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Young girl killed when a hole she dug in the sand collapsed on a Florida beach, authorities said

Feb. 21, 2024 07:40 AM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A young girl was buried in sand and died Tuesday when a deep hole she was digging with a little boy collapsed on them both at a south Florida beach, authorities said. Emergency crews responding around 3 p.m. to Lauderdale-by-the-Sea found the boy, who...

Hiker describes 11-hour ordeal after falling on Mount Washington, admits he was 'underprepared'

Feb. 21, 2024 07:37 AM EST

MEREDITH, New Hampshire (AP) — As temperatures plunged on Mount Washington and ferocious winds made it near impossible to see, hiker Cole Matthes began to drift away from the trail. Then he hit a patch of snow-covered ice and slid hundreds of feet down a ravine. His fall Saturday...

Hiker rescued from mountain with 90-mph winds, bitter cold atop Mount Washington

Feb. 20, 2024 11:56 AM EST

SARGENT'S PURCHASE, N.H. (AP) — A team of rescuers used the Cog Railway to shave off time but it still took more than 10 hours to save a hiker in conditions that included sustained winds topping 90 mph (145 kph) on New Hampshire's Mount Washington, officials said. The hiker from...

Wet winter storm hits California, closing regional airport and trapping people in swollen rivers

Feb. 19, 2024 19:30 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Another wet winter storm swamped California with heavy rainfall on Monday, flooding the runways at a regional airport and leading to several rescues on swollen rivers and creeks. The Santa Barbara airport, on the state’s central coast, closed Monday after as...

Turkey dispatches rescue boats after cargo ship with 6 crew sinks in Marmara Sea

Feb. 15, 2024 05:14 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey launched a search and rescue mission after a cargo ship with six crew members on board sank on Thursday in the Turkish inland Sea of Marmara, off Istanbul, amid high waves, officials said. The 69-meter-long (226 feet) Turkish cargo ship, Batuhan A, was...

South Korean court convicts 3 ex-police officers in cover-up of deadly Halloween crowd crush

Feb. 14, 2024 20:18 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court on Wednesday convicted three former police officers of destroying internal files and other evidence in an attempted cover-up after a Halloween crowd crush that killed nearly 160 people in the capital, Seoul, in 2022. They were the first convictions...

Storms bring destructive winds and ignite wildfires across Australian state of Victoria

Feb. 14, 2024 05:12 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Powerful winds have killed a man and brought widespread destruction across Australia’s second-most populous state, leaving 530,000 homes and businesses without power and fanning fires that razed homes and injured five firefighters, officials said on Wednesday. ...

Israeli forces rescue 2 hostages in dramatic Gaza raid that killed at least 67 Palestinians

Feb. 13, 2024 00:37 AM EST

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli forces rescued two hostages early Monday, storming a heavily guarded apartment in a densely packed town in the Gaza Strip as airstrikes carried out to cover the raid killed more than 60 Palestinians, including women and children. The rescue in Rafah...

Today in History: February 11, Nelson Mandela freed after 27 years

Feb. 11, 2024 00:03 AM EST

Today in History Today is Sunday, Feb. 11, the 42nd day of 2024. There are 324 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 11, 1990, South African Black activist Nelson Mandela was freed after 27 years in captivity. ...

Russian drone strike on Kharkiv, Ukraine's 2nd largest city, kills 7

Feb. 10, 2024 11:44 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A Russian drone strike on Kharkiv, Ukraine's second largest city, killed seven people overnight, including three children, Kharkiv region governor Oleh Syniehubov reported Saturday. Three others sustained injuries, according to the officials. He said at least...