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The wind whips embers from the Joshua trees burned by the Bobcat Fire in Juniper Hills, Calif., Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Homes burned as winds push California fire into desert floor

Sep. 19, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

JUNIPER HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Strong afternoon winds intensified a wildfire burning for nearly two weeks in mountains northeast of Los Angeles, prompting authorities to issue new evacuation orders Saturday for desert communities that lost some homes a day earlier. Meanwhile, officials were investigating...

The wind whips embers from the Joshua trees burned by the Bobcat Fire in Juniper Hills, Calif., Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Homes burned as winds push California fire into desert floor

Sep. 19, 2020 2:04 PM EDT

JUNIPER HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Strong winds pushed a wildfire burning for nearly two weeks in mountains northeast of Los Angeles onto the desert floor and spread it rapidly in several directions, causing it to explode in size and destroy homes, officials said Saturday. Meanwhile, officials were...

In this August 27, 2020 provided by Bassam Osman, Dr. Bassam Osman, a 27-year-old surgical resident, poses for a picture, in Beirut Lebanon. It was a night Dr. Bassam Osman says changed his life. At around 6 p.m. on Aug. 4, the 27-year-old surgical resident was about to leave his daily hospital shift when a massive explosion shook Beirut. (Bassam Osman via AP)

After Beirut blast, a young surgeon finds new sense of duty

Sep. 16, 2020 2:05 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — It was a night Dr. Bassam Osman says changed his life. At around 6 p.m. on Aug. 4, the 27-year-old surgical resident was about to leave his daily hospital shift. Then a massive explosion shook Beirut. The floodgates opened and hundreds of wounded poured into the American University of Beirut...

People gather next of firefighters who are extinguish a building under construction that was the work of late Iraq-born British architect Zaha Hadid, in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. A fire broke out Tuesday in a downtown Beirut building near the city's port where an explosion last month killed nearly 200, wounded thousands and left the city's residents traumatized. (AP Photo/Fadi Tawil)

Fire erupts in building near Beirut's port, cause unclear

Sep. 15, 2020 10:47 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A fire broke out Tuesday in a downtown Beirut building near the city's port where an explosion last month killed nearly 200 people, injured thousands and left the city's residents traumatized. It was not immediately clear what caused the fire in the building that was the work of late...

In this image taken with a slow shutter speed, embers light up a hillside behind the Bidwell Bar Bridge as the Bear Fire burns in Oroville, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. The blaze, part of the lightning-sparked North Complex, expanded at a critical rate of spread as winds buffeted the region. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

3 dead as wildfire explodes in Northern California

Sep. 10, 2020 12:04 AM EDT

OROVILLE, Calilf. (AP) — Three people died in a wind-whipped Northern California wildfire that has forced thousands of people from their homes while carving a 25-mile path of destruction through mountainous terrain and parched foothills, authorities said Wednesday. California Highway Patrol Officer Ben...

Home in north St. Louis leveled in overnight explosion

Sep. 9, 2020 10:58 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — No one was injured when an explosion leveled a house in north St. Louis overnight, officials said. The explosion happened around 11 p.m. Tuesday, when firefighters were called to the area along Newhouse Avenvue. Firefighters said the explosion destroyed a two-story house and damaged a...

This Aug. 29, 2020 photo shows destroyed buildings near the scene of last month's massive explosion that hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon. 
 A month after the giant explosion that killed and injured thousands and destroyed homes across the Lebanese capital, Beirut is still a wounded, grieving city struggling to come to grips with the calamity that struck abruptly on Aug.4.  (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

For Lebanese, recovery too heavy to bear a month after blast

Sep. 6, 2020 2:54 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A month after Beirut’s devastating explosion, Ghassan Toubaji still sits under a gaping hole in his ceiling — he can look up through the dangling plaster, wires and metal struts and the broken brick roof and see a bit of sky. The 74-year-old survived the Aug. 4 blast with...

Lebanese light candles near the seaport of Beirut, as they mark one month since the devastating Aug. 4 explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. People throughout Lebanon observed a moment of silence Friday marking one month since the devastating Beirut explosion, while rescuers dug through the rubble of a building destroyed in the blast, hoping to find a survivor. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Survivor search grips a grieving Beirut a month after blast

Sep. 4, 2020 2:49 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — People throughout Lebanon observed a moment of silence Friday to mark one month since the devastating Beirut explosion, while rescuers dug through the rubble of a building destroyed in the blast, hoping to find a survivor. The split-screen images reflected the pain and anguish that persists...

Chilean and Lebanese rescuers search in the rubble of a building that was collapsed in last month's massive explosion,  after getting signals there may be a survivor under the rubble, in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. Hopes were raised after the dog of a Chilean search and rescue team touring Gemmayzeh street, one of the hardest-hit in Beirut, ran toward the collapsed building.  (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

A month on, signal in Beirut rubble raises hope for survivor

Sep. 3, 2020 3:21 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A pulsing signal was detected Thursday from under the rubble of a Beirut building that collapsed during the horrific port explosion in the Lebanese capital last month, raising hopes there may be a survivor still buried there. The effort unfolded after the sniffer dog belonging to the Chilean...

Heritage houses that were destroyed in Aug. 4 explosion that hit the seaport of Beirut, are seen hold by scaffolding, in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday Aug. 25, 2020. In the streets of Beirut historic neighborhoods, workers are erecting scaffolding to support buildings that have stood for more than a century - now at risk of collapse after the massive Aug. 4 explosion that tore through the capital.   (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Beirut residents determined to save heritage lost to blast

Aug. 28, 2020 1:04 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — For the past decade, art collector Nabil Debs has been working on turning his 19th century ancestral home in a historic neighborhood of Beirut to a hotel and art gallery. He planned to open it to the public in mid-August. Within seconds, his lifelong dream came crashing down, along with the...