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An air tanker drops retardant while battling the Glass Fire in St. Helena, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

4th person killed in devastating California wildfire

Sep. 30, 2020 3:44 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Flames devoured swaths of brush and trees in Northern California on Wednesday amid unseasonably hot and dry weather. Officials said wind-whipped flames led two firefighters to deploy the emergency fire shelters they carry. The firefighters were assigned to the Glasser fire burning in...

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...

Volunteer Divino Humberto tries to douse the fire along a dirt road off the Trans-Pantanal highway, in the Pantanal wetlands near Pocone, Mato Grosso state, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. Pouring the water had little effect as wind redirected the fire toward a tree, causing it to explode as though it had been soaked with gasoline. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

As Brazil's wetlands burned, government did little to help

Sep. 30, 2020 12:27 PM EDT

PORTO JOFRE, Brazil (AP) — After hours navigating Brazil’s Pantanal wetlands in search of jaguars earlier this month, Daniel Moura beached his boat to survey the fire damage. In every direction, he saw only devastation. No wildlife, and no support from federal authorities. “We used to see...

People celebrate in front of the Sendai High Court after the court's ruling on the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant disaster in Sendai, northern Japan, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. The court on Wednesday found negligence by the government and the operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant in failing to take tsunami measures to prevent the 2011 nuclear disaster, ordering them to jointly pay some 1 billion yen ($9.5 million) in damages to thousands of residents for their lost livelihoods. (Yusuke Ogata/Kyodo News via AP)

Japan court orders gov't, TEPCO to pay in Fukushima disaster

Sep. 30, 2020 11:23 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese court on Wednesday found the government and the operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant negligent for failing to take measures to prevent the 2011 nuclear disaster, ordering them to pay some 1 billion yen ($9.5 million) in damages to thousands of residents for their lost...

Rare earthquake shakes parts of Denmark, no damage, injuries

Sep. 30, 2020 9:11 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A rare earthquake with magnitude 3.4 occurred Wednesday in the North Sea off Denmark, officials said, adding it was “relatively large” for the Scandinavian country. There were no reports of damage or injury. The National Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland...

Earthquake off Taiwan's east coast shakes Taipei

Sep. 30, 2020 12:59 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — An earthquake struck off the coast of Taiwan on Wednesday, swaying buildings in Taipei, the capital. Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau said the magnitude 5.9 quake struck at a depth of 106 kilometers (66 miles). There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. An Associated...

Smoke rises over a vineyard as the Glass Fire burns, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, in Calistoga, Calif. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

California's wine country residents facing fire fatigue

Sep. 29, 2020 10:54 PM EDT

NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Will Abrams and his family packed their pickup truck with laptops, clothes, sleeping bags and a tent and quickly left their rental home in California's wine country after seeing flames on a hill about a quarter-mile away Monday morning. It was their third hurried fire evacuation in as...

An air tanker drops retardant while battling the Glass Fire in St. Helena, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

AP PHOTOS: Fueled by dry winds, fire rages in wine country

Sep. 29, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

ST. HELENA, California (AP) — Giant blazes taking down buildings, residents fleeing their homes, exhausted firefighters working around the clock: These are some of the scenes from the wildfire that exploded in the Northern California wine country. Fueled by dry winds, The Glass Fire has raged through Napa...

Private firefighter Bradcus Schrandt, right, holds an injured kitten while Joe Catterson assists, at the Zogg Fire near Ono, Calif., on Sunday, Sep. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Ethan Swope)

Dying winds give crews hope in Northern California fires

Sep. 29, 2020 4:26 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Easing winds gave California firefighters a break Tuesday as they battled a destructive wildfire that was driven by strong winds through wine country north of San Francisco and another rural blaze that killed three people. Breezes replaced the powerful gusts that sent the Glass Fire...

FILE - In this April 14, 2020, file photo, head mortician Jordi Fernandez prepares a coffin before placing the body of a COVID-19 victim in an underground parking garage turned into a morgue at the Collserola funeral home in Barcelona. The worldwide death toll from the coronavirus eclipsed 1 million, nine months into a crisis that has devastated the global economy, tested world leaders' resolve, pitted science against politics and forced multitudes to change the way they live, learn and work.  (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

Worldwide grief: Death toll from coronavirus tops 1 million

Sep. 29, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Joginder Chaudhary was his parents’ greatest pride, raised with the little they earned farming a half-acre plot in central India to become the first doctor from their village. For the coronavirus, though, he was just one more in a million. After the virus killed the 27-year-old...