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FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2020, file photo, Leslie Comardelle, former Arkema plant manager in Crosby, Texas, left and his defense attorney Paul Nugent, right, stand during the Arkema Inc. criminal trial at Harris County Criminal Courthouse in Houston. State Judge Belinda Hill on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, ruled prosecutors had failed to present sufficient evidence to support the charges against Pennsylvania-based Arkema Inc. and ex-plant manager Leslie Comardelle. ( Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle via AP, File)

Judge tosses case over chemical plant fire during Harvey

Oct. 1, 2020 5:21 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A judge on Thursday dismissed the criminal case against a chemical manufacturer and one of its former employees over a fire at its plant near Houston during Hurricane Harvey, saying prosecutors failed to present sufficient evidence to support the charges. A day after she dismissed the charge...

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2020, file photo, Arkema CEO, Richard Rowe, listens during the Arkema Inc., criminal trial at the Harris County Criminal Courthouse, in Houston. Judge Belinda Hill ruled Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, that prosecutors failed to present sufficient evidence to support the charge against Rowe, dropping the case against him over a toxic fire at the company's suburban Houston plant during Hurricane Harvey in 2017. (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle via AP, File)

Judge tosses case against CEO over plant fire during Harvey

Sep. 30, 2020 3:43 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The case against the CEO of a chemical manufacturer on trial over a toxic fire at the company’s suburban Houston plant during Hurricane Harvey in 2017 ended Wednesday after the judge concluded that prosecutors had failed to present sufficient evidence to support the charge. Judge...

Trial on Harvey plant fire resumes after COVID-19 delay

Sep. 24, 2020 7:46 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A trial in which a chemical manufacturer is facing charges over a fire at its suburban Houston plant during Hurricane Harvey that sent toxic smoke into the air in 2017 resumed on Thursday following a six-month delay due to the coronavirus pandemic. Arkema Inc., a subsidiary of a French...

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2012 file photo, a man speaks on his mobile phone, as firemen extinguish a fire that erupted in a factory in Karachi, Pakistan. A Pakistani court on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, sentenced two political party operatives of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement to death for starting a fire at a garments factory in Karachi in 2012 that killed 260 people after the factory owners refused to pay bribes. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan, File)

Pakistan sentences 2 to death for deadly 2012 factory fire

Sep. 22, 2020 10:02 AM EDT

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani court on Tuesday sentenced two political party operatives to death for starting a fire at a garments factory in Karachi in 2012 that killed 260 people after the factory owners refused to pay bribes. The court also sentenced the factory's four guards to life in prison...

2 charges dismissed in trial over plant fire during Harvey

Sep. 14, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A judge on Monday dismissed two of the charges a chemical manufacturer and one of its former executives were facing during an ongoing trial over a fire at the company’s suburban Houston plant during Hurricane Harvey that sent toxic smoke into the air in 2017. Harvey’s historic...

Black smoke rises from a fire at warehouses at the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Sept. 10. 2020. A huge fire broke out Thursday at the Port of Beirut, triggering panic among residents traumatized by last month's massive explosion that killed and injured thousands of people. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Huge fire at Beirut port sows panic after last month's blast

Sep. 10, 2020 3:52 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A huge fire broke out at Beirut’s port Thursday, raising new panic among residents still struggling with the traumatic effects of the catastrophic explosion at the same site last month. Some sought safety in closed bathrooms or threw open their windows to guard against shattering...

Fireworks factory blaze kills 7 in southern India

Sep. 4, 2020 4:28 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — A blaze erupted at a fireworks factory in southern India on Friday, killing six workers and the owner, all women, and injuring another two. Police officer Pandiyan, who uses one name, said that the injured had been taken to a hospital while the cause of the fire is being investigated. ...

A chemical fire burns at a facility during the aftermath of Hurricane Laura Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, near Lake Charles, La. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Key air monitors offline after Laura hits Louisiana gas hub

Aug. 30, 2020 9:30 PM EDT

Hazardous emissions from a chlorine plant fire, abruptly shuttered oil and gas refineries and still-to-be assessed plant damage are seeping into the air after Hurricane Laura, regulators say, but some key state and federal monitors to alert the public of air dangers remain offline in Louisiana. While the...

Damage to a roof from Hurricane Laura is seen Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, in Pineville, La., during Gov. John Bel Edwards' aerial tour of stricken areas in the northern part of the state. (Bill Feig/The Advocate via AP, Pool)

'A time to pick up:' Hurricane-hurt Louisiana begins cleanup

Aug. 29, 2020 5:22 PM EDT

CAMERON PARISH, La. (AP) — Residents in southwestern Louisiana embarked Saturday on the epic task of clearing away felled trees, ripped-off roofs and downed power lines after Hurricane Laura tore through parts of the state. The U.S. toll from the Category 4 hurricane rose to 16 deaths, with more than half...

St. Bernard firefighters battle a 3-alarm fire after silos caught fire at the century-old Domino Sugar Refinery in Arabi, La., Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. (David Grunfeld/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP)

Silos packed with sugar burn at refinery in Louisiana

Aug. 28, 2020 7:46 PM EDT

CHALMETTE, La. (AP) — Two 10-story-high silos packed with refined sugar caught fire at the Domino Sugar refinery near New Orleans, authorities said. No injuries were reported. The 111-year-old plant in Chalmette, Louisiana, is the largest cane sugar refinery in the Western Hemisphere, according to the...