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Critics: Tahoe resort project would hamper fire evacuations

Nov. 22, 2019 3:54 PM EST

OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Conservationists trying to block expansion of the Lake Tahoe ski resort that hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics say the developer is trying to hide the impacts of the project on the pristine mountain environment. In legal action, the group Sierra Watch also cited a dramatic...

Commuter train hits RV in fiery collision near Los Angeles

Nov. 22, 2019 3:26 PM EST

SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — An RV stopped on the tracks was hit by a commuter train and burst into flames near Los Angeles, causing widespread rail delays at rush hour Friday, officials said. There were no immediate reports of major injuries following the fiery collision around 5:30 a.m. at an...

Mother, 2 children die following Arkansas house fire

Nov. 22, 2019 2:50 PM EST

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — Authorities in Arkansas say a 30-year-old woman and two of her children have died following a house fire earlier this week. Fort Smith police spokesman Aric Mitchell says Whitney Kaub died early Friday from injuries suffered in the Tuesday morning fire in Fort Smith, about 125 miles...

Boeing settles half of lawsuits tied to Indonesian crash

Nov. 22, 2019 1:05 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Boeing has settled about half of the lawsuits filed in federal court over the October 2018 crash of a 737 Max jet off the coast of Indonesia. A Boeing spokesman said Friday that the company has settled 63 cases tied to the crash of a plane flown by Indonesia’s Lion Air. The company...

Medical examiner’s macabre humor leads to complaint

Nov. 22, 2019 9:56 AM EST

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A state lawmaker is taking exception to the macabre humor that Maine’s chief medical examiner used in an old job posting. The 2017 posting for a deputy medical examiner touted Maine’s benefits like a “really short season for decomposing bodies” and the fact...

Severe flooding in Republic of Congo displaces 50,000 people

Nov. 22, 2019 9:53 AM EST

BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo (AP) — The Republic of Congo’s government has declared a state of natural disaster in three territories after severe flooding displaced at least 50,000 people. The Council of Ministers said weeks of heavy rains in Likouala, La Cuvette and Plateaux territories have...

UN: Bodies of at least 6 migrants found on Libyan coast

Nov. 22, 2019 9:23 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — At least six bodies of Europe-bound migrants were found on Libya’s Mediterranean coast on Friday, while another 90 were intercepted by Libya’s coast guard, the U.N. migration agency said. Libya has emerged as a major transit point for African and Arab migrants fleeing war and...

Palestinians: Israeli settlers torch cars in West Bank

Nov. 22, 2019 9:12 AM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Israeli settlers attacked five villages in the occupied West Bank overnight, torching vehicles and olive trees, and leaving graffiti on the walls of homes, Palestinian officials said Friday. Ghassan Daghlas, a spokesman for the Nablus governorate, said the Jewish settlers set...

Attorney: Teen charged in 90 mph crash to plead insanity

Nov. 22, 2019 8:25 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The attorney for a Louisiana teenager who told authorities God instructed him to end his life, so he crashed his car into another driver says his client intends to plead not guilty by reason of insanity. The Advocate reports 18-year-old Jack Jordan was indicted this month on a...

Putin awards widows of experts who died in rocket explosion

Nov. 22, 2019 8:03 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has handed state awards to the widows of nuclear engineers who died in an explosion at the navy’s testing range, saying they sacrificed their lives to develop a cutting-edge weapon that will protect the country “for decades ahead.”...