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1 dead, 15 hurt in California home gas explosion

Jul. 15, 2019 7:03 PM EDT

MURRIETA, Calif. (AP) — A natural gas explosion destroyed a Southern California home, killed a gas company worker and injured more than a dozen other people Monday, authorities said. The explosion shortly after noon sent up a wall of fire and smoke and rocked nearby homes before the gas was shut off and...

Minor injuries after roof collapse at California casino

Jul. 15, 2019 6:59 PM EDT

GARDENA, Calif. (AP) — Eleven people suffered mostly minor injuries when a roof collapsed Monday at a Los Angeles area casino, raining debris into the lobby area, authorities said. The Los Angeles County Fire Department received multiple calls following the collapse around 10 a.m. at Larry Flynt's Lucky...

The Latest: California home gas blast kills 1, injures 15

Jul. 15, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

MURRIETA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on an explosion that destroyed a home in Southern California (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Authorities say a gas explosion that destroyed a Southern California home has killed one person and injured more than a dozen others. The explosion occurred shortly after noon Monday...

SpaceX: Leaky valve caused crew capsule to explode in test

Jul. 15, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A leaky valve caused a SpaceX crew capsule to explode during a ground test back in April, destroying the spacecraft and dealing a blow to the company's effort to launch astronauts. The company announced the preliminary results of its accident investigation Monday. SpaceX's crew...

Congo tracing contacts of first Ebola case in eastern city

Jul. 15, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

BENI, Congo (AP) — After feeling sick for several days the pastor boarded a bus to eastern Congo's largest city. Only upon arrival at his destination did anyone suspect he had the highly deadly and infectious Ebola virus. During his trip to Goma, the 46-year-old preacher managed to pass through three...

Fire rages through reserve in Mexico's resort-filled Yucatan

Jul. 15, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A fire in the Sian Ka'an nature reserve on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula spread to more than 6,000 acres (2,500 hectares) on Monday, with just 30% under control. The fire's advance across the brush and high grass has slowed but continues to burn, said the Environment Department of Quintana...

Atlantia chosen to help relaunch Italy's Alitalia airline

Jul. 15, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The state railway running Italy's Alitalia airline chose the Atlantia group of the Benetton empire as the final partner to work with the railway, the Italian treasury and Delta Air Lines on trying once again to relaunch the struggling flagship carrier. Ferrovie dello Stato said its board met...

Engineers find structural risks in Skagit County Courthouse

Jul. 15, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — An engineering firm has found severe structural problems that would put a nearly 100-year-old courthouse in Washington state at risk if an earthquake hit. The Skagit Valley Herald reported Sunday that a report by the Davido Consulting Group identified several "significant seismic...

The Latest: Toxic bacteria keep Mississippi beaches closed

Jul. 15, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on Barry (all times local): 3:25 p.m. Beaches along the Mississippi Gulf Coast remain closed because of toxic bacteria detected before Barry blew ashore. Polluted Midwest floodwaters have fed an outbreak of cyanobacterium. Commonly known as blue-green algae, it can cause...

Final blast of torrential rains unleashed by weakened Barry

Jul. 15, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tropical Depression Barry spared New Orleans from catastrophic flooding, but it still swamped parts of Louisiana with up to 17 inches (43 centimeters) of rain and transformed part of the Mississippi Delta into "an ocean." Although Barry was downgraded from a tropical storm Sunday...