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Police: Teen charged in fatal shooting of younger brother

Apr. 9, 2020 6:58 PM EDT

BESSEMER, Ala. (AP) — The fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy has been ruled a homicide and authorities have charged the victim's 16-year-old brother with manslaughter. Sean Rose, 12, was fatally shot March 30. Bessemer Police Lt. Christian Clemons previously said investigators believed Rose and his...

Man whose wife died in house fire succumbs to injuries

Apr. 9, 2020 4:08 PM EDT

NORTHFIELD, Vt. (AP) — A man whose wife died in a house fire in Vermont last week has succumbed to his injuries, police said. Police Chief John Helfant confirmed Wednesday that Harvey Eastman, 70, of Northfield, died. His wife Barbara Eastman, 71, died in the fire from burns and smoke inhalation on April...

FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2018, file photo, a firefighter sprays water on a controlled burn while fighting a wildfire in Magalia, Calif. The outbreak of the coronavirus is making the U.S. Forest Service and others change strategies for fighting wildfires, as the need for isolation and social distancing comes into play against the necessity of having firefighters work and live closely together. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Coronavirus forces new approaches to fighting wildfires

Apr. 9, 2020 3:35 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — They are two disasters that require opposite responses: To save lives and reduce the spread of COVID-19, people are being told to remain isolated. But in a wildfire, thousands of firefighters must work in close quarters for weeks at a time. Wildfires have already broken out in Texas and...

FILE - This Monday, June 5, 2017, file photo released by the Alameda County Sheriff's Office shows Derick Almena at Santa Rita Jail in Alameda County, Calif. Almena who is man charged with manslaughter in the Ghost Ship blaze that killed 36 partygoers at a firetrap warehouse in Northern California may be released from jail because of the coronavirus outbreak, a judge ruled. An Alameda County Superior Court Judge has decided to release Almena from custody at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin and place him in an electronic monitoring program while he awaits retrial, officials said Wednesday, April 8, 2020. (Alameda County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

Man awaiting retrial in deadly warehouse blaze may be freed

Apr. 9, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A man awaiting retrial in a fire that killed 36 partygoers at a San Francisco Bay Area warehouse may be released from jail because of the coronavirus outbreak. An Alameda County Superior Court Judge is likely to release Derick Almena from the Santa Rita Jail and place him in an...

Alaska suspends burn permits to stop wildfires during virus

Apr. 9, 2020 10:44 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Division of Forestry plans to suspend all burn permits in anticipation of the effects of the coronavirus on firefighting personnel and responses. The agency announced Tuesday that permits will be suspended beginning May 1 in a preemptive effort to stop wildfires. Officials...

Emergency situation employees gather during a fire at a retirement home, housing elderly people with limited mobility, in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, April 9, 2020. A fire in a retirement home in Moscow killed around four people and injured more then ten others, but firefighters managed to rescue 50 people from the burning building, emergency officials said Thursday. (Kirill Voronin, Moscow News Agency photo via AP)

Fire at Moscow retirement home kills 4, leaves 16 injured

Apr. 9, 2020 7:25 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A fire in a retirement home in Moscow killed four people and injured 16 others but firefighters managed to rescue 50 people from the burning building, emergency officials said Thursday. The fire broke out Wednesday night in the basement of the building and quickly spread to the ground floor....

Cause of fire that killed 82-year-old woman undetermined

Apr. 8, 2020 8:16 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The cause of a fire that killed an 82-year-old West Virginia woman was ruled undetermined by investigators, the state fire marshal's office said Wednesday. The origins of the fire could not be found because the home was so severely damaged by the fire, the agency said in a news...

Man dies in Louisiana house fire

Apr. 8, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

GRETNA, La. (AP) — A disabled Louisiana man was killed after food left unattended on a stove sparked a fire, state fire investigators said Wednesday. The fire happened Tuesday just after 6 p.m. in an apartment complex with four units in Gretna, a suburb of New Orleans, the state Fire Marshal's Office said...

2 dead, 10 injured in fire at Moscow nursing home

Apr. 8, 2020 4:48 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Emergency officials say two people died in a fire late Wednesday at a Moscow home for the elderly and at least 10 have been injured. State news agency Tass said there were 65 people in the building in the western neighborhood of Myakinino. An electrical short-circuit is believed to have...

Saudi officials announce Yemen cease-fire starting Thursday in response to U.N. calls to halt hostilities amid pandemic

Apr. 8, 2020 3:21 PM EDT
CAIRO (AP) — Saudi officials announce Yemen cease-fire starting Thursday in response to U.N. calls to halt hostilities amid pandemic.