Accidents and disasters

Ice and water flows over the brink of the Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. (Tara Walton/The Canadian Press via AP)
January 31, 2019 - 6:54 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — In Illinois, temperatures could rise by 80 degrees within days. In Michigan, melting snow and rain and a 17-mile ice jam could lead to flooding. Across the Midwest, the sudden warmth was sure to bring more broken roads and busted water mains. The polar vortex that brought many cities...
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In this Jan. 30, 2019 photo, Dr. Rick Sacra speaks to the Associated Press at his home in Holden, Mass. Sacra, a Massachusetts doctor who was among a handful of Americans treated and cured of Ebola in 2014, is being honored for his work in Liberia through the deadly epidemic. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
January 31, 2019 - 9:45 am
HOLDEN, Mass. (AP) — Almost five years have passed since he nearly died of Ebola in Liberia, but Richard Sacra has never wavered from his commitment to the struggling West African nation. The 56-year-old family doctor from Massachusetts was among a handful of Americans treated and cured of Ebola...
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This image released by Netflix shows Sandra Bullock in a scene from the film, "Bird Box." Netflix’s post-apocalyptic survival film is drawing criticism for using footage of a real fiery train disaster but the streaming giant has no plans to remove it. The footage concerns a 2013 tragedy in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic when an unattended train carrying crude oil rolled down an incline, came off the tracks and exploded into a massive ball of fire, killing 47 people. (Saeed Adyani/Netflix via AP)
January 30, 2019 - 9:11 pm
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Canada's Parliament has passed a motion saying Netflix should compensate the people of Lac-Megantic, Quebec, for using footage of the 2013 rail disaster in the post-apocalyptic survival film "Bird Box." The footage involved the disaster created when an unattended train...
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Jessica Tovar, right, speaks at a rally before a California Public Utilities Commission meeting in San Francisco, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. California regulators have approved a measure allowing Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. to immediately obtain credit and loans while the company is under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
January 30, 2019 - 7:35 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. judge berated Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. on Wednesday, accusing the nation's largest utility of enriching shareholders instead of clearing trees that can fall on its power lines and start fires and making "excuses" to avoid turning off electricity when fire risk is...
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File - In this Jan. 29, 2019, file photo, a man crosses the street in front of a Pacific Gas and Electric building in San Francisco. Roughly 1,000 lawsuits representing thousands of people, companies, cities and counties that have been filed since late 2017 demanding that Pacific Gas & Electric Corporation pay for wildfire damages. They range from a rancher's $3,000 small claims complaint to insurance companies' demands for billions of dollars to reimburse their payouts to policyholders. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, file)
January 30, 2019 - 5:46 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Lon Walker blames Pacific Gas & Electric Co. for starting a wildfire that killed his wife Ellen and destroyed their home near the California city of Paradise. Butte County cites PG&E for the same Nov. 8 fire that destroyed parks, schools and myriad other public property...
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Tereza Ferreira Nascimento, center, her sister-in-law Sonia Santos, left, and her brother Pedro Ferreira dos Santos dig with garden tools in search of the body of Tereza's and Pedro's missing brother Paulo Giovane Santos, days after a mining company's dam collapsed in Brumadinho, Brazil, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. "We are here since Friday taking turns between brothers, brothers-in-law, searching for the body so that we can at least give him a dignified burial,” said Nascimento, holding back tears. “So far it has been in vain.” (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
January 30, 2019 - 4:00 pm
BRUMADINHO, Brazil (AP) — Under a scorching sun, Tereza Ferreira Nascimento on Wednesday dug through the mud with garden tools and her hands in search of her brother Paulo Giovane dos Santos, resigned to the reality that he was most likely dead six days after the collapse of a Brazilian dam holding...
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An aerial view shows a collapsed bridge caused by flooding triggered by a dam collapse near Brumadinho, Brazil, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. The dam that held back mining waste collapsed, inundating a nearby community in reddish-brown sludge, killing at least seven people and leaving scores of others missing. (Bruno Correia/Nitro via AP)
January 30, 2019 - 1:29 pm
BRUMADINHO, Brazil (AP) — The Latest on the deadly collapse of a dam at a Brazil iron ore mining complex (all times local): 5 p.m. A spokesman for the Minas Gerais Fire Department in Brazil says it's still too early to say when the search for victims of the collapsed dam will be called off. Pedro...
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Rescuers search for survivors on the beach after two boats carrying migrants capsized off the shore near Godoria, in northeast Djibouti Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. More than 130 migrants were thought to be missing after the two boats capsized Tuesday off the East African nation of Djibouti, the International Organization for Migration said. (International Organization for Migration via AP)
January 30, 2019 - 7:52 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Thirty bodies have been found after some 130 migrants went missing off Djibouti when two boats capsized in rough waters, the U.N. migration agency said Wednesday. Sixteen survivors were recovered, and the tiny East African nation's coast guard continued a search and rescue...
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In this Tuesday, Jan, 29, 2019, photo. Mount Merapi spews volcanic material as it erupts as seen from Cangkringan, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Indonesia's most volatile volcano unleashed a 1,400 meters (4,600 feet) dark red volcanic material 1,400 meters (1,500 yards) down the slopes. (AP Photo/Slamet Riyadi)
January 29, 2019 - 11:43 pm
YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's volatile Mount Merapi volcano has unleashed a river of lava that flowed 1,400 meters (4,590 feet) down its slopes. Merapi, on the island of Java, has entered an "effusive eruption phase," Kasbani, head of the Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation...
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In this photo taken Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, is the scene of a multiple vehicle accident involving two trucks and a bicyclist in Honolulu. Police say a suspected drunk driver in a pickup truck slammed into a crowded Honolulu intersection, killing two pedestrians and a bicyclist and injuring five people including himself. Alcohol and speed may have played a role in the crash shortly before 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Kakaako neighborhood, according to authorities. (Cindy Ellen Russell/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP)
January 29, 2019 - 8:49 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — A suspected drunken driver remained hospitalized Tuesday facing manslaughter charges, a day after he drove a pickup truck into a crowded intersection, killing three pedestrians, Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard said. "This is probably our most deadliest in many, many years,"...
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