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Firefighters remained on the scene of a fire that has been burning for more than 24 hours at the Northern Metal Recycling plant, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Becker, Minn. Firefighter Toni Knutson says the fire is burning under a huge pile of cars. She says cranes are being used to remove the vehicles from the pile one-by-one. (David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)

Fire at Minnesota recycling plant affecting air quality

Feb. 19, 2020 12:39 PM EST

BECKER, Minn. (AP) — Officials are monitoring the air quality in Becker where a fire at a metal recycling plant has been burning for more than 24 hours. Firefighters continued to fight the stubborn blaze Wednesday after working all day and through the night Tuesday at Northern Metal Recycling plant. ...

FILE - This Sept. 29, 2016, file photo, shows a section of the Dakota Access pipeline under construction near St. Anthony in Morton County, N.D. North Dakota regulators are expected to take action Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, on a proposal to expand the capacity of the Dakota Access pipeline.(Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP)

North Dakota regulators OK expanded Dakota Access pipeline

Feb. 19, 2020 12:08 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators on Wednesday unanimously approved expanded capacity for the Dakota Access pipeline, saying they believed the project had met exhaustive state and federal requirements. The 3-0 vote by the all-Republican Public Service Commission came after the body signaled...

People offer funeral prayers for a victim of a toxic gas leak, during his funeral prayer, in Karachi, Pakistan, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. The toxic gas leak killed several people and sickened dozens of others in a coastal residential area in Pakistan's port city of Karachi, police said Monday. The source of the leak, which occurred on Sunday night, and the type of gas that had leaked were not immediately known. There was no suspicion of sabotage. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

Death toll from toxic gas leak rises to 14 in Pakistan

Feb. 18, 2020 2:37 PM EST

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A gas leak in the southern port city of Karachi has killed 14 people and sickened hundreds more, Pakistani health officials said Tuesday. The leak that started Sunday has set off a panic in Karachi and raised concerns because city officials could not immediately identify the...

Corpus Christi police and fire departments respond to a large fire at Interstate Highway 37 and Buddy Lawrence Drive, near the Citgo Refinery Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. (Courtney Sacco/Corpus Christi Caller-Times via AP)

Refinery fire extinguished in south Texas, no injuries

Feb. 17, 2020 3:46 PM EST

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A Monday morning fire at a Citgo refinery in in Corpus Christi, Texas, has been extinguished with no injuries, according to the petroleum company. The fire began in a pipeline owned by a third party shortly after 8:30 a.m. and was put out shortly before 11 a.m. with “no...

FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2017, file photo, smoke rises from the Arkema Inc. owned chemical plant in Crosby, near Houston, Texas. In February 2020, the Pennsylvania-based company, which is a subsidiary of a French chemical manufacturer, and three of its executives are set to stand trial in Houston in a case that legal experts say will be a challenge for prosecutors to win. (KTRK via AP, File)

Trial to begin over Arkema chemical plant fire during Harvey

Feb. 17, 2020 1:25 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Hurricane Harvey’s historic flooding in 2017 overwhelmed power systems at Arkema Inc.’s chemical plant in suburban Houston, eventually causing organic peroxides made at the facility to catch fire and explode, sending noxious black smoke into the air. The blaze forced the...

Latest Cameroon fighting kills at least 22, including kids

Feb. 17, 2020 10:55 AM EST

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Small children were among at least 22 people killed in weekend fighting between separatists and the military in northwestern Cameroon, residents said. The government acknowledged some of the deaths occurred when a fuel tank exploded in the fighting, causing a fire that burned homes...

People pray for the soul of Ahsan Farooq, 19 year boy who was died due to toxic gas leak, at his residence in Kamari neighborhood of Karachi, Pakistan, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. A toxic gas leak killed five people and sickened dozens of others in a coastal residential area in Pakistan's port city of Karachi, police said Monday. The source of the leak, which occurred on Sunday night, and the type of gas that had leaked were not immediately known. There was no suspicion of sabotage. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

Toxic gas leak kills 5, sickens dozens in Karachi port city

Feb. 17, 2020 2:10 AM EST

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A toxic gas leak killed five people and sickened dozens of others in a coastal residential area in Pakistan's port city of Karachi, police said Monday. The source of the leak, which occurred on Sunday night, and the type of gas that had leaked were not immediately known. There was...

In this Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, photo, Houston resident Guadalupe Ortiz takes her daily walk at a city park located across the street from her home and a Valero oil refinery. Houston's lack of zoning has resulted in residents like Ortiz living next to petrochemical facilities and businesses that handle hazardous substances.   (AP Photo/ Juan Lozano)

Houston blast prompts safety debate in city with no zoning

Feb. 15, 2020 10:23 AM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston’s lack of zoning restrictions has left many residents with neighbors they don't want: petrochemical facilities and businesses that handle hazardous materials. That unease was laid bare again last month when a massive explosion leveled a metal fabricating and manufacturing...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2019, file photo, a Moran tugboat nears the stern of the capsizing vessel Golden Ray near St. Simons Sound off the coast of Georgia. The salvage team salvage team is seeking a federal permit to surround the shipwreck with a giant mesh barrier to contain any debris when they cut the ship apart. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)

Salvage firm asks US judge to halt removal of capsized ship

Feb. 14, 2020 6:59 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A maritime salvage company is asking a federal judge to stop the Coast Guard and a rival firm from carrying out their plans to remove a cargo ship that overturned five months ago on the Georgia coast. The multiagency team overseeing removal of the South Korean freighter Golden Ray...

Explosions rock chemical plant; evacuation but no injuries

Feb. 13, 2020 3:53 PM EST

NEWBURYPORT, Mass. (AP) — Several explosions rocked a plant in Massachusetts that manufactures chemicals used in medicines Thursday morning, blowing a hole in the roof and leading to an evacuation but no injuries, authorities said. Authorities said there is no public health threat resulting from the blasts...