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Fire that threatened Lake Tahoe region is now 100% contained

Oct. 21, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — The 2-month-old California wildfire that threatened the Lake Tahoe resort region over the summer has been declared 100% contained, officials said. The fire, which scorched more than 346 square miles (896 square kilometers) of the Sierra...

Art professor gets up to 12 years for attack on colleague

Oct. 21, 2021 12:43 PM EDT

GREENFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A college art professor who pleaded guilty to using a rock, a fire poker and garden shears in a four-hour attack on a colleague that left the victim with permanent injuries has been sentenced to up to 12 years in prison. Rie Hachiyanagi, 50, a...

Auditors: ODOT can learn from missteps in wildfire logging

Oct. 20, 2021 20:14 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Transportation can learn from its challenging experience overseeing the biggest wildfire cleanup job in state history, according to Oregon Secretary of State auditors. Auditors did a limited review of the state’s hazard...

NTSB recovers black boxes from plane that burned in Texas

Oct. 20, 2021 18:02 PM EDT

Federal accident investigators have recovered badly burned flight recorders and started interviewing people who were on board a jet that ran off a Texas runway during takeoff and burst into flames. The National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday that it expects to...

Authorities: Man shot into apartment, causing explosion

Oct. 20, 2021 16:41 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Fire investigators believe a man shot into a Dallas apartment and hit a gas line, causing an explosion that injured seven people, including four firefighters, authorities said. Police said Tuesday that Phillip Dankins, 28, faces seven felony counts of...

Navy details changes, more oversight in wake of warship fire

Oct. 20, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than a year after arson destroyed a Navy warship, service leaders said Wednesday they are making changes and increasing oversight to correct widespread failures that led to the scrapping of the USS Bonhomme Richard. “I see the loss of the...

Police: Indiana store worker started fire that killed him

Oct. 20, 2021 11:22 AM EDT

LEBANON, Ind. (AP) — A fire at a central Indiana convenience store that fatally injured a store employee was intentionally set by that worker, authorities said Wednesday. Fire and police investigators in Lebanon said they determined that Karmbir Singh started the Oct....

Navy probe finds major failures in fire that destroyed ship

Oct. 19, 2021 20:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Navy report has concluded there were sweeping failures by commanders, crew members and others that fueled the July 2020 arson fire that destroyed the USS Bonhomme Richard, calling the massive five-day blaze in San Diego preventable and unacceptable. ...

Fire burns large apartment complex near downtown Boulder

Oct. 19, 2021 17:52 PM EDT

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Firefighters were investigating the cause of a large fire that broke out at an apartment complex in Boulder early Tuesday and continued to smolder and flare up later in the day. While Boulder Fire-Rescue initially reported that some people had...

Sheriff's office: Former worker tried to set fire at plant

Oct. 19, 2021 16:53 PM EDT

TAR HEEL, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina woman is facing attempted arson charges after authorities said she tried to set fire to a break area at a Smithfield Foods plant and used a hammer to vandalize five cars belonging to management. The Bladen County Sheriff’s...