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NTSB to investigate Tesla crash in Florida that left 2 dead

Sep. 17, 2021 21:35 PM EDT

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Federal officials said Friday they will investigate a fiery Tesla crash that left two people dead in South Florida. Three investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board are traveling next week to Coral Gables, where a Tesla Model 3...

California wildfires burn into groves of giant sequoia trees

Sep. 17, 2021 21:16 PM EDT

THREE RIVERS, Calif. (AP) — California wildfires have burned into at least four groves of gigantic ancient sequoias in national parks and forests, though cooler weather on Friday helped crews trying to keep the flames away from a famous cluster containing the world’s largest tree. ...

Fire burns main building of lodge on mountain near Las Vegas

Sep. 17, 2021 19:29 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Fire on Friday burned the main building of the Mount Charleston Lodge in a forest area that is a popular retreat from summer heat for Las Vegas residents. A fire official and a representative of the company that owns the business said the building that...

Firefighters battling two wildfires in Nebraska panhandle

Sep. 17, 2021 16:11 PM EDT

GERING, Neb. (AP) — Firefighters have been battling Friday two wildfires that broke out miles apart in the Nebraska panhandle. The Vista Trend fire south of Gering has burned nearly 6 square miles with zero containment, while a smaller Post Fire near Crawford has...

House fire leaves man, adult son dead, woman hospitalized

Sep. 17, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

NORTH ARLINGTON, N.J. (AP) — A fast-moving fire roared through a northern New Jersey home early Friday, killing a man and his adult son and injuring a woman, authorities said. The fire in North Arlington, which was reported around 4:15 a.m., apparently broke out on the...

Indiana man gets 46 years in twin sons' house fire deaths

Sep. 17, 2021 11:33 AM EDT

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A Lafayette man convicted in his twin 3-year-old sons’ deaths in a 2014 house fire has been sentenced to 46 years in prison. Brandon Abbott, 38, was sentenced this week after a Tippecanoe County jury convicted him in June on 13 counts, including...

1 dead in home after gunfire exchange with Memphis police

Sep. 17, 2021 11:23 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A man has died after exchanging gunfire with a Tennessee police officer as a law enforcement anti-gang unit tried to serve arrest warrants inside a home in Memphis. Two officers were injured, including a deputy cut by glass as he jumped through a window, authorities...

EXPLAINER: Fighting fire with fire to protect sequoia trees

Sep. 17, 2021 01:38 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With flames advancing toward the signature grove of ancient massive trees in Sequoia National Park, firefighters on Thursday fought fire with fire. Using firing operations to burn out flammable vegetation and other matter before the wildfire arrives...

California wildfires threaten famous giant sequoia trees

Sep. 16, 2021 23:13 PM EDT

THREE RIVERS, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters wrapped the base of the world's largest tree in a fire-resistant blanket as they tried to save a famous grove of gigantic old-growth sequoias from wildfires burning Thursday in California’s rugged Sierra Nevada. The colossal...

US Forest Service hits brakes on Arizona restoration project

Sep. 16, 2021 20:39 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has put the brakes on a effort to thin hundreds of square miles of land in Arizona to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires, drawing sharp rebukes from elected officials. The Four Forest Restoration Initiative is the...