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Eric Garner's mother speaks out on anniversary of his death

Jul. 17, 2019 11:04 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Eric Garner's mother, speaking Wednesday on the five-year anniversary of his chokehold death, urged the New York City police commissioner to fire the officer involved. "We've been failed by every other source," Gwen Carr said on CBS. "He should be fired. At least that would give me...

The Latest: De Blasio says officer entitled to due process

Jul. 17, 2019 10:20 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Justice Department's decision not to prosecute the officer involved in Eric Garner's death. (all times local): 10:20 a.m. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says the officer who placed a chokehold on Eric Garner exactly five years ago is entitled to due process under...

Deadly California house explosion damaged neighboring homes

Jul. 16, 2019 5:23 PM EDT

MURRIETA, Calif. (AP) — A natural gas explosion and fire that killed a Southern California Gas Co. worker and injured 15 other people also badly damaged at least six other homes, officials said Tuesday. Four homes were red-tagged, meaning they can't be occupied, said Deputy Chief David Lantzer of Murrieta...

Jim Beam thanks firefighters who put out warehouse blaze

Jul. 16, 2019 5:05 AM EDT

VERSAILLES, Ky. (AP) — Jim Beam has written an open letter to some newspapers to thank firefighters for battling a fire that recently burned down a storage warehouse in Kentucky. The producer of the world's best-selling bourbon writes that it regrets the environmental impact of the fire. Beam officials say...

Party-goers evacuated after fire erupts on Croatia island

Jul. 16, 2019 4:28 AM EDT

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Thousands of people have been evacuated from a festival area on a Croatian island after a fire broke out in a nearby forested area. Croatian police say that the fire took hold early on Tuesday close to the beach clubs where the festival was taking place. A statement says no one has...

1 dead, 15 hurt in California home gas explosion

Jul. 15, 2019 10:28 PM EDT

MURRIETA, Calif. (AP) — A natural gas explosion destroyed a Southern California home, killed a gas company worker and injured more than a dozen other people Monday, authorities said. The explosion shortly after noon sent up a wall of fire and smoke and rocked nearby homes before the gas was shut off and...

The Latest: California home gas blast kills 1, injures 15

Jul. 15, 2019 10:27 PM EDT

MURRIETA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on an explosion that destroyed a home in Southern California (all times local): 7: 30 p.m. Authorities say everyone has been accounted for after a natural gas explosion that blew apart a Southern California home and killed a gas company worker. The blast shortly after...

Fire rages through reserve in Mexico's resort-filled Yucatan

Jul. 15, 2019 7:46 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A fire in the Sian Ka'an nature reserve on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula spread to more than 6,000 acres (2,500 hectares) on Monday, with just 30% under control. The fire's advance across the brush and high grass has slowed but continues to burn, said the Environment Department of Quintana...

Police officer returns fire, kills homicide suspect

Jul. 15, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

PENN HILLS, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a western Pennsylvania police officer killed one of the suspects in a homicide in an exchange of gunfire. Allegheny County police superintendent Coleman McDonough says 30-year-old Joshua Antonio Makhanda-Lopez was found shot to death in a car in Penn Hills on Sunday...

Woman, 2 kids dead in fiery freeway crash in Indianapolis

Jul. 15, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A woman and her 18-month-old twin daughters died in a fiery, seven-vehicle crash on an Indianapolis freeway, authorities said. Indiana State Police say the crash happened about midday Sunday on eastbound Interstate 465. A preliminary police investigation has revealed that a semi...