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Aid groups scramble to reach Syrians as battle lines shift

Oct. 17, 2019 8:09 AM EDT

BARDARASH, Iraq (AP) — Humanitarian groups in northeastern Syria are scrambling to provide aid to hundreds of thousands of people as rapidly shifting battle lines make it increasingly difficult to reach them. Nearly all foreign aid workers have been evacuated because of security concerns, and there are...

Aid groups scramble to reach Syrians as battle lines shift

Oct. 17, 2019 1:35 AM EDT

BARDARASH, Iraq (AP) — Humanitarian groups in northeastern Syria are scrambling to provide aid to hundreds of thousands of people as rapidly shifting battle lines make it increasingly difficult to reach them. Nearly all foreign aid workers have been evacuated because of security concerns, and there are...

Strong quake leaves 1 dead, dozens injured in Philippines

Oct. 16, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

DAVAO, Philippines (AP) — An earthquake hit the southern Philippines late Wednesday, killing a girl, and injuring more than two dozen people in collapsed houses, and sending thousands of panicked people scrambling out of homes, shopping malls and a hospital, officials and news reports said. The U.S....

Officials study fire at California fuel site after quake

Oct. 16, 2019 8:21 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Officials were trying to determine Wednesday if a 4.5 magnitude earthquake triggered an explosion at a fuel storage facility in the San Francisco Bay Area that started a fire and kept thousands of people in their homes for hours because of potentially unhealthy air. The earthquake...

Aging, thin pipe likely cause of Philadelphia refinery fire

Oct. 16, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An aging, failed elbow pipe that hadn't been inspected in almost 45 years appears to be the initial cause of a June 21 fire and subsequent explosions that injured five people at the largest oil refinery on the East Coast, federal investigators said Wednesday. The U.S. Chemical and...

Toxic PCBs linger in schools; EPA, lawmakers fail to act

Oct. 16, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

MONROE, Wash. (AP) — At first, teachers at Sky Valley Education Center simply evacuated students and used fans to clear the air when the fluorescent lights caught fire or smoked with noxious fumes. When black oil dripped onto desks and floors, they caught leaks with a bucket and duct-taped oil-stained...

Earthquake probed as possible cause of California fuel fire

Oct. 16, 2019 11:49 AM EDT

CROCKETT, Calif. (AP) — Officials were trying to determine Wednesday if a 4.5 magnitude earthquake triggered an explosion at a fuel storage facility in the San Francisco Bay Area that started a fire and trapped thousands in their homes for hours because of potentially unhealthy air. The earthquake struck...

Thai Red Shirt chiefs ordered to pay for 2010 arson damage

Oct. 16, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered three leaders of the Red Shirt political movement to pay 21 million baht ($691,000) compensation to business owners whose commercial buildings were set on fire at the climax of two months of aggressive street protests in 2010. The verdict on a...

The Latest: Authorities seek cause for California fuel fire

Oct. 16, 2019 10:52 AM EDT

CROCKETT, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a fire at a Northern California fuel storage facility (all times local): 7:50 a.m. Officials are trying to determine if a 4.5 magnitude earthquake triggered an explosion at a fuel storage facility in the San Francisco Bay Area that started a fire and trapped thousands...

Health warning lifted over fire at California oil facility

Oct. 16, 2019 1:36 AM EDT

CROCKETT, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have lifted shelter-in-place orders for some 12,000 people in Northern California after containment of a fire at a fuel storage facility that sent up a huge cloud of smoke. Emergency sirens blared and thick plumes of black smoke and flames filled the skyline around the...