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1 person injured in central Iowa mobile home fire

Nov. 13, 2019 6:25 AM EST

GILMAN, Iowa (AP) — Authorities in central Iowa say at least one person was injured in a mobile home fire. Firetrucks were sent to the home in Gilman around 3 p.m. Tuesday. Fire Chief Randy Mommer told station KCCI that the injured person was being treated and likely would be sent to an Iowa City hospital....

Tennessee creating strike team for prescribed forest burns

Nov. 13, 2019 4:27 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Forestry officials in Tennessee say a strike team is being created to perform prescribed burning on public and private forest land in the Cumberland Plateau. Tennessee Division of Forestry officials said Tuesday that a $200,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation...

200-pound sea turtle hit by boat rescued off Florida coast

Nov. 13, 2019 3:14 AM EST

VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A 200-pound green sea turtle with a gashed shell has been rescued off the Florida coast. News outlets report the turtle since named Blaze is now being cared for at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach. An Indian River County sheriff's statement says deputies responded...

Australian wildfires destroy homes and force evacuations

Nov. 13, 2019 2:33 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Scores of wildfires continued to rage across vast tracts of Australia's drought-stricken east coast on Wednesday, forcing hundreds of residents to evacuate their homes, some for the second time in a week. The most intense fires were concentrated in the northeastern states of New...

California regulators to open inquiry into power outages

Nov. 13, 2019 1:04 AM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California regulators will vote Wednesday on whether to open an investigation into pre-emptive power outages that blacked out large parts of the state for much of October as strong winds sparked fears of wildfires. The state's largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric Co., initiated...

PG&E faces potential showdown over its bankruptcy plan

Nov. 12, 2019 7:37 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is stepping up pressure on Pacific Gas & Electric to fork over billions more in cash to pay thousands of people who lost homes in wildfires that drove the utility into bankruptcy. The rising tensions were scheduled to be aired out in a bankruptcy court...

2 men severely burned in Stead oven explosion, house fire

Nov. 12, 2019 5:31 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Two men were severely burned in a house fire triggered by an oven explosion in Stead north of Reno. The Reno Fire Department says the explosion and fire occurred while the two handymen were working on the kitchen appliance shortly after 11 a.m. Tuesday. The hair of an elderly woman who...

Authorities ID 2nd man fatally stabbed before home set afire

Nov. 12, 2019 2:54 PM EST

JAMESBURG, N.J. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a second man who they say was stabbed to death inside a New Jersey home last week before it was set on fire, allegedly by the son of one of the victims. Middlesex County prosecutors on Tuesday identified Gregory Fischer as one of the men killed...

Fire chief: Gas leak caused home explosion that injured 2

Nov. 12, 2019 11:13 AM EST

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A fire chief says a house explosion and fire that injured two people at a West Virginia home were caused by a gas leak. Citizens Fire Department Chief Larry Herbst told The Journal that an HVAC technician working in the Charles Town home and another person were injured in...

Man, woman, young girl killed in Missouri apartment fire

Nov. 12, 2019 10:32 AM EST

CLINTON, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a man, woman and young girl have been killed in an apartment fire in Missouri. Clinton Fire Chief Leo Huff says the fire was reported around 2:20 a.m. Tuesday. He says a second story apartment in the 12-unit building was burning when crews arrived. The blaze was brought...