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Former Ohio Rep. Traficant injured in accident
Former Ohio Rep. Traficant injured in accidentFormer Ohio Rep. Traficant injured in accident

CLEVELAND (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. James Traficant Jr., who spent time in prison on corruption and racketeering charges, was in critical condition Wednesday after a vintage tractor flipped over on top of him as he tried to park it inside a barn on the family farm outside Youngstown, police said. Traficant, 73, was hospitalized at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Youngstown after being flown …

Worker dies from Wyoming natural gas tank blast
Worker dies from Wyoming natural gas tank blastWorker dies from Wyoming natural gas tank blast

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — An explosion at a natural gas storage tank injured four workers on Tuesday in western Wyoming, authorities said. The blast occurred as a maintenance crew was cleaning out the tank in the desert about 30 miles northwest of Green River, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Stephen Malik said. Three of the injured men were taken to a Salt Lake City hospital and the …

Thousands help fight huge Northern California fire
Thousands help fight huge Northern California fireThousands help fight huge Northern California fire

PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — More than 7,000 firefighters in better-than-expected conditions managed to extend their lines around a huge and unwieldy wildfire that has threatened thousands of homes for well over a week and fouled the air in two states. The King Fire east of Sacramento was 35 percent contained Tuesday after burning about 140 square miles and destroying a dozen homes, said the …

Seaports mostly reopen after Los Angeles-area fire
Seaports mostly reopen after Los Angeles-area fireSeaports mostly reopen after Los Angeles-area fire

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The twin ports that handle 40 percent of America’s import trade were mostly back in business again after an idle day brought on by smoke from a fire at an old wooden wharf. The last of the 14 container terminals at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach is expected to be reopened on Wednesday morning. All eight container terminals at the Port of Los Angeles and three of the …

Prosecutor: Child had lighter at deadly shed fire
Prosecutor: Child had lighter at deadly shed fireProsecutor: Child had lighter at deadly shed fire

HYANNIS, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say the shed in which an 8-year-old Massachusetts boy died during a fire while playing with friends apparently contained gasoline for a lawnmower and one of the children was playing with a lighter. Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe on Tuesday identified the victim of the fire in Hyannis as Savvas Yianasmidis. O’Keefe says Savvas was in the …

Traffic resumes on highway hit by deadly landslide
Traffic resumes on highway hit by deadly landslideTraffic resumes on highway hit by deadly landslide

OSO, Wash. (AP) — Six months after a hillside gave way in the Washington town of Oso, burying 43 people and blocking a state highway, the community is taking another step toward recovery with the return of normal traffic on the route. The state Transportation Department said Monday night that state Highway 530 through the area has reopened to two-way, 50 mph traffic. The department most …

Chief: Welding torch sparked Los Angeles port fire
Chief: Welding torch sparked Los Angeles port fireChief: Welding torch sparked Los Angeles port fire

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A spark from a welder’s torch caused a fire at a Port of Los Angeles wharf that was smoldering and sending up a huge plume of smoke Tuesday after forcing about 850 people to evacuate the night before, the city’s fire chief said. While the bulk of the fire was under control, it could take until Tuesday afternoon or evening for crews to fully extinguish the blaze, Los Angeles …

Boy killed in shed fire behind house on Cape Cod
Boy killed in shed fire behind house on Cape CodBoy killed in shed fire behind house on Cape Cod

HYANNIS, Mass. (AP) — Authorities in Cape Cod, Massachusetts say a young boy has died in a fast-moving fire in a small storage shed where neighbors say children were playing behind a house. Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe said Monday night the boy was about 8 years old. He did not identify the child. He said the fire wasn’t suspicious. Neighbors tell the Cape Cod Times two …

Marine Helps Wife Give Birth On Side Of Road
Marine Helps Wife Give Birth On Side Of RoadMarine Helps Wife Give Birth On Side Of Road

A woman has given birth to a baby girl in the passenger seat of their car on the side of a California highway – with the help of her US Marine husband. Sandra Vilchez, 29, was on her way to her mother’s home in Downey, south of Los Angeles, when her waters broke. The baby – named Savannah – was due on September 26 and Ms Vilchez had not been worried about an early birth because her previous …

Woman gives birth on California freeway shoulder
Woman gives birth on California freeway shoulderWoman gives birth on California freeway shoulder

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Marine Corps veteran Bolivar Vilchez was terrified as he helped his wife deliver their daughter on the side of a Southern California freeway. The Orange County Register reports (http://bit.ly/1uTy4wt ) that 29-year-old Sandra Vilchez of Riverside County was on the way to her mother’s home early Saturday when she delivered baby Savannah. She was due Sept. 26, but because …

Ice Bucket Challenge Firefighter Dies
Ice Bucket Challenge Firefighter DiesIce Bucket Challenge Firefighter Dies

A firefighter has died a month after he and three other men suffered electric shocks from a power line during an ice bucket challenge. Tony Grider, 41, a captain with the fire department in Campbellsville, Kentucky, died on Saturday, said Fire Chief Kyle Smith. Local media reported that a procession with several emergency response vehicles took Mr Grider’s body from the University of …

Huge Northern California wildfire keeps growing
Huge Northern California wildfire keeps growingHuge Northern California wildfire keeps growing

POLLOCK PINES, California (AP) — As an expanding wildfire in Northern California kept nearly 3,000 people from their homes, teams sought to find out how many structures had already been lost to the huge blaze, authorities said. While officials confirmed that several structures have been damaged or destroyed in the King Fire, dangerous conditions have so far prevented them from determining an …

Retardant record set on massive California fire
Retardant record set on massive California fireRetardant record set on massive California fire

PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has set an agency record for the amount of retardant dropped on a wildfire in a single day. State fire spokeswoman Lynne Tolmachoff says air tankers on Wednesday poured 203,375 gallons of the red slurry on an explosive Northern California wildfire that has now burned through nearly 120 square miles of timber …

 

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