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Walmart sues Tesla for solar panels that went up in flames

Aug. 20, 2019 7:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart sued Tesla for "gross negligence" on Tuesday, saying that the electric car company's energy division installed solar panels that went up in flames on its store rooftops. The retailer said fires broke out at seven store rooftops between 2012 and 2018, causing millions of dollars in...

Man who drowned at Crater Lake identified

Aug. 20, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

CRATER LAKE, Ore. (AP) — The man who drowned after jumping off a rock cliff into Crater Lake was a student at Oregon State University. Crater Lake National Park spokeswoman Marsha McCabe says 27-year-old Sumedh Mannar jumped off the cliff at Cleetwood Cove Sunday afternoon and did not resurface. McCabe...

Juneau resident dies in home fire that started in kitchen

Aug. 20, 2019 7:05 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A Juneau resident died in a fire that started in a home kitchen. Juneau fire marshal Dan Jager in an announcement says the fire broke out Monday night at a Mendenhall Valley home. The name, age and gender of the victim were not immediately released. The state medical examiner will...

Rahal team says data absolves Sato of blame for Pocono crash

Aug. 20, 2019 6:45 PM EDT

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing did an internal review of the opening-lap crash at Pocono Raceway and absolved driver Takuma Sato of causing the accident. The team said it took the rare step Tuesday of publicly defending Sato, who has been widely blamed for triggering a five-car accident that altered the...

Shark bites woman twice while she is swimming in Hawaii bay

Aug. 20, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A woman was taken to a hospital Tuesday in serious condition after being bitten twice by a shark while swimming in Hawaii, authorities said. The shark, believed to be a 6-foot (1.8-meter) black tip reef shark, bit one of the woman's legs and her torso while she was swimming in Kealakekua...

Alaska fire officials review cause of wildfire along highway

Aug. 20, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska wildfire officials are reviewing their initial assessment of the cause of a weekend fire that burned at least 50 structures along the main highway between Anchorage and Fairbanks. The fire began Saturday in high wind and was initially attributed to a tree toppling onto a...

2 seriously injured as SUV crashes into Eagan Starbucks

Aug. 20, 2019 5:59 PM EDT

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Police say two people were seriously injured when a sport utility vehicle crashed into an Eagan Starbucks. According to Eagan police, a 29-year-old West St. Paul man and a 30-year-old Eagan woman were sitting in an outdoor patio area when the SUV crashed into the coffee shop Monday...

Coast Guard: 800-to-1000-gallon oil spill to be burned

Aug. 20, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Coast Guard plans to burn off oil that spilled last week in a marsh about 42 miles (more than 65 kilometers) south-southeast of New Orleans. A news release said the burn will take place Wednesday if weather allows, or otherwise Thursday. About 800 to 1,000 gallons (3,000 to 3,800...

The Latest: Officials review cause of Parks Highway wildfire

Aug. 20, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on Alaska wildfires (all times local): 1 p.m. Alaska wildfire officials are reviewing their initial assessment of the cause of a weekend fire that burned at least 50 structures north of Anchorage. Division of Forestry spokesman Tim Mowry says the cause of the fire along...

Fire that injured 6 Missouri firefighters ruled an arson

Aug. 20, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

VIENNA, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a fire in central Missouri that injured six volunteer firefighters was intentionally set. KRCG reports Maries County Sheriff Chris Heitman said investigators determined the fire last Friday at a home near Vienna was arson. The Vienna Fire Department said an explosion...