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Baltimore City Fire Department carries a person out from the debris after an explosion in Baltimore on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. Baltimore firefighters say an explosion has levelled several homes in the city. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Death toll rises to 2 people from Baltimore gas explosion

Aug. 11, 2020 9:35 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Two people are now confirmed dead following a natural gas explosion that destroyed three row houses in Baltimore and sent seven people to the hospital, authorities said Tuesday. Baltimore Fire Department spokeswoman Blair Adams said at a 9 a.m. news conference that a man was pulled from...

California quake alerts to be standard on Android phones

Aug. 11, 2020 9:27 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's earthquake early warnings will be a standard feature on all Android phones, bypassing the need for users to download the state's MyShake app in order to receive alerts, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services said. The state worked with the U.S. Geological...

The wife of Rami Kaaki, one of ten firefighters who were killed during the last week's explosion that hit the seaport of Beirut, mourns during her husband's funeral at the firefighter headquarters, in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Lebanon marks one week since deadly Beirut explosion

Aug. 11, 2020 9:21 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A nation still burying its dead Tuesday marked a week since the explosion in Beirut that flattened much of the Lebanese capital's port, damaged buildings and left thousands of people dead and injured. Several events, including a moment of silence at 6:08 p.m. local time when the blast...

Officials: Train hauling rock derails in eastern Missouri

Aug. 11, 2020 8:26 AM EDT

FESTUS, Mo. (AP) — A train hauling rock derailed in the eastern Missouri city of Festus, officials there said. The derailment happened Monday evening on Union Pacific Railroad tracks, when about 10 rail cars overturned. None were hauling any hazardous material, and no one was injured, the Festus Fire...

Hurricane Elida grows off northern Mexico, no threat to land

Aug. 11, 2020 8:21 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hurricane Elida strengthened a little off Mexico's northwestern coast on Tuesday, but forecasters said it was not expected to pose a threat to land. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said storm, which reached hurricane force the evening before, had grown to have maximum...

Off-road vehicle driver accused of speeding in crash

Aug. 11, 2020 8:16 AM EDT

PITTSBURG, N.H. (AP) — A man in an off-highway recreational vehicle and his passenger were injured after trying to pass an ATV, and he's been charged with driving too fast, New Hampshire's Fish and Game Department said. Officers said Kevin King, 38, of West Greenwich, Rhode Island, was attempting to pass...

Strong storms cut power to thousands, topple trees

Aug. 11, 2020 7:09 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Strong storms with damaging winds and heavy rain have left thousands without power in southeastern Wisconsin and caused localized flooding. A line of storms moved into the region Monday afternoon and knocked out power for about 28,000 We Energies customers. The National Weather Service...

Debris and rubble covers the ground in the aftermath of an explosion in Baltimore on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. Baltimore firefighters say an explosion has leveled several homes in the city. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

1 dead, 7 rescued after gas explosion levels Baltimore homes

Aug. 11, 2020 6:49 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A natural gas explosion destroyed three row houses in Baltimore on Monday morning, killing a woman and trapping other people in the debris. At least seven people were seriously injured, and firefighters were searching for more survivors. Dozens of firefighters converged on the piles of...

UK lawmaker asks for virtual trial in diplomat's wife crash

Aug. 11, 2020 6:43 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A U.K. lawmaker has asked the government to hold a virtual trial for the wife of an American diplomat who left Britain after being involved in a road accident that killed a British teenager. The decision to charge Anne Sacoolas, who has claimed diplomatic immunity, has caused tensions between...

Part of a tree that had split at the trunk lies on a road in Oak Park, Ill., while also appearing not to have landed on a car parked on the road, after a severe storm moved through the Chicago area Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Dave Zelio)

Powerful derecho leaves path of devastation across Midwest

Aug. 11, 2020 6:28 AM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A rare storm packing 100 mph winds and with power similar to an inland hurricane swept across the Midwest, blowing over trees, flipping vehicles, causing widespread property damage and leaving hundreds of thousands without power as it moved through Chicago and into Indiana and...