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Strong quake shakes Chile capital, causing buildings to sway

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A powerful earthquake shook Chile’s capital Wednesday night, causing buildings to sway and people to take refuge in the streets. Several strong aftershocks hits within minutes …


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 …


Gulf states reach $18.7B settlement with BP over oil spill

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP and five Gulf states announced an $18.7 billion settlement Thursday that resolves years of legal fighting over the environmental and economic damage done by the …


Dozens killed in attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France

SOUSSE, Tunisia (AP) — A young man pulled a Kalashnikov from a beach umbrella and sprayed gunfire at European sunbathers at a Tunisian resort, killing at least 37 people — …


9 killed when plane crashes on sightseeing trip in Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Eight cruise ship passengers and their pilot died on a sightseeing excursion in Alaska when their small plane crashed in remote and rugged terrain. Wind and …


IS claims deadly blast at Shiite mosque in Kuwait’s capital

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a deadly explosion that struck a Shiite mosque in the Kuwaiti capital after Friday prayers. A posting on a …


THE LATEST: Company: All workers accounted for after attack

PARIS (AP) — The latest on the attack in southeastern France (all times local): ___


UPDATED: Sat., April 25, 2015

Nepal quake: 1,865 dead, history razed, Everest shaken

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Tens of thousands of people were spending the night in the open under a chilly and thunderous sky after a powerful earthquake devastated Nepal on Saturday, killing …


Huge magma chamber spied under Yellowstone supervolcano

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scientists have spied a vast reservoir of hot, partly molten rock beneath the supervolcano at Yellowstone National Park. It’s big enough to fill the Grand Canyon …


UPDATED: Tue., March 24, 2015

Jet crashes in Alps with 150 aboard; no survivors expected

PARIS — A passenger jet carrying 150 people crashed Tuesday in a remote area of the French Alps as it flew from Barcelona to Duesseldorf, authorities said. As search-and-rescue teams …


Salvage crew at Fla. site of helicopter crash that killed 11

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A salvage barge moved off the Florida Panhandle coast to lift the wreckage of a shattered Black Hawk helicopter from the waters, days after seven Marines …


Vanuatu residents remain in shelters after massive cyclone

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Many residents in cyclone-ravaged Vanuatu were forced to hunker a second night in emergency shelters after venturing out Saturday only to find their homes damaged …


Illinois oil train derailment involved safer tank cars

GALENA, Ill. (AP) — The two rail cars that split open and burst into flames during a western Illinois oil train derailment were retrofitted with protective shields to meet a …


Cruise ship stuck off Norway, no damage

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norwegian rescue officials say a Bahamas-registered cruise liner with more than a thousand people on board has run aground in northern Norway, in sight of the …


Small plane crashes into Kansas airport building

WICHITA, Kan. - A small plane lost power after takeoff and crashed into a building Thursday while trying to return to a Kansas airport, killing two people inside the building …


More bodies spotted on Nepal trekking trail

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A rescue helicopter spotted nine more bodies Saturday on a trekking trail in northern Nepal, bringing the death toll to 38 from this week’s series of …


Volcano erupts in central Japan, injuring 11

TOKYO (AP) — A volcano in central Japan erupted in spectacular fashion on Saturday, catching mountain climbers by surprise and injuring at least 11 people, including seven who lost consciousness. …


Teacher in accidental shooting in good condition

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Officials say a Utah teacher is in good condition after accidentally shooting herself in the leg with a concealed firearm in a faculty bathroom at …


Monsoon rains kill 110 in Pakistan, 108 in India

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Heavy monsoon rains and flash floods have killed 110 people in Pakistan and 108 people in India, officials said Saturday, as forecasters warned of more rain in …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 24, 2014

Numerous buildings uninhabitable after Napa Valley earthquake

Officials in the city of Napa say 15 to 16 buildings are no longer inhabitable after Sunday’s magnitude-6.0 earthquake, and there is only limited access to numerous other structures. Napa …


USGS: 6.0 earthquake shakes California’s Bay Area

NAPA, Calif. (AP) — A large earthquake rolled through California’s northern Bay Area early today, damaging some buildings, knocking out power to thousands and sending residents running out of their …


Floods lead to dramatic rescues in Phoenix area

PHOENIX (AP) — Workers at a farm saw hundreds of cactuses sweep away in a flood. Drivers on Arizona’s main north-south freeway watched in shock as muddy waters submerged the …


Ukraine rebel leader asks for aid, cease-fire

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s rebels are surrounded and ready to agree to a cease-fire to prevent a “humanitarian catastrophe,” the insurgents’ new leader said Saturday as conditions deteriorated in …


Tropical Storm Iselle makes landfall on Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) — The first storm in a one-two punch heading for Hawaii clamored ashore overnight Friday as a weakened tropical storm, while a second system close behind it strengthened …


Money allocated for suppressing fires to run out

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service will soon have to tap into programs designed to prevent wildfires so that it can meet the expenses of fighting this summer’s round …


Oil depots again catch fire in fighting in Libya

CAIRO (AP) — An official and witnesses in Libya’s capital say random shells fired by rival militias fighting for control of its international airport hit oil depots, setting them ablaze …


Ukraine says Russia helping destroy crash evidence

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine accused Russia on Saturday of helping separatist rebels destroy evidence at the crash site of a Malaysia Airlines plane shot down in rebel-held territory with …


Washington wildfire burns through Alp-like terrain

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A wind-fueled wildfire chased people from nearly 900 homes in Washington state as it burned through a landscape so reminiscent of the Alps a nearby village …


Rush-hour Moscow subway derails: 20 dead, 150 hurt

MOSCOW (AP) — A subway train derailed Tuesday deep below Moscow streets, twisting and mangling crowded rail cars at the height of morning rush hour. At least 20 people were …


Victim recounts Southern California shark attack

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A man who was attacked by a great white shark off a Southern California beach is describing how quickly a routine swim turned into a …