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Siberia wildfire smoke reaches Southcentral Alaska, islands

Jul. 7, 2020 9:17 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Smoke from wildfires in Siberia have carried to Southcentral Alaska and the Aleutian Islands, the National Weather Service said. Strong winds pushed the smoky air into the region beginning last week from fires burning across more than 5,300 square miles (13,727 square kilometers)...

Vermont police: 'Black Lives Matter' damaged in roadways

Jul. 7, 2020 8:23 AM EDT

JERICHO, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police troopers are working to determine if bias played a role in damaging Black Lives Matter-themed artwork painted on roads in Jericho and Underhill. On Monday, a state police trooper discovered evidence that vehicles had burned out their tires over the artwork. Two of...

Fire under control on Danish former research island

Jul. 7, 2020 6:48 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Emergency and rescue workers in Denmark brought a blaze under control Tuesday on a largely deserted Danish island that until recently housed an animal disease research center, local media reported. No one was injured in the fire and investigators were dispatched to Lindholm island to probe...

Hand crews climb rugged terrain along Agua Dulce Canyon road Monday, July 6, 2020, in Agua Dulce, Calf. The Soledad fire which broke out Sunday afternoon has scorched 1300 acres and is now 30% contained as firefighters and hand crews work through high temperatures to make sure the flames are contained. (David Crane/The Orange County Register via AP)

California firefighters battle flames north and south

Jul. 7, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

GILROY, Calif. (AP) — California firefighters battled large wildfires in Santa Clara and Los Angeles counties on Monday. A fire that has burned more than 8.4 square miles (21.8 square kilometers) north of Gilroy was 20% contained after burning two buildings and prompting the evacuation of about 70 people,...

Burned bear in Colorado recovering, expected to be released

Jul. 6, 2020 8:00 PM EDT

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — A young bear rescued after suffering burns in a Colorado wildfire has shown strong signs of recovery and is expected to be released, wildlife officials said. Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials posted a message on social media saying the bear that suffered severe burns on its paws...

Three dead in "suspicious" fire at Montana apartment complex

Jul. 6, 2020 3:11 PM EDT

HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) — Three people were killed in western Montana on Monday in an early morning apartment building fire that authorities deemed suspicious. Detectives were investigating the cause of the blaze in Corvallis, a town of about 1,000 people located 45 miles south of Missoula. The fire broke out...

Father, 7-year-old son killed in house fire

Jul. 6, 2020 2:54 PM EDT

SHAWANGUNK, New York (AP) — A father and his 7-year-old son died in a house fire in New York, according to the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office. Ulster County Sheriff’s Office said the fire was reported Sunday after 12:30 a.m. in Shawangunk, New York. When first responders arrived, they found a...

FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2018 file photo, the National Museum stands gutted after an overnight fire in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Brazil's Federal Police wrapped up the investigation on Monday, July 6, 2020, into the fire, ruling out any criminal offense, saying the blaze likely started with an air conditioning unit. (AP Photo/Mario Lobao, File)

Brazil police finish investigation into National Museum fire

Jul. 6, 2020 1:44 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's Federal Police on Monday wrapped up an investigation into a 2018 fire at the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro that destroyed much of its 20-million-artifact collection, and ruled out any criminal offense. The blaze in the former palace likely started with an air conditioning...

Fireworks causes estimated $10,500 in damage in Kansas

Jul. 6, 2020 11:00 AM EDT

JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (AP) — Authorities are blaming fireworks for a blaze that caused an estimated $10,500 in damage to a Junction City duplex. WIBW-TV reports that the fire was reported around 4:20 a.m. Sunday on the northeast edge of the city. Junction City Fire Department officials said the blaze was...

Kenyans protest cop who allegedly killed man over sanitizer

Jul. 6, 2020 10:40 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Residents of a small town in western Kenya set fire to a police station and damaged several vehicles after a police officer allegedly killed a man over a dispute about hand sanitizer, according to an official report. It is the second time in two weeks that Kenyans have violently...