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House explosion, fire under investigation; owner injured

Oct. 16, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

EMBDEN, Maine (AP) — Firefighters in Maine are investigating a house explosion and fire that injured the homeowner. The residence is a complete loss following the explosion Friday afternoon in Embden, state fire and police said in a news release. ...

California wildfire now half contained amid calmer weather

Oct. 16, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters persisted in making progress Saturday against a wildfire burning for a sixth day in Southern California coastal mountains. The Alisal Fire in the Santa Ynez Mountains west of Santa Barbara grew only slightly since Friday to...

Group: $260,000 given for victims of Alabama plant shooting

Oct. 16, 2021 14:45 PM EDT

ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A nonprofit group said donors have given more than $260,000 to help victims of a mass shooting at an Alabama fire extinguisher plant earlier this year, and it is making plans to distribute the money. A public meeting is scheduled for Tuesday in...

Taiwan's leader pays respects to 46 dead in building inferno

Oct. 16, 2021 06:28 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's president on Saturday paid her respects at a morgue to the dozens of people killed in a deadly inferno that ripped through an aging tower block earlier in the week. The fire in the southern city of Kaohsiung killed at least 46 people,...

Truck driver convicted in Colorado pileup that killed 4

Oct. 15, 2021 21:00 PM EDT

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) — A truck driver accused of causing a fiery pileup that killed four people and injured six others on a Colorado highway has been convicted of vehicular homicide and other charges. Rogel Lazaro Aguilera Mederos, 25, was convicted by a Jefferson County...

At least 46 killed in Taiwanese apartment building inferno

Oct. 15, 2021 20:17 PM EDT

KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) — At least 46 people were killed and another 41 injured after a fire broke out early Thursday in a run-down mixed commercial and residential building in the Taiwanese port city of Kaohsiung, officials said. Neighborhood residents said the...

'Lawless city?' Worry after Portland police don't stop chaos

Oct. 15, 2021 19:56 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A crowd of 100 people wreaked havoc in downtown Portland, Oregon, this week – smashing storefront windows, lighting dumpsters on fire and causing at least $500,000 in damage – but police officers didn't stop them. Portland Police Bureau...

More rain expected for Hawaii, but drought may persist

Oct. 15, 2021 18:54 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii can expect above average rainfall during the upcoming wet season and potentially have more floods like last winter, the National Weather Service said Friday. Even so, Maui County and the Big Island may remain in drought and at greater risk for wildfires because the...

Professor pleads guilty in attack on fellow faculty member

Oct. 15, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

GREENFIELD, Mass. (AP) — An art professor at a prestigious women's college in Massachusetts pleaded guilty on Friday to attacking a colleague with a rock, fire poker and garden shears, leaving the victim with permanent injuries. Rie Hachiyanagi, 50, a professor at Mount...

Fire at home involved in woman's kidnapping case was arson

Oct. 15, 2021 15:59 PM EDT

WINDYVILLE, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri State Fire Marshal's office has ruled that a fire at the Dallas County home of a suspect in the disappearance of a woman was a second-degree arson. The home between Lebanon and Buffalo was destroyed in a fire Oct. 4. ...