Accidents and disasters

In this Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 photo, Rachel Pilli poses at the Care Net Pregnancy Center in Redding, Calif. A couple whose flattened trailer tire reportedly started a massive fire in Northern California has received hundreds of cards and letters with supportive messages telling them not to feel guilty. The outpouring of support for an 81-year-old man and his wife started after Rachel Pilli posted a message Sunday on Facebook offering to forward compassionate messages to the couple. (Jessica Skropanic/Record Searchlight via AP)
August 15, 2018 - 4:43 pm
REDDING, Calif. (AP) — A couple whose flattened trailer tire accidentally started a massive fire in Northern California has received more than 100 cards and letters with supportive messages telling them not to feel guilty. The outpouring of support for an 81-year-old man and his wife started after...
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This undated photo provided by Jesse Tate shows, from left, Isabella Boquet, 11, Elisabeth Boquet, 8, mother Erika Boquet, 29, and Tytis Boquet, 6. The Boquet family, from Tacoma, Wash., perished on a remote Oregon road in a head-on collision near Burns, Ore., Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, on their way to an end-of-summer vacation in Las Vegas. Another relative and her two children also perished with the Boquet family as did the driver of the other car in the crash. Text was added by the source. (Jesse Tate via AP)
August 15, 2018 - 4:43 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A family of seven, including five young children, died on a remote Oregon road in a head-on collision on their way to an end-of-summer vacation in Las Vegas, a family member said Wednesday. Erika Carter Boquet, 29, was driving her 2016 Toyota 4 Runner eastbound on Oregon...
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This photo taken Friday, Aug. 10, 2018 near Lakeport, Calif. shows dirt paths created by bulldozers in an effort to contain part of the largest wildfire on record in California. Firefighters are battling the largest wildfire on record in California, while foresters and other experts are working to repair the damage. Crews are smoothing out dirt roads and replacing fences to mitigate the damage caused not by flames but by the firefighters racing to extinguish them. They seek to restore private lands, protect the environment and water supply, and prevent erosion.(AP Photo/Jonathan J. Cooper)
August 15, 2018 - 4:13 pm
LAKEPORT, Calif. (AP) — Jack Hattendorf steers his road grader back and forth across a dirt path cutting through blackened earth. With each pass, he smooths and tamps down the soil to remake a dirt road that fire crews tore apart days earlier to stop flames that would become part of the largest...
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Afghan men stand in front of burned out shops following a Taliban attack in Ghazni, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. A Taliban assault on two adjacent checkpoints in northern Afghanistan killed at least 30 soldiers and police, officials said Wednesday. Life gradually returned to normal in parts of the eastern city of Ghazni after a massive insurgent attack last week, with sporadic gunbattles still underway in some neighborhoods. (AP Photo/Rahmatullah Nikzad)
August 15, 2018 - 3:24 pm
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber struck a private education center in a Shiite neighborhood of Kabul on Wednesday where high school graduates were preparing for university entrance exams, killing 48 young men and women and leaving behind a scene of devastation and tragedy. The bombing,...
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Burned cars parked at Frolunda Square in Gothenburg, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. Masked youth torched dozens of cars overnight in Sweden and threw rocks at police, prompting an angry response from the prime minister, who on Tuesday spoke of an "extremely organized" night of vandalism. (Adam Ihse/TT via AP)
August 15, 2018 - 5:50 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A man suspected of arson in connection with dozens of car fires in Goteborg, Sweden's second largest city, has been arrested in Turkey, police said Wednesday. About 80 cars were set ablaze in the night from Monday to Tuesday, chiefly in Goteborg, and nearby Trollhattan,...
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Park Ranger Alex Martinez passes maps out and directs visitors at the Highway 140 gate as Yosemite National Park reopens in California, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. The nearly three-week closure was the result of a wildfire. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian)
August 14, 2018 - 6:55 pm
Hikers and nature lovers returned to Yosemite National Park's scenic valley Tuesday after a rare 20-day closure because of smoke from wildfires. Some said they didn't mind the hazy air that obscured scenic vistas; others came prepared with eye drops and face masks. Park officials also advised...
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Draper Battalion Chief Bart Vawdrey hugs a fellow firefighter during a press conference in Draper, Utah, on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. Draper Battalion Chief Matthew Burchett was killed on Monday night while fighting the largest blaze in California history, the Mendocino Complex fire north of San Francisco. (Jeffrey D. Allred/The Deseret News via AP)
August 14, 2018 - 6:55 pm
DRAPER, Utah (AP) — Matthew Burchett said goodbye to his wife and 7-year-old son in early August, volunteering to travel with 37 fellow firefighters from Utah to help battle record-setting blazes in California. Burchett was hit by a falling tree and died Monday night while fighting the largest...
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The scene of a plane crash is blocked off as Federal Aviation Administration officials investigate the area in Payson, Utah on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018. Authorities say the small plane has crashed into a house in Utah, killing the pilot. (Scott G Winterton /The Deseret News via AP)
August 14, 2018 - 4:43 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The president of a Utah company whose small plane was used by a man who crashed into his own house says the pilot had access to the plane because he had earned the firm's trust. Leon Van Sickle, president of the VanCon, Inc., a general engineering company, told The Associated...
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Police and rescue workers work on a Colombian-registered bus traveling to Quito, that crashed in Pifo, Ecuador, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. At least 24 people were killed and another 19 injured when a bus careened into another vehicle at high speed and overturned along the Pifo-Papallacta highway, near Ecuador's capital, local officials reported. (AP Photo/Carlos Noriega)
August 14, 2018 - 3:26 pm
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — At least 24 people were killed and another 19 injured when a bus careened into another vehicle at high speed and overturned on a highway near Ecuador's capital Tuesday, officials reported. The Colombian-registered bus was traveling to Quito when it hit a smaller vehicle in an...
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Rescuers work to recover an injured person after the Morandi highway bridge collapsed in Genoa, northern Italy, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. The highway bridge collapsed during a violent storm, sending vehicles plunging 45 meters (nearly 150 feet) into a heap of rubble. Authorities said at least 20 people were killed, although some people were found alive in the debris. (Luca Zennaro/ANSA via AP)
August 14, 2018 - 3:24 pm
MILAN (AP) — A highway bridge collapsed Tuesday in the Italian city of Genoa during a violent storm, sending dozens of vehicles tumbling 45 meters (nearly 150 feet) into a heap of rubble. Authorities said at least 22 people were killed, although some were found alive in the debris. A huge section...
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