Accidents and disasters

Fire officials look at the scene where an airplane crashed into an apartment complex, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
October 30, 2019 - 3:48 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — A small plane crashed into a townhome Wednesday morning in a leafy Atlanta-area neighborhood near a major interstate, killing two people and tearing off the home's brick exterior, authorities said. The crash scattered wreckage and shook up nearby residents. Both the pilot and a...
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FILE - In this April 16, 2019, file photo, a woman exhales a puff of vapor from a Juul pen in Vancouver, Wash. A former Juul Labs executive is alleging that the vaping company knowingly shipped 1 million tainted nicotine pods to customers. The allegation comes in a lawsuit filed Tuesday, Oct. 29, by a former finance executive who was fired by the vaping giant earlier this year. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer, File)
October 30, 2019 - 2:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Juul Labs executive who was fired earlier this year is alleging that the vaping company knowingly shipped 1 million tainted nicotine pods to customers. The allegation comes in a lawsuit filed Tuesday by lawyers representing Siddharth Breja, a one-time finance executive at the e-...
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Dean Cato, left, and his son Robert use shovels to try to put out hotspots caused by the Easy fire at American Soil and Nursery Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, in Simi Valley, Calif. A new wildfire erupted Wednesday in wind-whipped Southern California, forcing the evacuation of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and nearby homes, as both ends of the state struggled with blazes, dangerously gusty weather and deliberate blackouts. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
The Associated Press
October 30, 2019 - 2:25 pm
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — A new wildfire erupted Wednesday in the suburbs north of Los Angeles, forcing the evacuation of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and nearby homes, as both ends of the state struggled with blazes, dangerously windy weather and deliberate blackouts. A blaze also broke...
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First lady Melania Trump listens during a briefing on disaster preparation and response, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)
October 30, 2019 - 1:54 pm
JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Melania Trump and Karen Pence traveled to South Carolina on Wednesday to get briefings about some of the military's emergency preparedness and humanitarian efforts in a state where both are often needed because of active hurricane seasons. During several hours in...
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Boeing Company President and Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg, right, is surrounded by photographers on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, before the start of a Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing on "Aviation Safety and the Future of Boeing's 737 MAX." (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
October 30, 2019 - 12:29 pm
Lawmakers blasted Boeing and peppered its CEO on Wednesday with questions about the design and marketing of the 737 Max, the plane involved in two crashes that killed 346 people. House Transportation Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., said Boeing showed a "lack of candor all through this."...
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A woman passes a construction wall with written messages near Grenfell Tower in London, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. A report released Wednesday on the deadly apartment block fire in London has condemned the London Fire Brigade and concluded that fewer people would have died if the building were evacuated more quickly. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
October 30, 2019 - 10:00 am
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Wednesday vowed to speed up efforts to make sure the dangerous cladding used in the Grenfell Tower is removed from other high-rise buildings before there is another tragic fire. Speaking on the day a damning report into the June 2017 that killed 72...
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October 30, 2019 - 6:51 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Comedian Kevin Hart says his "world was forever changed" after he suffered a serious back injury when the vintage muscle car he was riding in crashed nearly two months ago in California. In a video posted Tuesday night on Instagram, the 40-year-old thanked his family and friends...
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FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2011, file photo, two Koalas climb a tree at a zoo in Sydney, Australia. Conservationists fear hundreds of koalas have perished in wildfires that have razed prime habitat on Australia’s east coast. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, File)
October 30, 2019 - 3:33 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Conservationists fear hundreds of koalas have perished in wildfires that have razed prime habitat on Australia's east coast. Port Macquarie Koala Hospital president Sue Ashton says she hopes wildlife carers would be allowed to begin their search of the fire zone for...
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A helicopter drops water while battling the Kincade Fire near Healdsburg, Calif., on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. Millions of people have been without power for days as fire crews race to contain two major wind-whipped blazes that have destroyed dozens of homes at both ends of the state: in Sonoma County wine country and in the hills of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
October 29, 2019 - 9:19 pm
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — With no electricity for the fourth straight day Tuesday, chef and caterer Jane Sykes realized she would have to throw out $1,000 worth of food, including trays of brownies, cupcakes and puff pastry. She also had little hope of getting a good night's sleep — there was no...
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A toy turtle lays covered in oil during a Greenpeace protest against the government's environmental policies, in front of the Planalto Presidential Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. Greenpeace denounced what they call the government's neglect of environmental issues and slowness to solve problems like the oil spill in the northeast and fires in the Amazon. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
October 29, 2019 - 8:31 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's Navy said Tuesday it is preparing for the possibility that an oil spill reaches one of the country's largest coral reef systems, amid public outcry regarding the government's early response to the spill. Adm. Leonardo Puntel said three ships are already onsite at the...
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