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Police investigate fatal fire in Milwaukee

Jan. 18, 2019 8:37 AM EST
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Police are investigating a fatal fire in Milwaukee. The Milwaukee Medical Examiner's Office says one adult died in the fire Friday morning on the city's north side. Firefighters were called to the home about 5:40 a.m. An autopsy is scheduled Friday.

Official: Child playing with matches sets garage on fire

Jan. 18, 2019 6:06 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Fire officials in Louisiana say a child playing with matches set a Baton Rouge home ablaze. Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman Curt Monte tells The Advocate that no one was injured in the Thursday night fire that left the house with heavy smoke damage. Monte says firefighters...

California storm moving out after battering state for 3 days

Jan. 17, 2019 10:51 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The storm that pummeled much of California for three days began moving east Thursday after causing at least six deaths, forcing wildfire victims threatened by floods to flee their homes and plunging nearly 300,000 utility customers into darkness. The winter storm is forecast to unleash...

Man's body found in burned water conservancy building

Jan. 17, 2019 8:09 PM EST

ROCKY FORD, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say firefighters found a man's body in a water conservancy district building that caught fire in southeastern Colorado. KOAA-TV reports a fire erupted Wednesday evening inside the building of the Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District in Rocky Ford. Officials...

Wood by stove caused blaze that killed would-be pet rescuer

Jan. 17, 2019 7:35 PM EST

MONTICELLO, Miss. (AP) — Investigators say firewood stacked too close to a wood-burning stove caused the blaze that killed a Mississippi woman who ran back into her burning home to try to save her two dogs. The state Fire Marshal's Office says 72-year-old Mary Ann McMahon of Lawrence County was the fourth...

No injuries in oil field saltwater disposal site explosion

Jan. 17, 2019 7:24 PM EST

WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) — No one was hurt in an explosion at an oil field saltwater disposal site near Watford City. McKenzie County Emergency Manager Karolin Jappe says one man was at the site at the time of Thursday's explosion, but he was not injured. The Bismarck Tribune reports the explosion happened...

Wildfire evacuees face deadline to move out of fairgrounds

Jan. 17, 2019 6:30 PM EST

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — Officials are looking for more stable housing for roughly 600 people still sleeping at a Northern California fairground following a deadly wildfire last year. The Chico Enterprise-Record reports Thursday that a lease to operate an emergency shelter at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds ends...

Thousands protest against al-Bashir's rule across Sudan

Jan. 17, 2019 5:46 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets Thursday in cities across Sudan, including the capital, where activists said two people were killed in clashes between police and protesters attempting to reach the presidential palace to demand longtime ruler Omar al-Bashir step down. The...

The Latest: California storm cancels Santa Anita horse races

Jan. 17, 2019 5:11 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on California storms (all times local): 2:05 p.m. Southern California's Santa Anita Park canceled horse racing Thursday because of stormy weather. Track Superintendent Andy LaRocco says Santa Anita has taken on 3.5 inches (89 millimeters) of rain since Monday. The track in...

US shutdown stalls training, other prep for wildfire season

Jan. 17, 2019 4:37 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Just two months after a wildfire wiped out Paradise, California, officials are gearing up for this year's fire season and fear the government shutdown could make it even more difficult than one of the worst in history. The winter months are critical for wildfire managers who use the...