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The sun rises on the community of Blue River, Ore., early Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, two weeks after the devastating Holiday Farm Fire swept through the area east of Springfield, Ore. (Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard via AP)

Few resources, old-growth forest allowed for fire's growth

Sep. 22, 2020 11:01 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A lack of firefighting resources in the hours after it was sparked allowed a fast-moving wildfire to make an unprecedented run through Southern California mountains and eventually find fuel in old-growth trees to become one of Los Angeles County's largest fires ever, an official said...

The California Highway Patrol leads the procession along with U.S. Forest Service vehicles as they escort fallen firefighter Charles Morton, killed while battling a blaze in the mountains east of Los Angeles, along Hewes Street in Orange, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, from San Bernardino to the Ferrara Colonial Mortuary in Orange. Morton, 39, a San Diego native, was a 14-year veteran of the U.S. Forest Service and a squad boss for the Big Bear Interagency Hotshots in San Bernardino National Forest, officials said.  (Mark Rightmire/The Orange County Register via AP)

Firefighter who died in blaze was on elite Hotshot crew

Sep. 22, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

A California firefighter killed while battling a blaze in the mountains east of Los Angeles was identified Tuesday as a member of an elite Hotshot crew dedicated to fighting wildfires. Charles Morton, 39, a San Diego native, was a 14-year veteran of the U.S. Forest Service and a squad boss for the Big Bear...

Woman sentenced to 5 years after toddler dies in house fire

Sep. 22, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A Stayton woman was sentenced to five years in prison after her toddler died in a house fire. Jessica Marie Pearce, 27, was convicted of criminally negligent homicide by Judge Tracy Prall Sept. 17, the Statesman Journal reported. Pearce had entered a no-contest plea. Child neglect and...

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2020, file photo, scorched property stands at an intersection in Blue River, Ore., days after a blaze known as the Holiday Farm Fire swept through the area's business district. Oregonians are grieving the loss of some of their most treasured natural places after wildfires wiped out campgrounds, hot springs and wooded retreats that have been a touchstone for generations in a state known for its unspoiled beauty. (Andy Nelson/The Register-Guard via AP, Pool, File)

Oregon grieves for natural places wiped out by wildfires

Sep. 22, 2020 2:58 PM EDT

DETROIT LAKE, Ore. (AP) — Oregonians are grieving the loss of some of their most treasured natural places after wildfires wiped out campgrounds, hot springs and wooded retreats that have been touchstones for generations in a state known for its unspoiled beauty. The flames that destroyed hundreds of homes...

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2012 file photo, a man speaks on his mobile phone, as firemen extinguish a fire that erupted in a factory in Karachi, Pakistan. A Pakistani court on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, sentenced two political party operatives of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement to death for starting a fire at a garments factory in Karachi in 2012 that killed 260 people after the factory owners refused to pay bribes. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan, File)

Pakistan sentences 2 to death for deadly 2012 factory fire

Sep. 22, 2020 10:02 AM EDT

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani court on Tuesday sentenced two political party operatives to death for starting a fire at a garments factory in Karachi in 2012 that killed 260 people after the factory owners refused to pay bribes. The court also sentenced the factory's four guards to life in prison...

So called stumbling blocks, marking the last voluntarily chosen places of residence of the victims of the Nazis, are embedded in the pavement in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. The Department for Research and Information on Anti-Semitism Berlin, or RIAS documented 410 incidents in Berlin, more than two a day, in the first half of 2020, including physical attacks, property damage, threats, harmful behavior and anti-Semitic propaganda. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Assaults, arson, slurs: Report finds anti-Semitism in Berlin

Sep. 22, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Small square brass plates set in the pavement remember Jewish residents of Berlin's Lichtenberg district who were torn from their homes and killed by the Nazis decades ago. Nearby, the charred remains of a Jewish-run bar destroyed by arson last month attest to a hatred that still burns among...

A woman watches as the Bobcat Fire burns in Juniper Hill, Calif., Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Enormous California wildfire threatens desert homes near LA

Sep. 22, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An enormous wildfire that churned through mountains northeast of Los Angeles and into the Mojave Desert was still threatening homes on Monday and was one of more than two dozen major fires burning across California. Five of the largest wildfires in state history are currently burning...

The Directors Guild of America headquarters is pictured on April 16, 2020, in Los Angeles. Hollywood's unions announced Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, that they have reached an agreement on pandemic protocols with major studios that will allow the broad resumption of production of films and television after six months of empty sets and widespread unemployment. The Directors Guild of America, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the Basic Crafts unions and the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists jointly announced the deal reached with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers after months of planning and negotiating. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

The Latest: Hollywood unions announce pandemic agreement

Sep. 21, 2020 10:38 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES — Hollywood’s unions have announced that they have reached an agreement on pandemic protocols with major studios that will allow the broad resumption of production of films and television after six months of stagnant sets and widespread unemployment. The Directors Guild of America, the...

Wildfire death toll in Oregon increases to nine

Sep. 21, 2020 8:07 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The number of fatalities from Oregon’s recent wildfires has increased to nine people, the state's Office of Emergency Management confirmed Monday. Fires continued to rage across the West Coast Monday. The Pacific Northwest Region of the Forest Service reported Monday that 27 large...

Dwayne Simmons makes a memorial to David McAtee near the intersection of 26th and Broadway, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. McAtee, the owner of a barbecue spot who was known for offering meals to police officers, died while police and National Guard soldiers were enforcing a curfew early Monday amid waves of protests over a previous police shooting. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Family of BBQ cook shot by National Guard files civil suit

Sep. 21, 2020 2:38 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The family of a barbecue cook who was shot to death by a National Guard member during tense Louisville protests has filed a wrongful death suit against Louisville police officers and guard members. The suit, filed Monday, alleges law enforcement officials used excessive force when...