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Eyes in the sky: Heat-seeking drones used after tornado

Rescue crews didn’t have to stumble through every destroyed building in their search for victims after a tornado ravaged a corner of Alabama this week: They used heat-seeking drones to let them know whether there was anyone beneath the ruins. In so doing, they joined the increasing ranks of public safety agencies across the U.S. … Continue reading Eyes in the sky: Heat-seeking drones used after tornado

4 children, 1 adult killed in German house fire

BERLIN (AP) — German firefighters say that five people, including four children, have been killed after a blaze ripped through their home in the southern city of Nuremberg. Firefighters told the dpa news agency they received an emergency call at 3 a.m. (0200 GMT) Saturday and when they arrived at the scene of the single-family … Continue reading 4 children, 1 adult killed in German house fire

PG&E: Company’s equipment may have ignited Camp Fire

NEW YORK (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric says its equipment may have ignited the 2018 Camp Fire, which killed 86 people and destroyed an entire town in Northern California. The embattled utility, which filed for bankruptcy protection in January, said Thursday it’s taking a $10.5 billion charge for claims connected to the Camp Fire … Continue reading PG&E: Company’s equipment may have ignited Camp Fire

Egypt says fight between conductors led to crash killing 25

CAIRO (AP) — A fight between two train conductors unleashed a speeding, unmanned locomotive that slammed into a barrier and exploded in the Egyptian capital’s main train station Wednesday, killing at least 25 people, authorities said. Railway officials said the single railcar collided head-on with the buffer stop, causing a huge explosion and fire. At … Continue reading Egypt says fight between conductors led to crash killing 25

BASTIA, Corsica | Wildfires spread over Mediterranean island of Corsica

BASTIA, Corsica (AP) — French authorities say firefighters are trying to contain a wildfire that spread overnight near a small village on the Mediterranean island of Corsica. Authorities in Haute-Corse, the prefecture covering the northern part of the island, said strong winds fed 20 wildfires that started in several places on Saturday. More than 1,500 … Continue reading BASTIA, Corsica | Wildfires spread over Mediterranean island of Corsica

DHAKA, Bangladesh | Police investigating negligence in deadly Bangladesh fire

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh police said Friday that they were seeking up to a dozen suspects in connection with a fire in the oldest part of the capital and could charge them with negligence over the blaze that killed at least 67 people. The case involves between 10 and 12 people wanted on suspicion … Continue reading DHAKA, Bangladesh | Police investigating negligence in deadly Bangladesh fire

DHAKA, Bangladesh | Police seeking those responsible for deadly Bangladesh fire

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A senior police official said Friday that authorities were seeking up to a dozen suspects in connection with a fire in the oldest part of Bangladesh’s capital that killed at least 67 people. “We are investigating to find those responsible. We have not mentioned any names in the case. Upon investigation … Continue reading DHAKA, Bangladesh | Police seeking those responsible for deadly Bangladesh fire

DHAKA, Bangladesh | Fire guts ancient part of Bangladesh’s capital, killing 81

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A devastating fire raced through densely packed buildings in a centuries-old district in Bangladesh’s capital, killing at least 81 people, officials and witnesses said Thursday. The fire in Dhaka’s Chawkbazar area was mostly under control after more than 10 hours of frantic firefighting efforts. About 50 people were injured, with some … Continue reading DHAKA, Bangladesh | Fire guts ancient part of Bangladesh’s capital, killing 81

DETROIT | Ford recalls 2M pickup trucks; seat belts can cause fires

DETROIT  — Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, Ford is recalling about 2 million F-150 pickup trucks in North America because the seat belts can spark and cause fires. The recall, which covers trucks from the 2015 through 2018 model years, comes about one month after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating fires … Continue reading DETROIT | Ford recalls 2M pickup trucks; seat belts can cause fires

Maldives president fires 2nd police chief in 3 days

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka/February 03, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)— The president of the Maldives has fired a national police chief for the second time in three days, as political unrest grows after a court ordered the release and retrial of political prisoners, including an ex-president. President Yameen Abdul Gayoom‘s office says he dismissed Ahmed Saudhee on Saturday and appointed Deputy … Continue reading Maldives president fires 2nd police chief in 3 days

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio fires chief of staff

WASHINGTON /January 27, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said Saturday that he has fired his chief of staff after getting reports of “improper conduct” with subordinate staffers. “By early this afternoon, I had sufficient evidence to conclude that while employed by this office, my Chief of Staff had violated office policies regarding proper … Continue reading Florida Sen. Marco Rubio fires chief of staff

USC fires assistant Tony Bland in wake of hoops bribery case

LOS ANGELES/January 26, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Southern California has fired associate head coach Tony Bland in the wake of his arrest in the college basketball bribery and corruption case. A school spokesman confirmed Bland’s firing on Thursday, but offered no other details. He had been on administrative leave since his arrest in September. He was on USC’s … Continue reading USC fires assistant Tony Bland in wake of hoops bribery case

SpaceX fires engines on big new rocket in launch pad test

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla./January 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —SpaceX has fired up its newest, biggest rocket in a critical launch pad test. The Falcon Heavy briefly roared to life for the first time Wednesday at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center. All three boosters — 27 engines in all — were tested. The thunderous booms could be heard at the … Continue reading SpaceX fires engines on big new rocket in launch pad test

India airline fires 2 pilots after reported fight in cockpit

NEW DELHI/January 11, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —An Indian airline says it has fired two pilots who reportedly fought in the cockpit, with the man allegedly slapping the woman during the New Year’s Day flight from London to Mumbai. Jet Airways says in a statement Tuesday that it “has terminated services of both the cockpit crew with immediate … Continue reading India airline fires 2 pilots after reported fight in cockpit

California storm follows fires, bringing new round of danger

LOS ANGELES/January 09, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —The same Californians who had to flee from huge wildfires in recent months now have to handle hard rains that bring another type of danger. Storms dumped rain and increased the risk of mudslides in fire-ravaged communities. Northern California was hit hardest Monday evening, while Southern California was bracing for the worst … Continue reading California storm follows fires, bringing new round of danger

Full recovery from California wildfires may take years

SANTA ROSA, CA/October 29, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — It will take at least months and likely years to fully recover from devastating wildfires that ripped through Northern California earlier this month, destroying at least 8,900 structures and killing 42 people, Sonoma County officials said Saturday. “We don’t control these things, and it makes you realize how … Continue reading Full recovery from California wildfires may take years

7,000 buildings destroyed in deadly California wildfires

SAN FRANCISCO, CA/October 19, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — California officials have raised the number of homes and structures destroyed in this month’s wildfires to nearly 7,000 and said Thursday that the number will likely climb as crews continue assessing areas scorched by the blazes that killed 42 people. The estimate of homes and structures burned was … Continue reading 7,000 buildings destroyed in deadly California wildfires

California firefighters say they finally ‘turned a corner’

SANTA ROSA, CA/October 15, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — With the winds dying down, fire officials said Sunday they have apparently “turned a corner” against the wildfires that have devastated California wine country and other parts of the state over the past week, and thousands of people got the all-clear to return home. While the danger from … Continue reading California firefighters say they finally ‘turned a corner’

More than just wine country is burning in California

REDWOOD VALLEY, CA/October 15, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Mendocino County is 70 miles north of California’s fabled wine country of Napa and Sonoma counties, now under siege from wildfires. But it’s a world away in mood, attitude and, especially, prominence. That helps explain why some residents feel ignored as they deal with their own catastrophic wildfires. … Continue reading More than just wine country is burning in California

Wildfires now up to 100 miles wide as death toll reaches 40

SONOMA, CA/October 15, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — They fled in fear nearly a week ago. Now they’re ready to go back. While wildfires are still burning powerfully in parts of Northern California, some of the tens of thousands of evacuees are getting antsy to return to homes that aren’t under immediate threat. Others want to see … Continue reading Wildfires now up to 100 miles wide as death toll reaches 40

Wildfires, now up to 100 miles wide, threaten more wineries

SONOMA, CA/October 14, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — The California wildfires raced toward wineries and the historic town of Sonoma on Saturday, chasing hundreds more people from their homes and threatening to roll back firefighters’ modest gains against the cluster of blazes that was as wide as 100 miles. Propelled by stiff winds, the fires damaged or … Continue reading Wildfires, now up to 100 miles wide, threaten more wineries

Life goes on in Northern California city hit hard by fire

SANTA ROSA, CA/October 14, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — At the Russian River Brewery in Santa Rosa’s downtown, life goes on amid the smoky haze. Maker of the popular Pliny the Elder and Pliny the Younger beers, the brewery closed for just one day after wildfires ripped through the city’s northern edge, part of a series of … Continue reading Life goes on in Northern California city hit hard by fire

Death and destruction, hope and heroism in California fires

SANTA ROSA, CA/October 14, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Even as an unprecedented toll of death and destruction kept mounting, California communities were getting glimpses of heroism, humanity and hope as wildfires burned around them. Firefighters made major gains against most of the blazes on Friday, a lucky few of the nearly 100,000 people who fled their … Continue reading Death and destruction, hope and heroism in California fires

Wildfires surge amid scorching heat across US West

LOS ANGELES, CA/September 3, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Ash rained down across Los Angeles Sunday from a destructive wildfire that the mayor said was the largest in city history — one of several blazes that sent thousands fleeing homes across the U.S. West during a blistering holiday weekend heat wave. In Oregon about 140 hikers were … Continue reading Wildfires surge amid scorching heat across US West

Unofficial end of summer brings no heat relief in US West

September 2, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) The Western United States baked through the unofficial end of summer, as temperatures in some parts threatened to peak Saturday at levels not seen in decades and wilting heat challenged crews battling wildfires across the region. Areas inland from the San Francisco Bay Area could reach 115 degrees, a temperature last … Continue reading Unofficial end of summer brings no heat relief in US West

Western wildfires feed on grass brought on by winter rain

OROVILLE, CA/July 11, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Wildfires driving people from their homes in California and throughout the west have had help from an unlikely source: the rain. Major winter downpours that pulled the state out of years of drought also brought a layer of grass that early-summer fires are greedily feeding on. “What the heavy … Continue reading Western wildfires feed on grass brought on by winter rain

Similarities striking between 2 deadly Oakland fires

OAKLAND, CA/March 29, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — The similarities between two deadly Oakland fires that occurred nearly four months apart are striking: Each involved a dangerously dilapidated building with an absentee landlord and renters desperate for affordable housing in the expensive San Francisco Bay Area. The fire Monday at a building for recovering addicts and people … Continue reading Similarities striking between 2 deadly Oakland fires

Open for business: Signs point to recovery after wildfires

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP)(STL.News) — The charred city of Gatlinburg is still days away from reopening after devastating and deadly wildfires, but all around the city, communities in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains are welcoming back residents and visitors. In Pigeon Forge, the Comedy House rented an electronic billboard message that said it was … Continue reading Open for business: Signs point to recovery after wildfires

Southern wildfires have threatened communities on edge

TIGER, Ga. (AP) — Thick smoke has settled over a wide area of the southern Appalachians, where dozens of uncontrolled wildfires are burning through decades of leaf litter and people breathe in tiny bits of the forest with every gulp of air. It’s a constant reminder of the threat to many small mountain communities, where … Continue reading Southern wildfires have threatened communities on edge