Accidents and disasters

Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program for the Department of Water Resources, plunges the survey tube into the snowpack as he conducts the first snow survey of the season at Phillips Station Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, near Echo Summit, Calif. The survey showed the snowpack at 53 percent of normal for this site at this time of year. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
January 03, 2017 - 6:07 pm
PHILLIPS STATION, Calif. (AP) — The first manual survey this year of California's snowpack revealed Tuesday that it holds about half as much water as normal, casting a shadow on the state that's hoping to dodge a sixth straight year of drought, officials said. Surveyors, however, took the reading...
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Members of the Cleveland Police Mounted Unit ride the Lake Erie shoreline, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, in Cleveland. Cleveland officials say the search for a plane carrying six people that disappeared last week over Lake Erie has resumed. Tuesday marks the third straight day that conditions have allowed recovery teams to search the lake for a Columbus-bound Cessna 525 Citation that vanished from radar shortly after takeoff Thursday night from Burke Lakefront Airport. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
January 03, 2017 - 6:05 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland officials say the search for a plane carrying six people that disappeared last week over Lake Erie will continue until the aircraft is found. Officials said more debris that possibly came from the plane was found Tuesday on the shoreline. They have said many of more than...
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January 03, 2017 - 5:42 pm
DALLAS (AP) — A criminal investigation is underway into an apparent accidental poisoning involving a professional-grade pesticide that left four children dead and an Amarillo woman in critical condition, police said Tuesday. Authorities are looking into why the family had the pesticide pellets,...
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Emergency crews gather at the scene after a storm ripped through a mobile home killing several people in Rehobeth, Ala., Monday, Jan. 2, 2017. (Jay Hare/Dothan Eagle via AP)
January 03, 2017 - 5:33 pm
As an apparent tornado bore down on them, seven people in a mobile home in southeast Alabama made a life-or-death decision: Three ran into one bathroom for shelter and four ran in the opposite direction to another room seeking safety. The three, including Lawana Henrich, survived without a scratch...
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U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell speaks at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, after getting her last wildfire update from managers who oversee the nation's firefighting resources Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. Jewell says her 2015 secretarial order for a new wildfire-fighting plan to protect a wide swath of sagebrush country in the West that supports cattle ranching and is home to imperiled sage grouse will likely continue after the Obama administration ends. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler)
January 03, 2017 - 4:58 pm
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A new wildfire-fighting plan to protect a wide swath of sagebrush country in the Western U.S. that supports cattle ranching and is home to an imperiled bird will likely continue after the Obama administration ends, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Tuesday. Jewell spoke after...
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Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program for the Department of Water Resources, plunges the survey tube into the snowpack as he conducts the first snow survey of the season at Phillips Station Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, near Echo Summit, Calif. The survey showed the snowpack at 53 percent of normal for this site at this time of year. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
January 03, 2017 - 4:00 pm
PHILLIPS STATION, Calif. (AP) — Surveyors plunged a pole into the Sierra Nevada snowpack on Tuesday and took the first manual measurement of the wet season, finding water content was about half of normal as California flirts with a possible sixth year of drought. Surveyors took the reading at 6,000...
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January 03, 2017 - 3:59 pm
DALLAS (AP) — A criminal investigation is underway into an apparent accidental poisoning involving a professional-grade pesticide that left four children dead and an Amarillo woman in critical condition, police said Tuesday. Authorities are looking into why the family had the pesticide pellets,...
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Emergency crews gather at the scene after a storm ripped through a mobile home killing several people in Rehobeth, Ala., Monday, Jan. 2, 2017. (Jay Hare/Dothan Eagle via AP)
January 03, 2017 - 2:13 pm
As an apparent tornado bore down on them, seven people in a mobile home in southeast Alabama made a life-or-death decision: Three ran into one bathroom for shelter and four ran in the opposite direction to another room seeking safety. The three, including Lawana Henrich, survived without a scratch...
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January 03, 2017 - 11:42 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is probing the dangers of exploding batteries in e-cigarettes, following dozens of reports of devices that have combusted, overheated or caught fire and sometimes injured users. The agency announced a two-day public meeting for April,...
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Emergency crews gather at the scene after a storm ripped through a mobile home killing several people in Rehobeth, Ala., Monday, Jan. 2, 2017. (Jay Hare/Dothan Eagle via AP)
January 03, 2017 - 9:39 am
Crews were assessing damage Tuesday in the aftermath of storms that killed at least five people and brought heavy rain and strong winds to the Southeast. The line of severe thunderstorms spawned several possible tornadoes as the storms moved across Alabama, Georgia and the Florida Panhandle. The...
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