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Stories with subject: Accidents and disasters
  • new storyUS combat death in Iraq reflects intensifying war story has photosstory has video
    Updated: May-03-16 8:15 pm

    STUTTGART, Germany - The combat death of a U.S Navy SEAL who was advising Kurdish forces in Iraq coincides with a gradually deepening American role in fighting a resilient Islamic State, even as the Iraqis struggle to muster the military and political strength to defeat the militants.

  • new storyWildfires cause chaos in Canada town 
    Updated: May-03-16 8:11 pm

    FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta - At least half of a northern Alberta city was ordered evacuated Tuesday as a wildfire whipped by winds engulfed homes and sent ash raining down on residents.

  • new storyNavy SEAL killed in Iraq identified as an Arizona native 
    Updated: May-03-16 8:07 pm

    PHOENIX - The Navy SEAL killed in Iraq on Tuesday was identified as Charlie Keating IV, a former Phoenix high school star distance runner and the grandson of the late Arizona financier involved in the 1980s savings and loan scandal.

  • new storyDrought-stricken California boosts conservation for March 
    Updated: May-03-16 7:28 pm

    FRESNO, California - Residents of drought-stricken California doubled their water conservation efforts in March compared with the month before by turning off their sprinklers when the rain fell and changing habits, officials said Tuesday.

  • new storySan Francisco OKs settlement after deadly 2013 airport crash 
    Updated: May-03-16 7:15 pm

    SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco city leaders have approved a $3.45 million settlement from Asiana Airlines involving a fiery 2013 airport crash that killed three people and injured nearly 200 others.

  • new storyDuck boat company: Driver in crash had 'exemplary' record story has photos
    Updated: May-03-16 7:10 pm

    BOSTON - Boston Duck Tours says the driver of the amphibious sightseeing vehicle that collided with a scooter in Boston, killing a woman, had an "exemplary record" during his six years with the company.

  • The Latest: Detective seeks records on Prince airport stop 
    Updated: May-03-16 6:55 pm

    CHANHASSEN, Minnesota - The Latest on the investigation into Prince's death (all times local):

  • 66-year-old man dies after being pulled from Lincoln pool 
    Updated: May-03-16 6:53 pm

    LINCOLN, Nebraska - A 66-year-old man has died after being pulled from a Lincoln pool.

  • Oil spill bill, Medicaid fix stumbles at session end 
    Updated: May-03-16 6:44 pm

    MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Proposed legislation that would dictate how to spend $1 billion in settlement money from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico appeared nearly doomed Tuesday as senators continued to argue over how much of the money should go to state debts versus road projects in coastal counties.

  • Rail travel through DC derailment site to be restored 
    Updated: May-03-16 6:37 pm

    WASHINGTON - CSX Transportation and Maryland Transit Administration officials say they expect freight to begin moving again through the site of a weekend derailment in Washington by Wednesday morning.

  • 3 dead in small plane crash in Long Island neighborhood 
    Updated: May-03-16 5:27 pm

    SYOSSET, New York - Officials say three people have been killed after a small plane crashed in a residential neighborhood on Long Island.

  • Regulators increase proposed penalty against Ride the Ducks 
    Updated: May-03-16 5:16 pm

    OLYMPIA, Washington - Washington state regulators have approved a new settlement agreement with a Seattle tour company involved in a deadly crash last year, increasing the penalty to $308,000 after saying a previous amount was inadequate.

  • Survivor of Yarnell Hill Fire releases book 
    Updated: May-03-16 4:35 pm

    PRESCOTT, Arizona - The only member of an elite firefighting unit to survive a June 2013 wildfire in Arizona has written a personal account of the tragedy.

  • Feds: Poor maintenance led to fatal DC subway fire story has photos
    Updated: May-03-16 4:29 pm

    WASHINGTON - A fire that caused a Washington subway train to fill with smoke inside a downtown tunnel last year, killing one passenger and sickening dozens, can be traced to poor maintenance and ineffective inspection practices by the city's beleaguered transit authority, federal investigators said Tuesday.

  • Group: Courthouse flooded by Katrina still houses evidence 
    Updated: May-03-16 4:17 pm

    NEW ORLEANS - More than 10 years after Hurricane Katrina flooded the New Orleans courthouse's ground floor and destroyed evidence in thousands of criminal cases, evidence is still being stored there - and a watchdog group said Tuesday that a less-vulnerable storage space is needed.

  • Man dies after canoe capsizes in Colorado lake 
    Updated: May-03-16 4:15 pm

    LOVELAND, Colorado - The Loveland Fire Rescue Authority says a canoe capsized on a lake north of Denver, leaving one man dead.

  • Prince's death: The view from front lines of drug epidemic 
    Updated: May-03-16 4:07 pm

    NEW YORK - On the front lines of America's fight against a drug-abuse epidemic, there have been emotional, sometimes contradictory reactions to news that investigators are looking into whether Prince died of an overdose.

  • Fatal helicopter crash in Norway caused by technical failure 
    Updated: May-03-16 3:52 pm

    HELSINKI - A helicopter accident in western Norway last week that killed all 13 people on board was caused by technical failure and not human error, investigators said Tuesday.

  • Officials: Candles possible cause of NYC church fire 
    Updated: May-03-16 3:41 pm

    NEW YORK - Fire department officials say the cause of a blaze that destroyed a historic New York City church is under investigation but it could have been candles.

  • Ex-driver, 22, facing misdemeanor in fatal Vegas bus crash 
    Updated: May-03-16 3:35 pm

    LAS VEGAS - A 22-year-old has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges almost four months after the public transit bus he was driving jumped a curb, plowed through a passenger shelter and killed a 39-year-old woman on a sidewalk near the Las Vegas Strip, authorities said Tuesday.

  • 1 dies in crash in Milford, car stuck on guardrail 
    Updated: May-03-16 3:34 pm

    MILFORD, New Hampshire - Police say one person has been killed and two others injured in a collision in Milford, New Hampshire, in which one car was stuck on an overpass guardrail.

  • The Latest: Feds fault DC subway for inadequate maintenance 
    Updated: May-03-16 3:03 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Latest on the National Transportation Safety Board's findings about a fatal 2015 accident on the Washington subway (all times local):

  • Feds: Pilot's inability to fly in clouds caused crash 
    Updated: May-03-16 3:00 pm

    SEATTLE - The crash of a small airplane into Washington's Cascade Mountains last July that killed the pilot and his wife and sent their teenage stepdaughter on a harrowing survival trek was caused by the pilot's decision to fly during bad weather despite knowing that he was not trained to fly in the clouds, federal investigators say.

  • Police arrest New Haven man in connection with fatal crash 
    Updated: May-03-16 2:56 pm

    NEW HAVEN, Connecticut - Police have arrested a man in connection with a fatal hit-and-run crash in New Haven.

  • Police: Hijacked bus strikes, kills pedestrian in DC 
    Updated: May-03-16 2:38 pm

    WASHINGTON - A man attacked a city bus driver, stole the bus, then struck and killed a pedestrian after the vehicle jumped a curb at a gas station in Washington on Tuesday, police said. He was captured and brought to a hospital.