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1 dead, 15 hurt in California home gas explosion

Jul. 15, 2019 7:03 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 6:35 PM EDT

MURRIETA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on an explosion that destroyed a home in Southern California (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Authorities say a gas explosion that destroyed a Southern California home has killed one person and injured more than a dozen others. The explosion occurred shortly after noon Monday...

Man found dead in Fargo storage unit fire identified

Jul. 15, 2019 6:20 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Fargo authorities have released the name of a man whose body was found after a fire in a rental storage unit. The victim is identified as 58-year-old Jonathan Wayne Liles of Fargo. Crews were called to the fire early Sunday and contained the blaze to a single rental unit. During a search...

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

Jul. 15, 2019 5:10 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...

3 children killed, 3 others hurt in Ohio house fire

Jul. 15, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

ASHLAND, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say three children killed in an overnight house fire in rural north-central Ohio died from smoke inhalation. Fire officials say three other people who were in the house have been hospitalized with what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries. The State Fire Marshal's...

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...

Wildfire destroys 1 home north of Reno, burns 2 square miles

Jul. 15, 2019 3:47 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — More than 200 firefighters have managed to contain about half of a northern Nevada wildfire that has burned nearly 2 square miles (5 sq. kilometers) of mostly rangeland and destroyed a home north of Reno. The Sierra Front dispatch center said Monday the Jasper Fire is 45 percent contained...

More charges filed against young man in deaths of 2

Jul. 15, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Authorities have added charges in the case of a young man who is accused of killing two people in Porter County. Connor Kerner of Valparaiso already is facing murder charges in the deaths of 19-year-old Molley Lanham and 18-year-old Thomas Grill . Kerner appeared in court Monday on...

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...

Italian police clear migrant squatters amid burning debris

Jul. 15, 2019 12:08 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Migrants and squatters set up burning barricades at an abandoned school outside Rome on Monday after police were ordered to clear the site. Residents set fire to tires, mattresses, and garbage to try and deter the police in riot gear. But authorities doused the blaze and proceeded with the...