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Louisville Water employees hit by car, 1 killed

Jul. 22, 2019 5:52 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Authorities say a car involved in a crash was pushed off a road and into two Louisville Water workers, killing one of them. The water utility company in Kentucky said 17-year employee Jimmy Stone died after the crash Monday afternoon. The company says Chad Harper, a 23-year employee,...

Firefighters battle wildfire in Portugal, 32 people hurt

Jul. 22, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

COLOS, Portugal (AP) — More than 1,000 firefighters and 14 water-dropping aircraft battled a major wildfire Monday amid scorching temperatures in Portugal, where forest blazes wreak destruction every summer. As temperatures reached almost 40 C (104 F) in the afternoon, and a wind blew up, the blaze that...

Judge rejects bid to block sheep grazing in Centennial range

Jul. 22, 2019 5:46 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A judge says he won't block sheep grazing in a mountain range on the Idaho-Montana boarder despite worries by wildlife advocates that federally-protected grizzly bears could be harmed. U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen said in Monday's order that he was siding with federal...

Trump seeks Pakistan's help to end long Afghanistan war

Jul. 22, 2019 5:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump claimed Monday he could end the nearly two-decade old war in Afghanistan in a matter of days, but it would kill millions of people and wipe the country "off the face of the earth." The president made the statement at the White House as he praised Pakistan Prime...

Governor asked to open access to site amid telescope protest

Jul. 22, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Some state and local lawmakers want the governor of Hawaii to rescind his emergency proclamation allowing authorities to restrict protesters' access to a mountain where a giant telescope is planned. Ten Hawaii state lawmakers and county council members said Monday the proclamation by Gov....

Cleanup continues after Texas petrochemical fire in March

Jul. 22, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

DEER PARK, Texas (AP) — The cleanup of millions of gallons of waste and polluted water is far from over four months after a large fire burned for days at a Houston-area petrochemical storage site. Intercontinental Terminals Company, the facility's owner, must abide by a 31-page management plan that...

Flames rekindle in Willamette forest charred last summer

Jul. 22, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Flare-ups continue in the footprint of a fire last year in the Willamette National Forest. The Register-Guard reports firefighters have snuffed out four reburns, as firefighting officials call them, according to Northwest Oregon Interagency Fire Organization fire staff officer Edward...

Ohio governor signs $645 million workers' comp budget

Jul. 22, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has signed into law a two-year budget for Ohio's insurance fund for injured workers after lawmakers missed the initial deadline at the end of June and covered the gap with a temporary budget. DeWine, a Republican, did not issue any line-item vetoes for measures...

The Latest: New Mexico city honors firefighter who died

Jul. 22, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the (all times local): 3:20 p.m. Roswell officials say they're honoring a firefighter who died from injuries in a fireworks explosion with a procession. Officials say the procession for Jeff Stroble, who died Sunday, would begin at the Roswell Air Center late Monday...

Tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans demand governor resign

Jul. 22, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Waving flags, chanting and banging pots and pans, tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans jammed a highway Monday to demand the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rosselló in a crisis triggered by a leak of offensive, obscenity-laden chat messages between him and his advisers. The...