Accidents and disasters

FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2018 file photo, Pacific Gas & Electric crews work to restore power lines in Paradise, Calif. California Gov. Gavin Newsom has rejected Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, a bankruptcy reorganization plan that Pacific Gas and Electric reached just last week with thousands of wildfire victims. Newsom says in a five-page letter to PG&E CEO William D. Johnson that the plan's most important elements are providing safe and reliable power to its customers. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
December 13, 2019 - 11:22 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has rejected a $13.5 billion settlement that Pacific Gas & Electric struck just last week with thousands of people who lost homes, businesses and family members in a series of devastating fires that drove the nation's largest utility into...
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This photo released by the New Zealand Defence Force shows an operation to recover bodies from White Island after a volcanic eruption in Whakatane, New Zealand, Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. A team of eight New Zealand military specialists landed on White Island early Friday to retrieve the bodies of victims after the Dec. 9 eruption. (New Zealand Defence Force via AP)
December 13, 2019 - 9:42 pm
WHAKATANE, New Zealand (AP) — Police divers returned to the waters around New Zealand's volcanic White Island at dawn Saturday to search for the remaining two victims of an eruption that left at least 16 dead and dozens severely burned. Military specialists on Friday recovered six bodies from the...
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A fire prevention crew hauls away sections of a tree they cut down Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, near Redwood Estates, Calif. Authorities are rushing to clear vegetation in high-risk communities after fires killed 149 people and destroyed almost 25,000 homes over the past three years. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)
December 13, 2019 - 9:47 am
SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS, Calif. (AP) — Buzzing chainsaws are interrupted by the frequent crash of breaking branches as crews fell towering trees and clear tangled brush in the densely forested Santa Cruz Mountains south of San Francisco. Their goal: To protect communities such as Redwood Estates,...
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Emergency personnel stay in front of an apartment building in Blankenburg, Germany, Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. Police say that one person has been killed and around 25 injured in an explosion at an apartment block in eastern Germany. (Matthias Bein/dpa via AP)
December 13, 2019 - 8:09 am
BERLIN (AP) — One person died and 11 were injured in an explosion at an apartment building in eastern Germany on Friday, authorities said. The blast occurred in the apartment of a 78-year-old man, who police believe may have been the person who died. Police said they found several containers of...
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In this Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, photo, a recovering tramadol addict waits for her medication at a de-addiction center in Kapurthala, in the northern Indian state of Punjab. The pills were everywhere, as legitimate medication sold in pharmacies, but also illicit counterfeits hawked by itinerant peddlers and street vendors. India has twice the global average of illicit opiate consumption. Researchers estimate about 4 million Indians use heroin or other opioids, and a quarter of them live in the Punjab, India's agricultural heartland bordering Pakistan. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
December 13, 2019 - 6:56 am
KAPURTHALA, India (AP) — Reports rolled in with escalating urgency — pills seized by the truckload, pills swallowed by schoolchildren, pills in the pockets of dead terrorists. These pills, the world has been told, are safer than the OxyContins, the Vicodins, the fentanyls that have wreaked so much...
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A Navy helicopter hovers at Whakatane Airport, as the recovery operation to return the victims of the Dec. 9 volcano eruption continues off the coast of Whakatane New Zealand, Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. A team of eight New Zealand military specialists landed on White Island early Friday to retrieve the bodies of victims after the Dec. 9 eruption. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
December 13, 2019 - 2:39 am
WHAKATANE, New Zealand (AP) — As grieving families sang traditional Maori songs, New Zealand military specialists wearing protective gear landed on a small volcanic island on Friday and recovered six bodies of the 16 people who died in an eruption four days earlier. The specialists — six men and...
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FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2019, file photo, the burned hull of the dive boat Conception is brought to the surface by a salvage team off Santa Cruz Island, Calif. Sen. Dianne Feinstein proposed a bill Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, to tighten safety standards for small boats in the aftermath of the burning and sinking of the diving charter vessel that killed 34 people. (Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times via AP, File)
December 12, 2019 - 8:14 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A group of California congressional members have proposed tighter safety standards for small boats after a diving charter vessel burned and sank in September, killing 34 people. Only five people — the captain and four crew members — managed to escape after the 75-foot (23-meter)...
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A Navy helicopter returns to Whakatane Airport following the recovery operation to return the victims of the Dec. 9 volcano eruption continues off the coast of Whakatane New Zealand, Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. A team of eight New Zealand military specialists landed on White Island early Friday to retrieve the bodies of victims after the Dec. 9 eruption. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
December 12, 2019 - 7:23 pm
WHAKATANE, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand military specialists recovered six bodies from a small volcanic island Friday days after an eruption claimed at least eight other lives and left a toxic and volatile landscape. The eight specialists wearing protective clothing and using breathing...
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In this Dec. 5, 2019 photo, workers — most of them from Mexico — load Christmas trees onto a truck at Hupp Farms in Silverton, Ore. On Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, the U.S. House passed a bill that would loosen restrictions on hiring foreign agricultural workers and create a path to citizenship for more than 1 million farm workers estimated to be in the country illegally. The bill's fate in the Senate is unclear, and the White House hasn't said if President Donald Trump would sign it. But the 260-165 vote was a rare stroke of bipartisanship on immigration. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)
December 12, 2019 - 6:25 pm
GERVAIS, Ore. (AP) — It was nighttime when Pedro Lucas came home, clutching receipts showing he had paid a funeral home to have the bodies of three immigrant laborers returned to Guatemala from Oregon. The three, including two of Lucas' cousins, were killed when a pickup truck slammed into a van...
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Chile's Defense Minister Alberto Espina speaks during a news conference at the Chilean Air Force base in Punta Arenas, Chile, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019. Espina said human remains have been found from a military aircraft that disappeared on a flight to Antarctica. The plane was carrying 38 passengers when it took off from southernmost Chile on Monday. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
December 12, 2019 - 3:04 pm
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Searchers combing Antarctic seas have recovered parts of a military transport plane and human remains belonging to some of the 38 people aboard who vanished en route to the frozen continent, Chilean officials said Thursday. Air Force Gen. Arturo Merino said at a news...
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