Accidents and disasters

In this Thursday, March 21, 2019, photo, rescuers walk near the site of a factory explosion in a chemical industrial park in Xiangshui County of Yancheng in eastern China's Jiangsu province. The local government reports the death toll in an explosion at a chemical plant in eastern China has risen with dozens killed and more seriously injured. (Chinatopix via AP)
March 22, 2019 - 9:58 pm
BEIJING (AP) — The death toll in an explosion at a chemical plant in eastern China has risen to 44, with another 90 people seriously injured, the local government reported Friday. Thursday's blast at the Tianjiayi Chemical plant in the city of Yancheng is China's worst industrial accident in years...
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FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2017 file photo, a Pacific Gas and Electric Company worker cuts back branches from a tree that fell across power lines in Felton, Calif. PG&E pushed back Friday, March 22, 2019, on a U.S. judge's revised proposals to prevent the utility's equipment from causing more wildfires, saying it could not "monitor every tree at every moment of every day" to ensure they don't pose a threat to its electric lines in violation of California laws. (Kevin Johnson/The Santa Cruz Sentinel via AP, File)
March 22, 2019 - 8:57 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pushed back Friday on a U.S. judge's revised proposals to prevent the utility's equipment from causing more wildfires, saying it could not "monitor every tree at every moment of every day" to ensure they don't pose a threat to its electric lines...
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FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2015, file photo, workers clean a jetliner at GMF AeroAsia facility at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta, Indonesia. Indonesia's flag carrier is seeking the cancellation of a multibillion-dollar order for 49 Boeing 737 Max 8 jets, citing a loss of confidence in the model following two crashes in the space of a few months. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, File)
March 22, 2019 - 8:14 pm
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — In a blow for Boeing, Indonesia's flag carrier is seeking the cancellation of a multibillion dollar order for 49 of the manufacturer's 737 Max 8 jets, citing a loss of confidence after two crashes within five months. It is the first announcement of a cancellation since...
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In this photo supplied by the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre survivors of Cyclone Idai arrive by rescue boat in Beira, Mozambique, Thursday, March 21, 2019. The confirmed death toll in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi surpassed 500, with hundreds more feared dead in towns and villages that were completely submerged. (Photo -Denis Onyodi - Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre via AP)
March 22, 2019 - 7:33 pm
BEIRA, Mozambique (AP) — The secretary-general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Mozambique says the death toll following Cyclone Idai could exceed the 1,000 predicted by the country's president earlier this week. Elhadj As Sy said humanitarian needs are...
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In this Tuesday, March 19, 2019 photo, shows smoke rising from a fire at the Intercontinental Terminals Company near the Deer Park School District's Abshire Stadium in Deer Park, Texas. Officials have lifted an order to remain indoors after several readings showed that the air quality had improved near a scorched petrochemical storage facility in suburban Houston. City officials in Deer Park lifted the order Thursday and reopened roads around the Intercontinental Terminals Company. But residents living near ITC say they're skeptical of what public officials are telling them. (Jeffrey Fountain via AP)
March 22, 2019 - 4:43 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Potentially hazardous chemicals spilled Friday at a Houston-area petrochemical tank farm where a dayslong fire damaged several tanks, the company that operates the farm said. The breach occurred before 12:30 p.m. in a containment dike near a damaged tank that crews were trying to...
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FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2017 file photo, Department of Homeland Security personnel deliver supplies to Santa Ana community residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Guayama, Puerto Rico. A government watchdog has found the Federal Emergency Management Agency wrongly released to a contractor the personal information of 2.3 million survivors of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and the California wildfires in 2017. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti, File)
March 22, 2019 - 4:27 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency wrongly released to a contractor the personal information of 2.3 million survivors of devastating 2017 hurricanes and wildfires, potentially exposing the victims to identity fraud and theft, a government watchdog reported Friday. The...
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March 22, 2019 - 3:58 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres went to the first mosque built in New York City on Friday to show solidarity with the Muslim community, urging people everywhere "to reaffirm the sanctity of all places of worship and the safety of all worshippers." Speaking a week after the...
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FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2019 file photo, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, speaks during a town hall meeting, in Primghar, Iowa. King says he was told that victims of Hurricane Katrina only asked for help, unlike Iowans. King told his constituents Thursday that as New Orleans recovered from the 2005 storm, someone from FEMA told him that “everybody’s looking around saying, who’s gonna help me, who’s gonna help me?” In contrast, King said, “Iowans take care of each other.” New Orleans is mostly black. Iowa is mostly white. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
March 22, 2019 - 2:14 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Steve King says he was told that victims of Hurricane Katrina only asked for help, unlike people in his home state of Iowa, who "take care of each other." The Iowa congressman told a town hall meeting in Charter Oak he visited New Orleans multiple times after the deadly...
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In this March 18, 2019 photo released by the U.S. Air Force, environmental restoration employees deploy a containment boom from a boat on Offutt Air Force Base in Neb., as a precautionary measure for possible fuel leaks in the flooded area. Surging unexpectedly strong and up to 7 feet high, the Missouri River floodwaters that poured on to much the Nebraska air base that houses the U.S. Strategic Command overwhelmed the frantic sandbagging by troops and their scramble to save sensitive equipment, munitions and aircraft. (Delanie Stafford, The U.S. Air Force via AP)
March 22, 2019 - 7:12 am
OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. (AP) — The Missouri River floodwater surging on to the air base housing the U.S. military's Strategic Command overwhelmed round-the-clock sandbagging by airmen and others. They had to scramble to save sensitive equipment, munitions and dozens of aircraft. Days into the...
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This image taken from video provided by Mohammed Issam shows boats trying to rescue people in the Tigris River after a overloaded ferry sank on Thursday, March 21, 2019 near Mosul, Iraq. Col. Hussam Khalil, head of the Civil Defense in the northern Nineveh province, told The Associated Press the accident occurred as scores of people were out in a tourist area celebrating Nowruz, which marks the Kurdish new year and the arrival of spring. (Mohammed Issam via AP)
March 22, 2019 - 7:10 am
MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi residents of the northern city of Mosul, angry over the sinking of a ferry in the Tigris River that killed 95 people, blocked a road where Iraq's presidential convoy was passing on Friday, chanting "no to corruption" and pelting the provincial governor's car with stones in...
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