Accidents and disasters

A group of supporters of the trial shows banners reading "unjust sentence" in front of Tokyo District Court in Tokyo Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. The court on Thursday ruled that three former executives for Tokyo Electric Power Company were not guilty of professional negligence in the 2011 Fukushima meltdown. It was the only criminal trial in the nuclear disaster that has kept tens of thousands of residents away from their homes because of lingering radiation contamination. (Satoru Yonemaru/Kyodo News via AP)
September 19, 2019 - 10:10 am
TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese court ruled Thursday that three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Company were not guilty of professional negligence in the 2011 disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant because ensuring absolute safety at nuclear plants was not a government requirement at that...
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Terry Spencer carries his daughter, Trinity, through high water on 59th Street near Stewart Road in Galveston, Texas, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, as heavy rain from Tropical Depression Imelda caused street flooding on the island. (Jennifer Reynolds/The Galveston County Daily News via AP)
September 19, 2019 - 9:27 am
HOUSTON (AP) — Rain from Tropical Depression Imelda deluged parts of Texas and Louisiana on Thursday, prompting hundreds of water rescues, a hospital evacuation and road closures in areas east of Houston that were hit hard by Hurricane Harvey two years ago. Forecasters warned that Imelda could...
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September 19, 2019 - 7:14 am
SHANDON, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in central California say a passenger bus has crashed while carrying the road crew for country and gospel singer Josh Turner, leaving one dead and seven injured. Turner and his band were not on the bus. The bus was traveling eastbound on Highway 46 in San Luis...
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Workers take down a tent frame in preparation for Hurricane Humberto in Hamilton, Bermuda, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. Bermuda’s government called up troops and urged people on the British Atlantic island to make final preparations for an expected close brush Wednesday with Hurricane Humberto, a powerful Category 3 storm. Authorities ordered early closings of schools, transportation and government offices. (AP Photo/Akil J. Simmons)
September 19, 2019 - 12:04 am
MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Humberto rushed past Bermuda, lashing the British Atlantic territory with powerful winds for hours before beginning to move away early Thursday, as new Hurricane Lorena swirled in the Pacific posing a threat to resorts on Mexico's southwestern coast. The fast-moving Category...
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People board up an Urban Cottage store in preparation for Hurricane Humberto in Hamilton, Bermuda, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. Bermuda’s government called up troops and urged people on the British Atlantic island to make final preparations for an expected close brush Wednesday with Hurricane Humberto, a powerful Category 3 storm. Authorities ordered early closings of schools, transportation and government offices. (AP Photo/Akil J. Simmons)
September 18, 2019 - 11:32 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Humberto lashed Bermuda with strong winds Wednesday as the powerful Category 3 storm passed just to the north of the British Atlantic territory, while a newly formed hurricane threatened tourist resorts along Mexico's Pacific coast. The hurricane came within about 75 miles (...
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Angel Marshman wades through floodwaters from Tropical Depression Imelda after trying to start his flooded car Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in Galveston, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
September 18, 2019 - 9:09 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Tropical Depression Imelda has deluged parts of Southeast Texas with rain, but officials in Houston and surrounding communities said Wednesday that so far there have been no severe consequences. Glenn LaMont, deputy emergency management coordinator in Brazoria County, located south...
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This image provided by firefighters shows the wreckage of a racing boat that allegedly smashed into a dam at the entrance of the Venice laguna, Italy, late Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. Firefighters said one of the men on board was thrown off the boat and was taken to the hospital, the bodies of the three others were found by scuba-divers inside the cabin. According to the Italian news agency ANSA, the men were attempting to break the racing boat record for Monte Carlo to Venice and among the dead was 76-year-old Italian boat racing pilot Fabio Buzzi. (Italian Firefighters via AP)
September 18, 2019 - 2:50 pm
ROME (AP) — Three sportsmen trying to set a new speedboat record were killed when their vessel crashed into a breakwater offshore the lagoon city of Venice and flipped over, firefighters said Wednesday. A fourth person, the sole survivor of the Tuesday crash, was badly injured, according to...
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September 18, 2019 - 12:35 pm
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — It seems this love was too hot to handle. Police in Lincoln say a 19-year-old woman sparked an apartment fire Monday by burning love letters from her ex in her bedroom. Police say the woman used a butane torch to burn the letters and left some of them of the floor. She then...
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Firefigthers extinguish a fire in a house in Muenster, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. Two women and a police officer where injured by an exploion inside the house. (Bernd Thissen/dpa via AP)
September 18, 2019 - 11:31 am
BERLIN (AP) — German authorities say a mother and daughter are under investigation for attempted murder after setting off an explosion at their home near Muenster when police and a court officer showed up to evict them. The dpa news agency reported Wednesday the 67-year-old and 38-year-old were...
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September 18, 2019 - 9:02 am
PAYNESVILLE, Liberia (AP) — Police in Liberia say a fire at a Quranic school east of the capital, Monrovia, has killed at least 27 people and many are thought to be children. Police spokesman Moses Carter said Wednesday that the fire around midnight gutted a dormitory and school building where...
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