Accidents and disasters

A man holds an "estelada" or independence flag during a protest in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. Catalonia's separatist leader vowed Thursday to hold a new vote to secede from Spain in less than two years as the embattled northeastern region grapples with a wave of violence that has tarnished a movement proud of its peaceful activism. (AP Photo/Joan Mateu)
October 17, 2019 - 4:40 pm
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — For years, Catalonia's separatist movement painstakingly built an amiable image for its quest to secede from Spain: Smiling parents and grandparents with children in tow marched under the Mediterranean sun, waving the flags of their cause and cheerily chanting "independence...
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Kane Brown receives Artist of the Year Award at 2019 CMT Artists of the Year at Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Al Wagner/Invision/AP)
October 17, 2019 - 12:32 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country music artists cried together and prayed together at an emotional CMT Artists of the Year awards show that reflected the tight-knit community of artists who supported each other through success and loss. Country singer Kane Brown, who was one of several artists of the...
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FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2019, file photo, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte addresses land reform beneficiaries on the 31st year of the implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) in suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. A spokesman said Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, Duterte was bruised and scratched from falling off his parked motorcycle at the palace grounds. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)
October 17, 2019 - 4:02 am
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte fell off his parked motorcycle on the palace grounds, suffering bruises and scratches, but the minor injuries won't affect his schedule, his spokesman said Thursday. "While it is true that the president roamed around with his...
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A Syrian girl who is newly displaced by the Turkish military operation in northeastern Syria, weeps as she sits in a bus upon her arrival at the Bardarash camp, north of Mosul, Iraq, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. The camp used to host Iraqis displaced from Mosul during the fight against the Islamic State group and was closed two years ago. The U.N. says more around 160,000 Syrians have been displaced since the Turkish operation started last week, most of them internally in Syria. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
October 17, 2019 - 4:00 am
BARDARASH, Iraq (AP) — Humanitarian groups in northeastern Syria are scrambling to provide aid to hundreds of thousands of people as rapidly shifting battle lines make it increasingly difficult to reach them. Nearly all foreign aid workers have been evacuated because of security concerns, and there...
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October 16, 2019 - 8:24 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Authorities in Saudi Arabia say 35 pilgrims have been killed in a bus crash near the Muslim holy city of Mecca. The state-run Saudi Press Agency reported Thursday that four others were injured in the crash. The agency, quoting police in Saudi Arabia's Medina...
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A firefighter walks near the entrance to NuStar Energy fuel storage facility Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019 after a Tuesday fire in Crockett, Calif. Officials were trying to determine Wednesday if a 4.5 magnitude earthquake triggered an explosion at a fuel storage facility in the San Francisco Bay Area that started a fire and trapped thousands in their homes for hours because of potentially unhealthy air. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
October 16, 2019 - 7:20 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Officials were trying to determine Wednesday if a 4.5 magnitude earthquake triggered an explosion at a fuel storage facility in the San Francisco Bay Area that started a fire and kept thousands of people in their homes for hours because of potentially unhealthy air. The...
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October 16, 2019 - 4:11 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services says earthquake early warning alerts will become publicly available statewide starting Thursday. The warnings produced by the ShakeAlert system will be pushed through a smartphone app and the same wireless notification system...
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FILE - In this June 21, 2019 file photo, flames and smoke emerge from the Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refining Complex in Philadelphia. Federal investigators say an aging, failed elbow pipe appears to be the cause of the June fire and subsequent explosions that left five people with minor injuries and destroyed part of the processing unit at the largest oil refinery on the East Coast. The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board released a preliminary report Wednesday, Oct. 16 on findings from the June 21 explosion at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refining Complex. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
October 16, 2019 - 2:06 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An aging, failed elbow pipe appears to be the initial cause of a June 21 fire and subsequent explosions that injured five people at the largest oil refinery on the East Coast, federal investigators said Wednesday. The U.S. Chemical and Safety Hazard Investigation Board released...
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Charlotte Charles, left, mother of British teenager Harry Dunn, and her husband Bruce Charles, center arrive at Union Station in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. The family of a British teenager killed in a car crash involving an American diplomat's wife was headed to the White House on Tuesday for a meeting with senior administration officials. On the phone is family spokesman Radd Seiger. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
October 16, 2019 - 12:17 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he thought the grieving parents of a British teenager who was killed in a car crash involving an American diplomat's wife wanted to meet with the woman during a White House visit. But Harry Dunn's parents say they were stunned by the surprise...
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FILE - This Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011 NOAA satellite image shows Hurricane Irene, a category 2 storm with winds up to 100 mph and located about 400 miles southeast of Nassau. According to a study published Monday, Oct. 14, 2019 in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, scientists have discovered a real life mash-up of two feared disasters _ hurricanes and earthquakes _ called “stormquakes.” It’s a shaking of the sea floor during a hurricane or nor’easter that rumbles like a magnitude 3.5 earthquake. It’s a fairly common natural occurrence that wasn’t noticed before because it was in the seismic background noise. (Weather Underground via AP)
October 16, 2019 - 10:48 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have discovered a mash-up of two feared disasters — hurricanes and earthquakes. They're calling them "stormquakes." It's a shaking of the sea floor during a hurricane or nor'easter that rumbles like a magnitude 3.5 earthquake. The quakes are fairly common, but they...
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