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Truck driver convicted in Colorado pileup that killed 4

Oct. 15, 2021 21:00 PM EDT

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) — A truck driver accused of causing a fiery pileup that killed four people and injured six others on a Colorado highway has been convicted of vehicular homicide and other charges. Rogel Lazaro Aguilera Mederos, 25, was convicted by a Jefferson County...

At least 46 killed in Taiwanese apartment building inferno

Oct. 15, 2021 20:17 PM EDT

KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) — At least 46 people were killed and another 41 injured after a fire broke out early Thursday in a run-down mixed commercial and residential building in the Taiwanese port city of Kaohsiung, officials said. Neighborhood residents said the...

'Lawless city?' Worry after Portland police don't stop chaos

Oct. 15, 2021 19:56 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A crowd of 100 people wreaked havoc in downtown Portland, Oregon, this week – smashing storefront windows, lighting dumpsters on fire and causing at least $500,000 in damage – but police officers didn't stop them. Portland Police Bureau...

More rain expected for Hawaii, but drought may persist

Oct. 15, 2021 18:54 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii can expect above average rainfall during the upcoming wet season and potentially have more floods like last winter, the National Weather Service said Friday. Even so, Maui County and the Big Island may remain in drought and at greater risk for wildfires because the...

Professor pleads guilty in attack on fellow faculty member

Oct. 15, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

GREENFIELD, Mass. (AP) — An art professor at a prestigious women's college in Massachusetts pleaded guilty on Friday to attacking a colleague with a rock, fire poker and garden shears, leaving the victim with permanent injuries. Rie Hachiyanagi, 50, a professor at Mount...

Fire at home involved in woman's kidnapping case was arson

Oct. 15, 2021 15:59 PM EDT

WINDYVILLE, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri State Fire Marshal's office has ruled that a fire at the Dallas County home of a suspect in the disappearance of a woman was a second-degree arson. The home between Lebanon and Buffalo was destroyed in a fire Oct. 4. ...

Student burned after fire set on North Carolina school bus

Oct. 15, 2021 14:43 PM EDT

HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina high school student was burned after another student started a fire on a school bus, police said. High Point police Capt. Patrick O’Toole said that the Southern Guilford High School student was among 15 on the bus around 5 p.m....

Elliott eases into Texas following NASCAR-ordered cease fire

Oct. 15, 2021 14:06 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — It only took about a day after Chase Elliott wished Kevin Harvick “a merry offseason and Happy Christmas” for NASCAR's reigning champion to get the zinger on merchandise on his official website. The holiday-themed gear even has its own tab in...

Firefighters make progress coralling big California wildfire

Oct. 15, 2021 12:28 PM EDT

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters reported significant progress in corralling a wildfire in Southern California coastal mountains on Friday. The Alisal Fire in the Santa Ynez Mountains west of Santa Barbara grew only slightly since Thursday morning to 26.4...

Officials: Explosion, fire, explosion in home not accidental

Oct. 15, 2021 11:38 AM EDT

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — An explosion and fire in a Tempe house where two women were found dead wasn't accidental, but circumstances of the incident remain unclear, city officials announced Friday. Investigators determined that the explosion occurred early Monday morning...