Accidents and disasters

FILE - This Jan. 22, 2018, file still frame from video provided by KCBS-TV shows a Tesla Model S electric car that has crashed into a fire engine on Interstate 405 in Culver City, Calif. A government report says the driver of the Tesla that slammed into a firetruck was using the car’s Autopilot system when a vehicle in front of him suddenly changed lanes and he didn’t have time to react. The National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, that the driver never saw the parked firetruck and didn’t brake. (KCBS-TV via AP, File)
September 04, 2019 - 6:56 pm
DETROIT (AP) — A design flaw in Tesla's Autopilot semi-autonomous driving system and driver inattention combined to cause a Model S electric car to slam into a firetruck parked along a California freeway, a government investigation has found. The National Transportation Safety Board determined that...
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President Donald Trump holds a chart as he talks with reporters after receiving a briefing on Hurricane Dorian in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
September 04, 2019 - 6:53 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump isn't giving up on the dubious idea that Alabama faced a serious threat from Hurricane Dorian. During an Oval Office briefing Wednesday, Trump displayed a map of the National Hurricane Center forecast for last Thursday that showed Dorian could track over...
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FBI investigators unload equipment to begin examining evidence obtained from the wreckage of the dive boat Conception on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in Santa Barbara, Calif. A fire raged through the boat carrying recreational scuba divers anchored near an island off the Southern California Coast on Monday, Sept. 2, leaving multiple people dead. (AP Photo/Christian Monterrosa)
September 04, 2019 - 3:50 pm
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — A 26-year-old scuba diving boat crewmember who loved the ocean and had just landed her dream job is among dozens of victims of a deadly fire that torched the boat off Southern California's coast, her family said on Wednesday. Allie Kurtz recently left a job in movie...
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Volunteers Jazz Williams, 29, left, and Jodye Scavella, 47, organize donated goods for those affected by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas, at Christ Episcopal Church in Miami, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. Members of two historically black churches are sorting and preparing the supplies to be flown to the hurricane-ravaged islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama. (AP Photo/Ellis Rua)
September 04, 2019 - 9:38 am
MIAMI (AP) — Spared from the wrath of Hurricane Dorian , people in South Florida are donating water, food and household supplies in a relief effort spearheaded by descendants of some of Miami's earliest settlers from the Bahamas. Floridians showed up in droves Tuesday to give cans of food, bottles...
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Survivors from a tourist bus crash walk along the highway in the Mamaku Ranges near Rotorua, New Zealand, Wednesday, Sept. 4. 2019. A bus carrying a group of Chinese tourists crashed near a popular New Zealand tourist town. (Ben Fraser/Rotorua Daily Post via AP)
September 04, 2019 - 1:38 am
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A tour bus carrying Chinese tourists flipped in rainy weather near a New Zealand tourist town Wednesday morning, killing five Chinese nationals and seriously injuring two others, police said. Police Inspector Brent Crowe told media that the medium-sized tour bus was...
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Authorities cart away evidence taken from the scuba boat Conception in Santa Barbara Harbor at the end of their second day searching for the remaining divers on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, in Santa Barbara, Calif. High school students, a science teacher and his daughter, an adventurous marine biologist and a family of five celebrating a birthday are among those presumed to have died when fire tore through a scuba diving boat off the Southern California coast Monday, trapping dozens of sleeping people below deck. (AP Photo/Christian Monterrosa)
September 04, 2019 - 12:57 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officials vowed to find what sparked the inferno aboard the dive boat Conception that killed 34 people in waters off Southern California but vital evidence may have gone down with the ship or drifted out to sea. The main piece of evidence, the charred remains of the boat, rests...
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Volunteers walk under the wind and rain from Hurricane Dorian through a flooded road as they work to rescue families near the Causarina bridge in Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. The storm’s punishing winds and muddy brown floodwaters devastated thousands of homes, crippled hospitals and trapped people in attics. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Associated Press
September 03, 2019 - 10:14 pm
FREEPORT, Bahamas (AP) — Relief officials reported scenes of utter ruin Tuesday in parts of the Bahamas and rushed to deal with an unfolding humanitarian crisis in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, the most powerful storm on record ever to hit the islands. At least seven deaths were reported, with the...
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A memorial for the victims of the Conception vessel is seen outside of the Sea Landing at Santa Barbara Harbor in Santa Barbara, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. Officials say no one likely escaped the flames that tore through a boat packed with scuba divers and the search for survivors has been called off. (AP Photo/Christian Monterrosa)
September 03, 2019 - 8:31 pm
SANTA BARBARA, California (AP) — A broken-hearted mother posted on her Facebook page Tuesday that her three daughters, their father and his wife were among those presumed dead after flames engulfed a dive boat off Southern California over the holiday weekend. Susana Rosas of Stockton, California,...
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Divers with the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Dive Team prepare to search for a second day for missing people following a dive boat fire off Southern California's coast that killed dozens sleeping below deck, in Santa Barbara, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. (AP Photo by Christian Monterrosa )
September 03, 2019 - 8:07 pm
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Flames roared through a boat of sleeping scuba divers so quickly that it appears none of the 34 people below deck could escape, authorities said Tuesday as they ended their search without finding anyone who was missing still alive from the Labor Day tragedy off the...
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People walk near the pier at Folly Beach, S.C.,, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Dorian. The storm weakened to a Category 2 storm on Tuesday as it continued to batter the Bahamas with life-threatening storm surge. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)
Associated Press
September 03, 2019 - 4:11 pm
FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Weather-tested residents along the coasts of Georgia and the Carolinas were using their experience with past storms to guide them Tuesday as they readied their homes for Hurricane Dorian and decided whether to heed evacuation orders. "Here we are," said Ed Bandarovich as he...
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