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New Zealand planning retrieval of bodies on volcanic island

Dec. 12, 2019 2:44 AM EST

WHAKATANE, New Zealand (AP) — A team of eight New Zealand military specialists will land on a small volcanic island just after first light Friday to attempt to retrieve the bodies of eight victims of an eruption that claimed eight other lives. New Zealand police said late Thursday the recovery attempt will...

California police shoot man who attacked people with bat

Dec. 12, 2019 1:00 AM EST

HESPERIA, Calif. (AP) — Deputies shot and killed a man who attacked two elderly people with a baseball bat after crashing his car in a Southern California neighborhood, authorities said Wednesday. The vehicle crashed in front of a home in Hesperia Tuesday evening and the man got out and chased a woman into...

California newborn survives being tossed from crashed car

Dec. 12, 2019 12:09 AM EST

TURLOCK, Calif. (AP) — A newborn baby who was flung out of a car in a Northern California crash survived with only minor injuries. The California Highway Patrol said 6-week-old Ezra Benitez was in a sport utility vehicle that crashed Sunday on State Route 99 in Turlock. The car flipped several times before...

Texas police officer killed by man fleeing traffic stop

Dec. 11, 2019 10:20 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston-area police sergeant was killed when a man wanted on a domestic violence warrant broke free from police while being handcuffed, fled from a traffic stop and struck her with his vehicle, police said. The search continued Wednesday for 21-year-old Tavores Henderson, who police said...

Volcanoes an ever-present, if usually distant danger

Dec. 11, 2019 9:30 PM EST

The eruption of an island volcano in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty killed up to 16 people, injured dozens and prevented rescuers from retrieving the bodies of eight victims believed to be on the island. A famed tourist attraction, White Island is one of several active volcanoes in New Zealand and one of the...

Stand-out student among passengers on missing Chilean plane

Dec. 11, 2019 8:48 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — When Chilean university student Ignacio Parada boarded a military transport plane bound for the Antarctic, he took with him his dreams for the future and a sense of adventure. In his fifth and final year studying civil engineering at Chile's University of Magallanes, the 24-year-old...

2-year-old boy dies after being struck by NYC subway

Dec. 11, 2019 8:46 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A 2-year-old boy was killed after being struck by a subway in Manhattan on Wednesday night. The toddler was hit by an uptown No. 2 train during rush hour at the Fulton Street station after he slipped away from his mother on the platform, the New York Daily News reported. New York police...

Chile: Debris believed from missing plane carrying 38 found

Dec. 11, 2019 7:41 PM EST

PUNTA ARENAS, Chile (AP) — Debris believed to be from a military transport plane carrying 38 people that vanished two days ago en route to the Antarctic has been discovered in the frigid, treacherous waters between the icy continent and South America, Chile's Air Force said Wednesday. Air Force Gen....

Man sentenced in UTV crash that killed girlfriend

Dec. 11, 2019 7:06 PM EST

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man charged for his role in driving a utility vehicle that crashed and killed his girlfriend was sentenced to 60 days in prison and five years probation. Rockingham resident Andrew Ielpi, 28, was sentenced Tuesday in connection with a UTV crash that killed his girlfriend,...

Fire destroys historic church near Shelton

Dec. 11, 2019 6:05 PM EST

SHELTON, Neb. (AP) — A fire Wednesday morning destroyed a historic church near the central Nebraska city of Shelton. The fire at the Zion Lutheran Church was reported just after 7 a.m. and firefighters who arrived minutes later found the structure was engulfed in flames. Shelton Fire Chief Jason Wiehn said...