Accidents and disasters

People observe as fire gets closer to the village of Monchique, in southern Portugal's Algarve region, Sunday, Aug. 5 2018. Over 700 firefighters were still battling a forest fire near the Portuguese town of Monchique in the southern Algarve region, a popular tourist destination. (AP Photo/Javier Fergo)
August 08, 2018 - 12:15 pm
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A major wildfire blackening hills in Portugal's southern Algarve region likely will take several more days to bring under control, the country's prime minister said Wednesday. Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa said that efforts to control the fire that broke out Friday...
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August 08, 2018 - 8:28 am
GRAFTON, N.Y. (AP) — A cat named Harley has used up two of its nine lives after surviving being hit by two vehicles on an upstate New York road. State police say they recently received a report of a cat being struck by two vehicles in the rural town of Grafton, just outside Albany. When a trooper...
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August 08, 2018 - 7:39 am
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian authorities say brown bears have either attacked or startled several tourists in the Carpathian mountains. The Prahova Ambulance service said a man camping in a forest in a tourist area received medical aid for a hand injury Wednesday after a bear, which was...
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People cool off in the fountains of the Trocadero gardens Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018 in Paris. The hottest weather was expected Tuesday in the center and northeast of France, with temperatures up to 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) according to national weather agency Meteo France. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
August 08, 2018 - 5:05 am
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The Latest on hot weather and wildfires in Europe (all times local): 1 p.m. An insect expert in Finland says the exceptionally hot summer has taken its toll on Nordic country's mosquito population and they have all but vanished from some areas, particularly so in the Lapland...
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Emergency workers recover a body from the Jamiul Jamaah Mosque after it collapsed during an earthquake in Bangsal, North Lombok, Indonesia, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. The north of Lombok was devastated by the powerful quake that struck Sunday night, damaging thousands of buildings and killing a large number of people. Rescuers were still struggling to reach all of the affected areas and authorities expect the death toll to rise. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
August 08, 2018 - 4:13 am
BANGSAL, Indonesia (AP) — The Latest on the recent earthquake in Indonesia (all times local): 1:30 p.m. Indonesia's disaster agency says the death toll from the earthquake that shook Lombok island Sunday evening has risen to 131. Spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said there are reports of other deaths...
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Evacuees from Lucerne, from left, Ken Bennett with Ember Reynolds, 8, and Lisa Reynolds watch the sunset as smoke from the Ranch Fire rises into the sky at Austin Park Beach in California's Clearlake with Mount Konocti in the background. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP)
August 08, 2018 - 3:23 am
LAKEPORT, Calif. (AP) — The largest wildfire ever recorded in California needed just 11 days to blacken an area nearly the size of Los Angeles — and it's only one of many enormous blazes that could make this the worst fire season in state history. Some 14,000 firefighters from as far away as...
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Locals view the devastation of a collapsed Jamiul Jamaah Mosque in Bangsal, North Lombok, Indonesia, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. The north of Lombok was devastated by the powerful quake that struck Sunday night, damaging thousands of buildings and killing a large number of people. Rescuers were still struggling to reach all of the affected areas and authorities expect the death toll to rise. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
August 08, 2018 - 1:59 am
BANGSAL, Indonesia (AP) — Aid began reaching isolated areas of the Indonesian island struggling after an earthquake killed at least 131 people as rescuers intensified efforts Wednesday to find those buried in the rubble. Volunteers and rescue personnel erected more temporary shelters for the tens...
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Crystal Easter uses a pot of water to put out spot fires around her home, as her neighbor's home burns to the ground in the background, Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, in Spring Valley, Calif. The Ranch Fire spotted 200 yards across the valley, burning two homes in Spring Valley. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP)
August 07, 2018 - 4:45 pm
Firefighters struggled against rugged terrain, high winds and an August heat wave Tuesday to slow the spread of the biggest wildfire ever recorded in California, an inferno that exploded to be nearly the size of Los Angeles in just 11 days. The 450-square-mile (1,165-square-kilometer) blaze,...
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A view of the highway the day after a tanker truck hauling liquefied petroleum gas, or LPG, rammed a truck stuck in a line of traffic, taking fire and then exploding, shooting a fireball across the raised highway's eight lanes and collapsing part of it, in Bologna, northern Italy, Tuesday, August 7, 2018. Prosecutors have opened an investigation on the accident. (Giorgio Benvenuti/ANSA via AP)
August 07, 2018 - 11:01 am
MILAN (AP) — Italy's prime minister visited people who were injured when a truck carrying highly flammable gas crashed and exploded on a highway near Bologna, saying Tuesday it was important to understand what happened to prevent future tragedies. Prosecutors have opened an investigation of Monday'...
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This frame grab from a video released by the Courmayeur municipality shows the huge landslide swept away several cars along a well-traveled road, killing a couple trapped inside one, in the Ferret valley, at the foot of Mont Blanc, near Courmayeur, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018. Authorities were evacuating 200 people stranded overnight in the valley. (Courmayeur municipality via AP)
August 07, 2018 - 9:43 am
MILAN (AP) — Officials have evacuated a valley in northwestern Italy after a huge landslide swept away several cars along a well-traveled road, killing a couple trapped inside one. The news agency ANSA reported that rescue workers recovered the body of the second victim, a Milan woman, on Tuesday,...
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