Accidents and disasters

December 15, 2016 - 4:40 am
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — One oil worker has been reported killed and nine more are missing in Azerbaijan after part of their offshore oil installation broke off in strong winds Thursday. Oil industry workers' rights activist Mirvari Gahramanli said one body was retrieved from the Caspian Sea during...
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A bicyclist is surrounded by heavy traffic as a snow storm forces commuters to leave the city early and jam roads and freeways in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. A wintry afternoon and evening is forecast for much of Oregon, with some cities expected to get a foot of snow.(AP Photo/Don Ryan)
December 14, 2016 - 11:56 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A rare snow storm brought Oregon's largest city to a halt on Wednesday, with thousands of vehicles barely able to move on Portland streets and on one of its main highways. Commuters began leaving work early, hoping to beat the storm, but they quickly found themselves on...
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In this Dec. 14, 2016, photo courtesy of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, PNNL microbiologist George Bonheyo displays the original sawdust material, left, and how it appears after being chemically modified, right, to be exceptionally oil-attracting and buoyant, qualities that are ideal for cleaning up oil spills in the Arctic during a demonstration of sawdust oil recovery material research at the PNNL in Richland, Wash. (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory via AP)
December 14, 2016 - 5:41 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Federal researchers looking for ways to contain petroleum spills in frigid Arctic waters are investigating whether a powder form of humble sawdust can provide a solution. Researchers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are testing chemically...
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Alabama State Troopers arrive, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, to search for a missing victim after a vehicle drove off a boat landing Tuesday in northeastern Alabama at Leesburg Landing in Cherokee County, Ala. An official says four people are dead and that crews are searching for a fifth person. (William Thornton/AL.com via AP)
December 14, 2016 - 2:28 pm
CENTRE, Ala. (AP) — A vehicle drove off a boat landing in northeastern Alabama, and at least four people inside drowned, while a fifth was missing, an official said Wednesday. Those killed ranged in age from their 20s to their 40s, said Cherokee County coroner Dr. Jeremy Deaton. News outlets...
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