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By the numbers: Stats that tell story of Biden's first year

Jan. 16, 2022 12:57 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — By some counts, President Joe Biden can lay claim to a banner first year in office. But numbers also reveal plenty of setbacks. Most in the United States got their COVID-19 vaccines, but other countries fared better. Economic growth surged; so did inflation....

Catastrophe averted as fire near chemical plant is contained

Jan. 15, 2022 16:36 PM EST

PASSAIC, N.J. (AP) — A dramatic fire near a chemical plant burned through the night and into Saturday in northern New Jersey but led to no evacuation orders or serious injuries — just heavy smoke that was seen and smelled in nearby New York City. The fire at Majestic Industries...

Afghan refugee family tries to find a home in Savannah

Jan. 15, 2022 00:08 AM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Please note that the names of the refugees have been changed to protect their identities as well as their families who remain in Afghanistan. The article has been updated to reflect updated numbers from Inspiritus. It was around 2 a.m. on Aug. 15 when Mahdi...

Fire safety experts say planning, quick reaction key

Jan. 11, 2022 16:31 PM EST

As smoke poured through the halls a New York City high-rise on Sunday, killing 17 people in the Bronx, tenants were faced with a life-or-death decision: Should they stay put or try to escape? Several survivors later told reporters that when they saw their hallways fill with smoke,...

Dog lost in wildfire rescued in snowy California mountains

Jan. 09, 2022 18:30 PM EST

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — A dog separated from his owner last summer as a wildfire forced evacuations in Northern California mountains was found after a backcountry skier spotted the animal in deep snow last month, prompting an intense rescue operation. Russ, a pit...

Chemical mixture in police waiting area prompts evacuation

Jan. 08, 2022 12:13 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Authorities say they are trying to find out who deployed a chemical mixture in a southwest Philadelphia police station waiting area, prompting an evacuation. Police say the mixture, which appears to have been a combination of mace and some other substance, was...

Some still don't know fate of pets after Colorado wildfire

Jan. 06, 2022 13:05 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — When Lisa Young evacuated her home as a fast-moving Colorado wildfire burned, it looked like firefighters were going to be able to stop what appeared then to just be a grass fire in a field behind her home. She just took her purse, turned off her slow cooker and television and made...

Remains found, yet most people escaped Colorado fire

Jan. 05, 2022 19:11 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A late-season wildfire pushed by hurricane-force winds tore through two densely populated Denver suburbs and seemed destined to leave a trail of deaths. Yet, only two people were unaccounted for out of some 35,000 forced from their homes. It’s a remarkably low...

'We have to be there': AP photographer recalls Capitol siege

Jan. 05, 2022 14:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Capitol was under siege. By Americans. It was Jan. 6, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington, and Associated Press photographer J. Scott Applewhite was in the middle of it all — and was the eyes of the world in some respects. His camera recorded images...

'We were trapped': Trauma of Jan. 6 lingers for lawmakers

Jan. 05, 2022 08:43 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long after most other lawmakers had been rushed to safety, they were on the hard marble floor, ducking for cover. Trapped in the gallery of the House, occupying balcony seats off-limits to the public because of COVID-19, roughly three dozen House Democrats were...