Accidents and disasters

March 24, 2020 - 11:56 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — A 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck in the northern Pacific on Wednesday and a tsunami warning was issued for the closest shores on Russia's far eastern Kuril Islands. A tsunami watch was in place for Hawaii. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck 219 kilometers south-...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, file photo, sheriff's deputies recover the body of a Camp Fire victim in Paradise, Calif. Pacific Gas & Electric said Monday, March 23, 2020, it will plead guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the 2018 fire in Northern California that killed 84 people and decimated three towns. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
March 23, 2020 - 7:40 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric will plead guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter for a swath of death and destruction left behind after its fraying electrical grid ignited a 2018 wildfire that destroyed three Northern California towns and drove the nation's largest utility...
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Croatian soldiers clear debris from the street after an earthquake in Zagreb, Croatia, Sunday, March 22, 2020. A strong earthquake shook Croatia and its capital on Sunday, causing widespread damage and panic. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
March 23, 2020 - 2:28 pm
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia has experienced a series of aftershocks a day after a strong earthquake caused widespread damage, killing a 15-year-old girl and injuring at least 27 other people amid a partial coronavirus lockdown of the capital. Seismologists said Monday more than 50 weaker...
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FILE - In this Feb. 27, 1941 file photo President Franklin D. Roosevelt speaks on the radio from the Oval Room of the White House. During an extraordinary 12 years in office, Roosevelt guided the nation through a bleak period of Depression-era unemployment, a severe Midwest drought known as the Dust Bowl and battle against the Nazis and Japanese in World War II. (AP Photo/Henry Griffin, File)
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March 23, 2020 - 12:22 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Woodrow Wilson was more focused on the end of World War I than a flu virus that was making its way around the globe, ultimately sickening hundreds of thousands of Americans, including the president himself. George W. Bush stood with a bullhorn on a pile of rubble after the 9/11...
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March 23, 2020 - 10:20 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is leaving in place a decision that a man freed after more than 40 years in prison can't sue for damages. The high court on Monday turned away a lawsuit by Louis Taylor. Taylor was convicted of starting a 1970 fire at the Pioneer Hotel in Tucson, Arizona, that...
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In this Jan. 22, 2020, photo, Ruthie Ann Miles attends the 11th annual AAFCA Awards at the Taglyan Complex in Los Angeles. Broadway actress Miles, who tragically lost her daughter and unborn child two years ago, is pregnant. The Tony-winner shared on Twitter Saturday, March 21, 2020, that she is due this spring. (Photo by Mark Von Holden /Invision/AP)
March 22, 2020 - 10:03 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Broadway actress Ruthie Ann Miles, who tragically lost her daughter and unborn child two years ago, is pregnant. The Tony-winner shared on Twitter Saturday that she is due this spring. In 2018, Miles and her 4-year-old daughter Abigail were struck by a vehicle on a New York...
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This combination of photos shows, from left, "The End of October," by Lawrence Wright, "The Red Lotus," by Chris Bohjalian and "Afterland" by Lauren Beukes. Novels coming out now and written before the coronavirus pandemic use plagues to explore everything from gender roles to our own failure to anticipate the worst. (Knopf, from left, Doubleday, Mulholland Books via AP)
March 22, 2020 - 8:51 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Lauren Beukes, a script and fiction writer, is drawn to narratives that allow her to probe themes of gender and power. For her upcoming novel, “Afterland," she imagined a plot twist in which a disease wipes out virtually the entire male population. “I wanted to explore what a world...
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Firefighters carry a person on a stretcher after an earthquake in Zagreb, Croatia, Sunday, March 22, 2020. A strong earthquake shook Croatia and its capital on Sunday, causing widespread damage and panic. (AP Photo)
March 22, 2020 - 12:30 pm
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — A strong earthquake in Croatia on Sunday caused panic, the evacuation of hospitals and widespread damage including to the capital's iconic cathedral — all amid a partial coronavirus lockdown. A 15-year-old was reported to be in critical condition and 16 others were injured,...
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In this photograph taken Thursday March 19, 2020 , A woman spills water at squatter camp in Soweto, South Africa. Some countries around the world lack the equipment and trained health workers to respond to the threat of COVID-19 virus. For most people the virus causes mild or moderate symptoms, but for others it causes severe illness. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
March 22, 2020 - 5:23 am
LONDON (AP) — To offset the crushing costs of trying to stem a global epidemic, the World Bank and partners announced the creation of “pandemic bonds” several years ago: the idea was to leverage private capital from Wall Street firms that would help stricken poor countries. But since the bonds were...
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A screen displays a message thanking health care workers during the coronavirus outbreak, in a sparsely populated Times Square, Friday, March 20, 2020, in New York. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ordering all workers in non-essential businesses to stay home and banning non-essential gatherings statewide. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
March 21, 2020 - 3:14 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration briefly suspended flights to New York City-area airports on Saturday because of coronavirus-related staffing issues as the number of confirmed cases in New York state soared above 10,000. State officials said they're scouring the globe for...
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