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Judge approves $143M natural gas explosions settlement

Mar. 12, 2020 2:35 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts judge approved a $143 million class action settlement Thursday for residents and business owners affected by natural gas explosions in Massachusetts in 2018. The settlement's approval comes days after Columbia Gas of Massachusetts pleaded guilty to causing the explosions...

FILE - In this Sep. 21, 2018, file photo, fire investigators pause while searching the debris at a home which exploded following a gas line failure in Lawrence, Mass. The U.S. Attorney's office in Boston announced Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, that Columbia Gas Columbia agreed to plead guilty to violating the Pipeline Safety Act following an investigation into the catastrophic gas explosions. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Utility to pay $53M for blasts that damaged homes, killed 1

Feb. 26, 2020 9:11 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A utility company will pay the largest criminal fine ever imposed for breaking a federal pipeline safety law — $53 million — and plead guilty to causing a series of natural gas explosions in Massachusetts that killed one person and damaged dozens of homes, federal officials said...

North Macedonia: Death toll from cooking gas blast reaches 5

Feb. 26, 2020 2:36 PM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The death toll from a weekend cooking gas accident in a North Macedonian village climbed to five Wednesday after a severely injured woman died in hospital. All the deceased were members of the same family. Health authorities said the 36-year-old woman had burns on 80% of her...

N. Macedonia: 4 in critical condition after deadly gas blast

Feb. 24, 2020 9:57 AM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Three women and a 10-year-old boy remain in critical condition in North Macedonia, a day after a home cooking-gas explosion that killed another four members of their extended family, health authorities said Monday. The head of the intensive care unit in the capital...

Gas tank explosion kills 4 in North Macedonia

Feb. 23, 2020 5:09 PM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Four people, including three children, were killed and six other members of the same family were seriously injured when a gas tank for cooking exploded in their home Sunday in northern Macedonia, authorities said. Police said that the three children, an 8-year-old boy and...

FILE - This Jan. 24, 2020, file aerial photo shows the scene of an explosion that rocked northwest Houston. Attorneys for the family of a 47-year-old man struck by debris from his home when a warehouse in Houston exploded last month say he has died, bringing the number of those killed from the blast to three. Attorneys for the family of Gilberto Mendoza Cruz said he died Wednesday Feb. 5, 2020. The attorneys said Cruz lived within the blast radius of the massive explosion on Jan. 24 at Watson Grinding and Manufacturing Company. Two warehouse workers were killed in the explosion that also injured more than a dozen people and damaged hundreds of nearby structures. (Godofredo A. Vásquez/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Officials reviewing if man's death tied to Houston explosion

Feb. 7, 2020 4:54 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A 47-year-old man who was injured when an industrial warehouse in Houston exploded last month has died, his family's attorney said Friday, but officials declined to immediately add his name to the list of fatalities caused by the blast. Gilberto Mendoza Cruz died Wednesday, said attorney...