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Firefighters battle wildfire in Portugal, 32 people hurt

Jul. 22, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

COLOS, Portugal (AP) — More than 1,000 firefighters and 14 water-dropping aircraft battled a major wildfire Monday amid scorching temperatures in Portugal, where forest blazes wreak destruction every summer. As temperatures reached almost 40 C (104 F) in the afternoon, and a wind blew up, the blaze that...

Cleanup continues after Texas petrochemical fire in March

Jul. 22, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

DEER PARK, Texas (AP) — The cleanup of millions of gallons of waste and polluted water is far from over four months after a large fire burned for days at a Houston-area petrochemical storage site. Intercontinental Terminals Company, the facility's owner, must abide by a 31-page management plan that...

Flames rekindle in Willamette forest charred last summer

Jul. 22, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Flare-ups continue in the footprint of a fire last year in the Willamette National Forest. The Register-Guard reports firefighters have snuffed out four reburns, as firefighting officials call them, according to Northwest Oregon Interagency Fire Organization fire staff officer Edward...

Fire crews try to keep blaze away from Arizona homes, resort

Jul. 22, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A wildfire in a popular summer getaway in Arizona grew early Monday as crews tried to keep it in the mountain area and away from homes and a ski resort. More than a dozen aircraft, including four air tankers, were dropping fire retardant and water on the blaze in the Flagstaff area...

Police: Man accused of stabbing, setting fire to 2 women

Jul. 22, 2019 1:09 PM EDT

WILLOUGHBY HILLS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a man has been accused of binding two women with tape, stabbing them and setting them on fire at an Ohio apartment. Willoughby Hills police say one woman managed to call for help around 5 p.m. Sunday, and she and her sister were hospitalized in critical...

Man sentenced to life in prison in housemate's fiery death

Jul. 22, 2019 1:06 PM EDT

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man who admitted in a letter to a white supremacist organization that he fatally set his housemate on fire has been sentenced to life in prison. The Daily News Journal reports 53-year-old John Daniel Carothers pleaded guilty to murder Monday in Murfreesboro. Carothers...

B.C. police searching for 2 missing, investigating murders

Jul. 22, 2019 12:53 PM EDT

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The separate discoveries of three bodies and a burning car with missing occupants are shaking rural northern British Columbia. Canadian police said late Sunday they were searching for two men whose burning car was discovered on Friday about 30 miles (50 kilometers) south...

89 safely rescued after Mumbai office building catches fire

Jul. 22, 2019 12:09 PM EDT

MUMBAI, India (AP) — Firefighters rescued 89 people after a nine-story office building caught fire on Monday in Mumbai, India's financial capital, an official said. No injuries were reported. Sixteen fire engines battled the blaze and evacuated people from the building using hydraulic platforms in the...

Fire forces cancellations of high-speed trains in Italy

Jul. 22, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A suspected arson fire threw Italy's high-speed rail system into chaos Monday, forcing the cancellation of dozens of train runs and frustrating vacationers and commuters along the heavily-traveled Milan-Naples corridor. The state railways company said the suspicious fire occurred near Rovezzano...

Southern California commercial fire burns for hours

Jul. 22, 2019 11:12 AM EDT

CULVER CITY, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters have been battling a fire in a Southern California store for hours. The Culver City Fire Department says the fire at a large 99 Cents Only Store was reported at 1:46 a.m. Monday, and firefighters are still directing streams of water into the gutted structure more...