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All evacuation orders lifted in deadly California wildfire

Dec. 15, 2018 2:22 PM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The remaining residents who fled from the deadliest wildfire in California history were allowed to return to their home Saturday and assess the damage. All evacuation orders were lifted in Paradise more than a month after the fire broke out Nov. 8, killing at least 86 people and...

Report rips expensive decisions in California wildfire fight

Dec. 15, 2018 1:12 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When a wildfire burned across Big Sur two years ago and threatened hundreds of homes scattered on the scenic hills, thousands of firefighters responded with overwhelming force, attacking flames from the air and ground. In the first week, the blaze destroyed 57 homes and killed a...

Visitors evacuated, animals moved after fire at British zoo

Dec. 15, 2018 12:06 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — A fire broke out Saturday in an enclosure at one of Britain's largest zoos, forcing keepers to evacuate visitors and move animals away from the flames. Witnesses said the blaze broke out about 11:30 a.m. in the Monsoon Forest habitat area, with winds fanning flames in the building's...

Greece wildfire toll now 100 as man dies months later

Dec. 15, 2018 7:11 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say a 73-year-old man hospitalized with severe burns since July has died, bringing the toll of a deadly wildfire east of Athens to 100. The wildfire, aided by high winds, swept through the suburb of Mati, a popular seaside resort, on July 23. People were trapped...

California alleges utility falsified pipeline safety records

Dec. 14, 2018 7:33 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Regulators on Friday accused one of California's largest utilities of falsifying safety documents for natural gas pipelines for years following its criminal conviction and multimillion-dollar fine for a pipeline explosion that killed eight people near San Francisco. The California...

Report details firefighters' harrowing work in Paradise

Dec. 14, 2018 6:48 PM EST

On the first day fighting the deadly Northern California wildfire that destroyed the city of Paradise last month, a crew setting a back burn to stop the blaze was suddenly overrun by flames when erratic winds suddenly shifted. One state prison inmate firefighter tried to escape the flames and ran into a barbed...

Several injured after explosion, fire at energy facility

Dec. 13, 2018 10:43 PM EST

CHARTIERS TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) — An explosion and fire at a MarkWest energy facility in Pennsylvania has left several people with injuries. KDKA-TV reports that four employees with burns were airlifted from Washington to hospitals in Pittsburgh on Thursday night. UPMC Mercy told the station that two people...

California fire survivors share lessons in loss, recovery

Dec. 13, 2018 8:44 PM EST

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — Survivors of a deadly blaze that tore through California wine country last year shared lessons of loss and pain but also resilience with those who escaped the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century last month. A group of wine country residents spent a day in a packed meeting with those...

Correction: Los Angeles Housing Development story

Dec. 13, 2018 6:57 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a story Dec. 11 about a large housing development approved in the mountains north of Los Angeles, The Associated Press reported erroneously that several environmental groups supported the deal. Audubon California, Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council and others signed an...

Fire ruins 80 percent of Congo capital's voting machines

Dec. 13, 2018 2:59 PM EST

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — An early-morning fire in Congo's capital destroyed nearly 80 percent of the capital city's voting machines just 10 days before the presidential election, officials said Thursday, saying the blaze appeared to be criminal but vowing that it would not disrupt the vote. Congo's first use...