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‘Quiet Explosions’ at SpIFF features Rypien, Spokane

Football legend Mark Rypien is featured among others in “Quiet Explosions: Healing the Brain” scheduled for 9 p.m. Friday at the Spokane International Film Festival. The film tells of people with CTE, a degenerative brain disease from repetitive brain trauma, and promising treatments.

Fourth explosion in three weeks injures 2 in Austin; cause unclear

AUSTIN, Texas – At least two people were injured in another explosion in Texas’ capital Sunday night, after three package bombs detonated earlier this month in other parts of the city and killed two people and injured two others. Austin-Travis County Emergency Management Services tweeted that an explosion in southwest Austin had injured two men in their 20s who were hospitalized. There were preliminary reports of two possible explosions, but officials later tweeted that only one had been confirmed.

Bomber gets life in prison for New York, New Jersey attacks

A New Jersey man who set off small bombs in two states, including a pressure cooker device that blasted shrapnel across a New York City block, was sentenced Tuesday to multiple terms of life in prison by a judge who repeatedly called it a miracle nobody was killed.

Another blast hits Chinese city where explosions killed 7

An explosion damaged a six-story building Thursday in southern China, less than a day after more than a dozen blasts triggered by explosive devices delivered in mail packages killed at least seven people and injured over 50 in a same small city in southern China, officials and state media said.

Firefighters, police hold moment of silence in Tianjin

TIANJIN, China (AP) — Firefighters, police and officials held a moment of silence Tuesday for victims of last week's huge explosions at a warehouse in the Chinese port city of Tianjin that killed at least 114 people and left 70 others missing. The ceremony, briefly shown live on national television, marks the sixth day after the disaster, the first observance in the 49-day traditional mourning cycle.

Mortar shells hit near inspectors’ hotel in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — Two mortar shells hit Syria's capital Saturday near a hotel where international chemical inspectors and United Nations staff are staying, state media and a hotel guest said. An 8 year old was killed and 11 people were hurt in the blasts in the upscale Abu Roumaneh area of Damascus, the SANA news agency said. One shell fell near a school and the other on a roof, damaging several shops and cars.

German village evacuated after gas explosion

BERLIN (AP) — Police are evacuating an entire village in central Germany after a fire at a gas company led to an explosion that injured 16 firefighters. Police spokesman Markus Sicius said an explosion of two gas tanks early Saturday in Harthausen near Ludwigshafen led to the evacuation of some 3,000 residents after the firefighters were injured.

La. state police: Blast, fire at chemical plant

GEISMAR, La. (AP) — Louisiana State Police say a reported explosion has started a fire at a chemical plant. At least 30 people have been taken to the hospital. Capt. Doug Cain says the fire broke out Thursday morning at The Williams Companies Inc. plant in the town of Geismar (GYS'-mahr). The plant makes highly flammable gases that are basic building blocks in the petrochemical industry.

Texas town grieves for dead first-responders

Buck Uptmor didn’t have to go to West Fertilizer Co. when the fire started. He wasn’t a firefighter like his brother and cousin, who raced toward the plant. But a ranch of horses next to the flames needed to be moved to safety.

VIDEO: Meteor explodes over Russia, 1,000 injured

MOSCOW — A meteor streaked across the sky and exploded over Russia's Ural Mountains with the power of an atomic bomb Friday, its sonic blasts shattering countless windows and injuring nearly 1,000 people. The spectacle deeply frightened many Russians, with some elderly women declaring that the world was coming to an end.

Pop bottle explosions cause Spokane school evacuation

Two pop bottles exploded this morning inside Spokane’s Ferris High School, prompting officials to evacuate the school. The first bottle blew up near the start of the school day today in a hallway. Several hours later, a second device exploded in the school commons as emergency crews examined the liquid in the first bottle.

Feds to probe why alarms failed in W.Va. explosion

SISSONVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Federal investigators are looking into why no alarms sounded as a massive natural gas explosion sent flames as high as hilltops, engulfing homes and a large section of an interstate for more than an hour. Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board will visit Columbia Gas Transmission's Charleston control room this week to try to learn why the company's alarm system failed, agency spokesman Robert Sumwalt said Wednesday evening.

W.Va. gas line blast a reminder of widespread risk

SISSONVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Nearly 15,000 miles of natural gas pipeline stretch across West Virginia, and as residents of this community north of Charleston now know, devastating explosions can happen without warning. Federal regulators say there have been 20 "significant" pipeline incidents involving deaths, injuries or major property damage in West Virginia in the last decade. The latest came Tuesday when a 20-inch Columbia Gas transmission line exploded, destroying four homes and cooking a section of Interstate 77, a major north-south commuting corridor that passes through the capital city.