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Yemen rebels claim attack on Saudi oil facility in Jiddah

Nov. 23, 2020 9:46 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Yemen's Houthi rebels said they struck a Saudi oil facility in the port city of Jiddah on Monday with a new cruise missile, just hours after the kingdom finished hosting its virtual Group of 20 leaders summit. The kingdom did not immediately acknowledge any attack as...

Fire in petrochemical factory in Iran kills 1, injures 4

Nov. 19, 2020 2:47 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A fire in a petrochemical factory in southwestern Iran on Thursday led to the death of one worker and injured four others, Iranian state TV reported. The report said the worker died after jumping off a platform where the blaze erupted during the unloading of carbohydrate materials. It...

7 killed in factory explosion southwest of Beijing

Nov. 13, 2020 12:29 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Authorities say seven people have been killed and one injured in a factory explosion southwest of Beijing. The expanded polyethylene plant in Hebei province’s Wuji county went up in flames around 6 p.m. Thursday. Expanded polyethylene is a type of foam used in packaging and other...

Oakland agrees to settle last lawsuit from Ghost Ship fire

Nov. 11, 2020 1:32 AM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The City Council on Tuesday agreed to pay $399,000 to settle the last lawsuit over a 2016 fire at an illegally converted warehouse dubbed the Ghost Ship that killed 36 people. The city doesn't acknowledge any wrongdoing in the settlement of a lawsuit by a dozen former residents, the...

Tyler, Texas firefighters respond to a fire and explosion at the freezer buildings at Greenberg Smoked Turkeys Inc., in Tyler, Texas, Friday, Nov. 6, 2020. The company in eastern Texas that sells about 200,000 smoked turkeys every holiday season was forced to shut down after the fire and at least two explosions destroyed part of the facility. The company will halt production for the rest of 2020 after a mechanical failure that started a fire caused a freezer holding 87,000 turkeys to explode. (Zak Wellerman/Tyler Morning Telegraph via AP)

Texas Turkey facility shuts down production after explosion

Nov. 10, 2020 6:17 PM EST

TYLER, Texas (AP) — A company in eastern Texas that sells about 200,000 smoked turkeys every holiday season was forced to shut down after a fire and at least two explosions destroyed part of the facility. Greenberg Smoked Turkey Inc. in Tyler, Texas, will halt production for the rest of 2020 after a...

Powerful blast, fire at India chemicals warehouse kills 12

Nov. 4, 2020 12:01 PM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — A major fire and a powerful blast Wednesday rocked a cotton factory warehouse storing chemicals in western India and killed 12 people, a rescue official said. Twelve bodies were recovered from the warehouse on the outskirts of Ahmedabad in Gujarat state, according to National Disaster...

Mechanical problems likely cause of industrial plant fire

Oct. 12, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Mechanical problems at a Tacoma industrial plant are the likely cause for a fire that triggered explosions and spewed toxic chemicals into the air early Sunday. KING-TV reports it took several hours for Tacoma firefighters to put the fire out but a special Hazmat Team that prepares...

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2020, file photo, Leslie Comardelle, former Arkema plant manager in Crosby, Texas, left and his defense attorney Paul Nugent, right, stand during the Arkema Inc. criminal trial at Harris County Criminal Courthouse in Houston. State Judge Belinda Hill on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, ruled prosecutors had failed to present sufficient evidence to support the charges against Pennsylvania-based Arkema Inc. and ex-plant manager Leslie Comardelle. ( Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle via AP, File)

Judge tosses case over chemical plant fire during Harvey

Oct. 1, 2020 5:21 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A judge on Thursday dismissed the criminal case against a chemical manufacturer and one of its former employees over a fire at its plant near Houston during Hurricane Harvey, saying prosecutors failed to present sufficient evidence to support the charges. A day after she dismissed the charge...

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2020, file photo, Arkema CEO, Richard Rowe, listens during the Arkema Inc., criminal trial at the Harris County Criminal Courthouse, in Houston. Judge Belinda Hill ruled Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, that prosecutors failed to present sufficient evidence to support the charge against Rowe, dropping the case against him over a toxic fire at the company's suburban Houston plant during Hurricane Harvey in 2017. (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle via AP, File)

Judge tosses case against CEO over plant fire during Harvey

Sep. 30, 2020 3:43 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The case against the CEO of a chemical manufacturer on trial over a toxic fire at the company’s suburban Houston plant during Hurricane Harvey in 2017 ended Wednesday after the judge concluded that prosecutors had failed to present sufficient evidence to support the charge. Judge...

Trial on Harvey plant fire resumes after COVID-19 delay

Sep. 24, 2020 7:46 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A trial in which a chemical manufacturer is facing charges over a fire at its suburban Houston plant during Hurricane Harvey that sent toxic smoke into the air in 2017 resumed on Thursday following a six-month delay due to the coronavirus pandemic. Arkema Inc., a subsidiary of a French...