Accidents and disasters

A burnt house in Mati, east of Athens, Friday, July 27, 2018. Greek authorities said Thursday there were serious indications that a deadly wildfire that gutted a vacation resort near Athens was started deliberately, while experts warned that the devastated coastal town had been built like a "fire trap," with poor safety standards and few escape routes. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
July 27, 2018 - 5:09 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — All autopsies on the dozens of people who died in Greece's deadliest wildfire in decades have been completed although the work of identifying them continues, the head of the Athens Forensics Department said Friday. Nikos Karakoukis said coroners had completed autopsies on 86...
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Veterinarians Iron Mavraki, left, and Meni Tsakalidi treat a cat that suffered burns and other injuries in Pikermi, east of Athens, after a wildfire swept through popular summer resorts near Athens and claimed the lives of more than 80 people. (AP Photo/Boris Pilipenko)
July 27, 2018 - 2:47 am
PIKERMI, Greece (AP) — The kitten lay on the ground so perfectly still that passing volunteer rescuers had initially written her off as just another of the many victims — human and animal — of this week's ferocious wildfires near Athens. But then came a hint of life — the frail feline began crying...
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Firefighters discuss plans while battling the Carr Fire in Shasta, Calif., on Thursday, July 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
July 27, 2018 - 2:10 am
REDDING, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California's wildfires (all times local): 10:40 p.m. A fire official says an explosive wildfire in Northern California has killed a bulldozer operator as he fought to contain the blaze and injured three firefighters. Cal Fire spokesman Scott McLean says the Carr...
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July 26, 2018 - 5:50 pm
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Pacific nation of Vanuatu on Friday again ordered thousands of people to leave Ambae island as a volcano erupted and filled the sky with ash. Government lawmaker Ralph Regenvanu said on Twitter that the Cabinet had re-imposed a state of emergency and ordered the...
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A sodden donkey doll rests on top of belongings recovered from a flooded basement apartment Thursday, July 26, 2018, in Englewood, Colo. A friend of the renter died in the basement apartment Tuesday, after a small but intense storm flooded it. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
July 26, 2018 - 4:12 pm
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Rachael Haber only intended to stay a few minutes when she stopped by the basement apartment of a traveling friend to check on her pet cat. While she was there Tuesday, a small but intense storm hit the area south of Denver, unleashing a torrent of rain that rushed through...
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A tree knocked over by recent storms is seen in Kinnelon, N.J., Thursday, July 26, 2018. Officials say rain and wind have destroyed the New Jersey town's historic tree. Workers in Kinnelon on Thursday began removing the 60-foot (18 meters) butternut tree from the plaza where it fell after 245 years. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
July 26, 2018 - 2:43 pm
KINNELON, N.J. (AP) — A centuries-old tree in Kinnelon, New Jersey, has been destroyed by heavy rain and strong wind. A 60-foot (18 meters) butternut tree featured in the town's logo and on the patch worn by police officers has fallen after 245 years. Workers in Kinnelon will begin removing the...
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A member of the Plymouth Township Fire Police makes his way through water running across U.S. Route 11 Wednesday evening, July 25, 2018, in West Nanticoke, Pa. as extended downpours caused roadway flooding from mountainside runoff. (Dave Scherbenco/The Citizens' Voice via AP)
July 26, 2018 - 11:43 am
HUMMELSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Floodwaters began to recede in central Pennsylvania on Thursday, leaving behind a film of mud and headaches for motorists trying navigate around dozens of roads closed to traffic. Skies were clear after five days of downpours that brought up to a foot of rain in a swath of...
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Several hundred people turn out to support and offer remembrances for Kent Police Officer Diego Moreno, Wednesday, July 25, 2018 in Kent, Wash. A vigil and memorial for fallen Kent Police Officer Diego Moreno was held at Town Square Plaza. Three teenage suspects have been charged in the fatal police chase that led to a suburban Seattle officer being struck and killed by another pursuing officer in a patrol car. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times via AP)
July 26, 2018 - 9:44 am
SEATTLE (AP) — Three teenage suspects have been charged in the fatal police chase that led to a suburban Seattle officer being struck and killed by another pursuing officer in a patrol car. The King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office on Wednesday filed the felony murder charge against Emiliano...
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July 26, 2018 - 5:30 am
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech government is planning to tighten the rules about keeping wild animals following an arrest of three men suspected of killing critically endangered tigers and illegally trading in tiger products. Agriculture Minister Miroslav Toman says the new rules will include more...
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A man paddles his boat through a flooded village in the Samamxay district, Attapeu province, Laos on Thursday, Jul. 26, 2018. Authorities and the builder are investigating why a dam in southeastern Laos collapsed earlier this week, killing at least two dozen people and leaving over a hundred missing. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)
July 26, 2018 - 2:11 am
SANAMXAY, Laos (AP) — Lao authorities ordered closer monitoring of hydroelectric facilities as they investigate why a dam in the country's southeast collapsed earlier this week, killing at least 27 people and leaving 131 missing. Floodwaters that rose to rooftops were slowly receding Thursday as...
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