Accidents and disasters

Soldiers patrol in Strasbourg, eastern France, after a shooting Tuesday Dec.11, 2018. French prosecutors say a terror investigation has been opened into the shooting at a Christmas market in Strasbourg that has left two dead and up to eight wounded, including several in critical condition. (AP Photo)
December 11, 2018 - 7:38 pm
PARIS (AP) — The latest on the fatal shooting at a Christmas market in Strasbourg (all times local): 2:40 a.m. France's interior minister says a gunman "sowed terror" in three parts of the eastern city of Strasbourg with a shooting spree that killed three people and left six others with serious...
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FILE - In March 26, 2011, file photo, threatening clouds are seen at sunrise on Tejon Ranch near Gorman, Calif. A 19,000 home development planned in fire-prone mountains on the outskirts of Los Angeles County faces a final vote from county supervisors on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. The decision comes as critics draw attention to the high fire hazard in the area as the state recovers from deadly and devastating wildfires in Northern and Southern California and tries to solve a major housing crisis. (AP Photo/David McNew, File)
December 11, 2018 - 7:35 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The conflict between the need for more housing in California and the danger of building in fire-prone mountains was decided in favor of homes Tuesday as Los Angeles County supervisors approved a massive rural housing development. The supervisors voted 4-1 to approve a 19,000 home...
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FILE - In this May 1, 2015, file photo, Ken Pimlott, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection poses in the CDF headquarters in Sacramento, Calif. Pimlott told The Associated Press he prepares to retire on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, after a 30-year career. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
December 11, 2018 - 1:02 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's increasingly deadly and destructive wildfires have become so unpredictable that government officials should consider banning home construction in vulnerable areas, the state's top firefighter says. Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken...
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FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2018, file photo, Japan's Coast Guard ship, top, and U.S. military plane are seen at sea off Kochi, southwestern Japan, during a search and rescue operation for missing crew members of a U.S. Marine refueling plane and fighter jet. The U.S. Marine Corps have declared that five crewmembers dead after their aircraft crashed last week off Japan’s southern coast and that their search has ended. (Kyodo News via AP, File)
December 11, 2018 - 7:00 am
TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. military said Tuesday that five missing crew members have been declared dead after their refueling plane collided with a fighter jet last week off Japan's southern coast, and that search and recovery operations have ended after finding only one survivor. The five were on a KC-...
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Pigs wander the shoulder of Interstate 40 near the state line with Tennessee in Haywood County, North Carolina, after a crash on Monday Dec. 10, 2018. The crash caused delays while local farmers helped authorities corral the pigs. (North Carolina Department of Transportation via AP)
December 10, 2018 - 6:59 pm
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Snowed-in Southerners made the best of a day without work or school Monday while officials warned that roads remained treacherous even as the worst of a wintry storm departed. Snow, sleet and freezing rain tapered off across states from Georgia to West Virginia that were...
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Yemenis hold banners as they take part in a protest calling for the reopening of Sanaa airport to receive medical aid, in front of the U.N. offices in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
December 10, 2018 - 5:30 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Twenty million people in war-torn Yemen are hungry — a staggering 70 percent of the population and a 15 percent increase from last year — and for the first time 250,000 are facing "catastrophe," the U.N. humanitarian chief said Monday. Mark Lowcock, who recently returned from...
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December 10, 2018 - 3:36 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A production assistant on the Starz network drama series "Power" has been struck and killed by a vehicle while setting up traffic cones for a film production in Brooklyn. Police say 63-year-old Pedro Jimenez, of Manhattan, was pronounced dead at a hospital following the accident...
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Swedish young activist, 15-year-old Greta Thunberg, right, speaks to climate activists during the March for Climate in a protest against global warming in Katowice, Poland, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, as the COP24 UN Climate Change Conference takes place in the city. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)
December 10, 2018 - 3:03 pm
KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The Latest on climate talks taking place in Poland (all times local): 6:35 p.m. A dozen Roman Catholic pilgrims have arrived at an ongoing U.N. climate summit in Poland after walking hundreds of miles across Europe. The pilgrims were greeted Monday by the head of the U.N...
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December 09, 2018 - 9:45 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's economy shrank at an annualized rate of 2.5 percent in July-September, a worse contraction than preliminary data indicated last month, the government said Monday. The earlier data put the contraction at 1.2 percent, as consumer spending, investment and exports fell. The revised...
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John Woodrum, shovels his car on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Roanoke, Va. A massive storm brought snow, sleet, and freezing rain across a wide swath of the South on Sunday — causing dangerously icy roads, immobilizing snowfalls and power losses to hundreds of thousands of people. (Stephanie Klein-Davis /The Roanoke Times via AP)
December 09, 2018 - 5:37 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A massive storm brought snow, sleet, and freezing rain across a wide swath of the South on Sunday — causing dangerously icy roads, immobilizing snowfalls and power losses to hundreds of thousands of people. Accidents on snow-covered interstates caused major delays, hundreds...
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