Accidents and disasters

A ship floats on the Mississippi River by the Hard Rock Hotel construction site in New Orleans, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. The Hard Rock Hotel partially collapsed last week. (Sophia Germer/The Advocate via AP)
October 19, 2019 - 12:01 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — People in New Orleans were readying for officials to set off a series of controlled explosions Saturday that they hope will safely bring down two giant, damaged construction cranes that have been leaning precariously over the crumbled remains of a partially collapsed hotel. The...
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FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2018, file photo, homes leveled by the Camp Fire line the Ridgewood Mobile Home Park retirement community in Paradise, Calif. Attorneys say as many as 100,000 Californians are eligible to receive payments for the damages they've suffered from a series of devastating wildfires over the last several years, but tens of thousands of them have not. They face a Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, deadline to file claims against Pacific Gas & Electric, the utility blamed for many of the fires. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
October 19, 2019 - 11:46 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As many as 100,000 Californians are eligible to receive payments for the damages they suffered from a series of devastating wildfires over the last several years. But tens of thousands of them have not sought compensation. They face a Monday deadline to file claims against...
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Michael Foster fishes as Tropical Storm Nestor approaches, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019 in Mexico Beach, Fla.. Forecasters say a disturbance moving through the Gulf of Mexico has become Tropical Storm Nestor. The National Hurricane Center says high winds and dangerous storm surge are likely along parts of the northern Gulf Coast. Conditions are expected to deteriorate Friday into early Saturday. (Joshua Boucher/News Herald via AP)
The Associated Press
October 19, 2019 - 10:19 am
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Tropical Storm Nestor was downgraded Saturday after it spawned a tornado that damaged homes and a school in central Florida but spared an area of the Florida Panhandle devastated one year ago by Hurricane Michael. The Polk County Sheriff's Office said several homes were...
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A commuter airplane has crashed near the airport in a small Alaska community on the Bering Sea, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in Unalaska, Alaska. Freelance photographer Jim Paulin says the crash at the Unalaska airport occurred Thursday after 5 p.m. Paulin says the Peninsula Airways flight from Anchorage to Dutch Harbor landed about 500 feet (152 meters) beyond the airport near the water. (Jim Paulin via AP)
October 18, 2019 - 9:21 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — One person died after a commuter airplane went off the end of a runway while landing at an airport in the remote Aleutian Islands fishing community of Unalaska, authorities said Friday. Alaska State Troopers identified the victim as David Allan Oltman, 38, of Washington state...
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Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) President and CEO Andy Vesey speaks during a California Public Utilities Commission meeting in San Francisco, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
October 18, 2019 - 8:26 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's top regulator excoriated top executives of the state's largest utility even as Pacific Gas & Electric repeatedly said they know they failed to meet public expectations when the company cut the power to more than 2 million people last week. Marybel Batjer,...
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A wounded man is brought by stretcher into a hospital after a mortar was fired by insurgents in Haskamena district of Jalalabad east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. An Afghan official says at least several people have been killed during Friday prayers when a mortar fired by insurgents blasted through the roof of a mosque. (AP Photo/Wali Sabawoon)
October 18, 2019 - 3:20 pm
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on mosque attack in eastern Afghanistan (all times local): 12:45 a.m. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is strongly condemning the attack inside a mosque during Friday prayers in eastern Afghanistan which killed scores of civilians and injured dozens more...
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Workers in a bucket hoisted by a crane begin the process of preparing the two unstable cranes for implosion at the collapse site of the Hard Rock Hotel, which underwent a partial, major collapse while under construction last Sat., Oct., 12, in New Orleans, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. Plans have been pushed back a day to bring down two giant, unstable construction cranes in a series of controlled explosions before they can topple onto historic New Orleans buildings, the city's fire chief said Friday, noting the risky work involved in placing explosive on the towers. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
The Associated Press
October 18, 2019 - 3:15 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Plans have been pushed back a day to bring down two giant, unstable construction cranes in a series of controlled explosions before they can topple onto historic New Orleans buildings, the city's fire chief said Friday, noting the risky work involved in placing explosive on the...
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Protesters ride on tractors as they enter the city on the fifth day of protests over the conviction of a dozen Catalan independence leaders in Barcelona, Spain, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. Various flights into and out of the region are cancelled Friday due to a general strike called by pro-independence unions and five marches of tens of thousands from inland towns are expected converge in Barcelona's center on Friday afternoon for a mass protest with students to and workers who are on strike. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
October 18, 2019 - 2:31 pm
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Latest on the situation in Catalonia (all times local): 9:30 p.m. Spain's interim interior minister says 128 people have been arrested so far during this week's protests in Barcelona and that 207 police officers have been injured. Fernando Grande-Marlaska also warned...
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A wounded man is brought by stretcher into a hospital after a mortar was fired by insurgents in Haskamena district of Jalalabad east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. An Afghan official says at least several people have been killed during Friday prayers when a mortar fired by insurgents blasted through the roof of a mosque. (AP Photo/Wali Sabawoon)
October 18, 2019 - 9:22 am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An explosion rocked a mosque in eastern Afghanistan as dozens of people gathered to offer Friday players, causing the roof to collapse and killing 62 worshippers, provincial officials said. Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar, said the militant...
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Brian Haight, crane program manager for Washington state's Department of Labor and Industries, uses a model of a crane during a news conference Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in Tukwila, Wash., to explain the collapse of a crane earlier in the year in Seattle that killed four. Washington State's L&I released the results of its investigation on the collapse Thursday. It found, as experts have long suspected, that the crane toppled because workers who were disassembling it had prematurely removed pins securing the sections of the crane's mast. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
October 17, 2019 - 8:30 pm
TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state on Thursday fined three companies for their roles in a crane collapse that killed four people in Seattle last April, with officials calling it "totally avoidable," and Seattle Police confirmed that they have opened a criminal investigation. The Department of...
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