Accidents and disasters

Chinese officials work near the site of a reported blast just south of the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, Thursday, July 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
July 26, 2018 - 1:02 am
BEIJING (AP) — A man exploded a small homemade bomb outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing on Thursday, injuring only himself, according to police and an embassy spokesperson. Photos on social media showed a large amount of smoke and police vehicles surrounding the embassy shortly after the incident...
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Officials and security personnel stand near the site of reported blast outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, Thursday, July 26, 2018. A fire or possible explosion appears to have taken place outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing on Thursday. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
July 26, 2018 - 12:17 am
BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on an explosion outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing (all times local): 3 p.m. Chinese police say the explosion outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing was caused by a small homemade device wielded by a 26-year-old man who hurt only himself. Photos on social media showed a...
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A firefighter watches as the Cranston fire grows to more 1,200 acres in the San Bernardino National Forest above Hemet, Calif., Wednesday, July 25, 2018. (Terry Pierson /The Orange County Register via AP)
July 25, 2018 - 9:42 pm
A man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of starting a fire that burned five homes and prompted evacuation orders for an entire Southern California mountain town. Brandon N. McGlover, 32, of Temecula was booked on suspicion of setting five fires, including a blaze threatening an estimated 600...
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Smoke from the Cranston Fire clouds the skies over Highway 243, south of Idyllwild, Calif., Wednesday, July 25, 2018. Authorities ordered residents to leave Idyllwild, home to about 12,000 people, and surrounding forest communities in the San Jacinto Mountains east of Los Angeles. (Richard Lui/The Desert Sun via AP )
July 25, 2018 - 9:27 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in California (all times local): 9:20 p.m. Authorities have arrested a man on suspicion of starting a wildfire east of Los Angeles that has burned five homes and forced an entire town to evacuate. State fire officials say 32-year-old Brandon N. McGlover of...
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This June 26, 2018 image shows Trujillo Meadows Reservoir and a thin tracing of the headwaters of Rio de Los Pinos in the Rio Grande National Forest west of Antonito, Colorado. Fire and climatology experts on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, provided an update on the drought and wildfire situation in Colorado and the neighboring states of New Mexico, Arizona and Utah, saying fire danger has been reduced but the region is still dealing with the long-term effects of drought. (AP Photo/Paul Davenport)
July 25, 2018 - 4:59 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The threat of wildfire in the American Southwest has been significantly dampened by the monsoon season, but national fire and climatology experts said Wednesday the region is still grappling with the long-term effects of drought. The experts focused on the situation across...
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This photo provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department shows first responders examining the scene of a plane crash at the airport near Avalon on Santa Catalina Island off the Southern California coast Wednesday, July 25, 2018. Three people were injured, one severely in the 9:30 a.m. crash. The single-engine Piper PA-32 went off the runway after landing, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said. (Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department via AP)
July 25, 2018 - 4:54 pm
AVALON, Calif. (AP) — Three people were injured in a plane crash Wednesday at the notoriously tricky airport on Catalina Island off the Southern California coast. One person severely injured in the 9:30 a.m. crash was taken to the hospital in critical condition, while two others had moderate...
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Egyptian fisherman Halil Tawefik poses on his fishing boat in Rafina port, east of Athens, Wednesday, July 25, 2018. Tawefik says the cries for help pierced the thick, choking smoke as his fishing boat plucked young and old from the sea where they sought refuge from the flames that tore through the seaside report of Rafina. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
July 25, 2018 - 2:13 pm
RAFINA, Greece (AP) — The cries for help pierced the choking smoke. Dozens of people bobbed in the sea, forced by the vicious flames into the water. Children held onto adults, and people who couldn't swim clung to those who could. That was the scene confronting Tawefik Halil and other fishermen...
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In this Oct. 19, 2017 photo provided by Colin Donihue, an anoles lizard hangs onto a pole during a simulated wind experiment in the Turks and Caicos Islands. According to a study in the Wednesday, July 25, 2018 edition of the journal Nature, lizards who survived 2017’s Hurricanes Irma and Maria had 6 to 9 percent bigger toe pads, significantly longer front limbs and smaller back limbs, compared with the population before the storms. (Colin Donihue via AP)
July 25, 2018 - 12:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tropical lizards have a stick-to-itiveness in high wind that puts TV weather reporters to shame. Now we know why, thanks in part to a high-powered leaf blower. Hurricanes Irma and Maria put a group of little tree-hugging lizards to the test, and scientists were perfectly...
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A man stands next to his burned house and car as he speaks on his cellphone in Mati, east of Athens, Wednesday, July 25, 2018. Rescue crews were searching through charred homes and cars for the missing after wildfires decimated seaside areas near the Greek capital, killing at least 74 people and sending thousands fleeing. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
July 25, 2018 - 9:13 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on deadly wildfires in Greece (all times local): 6:45 p.m. Prosecutors in Macedonia are investigating social media posts and comments that used racist and xenophobic language in discussing the wildfires in Greece that have killed dozens of people. The Public...
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In the image made from aerial video taken Tuesday, July 24, 2018, villages are inundated with floodwaters from a collapsed dam in Attapeu province, southeastern Laos. The KPL news agency said Wednesday on its website that officials in Attapeu province also reported more than 1,300 houses damaged by flooding after an auxiliary dam at the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy hydropower project partially collapsed on Monday night. (LNT via AP)
July 25, 2018 - 7:40 am
ATTAPEU, Laos (AP) — Rescuers searched Wednesday for scores of villagers left missing when part of a newly built hydroelectric dam broke in southeastern Laos, flooding the surrounding countryside and killing at least 24 people, officials said. Thousands of people lost their homes when the South...
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