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Dive boat, Ghost Ship fires a lesson in proving negligence

Sep. 20, 2019 2:14 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — One was a ship in name only, an artist commune set up in an Oakland warehouse. The other was a bona fide boat afloat on the ocean off Santa Barbara. Both became fiery death traps for a combined 70 souls, two of the worst disasters in modern California history. Each has brought a search...

The Latest: Judge orders trial in synagogue shooting

Sep. 20, 2019 1:56 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Latest on a preliminary hearing for John T. Earnest, who is charged with an attack on a Southern California synagogue that killed one woman and injured three people. (all times local): 10:50 a.m. A judge has ordered a 20-year-old former college student to stand trial on charges that he...

Alaska has nation's most expensive wildfire this year

Sep. 20, 2019 12:48 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The nation's most expensive wildfire this year is one that has been burning for months on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula. The Swan Lake Fire has so far cost about $46 million to fight, according to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho. That price tag puts it ahead of the...

Haze from Indonesian fires now affecting Philippines

Sep. 20, 2019 9:32 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Haze blown by monsoon winds from fires in Indonesia has begun affecting some areas of the Philippines and raised concerns about aviation safety and possible health risks, an official said Friday. Landrico Dalida Jr., the deputy administrator of the Philippine Atmospheric,...

Injured crewman sues boat owner for fiery disaster at sea

Sep. 19, 2019 10:18 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A crewman injured while escaping the fire that killed 34 people aboard a dive boat off Southern California sued the vessel's owner and the company that chartered it. Ryan Sims filed the lawsuit last week in Ventura County Superior Court saying the boat was unseaworthy and operated in an...

3 dead in fire at Wisconsin group home for mentally disabled

Sep. 19, 2019 7:36 PM EDT

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — Three residents have died in a fire at a group home for intellectually disabled people in eastern Wisconsin Thursday, officials said. Two residents escaped the fire, which started about 6 a.m. at the Fond du Lac group home, while three others were found dead on the second floor,...

The Latest: Arson not suspected in Wisconsin group home fire

Sep. 19, 2019 7:28 PM EDT

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Wisconsin fire that killed three residents of a group home for mentally disabled (all times local): 6:20 p.m. Authorities say arson is not suspected in a fire that killed three residents of a Wisconsin group home for intellectually disabled people. Fond du Lac Fire...

The Latest: Witness describes California synagogue attack

Sep. 19, 2019 2:29 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Latest on a preliminary hearing for a 20-year-old man charged with opening fire on a Southern California synagogue, killing a woman and injuring three other people (all times local): 11:25 a.m. A witness in a San Diego court hearing has described hearing gunfire in a synagogue and...

Belgian fighter jet crashes in France, pilot hits power line

Sep. 19, 2019 11:40 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A Belgian F-16 fighter jet crashed in western France Thursday, damaging a house, setting a field ablaze and leaving one of the two pilots dangling by his parachute from a high-voltage electricity line for two hours, French authorities said. But neither of the pilots, both who were able to...

Imam at Liberian school that burned says toll could rise

Sep. 19, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

PAYNESVILLE, Liberia (AP) — The imam at a Quranic boarding school in Liberia that burned this week says the death toll could rise above the 27 people reported. Mohammed Lamine Barry spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday, a day after the fire. It was not clear how many children had been sleeping inside...