Accidents and disasters

A visitor takes a photo of a crack on the ground following recent earthquakes Sunday, July 7, 2019, outside of Ridgecrest, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
July 08, 2019 - 10:20 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The powerful Mojave Desert earthquakes that rocked California ended a years-long lull in major seismic activity and raised new interest in an early warning system being developed for the West Coast. The ShakeAlert system is substantially built in California and overall is about...
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FILE - This Monday, June 5, 2017, file photo released by the Alameda County Sheriff's Office shows Derick Almena at Santa Rita Jail in Alameda County, Calif. The leader of a San Francisco Bay Area warehouse where a fire killed 36 people more than two years ago has taken the stand in his defense for the first time. Almena is accused of illegally converting the so-called Ghost Ship warehouse into an artist live-work space where the Dec. 2, 2016, fire broke out during an electronic music concert. Almena testified Monday, July 8, 2019 that he feels responsible for building the community of artists and is "responsible for having the idea" for the Ghost Ship. (Alameda County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)
July 08, 2019 - 8:02 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The founder of a communal living space in a San Francisco Bay Area warehouse where a fire killed 36 people more than two years ago took to the stand in his trial Monday, teary-eyed and subdued as he talked about his feelings but also animated and rambling when asked about his...
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Heavy rainfall flooded the intersection of 15th Street and Constitution Ave., NW stalling cars in the street, Monday, July 8, 2019, in Washington near the Washington Monument. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
July 08, 2019 - 1:18 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A slow-moving rainstorm Monday washed out roads, stranded drivers and soaked basements, including the White House's, during a chaotic morning commute in the national capital region. Water gushed into the press workspace in the basement near the White House's West Wing. Government...
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FILE - This Dec. 7, 2015, file photo shows the second Boeing 737 MAX airplane being built on the assembly line in Renton, Wash. A new computer problem has been found in the troubled Boeing 737 Max that will further delay the plane's return to flying after two deadly crashes, according to two people familiar with the matter. The latest flaw in the plane's computer system was discovered by Federal Aviation Administration pilots who were testing an update to critical software in a flight simulator in the fourth week of June 2019 at a Boeing facility near Seattle, the people said. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because the development has not been made public. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
July 08, 2019 - 7:21 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Saudi budget carrier says it is ordering 30 Airbus planes in a deal that replaces a $6 billion agreement it had with Boeing for its troubled 737 MAX jets, which are grounded around the world after two crashes. Flyadeal, operated by Saudi Arabian Airlines Corp.,...
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July 08, 2019 - 5:50 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Mandla Maseko, a South African man who had won the opportunity to become the first black African to go into space, has died in a motorcycle crash. He was 30. Maseko was killed in Pretoria over the weekend, according to a family statement reported by local media Monday. Maseko...
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Members of the National Guard load water onto an SUV in the aftermath of an earthquake Sunday, July 7, 2019, outside Trona High School in Trona, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
July 07, 2019 - 8:42 pm
RIDGECREST, Calif. (AP) — Shaken residents were cleaning up Sunday from two of the biggest earthquakes to rattle California in decades as scientists warn that both should serve as a wake-up call to be ready when the long-dreaded "Big One" strikes. California is spending more than $16 million to...
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In this March 18, 2019, photo, National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho gestures during a press conference in Jakarta, Indonesia. Indonesia's disaster agency spokesman Nugroho who was respected for informing Indonesians accurately and quickly about the country's frequent natural calamities, has died on Sunday, July 7, 2019, in Guangzhou, China, where he had been undergoing medical treatment since June. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
July 07, 2019 - 8:23 pm
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's disaster agency spokesman, who was respected for informing the public accurately and quickly about the country's frequent natural calamities, has died. He was 49. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho died Sunday morning in Guangzhou, China, where he had been undergoing cancer...
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July 07, 2019 - 11:37 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities issued a tsunami warning after a strong earthquake struck late Sunday night in the Molucca Sea between North Sulawesi and the Maluku archipelago. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 6.9 quake was centered 185 kilometers (115 miles)...
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In this handout photo provided by the Bahamas ZNS Network, a recovery team stands by at the wreckage site where a helicopter carrying four women and three men, including billionaire coal entrepreneur Chris Cline and his daughter, crashed outside a string of islands Cline owned in the Bahamas, Friday, July 5, 2019. The bodies of the four women and three men were recovered and taken to the Bahamian capital of Nassau to be officially identified. (Krystel Knowles/Bahamas ZNS Network via AP)
July 07, 2019 - 10:10 am
HAVANA (AP) — Accident investigators in the Bahamas say they have recovered the helicopter that crashed after taking off from a remote private island on July 4, killing coal billionaire Chris Cline and six other Americans, as well as a British citizen. The Bahamas Air Accident Investigation...
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A police officer guards the area after an explosion on Saturday, July 6, 2019, in Plantation, Fla. Several people were injured after a vacant pizza restaurant exploded in the South Florida shopping plaza Saturday, according to police. The restaurant was destroyed, and nearby businesses were damaged. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
July 07, 2019 - 4:25 am
PLANTATION, Fla. (AP) — A vacant pizza restaurant exploded Saturday in a thundering roar at a South Florida shopping plaza, injuring more than 20 people as large chunks of concrete flew through the air. The blast flung debris widely along a busy road in Plantation, west of Fort Lauderdale. The...
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