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Venice tide barriers pass another test, but skeptics remain

Dec. 7, 2019 4:32 AM EST

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Floated along by barge , one of the 10-ton barriers designed to relieve Venice’s perennial flooding looks like a giant plaything: an oversized hinged yellow Lego. Central to the plan to protect the city, some or all of the 78 barriers will one day be raised when the sea rises...

Man killed by FedEx truck after exiting bus

Dec. 7, 2019 3:10 AM EST

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A man was struck and killed by a FedEx truck Thursday night after exiting a commuter bus in Florida, authorities said. The man had just gotten off the bus on Jacksonville's Westside, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Jocelyn Wells said during a news conference. The man...

Woman gets 15 years for DUI crash that killed jail guard

Dec. 7, 2019 3:00 AM EST

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman was sentenced to 15 years in prison Friday for a drunken driving crash that left an off-duty corrections officer dead. Kim Michelle Johnston, 46, pleaded no contest to DUI manslaughter in October in St. Johns County court, the Florida Times-Union reported. Cathy...

PG&E says it has reached $13.5 billion wildfire settlement

Dec. 7, 2019 1:16 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pacific Gas and Electric announced Friday it has reached a tentative $13.5 billion settlement resolving all major claims related to the deadly, devastating Northern California wildfires of 2017-2018 that were blamed on its outdated equipment and negligence. The utility says the deal,...

Army pilot killed in Afghanistan to be buried Monday in Utah

Dec. 7, 2019 12:13 AM EST

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah (AP) — A 25-year-old Army helicopter pilot killed in a crash in Afghanistan will be buried Monday at Brigham City Cemetery in northern Utah. CW2 Kirk Fuchigami Jr. was one of two Army pilots killed in the Nov. 20 crash while providing security for ground troops in eastern Logar Province...

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. announces $13.5 billion settlement with individual Northern California wildfire victims.

Dec. 6, 2019 10:49 PM EST
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. announces $13.5 billion settlement with individual Northern California wildfire victims.

3.0 quake rattles SoCal coastl; no injuries, damage reported

Dec. 6, 2019 9:38 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A small earthquake rattled the Southern California coastline Friday but there were no reports of damage or injuries. The magnitude 3.0 temblor struck at 4:20 p.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It was centered about 12 miles (21 kilometers) south of the Los Angeles...

Saudi student opens fire at Florida Naval base, killing 3

Dec. 6, 2019 9:29 PM EST

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — An aviation student from Saudi Arabia opened fire in a classroom at the Naval Air Station Pensacola on Friday morning, killing three people in an attack the Saudi government quickly condemned and that U.S. officials were investigating for possible links to terrorism. The assault,...

Army team will lead probe into Minnesota helicopter crash

Dec. 6, 2019 9:17 PM EST

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Army investigators will lead the probe into the crash of a Minnesota National Guard helicopter that killed all three soldiers aboard. A five-member team from Fort Rucker, Alabama, was expected to arrive Friday to begin the work of determining why the Black Hawk crashed in a farm...

Driver gets 16 years for striking pregnant woman in Gresham

Dec. 6, 2019 9:00 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man on methamphetamine was driving his Jeep with a suspended license in 2010 when he crossed into oncoming traffic and crashed into a sedan, causing catastrophic injuries to the pregnant woman inside, has been sentenced to 16 years in prison. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports...