Accidents and disasters

August 20, 2019 - 4:37 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart sued Tesla for "gross negligence" on Tuesday, saying that the electric car company's energy division installed solar panels that went up in flames on its store rooftops. The retailer said fires broke out at seven store rooftops between 2012 and 2018, causing millions of...
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August 20, 2019 - 3:16 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — A woman was taken to a hospital Tuesday in serious condition after being bitten twice by a shark while swimming in Hawaii, authorities said. The shark, believed to be a 6-foot (1.8-meter) black tip reef shark, bit one of the woman's legs and her torso while she was swimming in...
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This photo taken on Oct. 7, 2018, shows a village of Nyonoksa, northwestern Russia. The Aug. 8, 2019, explosion of a rocket engine at the Russian navy's testing range just outside Nyonoksa led to a brief spike in radiation levels and raised new questions about prospective Russian weapons. (AP Photo/Sergei Yakovlev)
August 20, 2019 - 10:17 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has resumed sharing data from radiation monitoring stations in Siberia after some were taken offline following a deadly explosion at a missile range, an nuclear weapons watchdog said Tuesday, while an American expert said the fact that more than one Russian site went offline at...
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August 20, 2019 - 8:23 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A private helicopter carrying three people crashed Tuesday near a Greek island popular with vacationers and summer home owners after reportedly hitting electrical wires. Coast guard vessels and a helicopter were involved in a search-and-rescue effort following the crash in...
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Two boys watch as a Detroit police officer investigates a fatal dog attack on a young girl who later died of her injuries in Detroit on Monday, Aug. 19, 2019. Police say the owner of three dogs is in custody after the animals killed Emma Hernandez, 9, as she rode a bike. The girl's father, Armando Hernandez, says the man was warned that a fence was too flimsy to hold the dogs. (Max Ortiz/Detroit News via AP)
August 20, 2019 - 7:52 am
DETROIT (AP) — The father of a girl who authorities say was killed by a neighbor's dogs that got loose in Detroit said he tried to save his 9-year-old but "she was gone when I tried to reach her." Emma Hernandez was riding her bike in an alley Monday afternoon when three dogs, described as pit...
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People wait at a blocked access of the bridge connecting the city of Niteroi to Rio de Janeiro , Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019 during a hostage standoff. An armed man holding dozens of people hostage on a public bus and threatening to set the vehicle on fire was seized by police after a four-hour long standoff, Brazilian police said. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
August 20, 2019 - 6:29 am
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Latest on a hostage taking on a bus in Brazil (all times local): 10:15 a.m. Rio de Janeiro's state governor says an armed man who took dozens of hostages on a bus has died after being shot by police following a four-hour long standoff. Gov. Wilson Witzel said the hostages...
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August 20, 2019 - 4:33 am
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian police say a man is holding dozens of people hostage on a public bus in Rio de Janeiro and is threatening to set the vehicle on fire. The Federal Highway Police said Tuesday that negotiations were underway with an armed man who has been holding 37 people hostage...
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August 19, 2019 - 9:07 pm
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media say a bus carrying Chinese tourists crashed in Laos and at least 13 people were killed. The official Xinhua News Agency said Tuesday another 13 aboard the bus carrying 43 Chinese tourists, a Chinese guide, a Lao driver and a Lao guide were injured, two of them...
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FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2019, file photo, firefighters battle the Marsh Fire near the town of Brentwood in Contra Costa County, Calif. California fire officials say acreage burned so far in 2019 is down 90% compared to the average over the past five years. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
August 19, 2019 - 6:17 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California is not burning. At least not as much as it has in recent years. Acreage burned through Sunday is down 90% compared to the average over the past five years and down 95% from last year, according to statistics from the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The...
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Members of the National Transportation Safety Board looks at the wreckage of a plane that Dale Earnhardt Jr., his wife and daughter and two pilots and a dog were on when it crash landed Thursday at the Elizabethton Municipal Airport in Elizabethton, Tenn., Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. Earnhardt Jr. will take the weekend off from broadcasting to be with his wife and daughter after the crash near Bristol Motor Speedway. (David Crigger/Bristol Herald Courier via AP)
August 19, 2019 - 3:52 pm
Dale Earnhardt Jr. says his family is "truly blessed" that nobody was seriously injured when his plane crash-landed last week in Tennessee. The retired NASCAR driver, now a television analyst, issued a statement Monday on social media praising the "quick response of my pilots, local law enforcement...
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