Accidents and disasters

James Fujita, left, and Reid Fujita take down plywood boards that were to protect their store from Tropical Storm Lane along Waikiki Beach, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, in Honolulu. Federal officials said Saturday that torrential rains are now the biggest threat to Hawaii after the once-powerful hurricane that threatened the island state was downgraded to a tropical storm, and they urged people to continue to take the storm seriously. (AP Photo/John Locher)
August 25, 2018 - 5:49 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii emerged Saturday from the threat of a potentially devastating hurricane after historic amounts of rain forced evacuations on some islands but damage appeared less than feared. Tropical Storm Lane, once known as Hurricane Lane, began to break apart as it veered west into the...
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In this photo provided by Jessica Henricks, is flooding and damage from Hurricane Lane Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, near Hilo, Hawaii. Hurricane Lane barreled toward Hawaii on Friday, dumping torrential rains that inundated the Big Island's main city as people elsewhere stocked up on supplies and piled sandbags to shield oceanfront businesses against the increasingly violent surf. The city of Hilo, population 43,000, was flooded with waist-high water. (Jessica Henricks via AP)
August 25, 2018 - 12:44 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on Tropical Storm Lane (all times local): 9:40 a.m. Maui firefighters say a wildfire that rapidly spread as a hurricane bore down on their island is now 80 percent contained. Maui County Fire Battalion Chief Michael Werner said Saturday the fire has burned 2,000 acres in...
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August 25, 2018 - 10:55 am
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria's health minister says a tourist bus has flipped over on a highway near Sofia, the capital, killing at least 15 people and leaving 27 others injured. Police said a bus carrying tourists on a weekend trip to a nearby resort overturned and then fell down a side road 20...
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A view of the scene after a fire in a building near Zurich's main station, in Zurich, Switzerland, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018. A fire in a building near Zurich's main train station is disrupting traffic and transport in Switzerland's biggest city. The blaze in the building across the road from the station erupted early Saturday and left much of the structure in danger of collapse. (Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP)
August 25, 2018 - 10:26 am
BERLIN (AP) — A fire in a building near Zurich's main train station is disrupting traffic and transport in Switzerland's biggest city. The blaze in the building across the road from the station erupted early Saturday and left much of the structure in danger of collapse. During the fire, there were...
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August 25, 2018 - 10:13 am
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's top prosecutor dismissed on Saturday speculation that the death of two British tourists in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada was caused by poisonous gas emissions in their hotel room, as the hotel attributed their deaths to "natural causes." An inspection by the prosecutor's...
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This image taken from a video footage run by China's CCTV on Aug. 25, 2018, via AP Video, shows Beilong Hot Spring Hotel in Harbin's Sun Island resort area, following a fire. More than a dozen of people were killed in a fire at a resort hotel in China's northeastern city of Harbin early Saturday, the local government said. (CCTV via AP Video)
August 25, 2018 - 2:45 am
BEIJING (AP) — At least 19 people were killed in a fire at a resort hotel in China's northeastern city of Harbin early Saturday, the local government said. The disaster added to a string of deadly blazes that have plagued China despite official efforts to improve public safety over the past two...
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Bodyboarders jump into the surf along Waikiki Beach ahead of Hurricane Lane, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/John Locher)
August 24, 2018 - 8:30 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — Hurricane Lane weakened to a tropical storm on Friday as it headed toward the Hawaiian islands. But it still brought torrential rains that immersed a city in waist-deep water and forced people to flee flooding homes, while others jumped off seawalls with boogie boards into the...
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Santa Clara County Fire Chief Anthony Bowden told lawmakers how Version slowed its internet communications at a wildfire command center three weeks ago, crippling the emergency communications truck's data speeds and forcing firefighters to use other agencies' internet connections and their personal cell phones at the Capitol Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. Members of the Assembly's Select Committee on Natural Disaster,Response, Recovery and Rebuilding held an informational hearing on the incident. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
August 24, 2018 - 4:17 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Verizon rolled out changes Friday as state lawmakers said they were outraged to learn the telecommunications company had slowed firefighters' internet service while they battled what became the largest wildfire on record in California. Verizon said it removed all speed cap...
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August 24, 2018 - 2:35 pm
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — A wildfire on Maui has likely incinerated homes near the tourist town of Lahaina while forcing people from an evacuation center opened as Hurricane Lane nears the island, officials said Friday. "It is very likely that homes have been destroyed but our guys are too busy...
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In this photo taken on late Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, Mount Etna volcano spews lava during an eruption. Mount Etna in Sicily has roared back into spectacular volcanic action, sending up plumes of ash and spewing lava. Italy's National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology (INGV) says that the volcano, which initially "re-awoke" in late July, sprang into fuller action Thursday evening by shooting up chunks of flaming lava as high as 150 meters (500 feet) almost constantly. (Boris Behncke/I.N.G.V. via AP)
August 24, 2018 - 10:59 am
ROME (AP) — Mount Etna in Sicily has roared back into spectacular volcanic action, sending up plumes of ash and spewing lava. Italy's National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology (INGV) says that the volcano, which initially "re-awoke" in late July, sprang into fuller action Thursday evening by...
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