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Agency: Texas chemical plant lacked plan for Harvey floods

May. 24, 2018 1:51 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — The federal agency that investigates industrial accidents is offering muted criticism of the Houston-area chemical plant that flooded last year during Hurricane Harvey and partially exploded. Mark Wingard is the lead investigator with the U.S. Chemical Safety Board. During a news conference...

Officials: Efforts failing to save US West sagebrush land

May. 24, 2018 1:50 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Officials say they're losing the battle against a devastating combination of invasive plant species and wildfires in the vast sagebrush habitats in the U.S. West that support cattle ranching and recreation and are home to an imperiled bird. The Western Association of Fish & Wildlife...

Feds: Uber self-driving SUV saw pedestrian, did not brake

May. 24, 2018 1:40 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The autonomous Uber SUV that struck and killed an Arizona pedestrian in March spotted the woman about six seconds before hitting her, but did not stop because the system used to automatically apply brakes in potentially dangerous situations had been disabled, according to federal...

Bus driver charged in crash that killed student, teacher

May. 24, 2018 1:32 PM EDT

PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — A school bus driver caused a fatal crash on a New Jersey highway last week by crossing three lanes of traffic in an apparent attempt to make an illegal U-turn, according to a criminal complaint released Thursday that charged the driver with vehicular homicide. Authorities charged Hudy...

Probe: Missile that downed MH17 came from Russia-based unit

May. 24, 2018 1:23 PM EDT

BUNNIK, Netherlands (AP) — The missile used to shoot down a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet over eastern Ukraine in 2014, killing all 298 aboard, belonged to a Russia-based military unit, an international team of investigators said Thursday after painstakingly studying video and photos of a military...

Driver of New Jersey school bus that collided with a dump truck, killing a student and teacher, charged in their deaths

May. 24, 2018 12:59 PM EDT
MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — Driver of New Jersey school bus that collided with a dump truck, killing a student and teacher, charged in their deaths.

Drugged driver gets 5 years for crash that devastated victim

May. 24, 2018 12:58 PM EDT

BEND, Ore. (AP) — A drugged driver who seriously injured a man in a head-on crash has been sentenced to more than five years in prison. The Bulletin reports that Richard Rose wept as he begged his victim for forgiveness during his sentencing Wednesday in Bend. But in jailhouse recordings that were played...

Family announces memorial service for boy drowned in river

May. 24, 2018 12:27 PM EDT

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — The family of a Maine boy swept away by a river current has announced a public memorial service. The Sun Journal reports the McFarlands returned to Bonney Park in Auburn and thanked the community for their support Wednesday, nearly a month after 5-year-old Valerio McFarland fell into...

Nebraska death-row inmate files motion to fire attorneys

May. 24, 2018 12:27 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's longest-serving death-row inmate has filed a motion to fire his attorneys in an effort to allow his execution to move forward. Attorneys for Carey Dean Moore submitted the motion Thursday on his behalf. According to court documents, Moore says he no longer wants legal...

Bus catches fire on Garden State Parkway; no injuries

May. 24, 2018 12:16 PM EDT

HOLMDEL, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say about two dozen passengers safely evacuated a bus after it burst into flames while traveling on the Garden State Parkway. The fire occurred around 9:30 a.m. Thursday near milepost 116.7 in Holmdel, New Jersey. The driver pulled onto the shoulder when he noticed smoke...