Accidents and disasters

FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2019, file photo, Pacific Gas & Electric employees work in the PG&E Emergency Operations Center in San Francisco. Experts say it’s hard to know what might have happened had the power stayed on, or if the utility’s proactive shutoffs are to thank for California’s mild fire season this year. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
October 14, 2019 - 1:07 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Millions of Californians spent part of the week in the dark in an unprecedented effort by the state's large electrical utilities to prevent another devastating wildfire. It was the fifth time Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has pre-emptively cut the power but by far the largest...
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Cars are stranded on a road as the city is submerged in muddy waters after an embankment of the Chikuma River broke, in Nagano, central Japan, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. Rescue efforts for people stranded in flooded areas are in full force after a powerful typhoon dashed heavy rainfall and winds through a widespread area of Japan, including Tokyo.(Yohei Kanasashi/Kyodo News via AP)
October 13, 2019 - 7:02 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Rescue crew are digging through mudslides and searching near flooded rivers for missing people after a typhoon caused serious damage in central and northern Japan, leaving as many as 35 people dead. Typhoon Hagibis, which hit Japan's main island on Saturday, unleashed torrents of rain...
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This aerial photo shows the Hard Rock Hotel, which was under construction, after a fatal partial collapse in New Orleans, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
October 13, 2019 - 8:54 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Officials in New Orleans say they are continuing to look for one person missing in the rubble of a hotel that collapsed while under construction. Fire Chief Tim McConnell said Sunday that crews are assembling a 220,000-pound (99,800-kilogram) crane driven into the city overnight...
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In this Oct. 5, 2019 photo, Daniel Leonard and his father Joe, right, stand near a heap of lumber on their family's property. The massive storm killed more than two dozen people in northern Florida, destroyed hundreds of homes and brought catastrophic damage to the region’s timber industry. (AP Photo/Bobby Caina Calvan)
October 12, 2019 - 9:01 pm
BLOUNTSTOWN, Fla. (AP) — The sunsets are a sight to behold in Joe Leonard's neck of the woods these days. A year ago, lush stands of towering pines obscured the horizon, he said as he drove his pickup along a dusty Florida Panhandle road. Now, fields of thick grass mask row after row of stumps...
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Cars are stranded on a road as the city is submerged in muddy waters after an embankment of the Chikuma River broke, in Nagano, central Japan, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. Rescue efforts for people stranded in flooded areas are in full force after a powerful typhoon dashed heavy rainfall and winds through a widespread area of Japan, including Tokyo.(Yohei Kanasashi/Kyodo News via AP)
October 12, 2019 - 7:54 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Helicopters plucked people from their flooded homes on Sunday as rescue efforts went into full force in wide areas of Japan after a powerful typhoon unleashed heavy rainfall on Tokyo and surrounding areas, leaving at least seven dead and 15 missing. Public broadcaster NHK gave a higher...
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Workers are helped after a large portion of a hotel under construction suddenly collapsed in New Orleans on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. Several construction workers had to run to safety as the Hard Rock Hotel, which has been under construction for the last several months, came crashing down. It was not immediately clear what caused the collapse or if anyone was injured. (Scott Threlkeld/The Advocate via AP)
October 12, 2019 - 2:41 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on the partial collapse of a hotel under construction in New Orleans (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Emergency workers in New Orleans are preparing to enter a partially collapsed building at the edge of the French Quarter in hopes of finding two people missing since part...
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Smoke from the Saddleridge Fire hangs above power lines as the sun rises in Newhall, Calif., on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. An aggressive wildfire in Southern California seared its way through dry vegetation Friday and spread quickly, destroying more than a dozen homes as tens of thousands of residents were ordered to get out of its way, authorities said. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
October 12, 2019 - 12:52 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Firefighters aided by diminishing winds were taming a wildfire Saturday that damaged or destroyed more than 30 structures along Los Angeles' northern edge and sent a blanket of smoke across a swath of neighborhoods. Three deaths have been tied to blazes across Southern California...
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The family Harry Dunn, mother Charlotte Charles, left, and father Tim Dunn, right, arrive with their partners at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, where they are meeting British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, Wednesday Oct. 9, 2019. 19-year old Harry Dunn was killed in a road accident Aug. 27, involving an American diplomat's wife who left the country under Diplomatic Immunity after reportedly becoming a suspect in the fatal crash. (Jonathan Brady/PA via AP)
October 12, 2019 - 9:05 am
LONDON (AP) — The parents of British teenager who was killed in a traffic accident involving an American diplomat's wife are planning a trip to the United States as they lobby for the woman's legal immunity to be lifted. Harry Dunn was riding a motorcycle that collided with a car outside a British...
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Smoke from the Saddleridge Fire hangs above power lines as the sun rises in Newhall, Calif., on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. An aggressive wildfire in Southern California seared its way through dry vegetation Friday and spread quickly, destroying more than a dozen homes as tens of thousands of residents were ordered to get out of its way, authorities said. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
October 12, 2019 - 9:03 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in California (all times local): 8:15 a.m. Containment is inching up on a smoky Los Angeles wildfire that damaged or destroyed more than 30 structures, as crews take advantage of calmer winds and cooler temperatures. Officials say the blaze in the San...
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October 12, 2019 - 8:56 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A large portion of a hotel under construction in New Orleans has suddenly collapsed. News outlets report several construction workers had to run to safety Saturday as the Hard Rock Hotel, which has been under construction for the last several months, came crashing down. It was...
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