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Palace of Versailles is briefly evacuated due to smoke from roof works, with no damage or injuries

Jun. 11, 2024 12:06 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Palace of Versailles was briefly evacuated on Tuesday afternoon after plumes of smoke were spotted amid renovation work on the roof near the Marble Court, an area of the original château built in 1623 by French King Louis XIII. The palace press office told The...

Alabama sheriff evacuates jail, citing unspecified 'health and safety issues'

Jun. 06, 2024 18:12 PM EDT

PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama sheriff evacuated his county's jail Thursday, citing a need to prevent unspecified “health and safety issues.” Autauga County Sheriff Mark Harrell said in a statement posted on Facebook that deputies began transporting inmates from the Autauga...

Indonesia’s Mount Ibu erupts 3 times, spewing lava and clouds of grey ash

Jun. 06, 2024 03:48 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s Mount Ibu erupted three times on Thursday, spewing red lava and clouds of grey ash. No injuries were reported. The volcano, located on an island in the eastern North Maluku province, has been erupting almost every day since early May....

A volcano erupts on a central Philippine island, sending hundreds into evacuation centers

Jun. 04, 2024 08:27 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A volcano belched a plume of ash and steam into the night sky in the central Philippines in a powerful explosion that sent more than 700 people fleeing to evacuation camps. The explosion of Mount Kanlaon Monday night on Negros Island triggered sirens...

Indonesia's Mount Ibu erupts, spewing red lava, thick ash and dark clouds into the sky

Jun. 04, 2024 06:02 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s Mount Ibu spewed red lava and thick grey ash clouds that towered 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) into the sky during a two-minute eruption Tuesday morning. The eruption spewed thick ash toward the volcano's west and northwest sides, said Muhammad...

Idris Elba helps uncover the WWII soldiers of color who never got their due

Jun. 03, 2024 14:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — One of Idris Elba’s grandfathers fought in World War II, but he doesn't know what he endured. No pictures or stories survive. “That part of my family’s history has been erased somewhat,” says Elba. That helped fuel the actor's push to narrate and executive...

Popular geothermal spa in Iceland reopens to tourists after nearby volcano stabilizes

Jun. 02, 2024 19:44 PM EDT

GRINDAVIK, Iceland (AP) — The popular Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, one of Iceland’s biggest tourist attractions in the country's southwest, was reopened Sunday after authorities said a nearby volcano had stabilized after erupting four days earlier. Oddný Arnarsdóttir, the head...

Indonesia's Mount Ibu erupts again, spewing thick, gray ash high into the air

Jun. 02, 2024 04:52 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s Mount Ibu erupted again on Sunday and spewed thick, gray ash 7,000 meters (16,000 feet) into the air, officials said. The volcano, which is located on an island in the eastern North Maluku province, erupted for more than six minutes,...

Ohio explosion caused by cut gas line thought to be turned off, investigators say

May. 31, 2024 23:10 PM EDT

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A crew working in the basement area of an Ohio building intentionally cut a gas line not knowing it was pressurized before a deadly explosion this week, the National Transportation Safety Board said Friday. NTSB board member Tom Chapman said preliminary...

Lava spurts from Iceland volcano for second day as its fissure extends 2 miles

May. 31, 2024 02:30 AM EDT

GRINDAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Lava continued to spurt from a volcano in southwestern Iceland on Thursday but the activity had calmed significantly from when it erupted a day earlier. The eruption Wednesday was the fifth and most powerful since the volcanic system near Grindavik...