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The Parlitobel canyon is pictured during an on-site visit in Vaettis, Switzerland, Thursday, August 13, 2020. Swiss authorities say three Spanish tourists on a canyoning tour have died and one is missing after a heavy storm. (Gian Ehrenzeller/Keystone via AP)

3 Spaniards dead, 1 missing in Swiss canyoning accident

Aug. 13, 2020 2:30 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Three Spanish tourists were killed and one is presumed dead after a flash flood in a part of the Swiss Alps where they were canyoning, authorities in Switzerland said Thursday. Police in the eastern canton (state) of St. Gallen said they were alerted to the men's disappearance late Wednesday...

$205M in BP spill money for Louisiana coastal restoration

Aug. 13, 2020 2:28 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is getting another $205 million in BP oil spill money to restore its coast. Most of that — $176 million — will use sediment dredged from the Mississippi River to build 1,200 acres (485 hectares) of marsh in Jefferson Parish. “This project continues...

Police dog shot and killed, suspect injured in Tacoma

Aug. 13, 2020 2:25 PM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a Tacoma, Washington, police dog was killed and a murder suspect was wounded as police exchanged gunfire with the fleeing man. KOMO reports a Tacoma police officer spotted a car about 1:20 a.m. Thursday with a driver suspected in a murder that had occurred Wednesday...

Portland protests return downtown as police use tear gas early, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Protesters and police clashed in downtown Portland in a demonstration that lasted into the predawn hours of Thursday, with some in the crowd setting a fire and exploding commercial grade fireworks outside a federal courthouse that's been a target in months of conflict for Oregon's largest city. (Sean Meagher/The Oregonian via AP)

Portland protest clashes re-emerge near US courthouse

Aug. 13, 2020 2:08 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Protesters and police clashed in downtown Portland in a demonstration that lasted into the predawn hours of Thursday, with some in the crowd setting a fire and exploding commercial grade fireworks outside a federal courthouse that's been a target in months of conflict for Oregon's...

Woman accused of striking gate agent after not wearing mask

Aug. 13, 2020 2:06 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A woman who didn't wear a mask while on a flight was arrested at the Phoenix airport after being denied permission to board a second flight and allegedly striking an airline gate agent in the face with her hand, officials said. Yolanda Yarbrough, 47, was arrested on suspicion of assault...

Police: 9-year-old boy in critical condition after shooting

Aug. 13, 2020 1:49 PM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A 9-year-old North Carolina boy is in critical but stable condition after he was shot in the neck, police said Thursday. Winston-Salem police Lt. Gregory Dorn said the boy was shot Wednesday while he was in a vehicle trying to leave a location, the Winston-Salem Journal reported....

Missouri detective charged with kicking person during arrest

Aug. 13, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A suburban St. Louis police detective with a series of past misconduct allegations was charged with kicking a defenseless person during a 2019 arrest, federal prosecutors said. Ellis Brown III, head of the St. Ann police detective bureau, pleaded not guilty Thursday to a federal charge of...

Probe can't explain why small plane crashed in backyard

Aug. 13, 2020 1:08 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A lengthy federal investigation has failed to determine why a small plane lost power mid-flight and crashed into a suburban New Jersey neighborhood in 2016. In a final report released last week, the National Transportation Safety Board said although the pilot reported an apparent...

People pass in front of a house that was damaged during the last week's explosion that hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

UNESCO warns historic Beirut buildings at risk of collapse

Aug. 13, 2020 12:32 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The United Nations’ cultural agency said Thursday it will lead the international campaign for the recovery and restoration of Beirut's heritage, citing local officials who said that around 60 historic buildings in the Lebanese capital were at risk of collapse following last...

Firefighters rescue two people trapped in burning home

Aug. 13, 2020 12:24 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sioux Falls firefighters have rescued two people who were trapped in a burning home. Firefighters used their ladders to bring one person trapped on the roof of the home to safety early Thursday. Another person, a man, was trapped on the first floor of the house. Two firefighters...