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Hong Kong watching Chinese nuclear plant after leak reported

Jun. 15, 2021 04:40 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s leader said Tuesday her government is closely watching a nearby Chinese nuclear power plant following a news report of a possible leak. The operators have released few details, but nuclear experts say based on their brief statement, gas...

Body of man who may have drowned in Salt River is recovered

Jun. 15, 2021 00:11 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The body of a man who may have drowned in the Salt River last weekend has been recovered, authorities said Monday. Maricopa County Sheriff's officials said the man was swimming with friends near Water Users Recreation Site in Tonto Basin around 2 p.m....

Jury selection to begin for man charged in students' deaths

Jun. 14, 2021 23:44 PM EDT

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The second-degree murder trial of an Oklahoma man accused of crashing his pickup truck into a group of high school cross country runners, killing three and injuring five, is scheduled to begin Tuesday. Cleveland County District Attorney Greg...

Investigation begun into China gas explosion; toll now 25

Jun. 14, 2021 23:06 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — An investigation has begun into the cause of a gas line explosion at a market in central China where the death toll has risen to 25. Rescuers climbed over smashed bricks and slabs of concrete to find victims following the blast early Sunday that ripped...

Tropical Storm Bill forms far off coast of North Carolina

Jun. 14, 2021 22:56 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The second named storm of this year’s hurricane season, Tropical Storm Bill, has formed far off the North Carolina coast. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the storm emerged from a tropical depression swirling about 335 miles (539 kilometers)...

Tropical Storm Bill, second named storm of 2021 hurricane season, forms off North Carolina

Jun. 14, 2021 22:47 PM EDT
MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Bill, second named storm of 2021 hurricane season, forms off North Carolina.

Man sentenced to 5 years for setting fire during protests

Jun. 14, 2021 22:43 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Portland, Oregon, man has been sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree arson for starting a dumpster fire near the city’s North Precinct during a protest. Authorities say Gavaughn Street-Hillerich, 23, was...

Southern California gets 2 large firefighting helicopters

Jun. 14, 2021 22:16 PM EDT

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) — Southern California fire agencies are getting two large-scale helicopters that can each carry up to 3,000 gallons (11.356 liters) of water or retardant to try to limit the spread of wildfires — and just as hot dry weather is setting in. ...

Arizona Legislature to hold special wildfire funding session

Jun. 14, 2021 21:10 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Legislature will convene in special session this week to consider adding $100 million in funding for fighting wildfires and to boost the amount of money available to clear hazardous brush and deal with the damage of flooding from fire-ravaged mountains. ...

1 killed, 5 hurt after small plane crashes at Texas airport

Jun. 14, 2021 20:59 PM EDT

MADISONVILLE, Texas (AP) — One person was killed and five others injured when a small airplane crashed early Monday at a municipal airport in Texas, authorities said. The crash happened at about 1 a.m. Monday at the airport near Madisonville, about 90 miles (145...