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California reports first wildfire death of the 2024 season as fires persist across the West

Jul. 12, 2024 22:37 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Wildfires fueled by strong winds and an extended heat wave have led to the first death in California of the 2024 season, while wind-whipped flames in Arizona have forced hundreds to flee from what tribal leaders are calling the “most serious” wildfire on their reservation...

Fast-moving fire destroys Philadelphia apartment building, displacing dozens of residents

Jul. 12, 2024 12:22 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A fast-moving fire roared through a Philadelphia apartment building, destroying the structure and displacing dozens of residents. Three people suffered minor injuries in the fire at the 7400 Roosevelt Apartments complex, which broke out shortly before 9:30 p.m....

Wildfire risk rises as Western states dry out amid protracted heat wave

Jul. 12, 2024 07:19 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities in Western states warned of the rising risk of wildfires amid a protracted heat wave that has dried out the landscape while setting temperature records and putting lives at risk. Forecasters, meanwhile, said Thursday that some relief was due by the weekend. ...

Small fire in towering spire of medieval cathedral in French city of Rouen is under control

Jul. 11, 2024 22:17 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A small fire broke out Thursday in the spire of the medieval cathedral in Rouen, a major landmark in northern France that was under renovation, but authorities said it was quickly brought under control. Witnesses told French television they saw smoke emanating from the...

Judge hears arguments for restitution to families of 34 people killed in 2019 scuba boat fire

Jul. 11, 2024 15:47 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge heard arguments Thursday over whether a boat captain should pay restitution to the families of 34 people killed in a California scuba dive boat fire in 2019, with prosecutors seeking reimbursement for funeral expenses and more. Jerry Boylan, the...

Biden announces $225 million weapons package for Ukraine, including Patriot system

Jul. 11, 2024 13:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden announced a new $225 million aid package for Ukraine on Thursday, including a Patriot missile system to bolster its air defenses against a deadly onslaught of Russian airstrikes. Biden made the announcement during a meeting with Ukrainian...

Israeli army says its probe found that Hamas militants, not tank fire, likely killed hostages on Oct. 7 kibbutz attack

Jul. 11, 2024 12:14 PM EDT
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli army says its probe found that Hamas militants, not tank fire, likely killed hostages on Oct. 7 kibbutz attack.

French authorities say a fire has broken out on the spire of the medieval cathedral in the Normandy city of Rouen

Jul. 11, 2024 06:56 AM EDT
PARIS (AP) — French authorities say a fire has broken out on the spire of the medieval cathedral in the Normandy city of Rouen.

Man dies after getting electrocuted at Indiana 4-H fair

Jul. 10, 2024 17:27 PM EDT

GREENTOWN, Ind. (AP) — A man is dead after he was electrocuted while helping set up a 4-H fair in central Indiana. Jose Julian Garcia Oropeza, 36, died on Saturday, WXIN-TV reported. According to a news release from the Howard County Coroner’s Office, Oropeza was setting up a...

Sparked by fireworks, New Jersey forest fire is 90% contained, authorities say

Jul. 09, 2024 10:44 AM EDT

TABERNACLE, N.J. (AP) — Firefighting crews have managed to contain 90% of a forest fire that burned 6.7 square miles (17 square kilometers) in the New Jersey Pinelands. The blaze in Wharton State Forest was not threatening any structures, and no one had been injured by it, the New...