Accidents and disasters

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May 24, 2019 - 10:20 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A conservative House Republican complaining of Washington's free-spending ways has temporarily blocked a long-overdue $19 billion disaster aid bill. Texas Republican Chip Roy objected to speeding the measure through a nearly-empty chamber on Friday. He also complained that the...
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In this May, 21, 2019, photo, Dennis Trudeau, a World War II veteran who landed in Normandy on D-Day, poses for a photo at his home in Grovetown, Ga. Trudeau had joined the Canadian military at 17 and became a paratrooper in part because they paid an extra $50 a month. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)
May 23, 2019 - 7:12 am
Planes spread out across the sky, nearly wingtip to wingtip. A sniper's bullet whizzing by the ear. Squeezing a dying soldier's hand, so he knew he was not alone. Across three quarters of a century, the old veterans remember that epic day on the beaches of Normandy. For historians, D-Day was a...
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This still image taken from video provided by Chris Higgins shows a tornado, Wednesday, May 22, 2019, in Carl Junction, Mo. The tornado caused some damage in the town of Carl Junction, about 4 miles (6.44 kilometers) north of the Joplin airport. (Chris Higgins via AP)
May 23, 2019 - 4:05 am
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A "violent tornado" touched down in Jefferson City, Missouri, causing heavy damage, according to the National Weather Service, but there were no immediate reports of fatalities. The service reported that a "confirmed large and destructive tornado" was observed over...
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President Donald Trump awards Sgt. Thomas Avila III of the Azusa (Calif.) Police Department the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
May 22, 2019 - 5:18 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fourteen public safety officers were awarded the Medal of Valor by President Donald Trump on Wednesday, including eight who responded to a shooting at a southern California polling place. "Every officer, firefighter and first responder who receives this award embodies the highest...
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This image made from video provided by KWTV-KOTV shows two funnel clouds formed in Crescent, Okla., Monday, May 20, 2019. An intense storm system that weather forecasters labeled "particularly dangerous" swept through the Southern Plains Monday, spawning a few tornadoes that caused some damage and a deluge of rain but no reports of injuries. (KWTV-KOTV via AP)
May 20, 2019 - 10:37 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An intense storm system moved across the Southern Plains on Monday, spawning tornadoes that caused scattered damage and a deluge of rain but not the "particularly dangerous" twisters that forecasters had feared. No injuries were reported. Late Monday, the National Weather...
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FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2018 file photo a home burns as the Camp Fire rages through Paradise, Calif. California fire authorities say that Pacific Gas and Electric equipment was responsible for the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history. Cal Fire said in a press release issued Wednesday, May 15, 2019, that electrical transmission lines in the Pulga area sparked the Nov. 8 fire that wiped out most of the town of Paradise and killed 85 people. (AP Photo/Noah Berger,File)
May 15, 2019 - 7:44 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. power lines sparked a Northern California blaze that killed 85 people last year, making it the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century, state fire officials said Wednesday. Cal Fire said transmission lines owned and operated by the San Francisco-...
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May 11, 2019 - 12:21 pm
BAYPORT, Texas (AP) — A busy commercial waterway near Houston remains partially closed following a collision involving four vessels that caused a toxic gasoline product to leak into the water. Authorities said at a news conference Saturday that the hull of a 755-foot (230-meter) tanker punctured...
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Kurt Rowland surveys the scene at the intersection of Austin Parkway and Sweetwater Blvd. in the Colony Bend neighborhood of Sugar Land, Texas, on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Rowland bought the kayak shortly before Hurricane Harvey and was glad to have it, he said. Residents have been surprised that the water has not receded more quickly as it has in the past when the rain has stopped. More rain is forecast for the coming days. (Mark Mulligan/Houston Chronicle via AP)
May 08, 2019 - 7:35 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — It was a scene that has repeated itself countless times in the Houston area: heavy rainfall made area roadways impassable and flooded homes, schools and businesses. On Wednesday, the Houston area was drying out after severe thunderstorms a day earlier caused flash flooding ,...
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FILE- This Dec. 3, 2018, file photo shows homes leveled by the Camp Fire line the Ridgewood Mobile Home Park retirement community in Paradise, Calif. Insurance claims for California's deadly November 2018 wildfires have topped $12 billion. That makes them the most expensive series of fires in state history. The number released Wednesday May 8, 2019 by Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara covers the fire that destroyed the Northern California town of Paradise and two Southern California fires. Most of the damages relate to the Paradise fire, which killed 85 people and destroyed nearly 19,000 buildings. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
May 08, 2019 - 6:35 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Insurance claims have topped $12 billion for the November wildfires in California, making them the most expensive in state history. The figure released Wednesday by Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara covers the fire that largely destroyed the town of Paradise and two...
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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks during an interview at United Nations headquarters on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Guterres said the world has to change, not in small incremental ways but in big “transformative” ways into a green economy with electric vehicles and “clean cities” because the alternative “would mean a catastrophic situation for the whole world.” (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
May 08, 2019 - 3:42 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations secretary-general said the world must dramatically change the way it fuels factories, vehicles and homes to limit future warming to a level scientists call nearly impossible. That's because the alternative "would mean a catastrophic situation for the whole...
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