Accidents and disasters

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo talks to reporters during a news conference at Memorial Hermann Hospital on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 in Houston. An attempt to serve a search warrant at a suspected drug house on Monday, quickly turned into a gunbattle that killed two suspects and injured five undercover narcotics officers, including four who were shot, Acevedo said. (Godofredo A. Vasquez/Houston Chronicle via AP)
January 29, 2019 - 7:51 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — A deadly shootout that injured five narcotics police officers serving a search warrant on a house in Houston underlines the dangers of such operations, primarily because the officers are entering unknown territory, experts said Tuesday. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said the...
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FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2017 file photo, Eric Paddock holds a photo of himself, at left, and his brother, Stephen Paddock, at right, outside his home in Orlando, Fla. The FBI has concluded its investigation into the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history without determining a motive. The FBI makes the conclusion in a report given to The Associated Press on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. After nearly 16 months, the agency says it can't determine why gunman Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and injured nearly 900 others in October 2017. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
January 29, 2019 - 7:42 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The high-stakes gambler responsible for the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history sought notoriety in the attack but left his specific motive a mystery, the FBI said Tuesday as it concluded the investigation of the 2017 massacre that killed 58 country music fans. While the...
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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 - 7:28 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on a Honolulu crash that left three people dead (all times local): 3:15 p.m. Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard says a suspected drunken driver who drove a pickup truck into a crowded intersection remains hospitalized after the crash killed three pedestrians. Ballard...
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Amanda Riddle, an attorney representing wildfire victims, speaks with a reporter outside of a Federal Courthouse in San Francisco, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. Faced with potentially ruinous lawsuits over California's recent wildfires, Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday in a move that could lead to higher bills for customers of the nation's biggest utility and reduce the size of any payouts to fire victims. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
January 29, 2019 - 6:44 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Faced with potentially ruinous lawsuits over California's recent wildfires, Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday in a move that could lead to higher bills for customers of the nation's biggest utility and reduce the size of any payouts to...
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A Pataxo Ha-ha-hae indigenous woman points toward the Paraopeba River as she speaks to a member of the Brazilian Environmental Institute (IBAMA) in her village, in Brumadinho, Brazil, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. Mining giant Vale representatives insisted that the slow-moving mud spreading down the Paraopeba River following the Jan. 25 collapse is composed mostly of silica, or sand, and is non-toxic, but environmental groups contend the iron ore mine waste contains high levels of iron oxide that could cause irreversible damage. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
January 29, 2019 - 4:42 pm
BRUMADINHO, Brazil (AP) — Authorities arrested five people Tuesday in connection with the collapse of a Brazilian mine dam, while the death toll rose to at least 84 and the carcasses of fish floated along the banks of a river downstream that an indigenous community depends on for food and water...
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January 29, 2019 - 12:37 pm
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The U.N. migration agency says more than 130 migrants are thought to be missing after two boats capsized off the tiny East African nation of Djibouti. A statement says local police have found five bodies so far and search efforts are underway. Witnesses say the boats were...
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January 29, 2019 - 12:03 pm
PARIS (AP) — An avalanche in the French Alps killed two people Tuesday near the Deux-Alpes ski resort, French officials said. The avalanche struck late in the morning on an off-piste sector near the small town of Saint-Christophe-en-Oisans, authorities said. The area was under a moderate avalanche...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, file photo, a worker looks at a charred semitrailer after a wreck with multiple fatalities on Interstate 75, south of Alachua, near Gainesville, Fla. The 35-day partial government shutdown stopped the National Transportation Safety Board from dispatching investigators to 22 accidents that killed 30 people, jeopardizing some perishable evidence, the agency said Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. (Lauren Bacho/The Gainesville Sun via AP, File)
January 28, 2019 - 9:47 pm
DETROIT (AP) — The 35-day partial government shutdown stopped the National Transportation Safety Board from dispatching investigators to 22 accidents that killed 32 people, jeopardizing some perishable evidence, the agency said Monday. The NTSB will start investigations, but with some crashes now...
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A man rests on the trunk of a tree that was toppled by a tornado, as he takes a moment to rest from removing rubble from his home in Regla, Cuba, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. A tornado and pounding rains smashed into the eastern part of Cuba's capital overnight, toppling trees, bending power poles and flinging shards of metal roofing through the air as the storm cut a path of destruction across eastern Havana. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
January 28, 2019 - 8:24 pm
HAVANA (AP) — Neighborhood brigades and teams of government workers hacked at fallen trees and hauled chunks of concrete out of collapsed homes Monday as the Cuban capital attempted to recover from what officials called the strongest tornado to hit Cuba in nearly 80 years. Three people were dead...
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FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2018 file photo, Roger Bloxberg, right, and his wife, Anne, embrace as they watch a wildfire on a hill top near their home in West Hills, Calif. Insurance claims from California's deadly November 2018 wildfires have topped $11.4 billion. State Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara said Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, that more than $8 billion worth of damage comes from the fire that leveled the town of Paradise and killed 86 people. About $3 billion more is from two Southern California wildfires that ignited the same week. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
January 28, 2019 - 5:20 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Insurance claims from California's deadly November 2018 wildfires have topped $11.4 billion, making the series of fires some of the most expensive in state history, officials said Monday. The latest tally adds to growing concerns about the future availability of home...
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