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Thai police say sunken ship failed to meet design standards

Dec. 18, 2018 6:45 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand say their investigations found that a boat that sank in July in rough weather off Thailand's southern resort island of Phuket, killing 47 Chinese tourists, didn't meet regulatory standards. The July 5 sinking of the Phoenix was one of Thailand's worst recent...

As US life expectancy falls, West Virginia offers lessons

Dec. 18, 2018 3:09 AM EST

MADISON, W.Va. (AP) — If you want to understand why U.S. life expectancy is declining, West Virginia is a good place to start. The state is a bellwether of bad health, portending major problems years before they became severe nationally. "It seems that the worst outcomes happen here first," said Dr....

Chicago police: 2 officers die after being struck by train

Dec. 18, 2018 3:05 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Two Chicago police officers were fatally struck by a train Monday as they investigated a report of gunshots on the city's far South Side. Eduardo Marmolejo, 37, and Conrad Gary, 31, were pursuing a person who had headed toward train tracks and were hit shortly after 6 p.m. as the commuter...

In 2019, Mideast economic troubles loom as wars wind down

Dec. 18, 2018 1:14 AM EST

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — As the Middle East ushers in 2019, the decade's ruinous conflicts in Syria, Yemen, Libya and Iraq seem to be winding down after exacting a painful price — many thousands killed, millions uprooted from their homes and entire cities reduced to rubble. Yet the potential for unrest...

Authorities: Arizona fire volunteer dies in ATV accident

Dec. 18, 2018 1:04 AM EST

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say a volunteer firefighter in north-central Arizona has died in an accident involving an all-terrain vehicle. The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office reported Monday that 61-year-old Peter Cannata died in the accident Saturday evening in the Prescott Valley area after...

Man dies in crash following deadly California rampage

Dec. 18, 2018 12:07 AM EST

PORTERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A man who went on a deadly shooting, carjacking and robbery rampage in California's Central Valley died Monday during a high-speed highway chase during which he intentionally tried to smash into other cars, authorities said. Gustavo Garcia, 36, of Visalia was pronounced dead at...

Superior firefighters combat fire at old grain elevator

Dec. 18, 2018 12:02 AM EST

SUPERIOR, Minn. (AP) — Superior firefighters battled a large grain elevator fire, the city's second largest blaze this year. The Star Tribune reports the former Globe Elevator burned Monday afternoon about 1 mile (1.61 kilometers) north of downtown Superior. Superior Mayor Jim Paine said on Facebook that...

More high winds, rain for Northwest

Dec. 17, 2018 11:14 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Another round of high winds and heavy rain was drenching western Washington and Oregon. The National Weather Service had issued a high wind warning with gusts expected to reach 60 miles per hour or more Monday evening on the coasts, with winds reaching 40 miles per hour possible in the...

Man charged in Montana highway worker's death

Dec. 17, 2018 11:08 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Prosecutors have filed charges in the death of a highway worker who was struck by a flatbed truck on an Interstate 90 off-ramp in Billings. The Billings Gazette reports 28-year-old Ethan Anderson was charged Friday with vehicular homicide while under the influence and two counts of...

Helena man dies after train hits car in southern Montana

Dec. 17, 2018 10:22 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A 50-year-old man died after his car was hit by a train in southern Montana. Investigators with the Montana Highway Patrol say the Helena man, whose name has not been released, was talking on his cellphone and likely did not see the train when he drove onto tracks near Hardin on...