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Cause sought for Indiana house explosion that killed 3

Aug. 11, 2022 10:59 AM EDT

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Authorities worked Thursday to determine the cause of a house explosion in a southern Indiana neighborhood that killed three people and left another person hospitalized. The explosion Wednesday afternoon in Evansville damaged 39 homes and crews had not yet...

California paddleboarder uninjured in shark encounter

Aug. 11, 2022 10:38 AM EDT

PACIFIC GROVE, Calif. (AP) — A California paddleboarder and his dog were thrown into the ocean when a shark bit the board but both survived the encounter without injuries, authorities said. The Wednesday morning attack occurred about 150 yards (137 meters) off Lovers Point Beach in...

Row boat capsizes in Indian river; 3 dead, 16 missing

Aug. 11, 2022 09:51 AM EDT

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — A large row boat taking villagers to a festival capsized in a flooded river in northern India on Thursday, leaving at least three people dead and 16 others missing, police said. A strong wind rocked the boat, which was carrying about 30 people, police officer...

African wildlife parks face climate, infrastructure threats

Aug. 11, 2022 09:43 AM EDT

MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — Africa's national parks, home to thousands of wildlife species such as lions, elephants and buffaloes, are increasingly threatened by below-average rainfall and new infrastructure projects. A prolonged drought in much of the continent's east, exacerbated by...

Wildfires spread, fish die off amid severe drought in Europe

Aug. 11, 2022 09:12 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Firefighters from across Europe struggled Thursday to contain a huge wildfire in France that has swept through a large swath of pine forest, while Germans and Poles faced a mass fish die-off in a river flowing between their countries. Europe is suffering under a severe...

N Macedonia: Truck full of migrants overturns; 35 injured

Aug. 11, 2022 09:06 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — A truck carrying Syrian migrants believed to have entered from neighboring Greece overturned on a road in North Macedonia, injuring 35 people, police said Thursday. A police statement said 49 people were in the heavy vehicle during the crash late...

Greece: Dozens still missing after migrant boat sinks

Aug. 11, 2022 09:01 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say a search and rescue operation is ongoing for a second day for dozens of migrants missing after the boat they were on sank in rough seas off a southeastern Greek island. A Greek navy vessel and three nearby merchant ships were still...

Scenes of desperation as migrant ship sinks during rescue

Aug. 11, 2022 08:57 AM EDT

ABOARD THE ASTRAL (AP) — A Spanish maritime rescue group and the Italian coast guard helped pull some 40 people from the Mediterranean Sea to safety after their overcrowded wooden boat capsized during a rescue operation Thursday. An Associated Press photographer who was aboard the...

Indiana funeral set for GOP Rep. Walorski killed in crash

Aug. 11, 2022 08:23 AM EDT

GRANGER, Ind. (AP) — The funeral for Indiana Republican U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski will be held Thursday in her home state of Indiana, where she and three other people were killed in a head-on highway crash. The funeral was scheduled to start at 11 a.m. at Granger Community Church,...

Pilot dies in single-engine plane crash in Jefferson County

Aug. 11, 2022 08:10 AM EDT

BLYN, Wash. (AP) — A pilot died after their plane crashed near Blyn in Jefferson County on Wednesday. A witness reported seeing a low-flying aircraft with a possible engine spluttering and hearing a crash around 3:10 p.m., according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. ...