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IS claims Iraq minibus bombing that killed 12

Sep. 21, 2019 2:24 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Saturday for a minibus bombing in Iraq a day earlier, which killed 12 people outside the Shiite holy city of Karbala. The brief claim was carried by the group's Aamaq new agency. The charred minibus was still on the road near the city on...

'Chemical spill' at Phoenix post office involved acetone

Sep. 21, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities in Phoenix say a reported chemical spill at a post office Saturday turned out to involve a shattered glass bottle of acetone, which is used in nail polish remover. Hazardous-materials personnel and police had responded to a report of a package exploding and Fire Department...

Quake with preliminary magnitude 5.8 quake strikes Albania

Sep. 21, 2019 2:01 PM EDT

POGRADEC, Albania (AP) — An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.8 struck the west of Albania on Saturday but caused only minor injuries, the country's government said. Citing the country's Institute of GeoSciences, Energy, Water and Environment, Albania's defense ministry said the quake struck 13...

Fifth death linked to storm that walloped Houston area

Sep. 21, 2019 1:35 PM EDT

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — The widespread damage brought to the Houston area by one of the wettest tropical cyclones in U.S. history came into broader view Saturday, as floodwaters receded to reveal the exhausting cleanup effort that lies ahead for many communities and homeowners. Hundreds of homes and other...

Communities search for ways to live with growing fire threat

Sep. 21, 2019 1:33 PM EDT

SHINGLETOWN, Calif. (AP) — Unless it's Sunday, Kelly Loew is steering her rusty red Jeep down the same mail route in Shingletown, as she has six days a week for the last seven years. But she delivers less mail these days as California's persistent wildfires drive residents away. Last year, California...

Lorena spares Los Cabos, heads up coast of Mexico's Baja

Sep. 21, 2019 1:00 PM EDT

CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) — Hurricane Lorena spared the resort-studded twin cities of Los Cabos a direct hit, instead heading up the east coast of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula on Saturday prompting new warnings and watches in that coastal area. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Lorena was a...

Dog kills 1-year-old in 'unprovoked attack' in California

Sep. 21, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

GRANITE BAY, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a pit bull fatally mauled a 1-year-old boy in an unprovoked attack in the child's home. The Placer County Sheriff's Office says the boy died in a "horrible tragedy" Friday in Granite Bay, which is about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of Sacramento. Officials...

4 die after bus with Chinese tourists crashes in Utah

Sep. 21, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

PANGUITCH, Utah (AP) — Four people died after a tour bus carrying them and other visitors from China crashed, rolling onto a guard rail and leaving carnage and debris in its wake on a highway running through the red-rock landscape of southern Utah. To Robert Driedonks, who heard the crash from the wildlife...

Separate blasts kill 2 kids, pregnant woman in Afghanistan

Sep. 21, 2019 11:04 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A roadside bomb in Afghanistan killed at least two children and wounded five other civilians in the southern Kandahar province, said Nasrat Rahimi, spokesman for the Interior Ministry, on Saturday. No one immediately claimed responsibility for Friday's blast in Spin Boldak...

Authorities identify 2 killed in crash of home-built plane

Sep. 21, 2019 10:31 AM EDT

STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a former Air Force pilot and a retired businessman were killed when a small plane crashed in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains this week. But it's still not clear which one was piloting the aircraft. The wreckage of the home-built plane, a two-seater called a Van's...