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Increased activity on New Zealand volcano stymies recovery

Dec. 10, 2019 7:27 PM EST

WHAKATANE, New Zealand (AP) — Experts said geothermal activity on a New Zealand volcanic island increased significantly on Wednesday, dealing a blow to relatives waiting for crews to recover the bodies that remain there following a deadly eruption two days earlier. Volcanic tremors rose in the morning,...

6 killed in New Jersey gunbattle, including police officer

Dec. 10, 2019 7:11 PM EST

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Six people, including a police officer and three bystanders, were killed in a furious gunbattle Tuesday that filled the streets of Jersey City with the sound of heavy fire for hours, authorities said. The dead included the two gunmen, Jersey City Police Chief Michael Kelly said....

11 Australians missing, 13 injured in New Zealand eruption

Dec. 10, 2019 6:24 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister said Tuesday that 11 Australians remained unaccounted for and 13 had been hospitalized after a volcano eruption in New Zealand. Three Australians were suspected to be among the initial five confirmed dead, Prime Minister Scott Morrison told...

Landslide in Brazil capital spills 4 cars into building site

Dec. 10, 2019 6:20 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A landslide at a construction site in Brazil's capital Tuesday tumbled four cars parked on an adjoining road into the excavation for a planned building. The accident occurred just a few miles from Brasilia's esplanade of government buildings. A broken water pipe at the job site...

Loophole limited scrutiny before deadly NYC helicopter crash

Dec. 10, 2019 5:37 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The helicopter company whose doors-off flight crashed in a New York City river last year, trapping all five passengers in their harnesses, exploited a regulatory loophole to avoid stricter safety requirements, federal investigators said Tuesday. FlyNYON operated under the...

Newspaper criticizes film's take on Olympic bombing coverage

Dec. 10, 2019 5:23 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — After a bomb exploded in a downtown Atlanta park midway through the 1996 Olympics, a security guard initially cast as a hero was recast as a villain virtually overnight. More than 20 years later, a movie to be released later this week, “Richard Jewell,” explores the roles...

Two injured when Amtrak train hits car in Independence

Dec. 10, 2019 5:09 PM EST

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — Two people were injured when an Amtrak train collided with a vehicle Tuesday in Independence. The collision occurred shortly after Amtrak's Missouri River Runner, which travels between St. Louis and Kansas City, left the Independence station on the way to Kansas City, police said....

Man injured in suspicious house fire has died

Dec. 10, 2019 2:33 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A man who was critically injured in a fire at a St. Louis-area home has died, and authorities have found no connection to the fire and a homicide that happened at the same home a day earlier. St. Louis County police on Tuesday said 26-year-old Travion Adams was the man critically injured...

Chile combs Antarctic for missing plane with 38 aboard

Dec. 10, 2019 2:15 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Searchers using planes, ships and satellites were combing Antarctic seas on Tuesday, hunting for a Chilean Air Force transport plane carrying 38 people that vanished en route to a base on the frozen continent. Seven hours after contact was cut off, the Air Force declared the plane a...

UK's Johnson pushes his Brexit message as election nears

Dec. 10, 2019 12:10 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — With two days until Britain's election, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's final push to drive home his key message about Brexit was overshadowed Tuesday by criticism of his ham-fisted response to the image of a sick child sleeping on a hospital floor and allegations that he exploited a terrorist...