 PM EST

MURRAY, Utah (AP) — A shooting at a suburban Salt Lake City mall that sent hundreds of panicked shoppers fleeing started as an argument between rival gang members inside the mall and later erupted in gunfire outside, leaving two people wounded, police said Monday. Two 19-year-old men were arrested on...

Spain saves 493 migrants yet stops rescue ship from leaving

Jan. 14, 2019 2:15 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spanish authorities pulled 493 migrants from eight rickety boats in the Mediterranean Sea on Monday yet blocked a humanitarian rescue ship from leaving the port of Barcelona, saying it violated maritime regulations on previous trips. An order from Spanish authorities to the aid...