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1 dead, another injured in Milwaukee apartment fire

Jan. 28, 2021 10:52 AM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — One person has died and another has been injured in an apartment building fire on Milwaukee's near south side early Thursday, according to officials. Firefighters were called to Burnham Hills Apartments shortly after midnight and found flames coming from an apartment on the third floor of...

FILE - In this June 12, 2020 file photo, lead prosecutor Maria Cristina Rota talks with reporters as the leaves Palazzo Chigi premier's office, in Rome. Prosecutors from northern Italy have traveled to Rome again Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, to question the health minister and others as part of their broadening investigation into whether to lay any criminal blame for Italy’s horrific coronavirus toll. Back in June, Bergamo prosecutors questioned Premier Giuseppe Conte, Health Minister Roberto Speranza and other top officials about the delayed lockdown in two Bergamo towns where infections were reported in the early days of Italy’s outbreak. Bergamo subsequently became the Italy’s COVID-19 epicenter, the first in the West, registering a 571% excess mortality rate in March compared to the average of the previous five years. (Roberto Monaldo/LaPresse via AP)

Probe into Italy virus response looks into preparedness plan

Jan. 28, 2021 10:35 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Prosecutors from northern Italy traveled to Rome on Thursday to question the health minister and others as part of their broadening investigation into whether to lay any criminal blame for Italy’s horrific coronavirus toll, and whether a lack of preparedness contributed to it. Back in...

Many streets were devoid of traffic during the Tuesday evening through Wednesday morning, Jan. 27, 2021, low snowfall in western Nevada County, Calif. A powerful storm packing heavy rain, snow and wind is pounding parts of California and Nevada. (Elias Funez/The Union via AP)

Atmospheric river storm drenches California, snow piles high

Jan. 28, 2021 10:33 AM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An atmospheric river storm pumped drenching rains into the heart of California on Thursday as blizzard conditions buried the Sierra Nevada in snow. The storm was aimed like a massive firehose at the central coast, where two-day rainfall before dawn exceeded 12 inches (30.48...

3 dead, 1 hospitalized after fire at mobile home park

Jan. 28, 2021 10:05 AM EST

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Three people died and a child was hospitalized following a home fire at a mobile home park in Georgia. The bodies of the victims was found by fire crews early Wednesday morning in Athens after a neighbor called to report the blaze, the Athens-Clarke County Fire Department said in a...

Patrol: Oklahoma woman killed in crash on slushy Kansas road

Jan. 28, 2021 9:56 AM EST

RUSSELL, Kan. (AP) — An Oklahoma woman died in a crash on a slushy and slick north-central Kansas roadway, highway authorities said. The crash happened Wednesday morning on westbound Interstate 70 east of Russell, when a Jeep SUV slid, entered the interstate median and rolled, the Kansas Highway Patrol...

A sign written in Arabic is mounted on the fence of the Assyafaah Mosque in Singapore, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. Two Singapore mosques at the center of a foiled terrorist attack by a 16-year-old student stayed open Thursday as police stepped up patrols around the district. (AP Photo/Annabelle Liang)

Singapore mosques, worshippers react to teen’s attack plans

Jan. 28, 2021 9:07 AM EST

SINGAPORE (AP) — Two Singapore mosques that authorities said were the targets of a planned terrorist attack by a 16-year-old student stayed open Thursday as police stepped up patrols in the area. Staff at the Assyafaah Mosque and Yusof Ishak Mosque in northern Singapore said already-frequent patrols had...

FILE - In this Monday, August 6, 2018 file photo a helicopter flies over the site of the plane crash from Saturday afternoon near Flims, Switzerland. Swiss investigators say “high-risk flying” by the pilots of a vintage propeller plane led to a 2018 crash in the Alps that killed all 20 people on board. (Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP, file)

Pilots' risky flying blamed in Swiss vintage plane crash

Jan. 28, 2021 6:31 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Swiss investigators said Thursday that “high-risk flying” by the pilots of a vintage propeller plane led to a 2018 crash in the Alps that killed all 20 people on board. The 79-year-old Junkers Ju-52 operated by local airline Ju-Air crashed in southeastern Switzerland on Aug. 4,...

France's Yannick Bestaven, right, celebrates with Champagne after winning the Vendee Globe solo around-the-world sailing race, in Les Sables-d'Olonne, western France, early Thursday, Jan.28, 2021. Frenchman Charlie Dalin crossed the line first Wednesday but Bestaven was getting 10 hours, 15 minutes for helping in the search and rescue of another competitor off Cape Horn last November. (AP Photo/Yohan Bonnet)

French sailor wins solo global race after 80 days

Jan. 28, 2021 5:27 AM EST

LES SABLES-D'OLONNE, France (AP) — French sailor Yannick Bestaven won the Vendee Globe solo round-the-world race after more than 80 days and an unusually close final few hours to determine the winner on Thursday. Bestaven wasn't the first to cross the finish line — that honor went to countryman...

Today in History

Jan. 28, 2021 12:00 AM EST

Today in History Today is Thursday, Jan. 28, the 28th day of 2021. There are 337 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, killing all seven crew members, including schoolteacher Christa...

President Joe Biden signs an executive order on climate change, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden: 'We can't wait any longer' to address climate crisis

Jan. 27, 2021 11:56 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the most ambitious U.S. effort to stave off the worst of climate change, President Joe Biden signed executive orders Wednesday to transform the nation’s heavily fossil-fuel powered economy into a clean-burning one, pausing oil and gas leasing on federal land and targeting...