Accidents and disasters

February 02, 2019 - 2:44 pm
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The helicopter of Nigeria's vice president crash-landed on its side on Saturday but he and the crew were unscathed, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said. "We are safe and sound!" Osinbajo tweeted after the crash in Kabba in Kogi state, saying the crew managed the situation well...
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Friends and relatives hold signs with the names of victims, during a march paying homage to the victims of a mining dam collapse a week ago, in Brumadinho, Brazil, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. A spokesman for the Minas Gerais Fire Department said after the ceremony that authorities were not calling off the search for bodies although no one had been found alive since Saturday. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
February 02, 2019 - 2:28 pm
SAO PAULO (AP) — Lax regulations, chronic short staffing and a law that muffled the voices of environmentalists on mining licenses made the devastating collapse of a dam in southeastern Brazil all but destined to happen, experts and legislators say. The failure of the dam holding back iron ore...
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Helicopters hover over an iron ore mining complex to release thousands of flower petals paying homage to the dozens of victims killed and scores of missing after a mining dam collapsed there a week ago, in Brumadinho, Brazil, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
February 02, 2019 - 1:11 pm
BRUMADINHO, Brazil (AP) — Rescue officials say the death toll following the collapse of a dam holding back mining waste in southeastern Brazil has risen to 121. Another 226 people are missing. Lt. Pedro Aihara of the Minas Gerais state Fire Department said Saturday that some bodies may never be...
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In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, people inspect a destroyed building where, according to SANA, the five-story building collapsed early Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, killing most of those who were inside and only one person was rescued alive, in the northern city of Aleppo, Syria. SANA said that a building damaged during years of war in the northern city of Aleppo has collapsed killing 11 people. (SANA via AP)
February 02, 2019 - 11:14 am
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A building damaged during years of war in the Syrian northern city of Aleppo collapsed Saturday, killing 11 people, including four children, said Syria's state news agency. SANA said the five-story building collapsed early Saturday, killing most of those who were inside and...
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A pedestrian makes their way across an overpass under a dramatic sunrise during the early morning commute in Los Angeles on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. A powerful storm heading toward California is expected to produce heavy rainfall, damaging winds, localized stream flooding and heavy snow in the Sierra Nevada. Forecasters say rain will arrive in the north late Friday afternoon and reach the south late in the night, and last through Saturday night. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
February 01, 2019 - 10:29 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A powerful storm bearing down on California on Friday was expected to produce heavy rainfall, damaging winds, localized stream flooding and heavy snow in the Sierra Nevada, forecasters said. Evacuations were ordered or recommended in advance for residents of some of the many...
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February 01, 2019 - 8:46 pm
HAVANA (AP) — Residents and tourists in a town in western Cuba saw a flare pass through the sky and heard an explosion Friday in what officials said was a meteorite strike. Witnesses reported seeing a ball of fire and a smoke trail in a clear midday sky, and a rain of black stones fell on the...
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A man walks past a Pacific Gas & Electric Co. entrance in Daly City, Calif., Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. spent nearly $10 million on California lobbying efforts in the year before the utility giant declared bankruptcy, spending more than any other entity seeking to influence California government in 2018. The majority of that money, more than $5 million, was spent lobbying on proposals around wildfire safety and response, including a discussion on whether to reduce the strict liability utilities face when their equipment sparks wildfires. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
February 01, 2019 - 5:47 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. spent nearly $10 million on California lobbying efforts in the year before the utility giant declared bankruptcy, spending more than any other entity seeking to influence California government in 2018. The majority of that money — more than...
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A pastor leads people in prayer at the site of a walkway collapse at the Driehoek High School in Vanderbijlpark, South Africa, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. At least 3 students were killed and scores injured at the school near Johannesburg, a South African official said. (AP Photo)
February 01, 2019 - 8:30 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — At least three students are dead and 23 injured after a walkway collapsed at a school outside Johannesburg, South African officials said Friday. Panyaza Lesufi, the head of education for Gauteng province, posted the toll on Twitter shortly after the collapse at the Hoerskool...
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In this photo taken on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, a newly born flamingo chick struggles to walk on a dried out dam in Kimberley, South Africa. A special airlift for thousands of baby flamingos is under way in South Africa as drought has put their breeding ground in peril. A reservoir that hosts one of southern Africa's largest flamingo populations is drying up. (AP Photo)
February 01, 2019 - 6:57 am
KIMBERLEY, South Africa (AP) — A special airlift for thousands of baby flamingos is under way in South Africa as drought has put their breeding ground in peril. A reservoir that hosts one of southern Africa's largest flamingo populations is drying up. The flamingo eggs are losing their cool, moist...
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In this Jan. 14, 2019, file photo, spectators cool themselves down with a water mist fan during play on day one at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. Australia has sweltered through its hottest month on record in January and the summer of extremes continues with wildfires razing the drought-parched south while expanses of the tropical north are flooded. Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology confirmed the record heat during January as parts of the northern hemisphere have had record cold. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill, File)
February 01, 2019 - 1:40 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia sweltered through its hottest month on record in January and the summer of extremes continued with wildfires razing the drought-parched south and flooding in expanses of the tropical north. Australia's Bureau of Meteorology confirmed the January record on Friday...
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