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Miami building collapse causes massive emergency response

Jun. 24, 2021 05:13 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A partial building collapse in Miami caused a massive response early Thursday from Miami Dade Fire Rescue, according to a tweet from the department's account. "Over 80 MDFR units including #TRT (Technical Rescue Teams) are on scene with assistance from...

Aging Japanese nuclear reactor restarted after a decade

Jun. 24, 2021 04:57 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A more than 40-year-old nuclear reactor in central Japan which suffered a deadly accident has resumed operation after being taken offline for a decade after the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, as Japan pushes to meet its carbon emissions reduction goal. ...

German vaccine center flooded, 5 injured by heavy hail

Jun. 24, 2021 04:38 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Officials say a vaccination center was flooded and five people were injured by hail during heavy storms in southwestern Germany overnight. All appointments for Thursday at the vaccination center in Tuebingen were canceled after the site was swamped by...

Police: 17 soldiers dead when helicopter crashes in Kenya

Jun. 24, 2021 04:13 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A police official in Kenya says 17 soldiers have died when the helicopter they were travelling in for a training exercise crashed in the outskirts of the capital, Nairobi. Six people with severe injuries were rescued from the scene in Ole-Tepesi in...

Tennessee's Marion County approved for disaster declaration

Jun. 24, 2021 04:08 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Federal officials say Marion County will receive recovery assistance after being added to a list of Tennessee counties under a major disaster declaration caused by severe weather and flooding in March. Marion County will now be eligible to seek...

In pandemic, drug overdose deaths soar among Black Americans

Jun. 24, 2021 03:00 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — She screamed and cried, banged on the dashboard, begging her husband to drive faster, faster, faster toward her brother lying face-down on his bedroom floor. Craig Elazer had struggled all his life with anxiety so bad his whole body would shake. But...

Philippine air force Blackhawk helicopter crashes, killing 6

Jun. 24, 2021 02:35 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A recently delivered Philippine assault helicopter crashed during a night training exercise north of Manila, killing all six air force personnel on board, officials said Thursday. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said it was still unknown...

Western drought brings another woe: voracious grasshoppers

Jun. 24, 2021 01:08 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A punishing drought in the U.S. West is drying up waterways, sparking wildfires and leaving farmers scrambling for water. Next up: a plague of voracious grasshoppers. Federal agriculture officials are launching what could become their largest...

Good weather aids firefighters in California's coastal range

Jun. 24, 2021 01:00 AM EDT

BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — An influx of moist and cool ocean air was helping Wednesday as more than 500 firefighters worked to suppress a forest fire burning in California coastal mountains near a remote Buddhist monastery south of Big Sur. The Willow Fire was 19%...

Insurance at peril for many in California's risky fire areas

Jun. 23, 2021 23:59 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As California's wildfire season looms, threatening once again to break records for destruction, tens of thousands of rural homeowners risk facing the flames without enough insurance to rebuild if their homes burn. Insurers have been taking a...