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Day care catches fire in Jackson; no injuries reported

Dec. 3, 2020 12:44 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Fire crews were battling an early-morning fire at a day care in Jackson, authorities said. No injuries were immediately reported. The blaze was discovered around 3 a.m. at the First Step to Learning Daycare, fire officials said. Fire crews saw heavy smoke and flames when they arrived,...

Emergency services attend to a large explosion at a warehouse in Bristol, England, Thursday Dec. 3, 2020. A local British emergency services department says there have been “multiple casualties” following a large explosion at a warehouse near the southwest England city of Bristol. (Ben Birchall/PA via AP)

Police: 4 die after explosion at UK waste water plant

Dec. 3, 2020 12:34 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Four people have died following an explosion at a waste water treatment plant near the southwest England city of Bristol, police said Thursday. Chief Inspector Mark Runacres of Avon and Somerset Police said that a fifth person was injured during the explosion at Avonmouth but that his...

FILE - In this July 20, 2017, file photo, Carole Baskin, founder of Big Cat Rescue, walks the property near Tampa, Fla. Officials said, a female volunteer who regularly feeds big cats was bitten and seriously injured by a tiger Thursday morning, Dec. 3, 2020, at the sanctuary, which was made famous by the Netflix series “Tiger King.

Volunteer bitten by tiger at Carole Baskin's Big Cat Rescue

Dec. 3, 2020 11:40 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A female volunteer who regularly feeds big cats was bitten and seriously injured by a tiger Thursday morning at Carole Baskin’s Big Cat Rescue sanctuary in Florida, which was made famous by the Netflix series “Tiger King,” officials said. Hillsborough County...

Coroner: Man, 2 children died in southern Illinois fire

Dec. 3, 2020 10:38 AM EST

ZEIGLER, Ill. (AP) — A coroner says a southern Illinois house fire killed a man and his two children. Franklin County Coroner Marty Leffler told WSIL-TV that the fire Monday killed 23-year-old Travis R. Craig, 3-year-old Talen E. Craig and 1-year-old Legan R. Craig. The cause of the deaths remains under...

Bruce McDougal prepares to defend his home as the Bond Fire burns though the Silverado community in Orange County, Calif., on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Californians flee as strong winds push fire through canyons

Dec. 3, 2020 10:30 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Powerful winds pushed flames through Southern California canyons early Thursday as an out-of-control wildfire burned near homes and forced residents to flee. The blaze in Orange County's Silverado Canyon began late Wednesday as a house fire that quickly spread to tinder-dry brush as...

Fire damages Lakota homeless camp near Rapid City

Dec. 3, 2020 9:56 AM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A local fire official whose department responded to a fire that swept through a Lakota-led camp for the homeless near Rapid City says the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs should have taken responsibility for the blaze. Tuesday's fire at Camp Mniluzahan destroyed or damaged at least...

Suspect killed, officer wounded in Florida police shooting

Dec. 3, 2020 8:53 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A 20-year-old man who shot a police officer while resisting arrest was mortally wounded when officers returned fire, a sheriff said. St. Petersburg police searching for Dominque Daquan Harris found him Wednesday afternoon outside a grocery store, where he refused orders to get...

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2020 file photo, residents watch as the Blue Ridge Fire burns above blacked-out homes in Chino Hills, Calif. Southern California utilities say they may cut power to more than 300,000 customers this week as dry, gusty weather raises the threat of wildfire danger. The National Weather Service is issuing red flag warnings of extreme fire danger over much of the region because of dry vegetation, low humidity and gusty Santa Ana winds.  (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Power goes out as fire danger looms in Southern California

Dec. 3, 2020 4:26 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California utilities cut the power to tens of thousands of customers to avoid the threat of wildfires as the region found itself whipped by Santa Ana winds that could turn sparks into catastrophes. Red flag warnings of extreme fire danger were in place Thursday throughout much...

Brent Spence Bridge repairs on track for re-opening Dec. 23

Dec. 3, 2020 4:13 AM EST

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Repairs to a heavily traveled bridge linking Kentucky and Ohio remain on schedule for a Dec. 23 reopening, Kentucky’s transportation secretary said Wednesday. The Brent Spence Bridge — which spans the Ohio River between Cincinnati and Covington, Kentucky — has...

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2020 file photo, residents watch as the Blue Ridge Fire burns above blacked-out homes in Chino Hills, Calif. Southern California utilities say they may cut power to more than 300,000 customers this week as dry, gusty weather raises the threat of wildfire danger. The National Weather Service is issuing red flag warnings of extreme fire danger over much of the region because of dry vegetation, low humidity and gusty Santa Ana winds.  (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

California winds bring fire threat, possible power outages

Dec. 3, 2020 12:24 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Californians hoping December would finally usher in wetter weather after a disastrous fire season were instead bracing Wednesday for another round of dry winds that raised the threat of wildfire danger and widespread power shutoffs. Utilities in the southern part of the state warned...