Accidents and disasters

FILE - This Sept. 13, 2011 file photo shows a computer replication of the 6.7 magnitude Northridge Earthquake of 1994 during a demonstration of an early earthquake warning system at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif. Developers testing an earthquake early warning system for the West Coast say its alerts are ready to be used much more broadly, but not for mass public notification. U.S. Geological Survey official Doug Given told reporters Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 at Caltech that the ShakeAlert system has transitioned from a production prototype to operational mode. The system is being built for California, Oregon and Washington. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
October 17, 2018 - 8:08 pm
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Automated alerts from the fledgling West Coast earthquake early warning system are ready to be used broadly by businesses, utilities, schools and other entities but not for mass public notification, officials said Wednesday. "We're making a large change from a production...
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October 17, 2018 - 7:56 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A white man who fired a shotgun at three African-Americans amid the chaos that followed Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans more than 13 years ago pleaded guilty Wednesday to two federal criminal counts. Roland Bourgeois, 55, was indicted in 2010 and originally pleaded not guilty...
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Medics load an injured person onto an ambulance, in Kerch, Crimea, Wednesday Oct. 17, 2018. Russian officials says an 18-year-old student attacked his vocational school in Crimea, going on a rampage that killed 17 students and left more than 40 people wounded before killing himself. (Viktor Korotaev/Kommersant Photo via AP)
October 17, 2018 - 4:33 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — An 18-year student strode into his vocational school in Crimea, a hoody covering his blond hair, then pulled out a shotgun and opened fire on Wednesday, killing 19 students and wounding more than 50 others before killing himself. It wasn't clear what prompted Vladislav Roslyakov,...
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Gabrielle Morgan, center rear, braids the hair of her husband Santional as they sit by a lantern with their children from left, Decoya, 13, Isabella, 3 mos., Gabriella, 3, and Lakevia, 15, in their room at the damaged American Quality Lodge where they continue to live without power in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Fla., Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
October 17, 2018 - 2:53 pm
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Simply getting through the day is a struggle at the American Quality Lodge, a low-rent motel where dozens of people are living in squalor amid destruction left by Hurricane Michael. Families huddle under makeshift tents and in breezeways strewn with broken glass and roofing...
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In this image made from video, showing the scene as emergency services load an injured person onto a truck, in Kerch, Crimea, Wednesday Oct. 17, 2018. An explosive device has killed several people and injured at least 50 others at a vocational college in Crimea Wednesday in what Russian officials have called a possible terrorist attack. (Kerch FM News via AP) KERCH.FM LOGO CANNOT BE OBSCURED
October 17, 2018 - 8:43 am
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on the deadly explosion at a college in Crimea (all times local): 3:40 p.m. Russian President Vladimir Putin says the attack on a college in Crimea was a tragedy and offered condolences to the victims' families. Putin, speaking Wednesday after talks with his visiting...
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FILE - In this April 30, 2014, file photo, Dustin Shaw lifts debris as he searches through what is left of his sister's house at Parkwood Meadows neighborhood after a tornado in Vilonia, Ark. A new study finds that tornado activity is generally shifting eastward to areas just east of the Mississippi River that are more vulnerable such as Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee. And it's going down in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)
October 17, 2018 - 6:09 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Over the past few decades tornadoes have been shifting — decreasing in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas but spinning up more in states along the Mississippi River and farther east, a new study shows. Scientists aren't quite certain why. Tornado activity is increasing most in Mississippi...
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Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a community picnic at Victoria Park in Dubbo, Australia, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are on day two of their 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific. (Ian Vogler/Pool via AP)
October 17, 2018 - 1:47 am
DUBBO, Australia (AP) — The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were jokingly thanked for bringing England's notoriously inclement weather to a drought-stricken Outback town on Wednesday in a rain-drenched visit to Dubbo during their Australian royal tour. The former Meghan Markle brought banana bread that...
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In this Sept, 2, 2017 photo provided by Sean Streeter, he takes a selfie with Tiffany Dunning, left, at the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam in Panama City Beach, Fla. Even though their radio station has shut down, the radio hosts are keeping Florida Panhandle residents informed on their Facebook page about where to find food, ice and medicine in the wake of Hurricane Michael's destruction. (AP Photo/ Hand Out by Sean Streeter)
October 17, 2018 - 12:18 am
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — First Hurricane Michael damaged the radio station where they worked and then the owner shut the station down permanently — but that hasn't stopped two Florida radio hosts from continuing their mission of informing their listeners during the disaster. Instead, Tiffany Dunning...
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Residents line up for food from the Red Cross outside a damaged motel, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, in Panama City, Fla., where many residents continue to live in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. Some residents rode out the storm and have no place to go even though many of the rooms at the motel are uninhabitable. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
October 17, 2018 - 12:12 am
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Michael killed at least 16 people in Florida, most of them in the coastal county that took a direct hit from the storm, state emergency authorities said Tuesday. That's in addition to at least 10 deaths elsewhere across the South. The scope of the storm's fury...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, April 15, 2014 file photo, Ukrainian air force Su-27 fighter jet is in the sky outside Slovyansk, 160 kilometers (100 miles) from the Russian border, in eastern Ukraine. Ukraine’s military says that a Ukrainian fighter jet taking part in a joint U.S.-Ukrainian air force exercise has crashed, killing both pilots. The General Staff of Ukraine’s armed forces said the two-seat Su-27UB went down Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018 in the Kmelnitskyi region. (AP Photo/Alexander Ermochenko, file)
October 16, 2018 - 7:58 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — A Ukrainian fighter jet crashed during a joint exercise with U.S. and other NATO air forces Tuesday, killing both pilots, Ukraine's military said. The General Staff of Ukraine's armed forces said the two-seat Su-27UB went down in the Kmelnitskyi region. It said a rescue team found the...
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