Accidents and disasters

In this photo taken Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken Pimlott works at his desk in his office in Sacramento, Calif. Pimlott told The Associated Press he prepares to retire on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, after a 30-year career. (AP Photo/Haven Daley)
December 11, 2018 - 3:35 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's increasingly deadly and destructive wildfires have become so unpredictable that government officials should consider banning home construction in vulnerable areas, the state's top firefighter says. Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken...
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Pigs wander the shoulder of Interstate 40 near the state line with Tennessee in Haywood County, North Carolina, after a crash on Monday Dec. 10, 2018. The crash caused delays while local farmers helped authorities corral the pigs. (North Carolina Department of Transportation via AP)
December 10, 2018 - 7:59 pm
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Snowed-in Southerners made the best of a day without work or school Monday while officials warned that roads remained treacherous even as the worst of a wintry storm departed. Snow, sleet and freezing rain tapered off across states from Georgia to West Virginia that were...
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In this Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, photo, Diana Sauer holds a family photograph of her father, Warren Deboer, holding her as a baby, and his best friend Russell Anderson, left, in Concord, Calif. In the aftermath of Northern California's catastrophic wildfire, social media sites filled with posts from people trying to find loved ones in and near the town of Paradise. A group of women scattered across the U.S. knew they could help. The women volunteer as "search angels, " those who help adoptees find their biological parents. So far, they have tracked down nearly 250 people and linked them with friends and family who were looking for them becoming known as the Angels of Paradise. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
December 10, 2018 - 5:59 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — They have become known as the Angels of Paradise. But there is nothing ethereal about them. They are online sleuths who know how to find people, and they have been putting their skills to use in the aftermath of California's catastrophic wildfire. In the dark days that followed...
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Pigs wander the shoulder of Interstate 40 near the state line with Tennessee in Haywood County, North Carolina, after a crash on Monday Dec. 10, 2018. The crash caused delays while local farmers helped authorities corral the pigs. (North Carolina Department of Transportation via AP)
December 10, 2018 - 5:23 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the effects of a wintry storm crossing the U.S. Southeast (all times local): 3:05 p.m. An overturned truck full of pigs is adding to traffic delays as western North Carolina digs out from a snow storm. The North Carolina Department of Transportation said the...
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December 10, 2018 - 4:36 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A production assistant on the Starz network drama series "Power" has been struck and killed by a vehicle while setting up traffic cones for a film production in Brooklyn. Police say 63-year-old Pedro Jimenez, of Manhattan, was pronounced dead at a hospital following the accident...
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Swedish young activist, 15-year-old Greta Thunberg, right, speaks to climate activists during the March for Climate in a protest against global warming in Katowice, Poland, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, as the COP24 UN Climate Change Conference takes place in the city. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)
December 10, 2018 - 4:03 pm
KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The Latest on climate talks taking place in Poland (all times local): 6:35 p.m. A dozen Roman Catholic pilgrims have arrived at an ongoing U.N. climate summit in Poland after walking hundreds of miles across Europe. The pilgrims were greeted Monday by the head of the U.N...
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In this July 11, 2018, photo, a worker sprays water next to heavy machineries at a construction site in Tokyo. Japan’s economy shrank at an annualized rate of 2.5 percent in July-September, a worse contraction than preliminary data indicated last month, the government said Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)
December 09, 2018 - 11:09 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's economy shrank at an annualized rate of 2.5 percent in July-September, a worse contraction than preliminary data indicated last month, the government said Monday. The earlier data put the contraction at 1.2 percent, as consumer spending, investment and exports fell. The revised...
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A dock and gazebo is covered with a thick layer of snow on Lake James, Sunday, December 9, 2018 in Morganton, N.C. Over a foot of snow fell in the area creating a winter wonderland. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)
December 09, 2018 - 3:35 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A massive storm brought snow, sleet, and freezing rain across a wide swath of the South on Sunday — causing dangerously icy roads, immobilizing snowfalls and power losses to hundreds of thousands of people. Accidents on snow-covered interstates caused major delays, hundreds...
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FILE - In this July 28, 2014, file photo, lightning strikes over Lake Mead near Hoover Dam that impounds Colorado River water at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Arizona. With drought continuing and reservoirs shrinking, several Southwestern U.S. states that depend on the Colorado River had been expected to ink a crucial share-the-pain contingency plan by the end of 2018. Officials now say they're not going to make it, at least not in time for upcoming meetings in Las Vegas involving representatives from Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming and the U.S. government. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
December 09, 2018 - 2:45 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — With drought entering a second decade and reservoirs continuing to shrink, seven Southwestern U.S. states that depend on the overtaxed Colorado River for crop irrigation and drinking water had been expected to ink a crucial share-the-pain contingency plan by the end of 2018. They'...
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December 08, 2018 - 9:49 pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A storm spreading snow, sleet and freezing rain took aim at millions of people across a wide swath of the South, raising the threat of immobilizing snowfalls, icy roads and possible power outages. Governors and local officials in several states declared emergencies ahead of the...
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