Accidents and disasters

This satellite image provided by NOAA shows Hurricane Florence on the eastern coast of the United States on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. (NOAA via AP)
September 14, 2018 - 4:01 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A warmer world makes for nastier hurricanes. Scientists say they are wetter, possess more energy and intensify faster. Their storm surges are more destructive because climate change has already made the seas rise. And lately, the storms seem to be stalling more often and thus...
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A house on Herrick Road in North Andover, Mass., is seen Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. The home was one of multiple houses that went up in flames on Thursday afternoon after gas explosions and fires triggered by a problem with a gas line that feeds homes in several communities north of Boston (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)
September 14, 2018 - 2:20 pm
The natural gas pipeline in the United States is vast, sprawling across 2.5 million miles in a complex pressurized system that delivers a quarter of the energy consumed nationwide, according to the American Gas Association. Many of the pipes are old, and utilities are in various stages of replacing...
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The house owned by Lawrence Police Officer Ivan Soto sits nearly burned to the ground on Jefferson Street, in Lawrence, Mass., Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. It was one of multiple houses that went up in flames on Thursday afternoon after gas explosions and fires triggered by a problem with a gas line that feeds homes in several communities north of Boston. After rushing home to check on his family and warn his neighbors to evacuate, Soto went back on patrol while his house was burning down. (AP Photo/Bob Salsberg)
September 14, 2018 - 1:40 pm
LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — Ivan Soto's home was engulfed by flames, but the police officer was too busy helping other residents evacuate after a series of natural gas explosions to worry about his own loss. After making sure his family was safe, the Lawrence officer rushed back out to help others — and...
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This satellite image provided by NOAA shows Hurricane Florence on the eastern coast of the United States on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. (NOAA via AP)
September 14, 2018 - 11:19 am
MIAMI (AP) — It's about the water, not the wind, with Hurricane Florence making an extended stay along the North Carolina coast. Forecasters say "it cannot be emphasized enough that the most serious hazard associated with slow-moving Florence is extremely heavy rainfall, which will cause disastrous...
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In this Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, NASA satellite image, Super Typhoon Mangkhut churns west towards the Philippines. Philippine officials have begun evacuating thousands of people in the path of the most powerful typhoon this year, closing schools and readying bulldozers for landslides. (Lauren Dauphin/NASA Earth Observatory via AP)
September 14, 2018 - 11:13 am
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Latest on Typhoon Mangkhut hitting the Philippines (all times local): 2:10 a.m. Philippine forecasters say Typhoon Mangkhut has slammed into the country's northeastern coast. Witnesses say the storm's ferocious wind and blinding rain ripped off tin roof sheets and...
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FILE- This June 25, 2018, file photo shows the New York Stock Exchange in New York. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Friday, Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File, File)
September 14, 2018 - 9:00 am
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are slightly higher Friday as banks climb but retailers and big-dividend stocks slide. The Federal Reserve said production of cars and energy jumped in August. Interest rates are climbing as investors expect continued economic growth and further interest rate increases...
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Zimbabwe Health Minister Obadiah Moyo washes his hands before entering a cholera quarantine area in Harare, Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, after a cholera emergency was declared in Zimbabwe's capital following the deaths of more than 20 people. The deaths in Harare have many fearing a repeat of the outbreak that killed thousands in 2008.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
September 14, 2018 - 9:00 am
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's new government is battling criticism over a cholera outbreak that has killed at least 25 people. A crowdfunding initiative by the finance minister amid reports of government spending on new vehicles for Cabinet members has only swelled public anger. Some local non...
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A damaged house on Bowdoin Street in Lawrence Mass., is seen Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. The home was one of multiple houses that went up in flames on Thursday afternoon after gas explosions and fires triggered by a problem with a gas line that feeds homes in several communities north of Boston (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)
September 14, 2018 - 8:55 am
LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — The Latest on gas explosions in Massachusetts (all times local): 11:30 a.m. A Massachusetts man who spent the night in a shelter because of the risk of a gas explosion at his home says the ordeal was more confusing than frightening. John Fluegge was one of about 100 people...
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In this image take from video provided by WCVB in Boston, flames rise from a house in Lawrence, Mass, a suburb of Boston, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. Emergency crews are responding to what they believe is a series of gas explosions that have damaged homes across three communities north of Boston. (WCVB via AP)
September 13, 2018 - 8:16 pm
LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — The Latest on gas explosions in Massachusetts (all times local): 10:55 p.m. Authorities say an 18-year-old man has died after a house exploded amid gas explosions north of Boston, sending a chimney crashing into his car. Officials have identified the victim as Leonel Rondon,...
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A work truck drives on Hwy 24 as the wind from Hurricane Florence blows palm trees in Swansboro N.C., Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Tom Copeland)
September 13, 2018 - 8:11 pm
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Florence (all times local): 11 p.m. Florence has been downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane with top sustained winds of 90 mph (150 kph). The National Hurricane Center says Florence is now lashing the North Carolina coast with hurricane -force winds...
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