Accidents and disasters

December 17, 2017 - 2:00 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Screening devices that detect suicide vests like the one that exploded in a New York City subway tunnel are being tested in a Los Angeles transit station, but U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer said Sunday the Transportation Security Administration should speed up plans to deploy the...
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A firefighter takes a cell phone picture during a wildfire Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, in Montecito, Calif. The so-called Thomas Fire is now the third-largest in California history. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
December 16, 2017 - 10:59 pm
MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — Residents piled into cars and fled on Saturday, turning downtown Santa Barbara into "a ghost town" as surging winds drove one of the biggest fires in California's history toward the city and the nearby wealthy enclave of Montecito. The mandatory evacuations around Montecito...
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In this image taken from video provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, a wind driven spot fire burns on the west side below Gibraltar Road as smoke from a wildfire fills the air in Santa Barbara, Calif., Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. The Thomas Fire is now the third-largest in California history. (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)
December 16, 2017 - 10:14 pm
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in California (all times local): 7 p.m. Authorities say the massive wildfire northwest of Los Angeles has burned another 6 square miles (16 square kilometers) of vegetation and has burned 418 square miles (1,083 square kilometers) since it...
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This undated photo provided by Custer State Park shows burros walking in the park prior to a late season wildfire there. Nine burros that are a favorite of visitors to South Dakota's Custer State Park have been burned by the wildfire and it's not known if all of them will survive, a park official said Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. The park reported that all nine burros had been found — a day after three of them were reported missing and feared dead in the wildfire. (Kobee Stalder/Custer State Park via AP)
December 16, 2017 - 8:44 pm
Nine burros that are a favorite of visitors to South Dakota's Custer State Park have been burned in a wildfire and it's not known if all of them will survive, a park official said Saturday. The park reported Saturday morning that all nine burros had been found — a day after three of them were...
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In this Nov. 28, 2017, photo, D-O-G, a black and white cat with an unlikely name, lies next to a support dog in training at Support Dogs, Inc. in St. Louis. Officials from the facility took in the cat over the summer and say he plays a key role getting the dogs comfortable around other animals. He helps train canines for important jobs assisting people with disabilities. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
December 16, 2017 - 12:00 pm
HOLY COW! WANDERING BOVINE RETURNED TO PHILLY NATIVITY SCENE PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A cow in Philadelphia apparently wanted to be away from the manger, as it escaped twice Thursday morning from a church's live nativity scene. Stormy, the 7-year-old brown and white Hereford, was back munching hay at...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 file photo, a vehicle arrives at the abandoned Chilocco Indian School campus in Newkirk, Okla, Five American Indian tribes are opposing plans by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to conduct bioterrorism drills at a tribal burial ground and abandoned boarding school, saying the agency didn't tell them that "potentially dangerous substances" could be used there. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
December 16, 2017 - 11:48 am
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Five Native American tribes that own an Oklahoma site where the U.S. Department of Homeland Security intends to conduct bioterrorism drills next year now oppose the government's plan, saying the agency didn't inform them about chemicals it plans to release on grounds the tribes...
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United States' Lindsey Vonn celebrates her first place on the podium of an alpine ski, women's World Cup super-G, in Val d'Isere, France, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Marco Tacca)
December 16, 2017 - 9:32 am
VAL D'ISERE, France (AP) — With her father proudly watching from the bottom of the slope, Lindsey Vonn sped to an emotional win in a World Cup super-G race on Saturday. It was her first win of a difficult season so far, one marred by a crash and a recent back injury, and it brought both of them to...
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Bangladeshi immigrant Sultan Ahmed gestures as he speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in the Kensington neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York. Akayed Ullah, a Bangladeshi immigrant, was arrested in a botched suicide bombing in an underground passageway between Times Square — the city's busiest subway station — and the bustling Port Authority Bus Terminal. The city's Bangladeshi community is concerned about what that could mean for their immigration future in a political climate where the attack is already being used by President Donald Trump and others as yet more reasons immigration needs to be restricted. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
December 16, 2017 - 9:04 am
NEW YORK (AP) — When an immigrant from Bangladesh set off a bomb in New York City's subway system this week, he was the only person injured. But New York City's vibrant Bangladeshi community is worried that it, too, may ultimately get hurt by the attack. Within hours of the blast, President Donald...
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Demonstrators protest against reforms to the retirement and pension system, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. Police in riot gear shot tear gas and rubber bullets at stick-wielding protesters who hauled rocks and torched several garbage bins outside the Congress building and in nearby streets. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
December 16, 2017 - 2:30 am
Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see. This week's images include a protest against reforms to the retirement and pension system in...
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Los Angeles Fire Department Fire Arson Counter-Terrorism investigators check a burned out homeless camp after a brush fire erupted in the hills in Elysian Park in Los Angeles Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. The National Weather Service said extreme fire danger conditions could last through the weekend due to lack of moisture along with a likely increase in wind speeds. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
December 15, 2017 - 10:52 pm
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Calming winds Friday gave firefighters a chance to gain ground against a huge wildfire in coastal mountains northwest of Los Angeles but the blaze continued to surge west, endangering thousands of homes, as forecasts called for a renewal of gusty winds. The so-called...
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