Accidents and disasters

A man rides a bicycle while holding an umbrella as rain from Tropical Storm Bertha flooded a few streets in Charleston, S.C., Wednesday, May 27, 2020. (Matthew Fortner/The Post And Courier via AP)
May 27, 2020 - 2:14 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Tropical Storm Bertha surprised the South Carolina coast Wednesday, forming and making landfall within two hours, bringing a poor beach day of rain and gusty winds, but no major problems. Forecasters expected the bad weather, but didn't predict it to organize so quickly and...
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FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2014 file photo, playwright Larry Kramer attends Acria's 19th Annual Holiday Dinner Benefit in New York. Kramer, the playwright whose angry voice and pen raised theatergoers’ consciousness about AIDS and roused thousands to militant protests in the early years of the epidemic, died Wednesday, May 27, 2020 in Manhattan of pneumonia. He was 84. (Photo by Donald Traill/Invision/AP, File)
May 27, 2020 - 12:44 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Larry Kramer, the playwright whose angry voice and pen raised theatergoers’ consciousness about AIDS and roused thousands to militant protests in the early years of the epidemic, has died at 84. Bill Goldstein, a writer who was working on a biography of Kramer, confirmed the news to...
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Shinji Aoba on a stretcher is carried to Fushimi police station after being arrested in Kyoto, western Japan, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Japanese police arrested the suspect in a deadly arson at Kyoto Animation's No. 1 studio on July 18, 2019 after the alleged attacker regained enough strength from his own injury to respond to police investigation. Aoba is accused of storming into the studio, setting it on fire and killing 36 people. Wednesday's arrest comes 10 months after the police obtained permission from a local court as they had to wait for Aoba, who had suffered severe burns and was in a critical condition. (Suo Takekuma/Kyodo News via AP)
May 27, 2020 - 3:50 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese police on Wednesday arrested a suspect in the deadly arson at a Kyoto anime studio last year after he recovered enough from his own severe burns to respond to the police investigation. Kyoto police said they arrested Shinji Aoba, 42, on murder and arson allegations, 10 months...
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President Donald Trump arrives to speak at an event on protecting seniors with diabetes in the Rose Garden White House, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
May 27, 2020 - 12:17 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — In the rubble of buildings and lives, modern U.S. presidents have met national trauma with words such as these: “I can hear you.” “You have lost too much, but you have not lost everything.” “We have wept with you; we’ve pulled our children tight.” As diverse as they were in...
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May 26, 2020 - 9:59 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A federal control board that oversees Puerto Rico’s finances said Tuesday that the island could be hit with a deficit earlier than expected and see its surplus plunge by 65% in upcoming years, warning the government cannot afford to pay current debt obligations. The...
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Colleen and Marvin Hewson, from the United States, visit to the archeological site of Pompeii, near Naples, southern Italy, Tuesday, May 26, 2020. The American couple waited a lifetime plus 2 ½ months to visit the ancient ruins of Pompeii together. For Colleen and Marvin Hewson, the visit to the ruins of an ancient city destroyed in A.D. 79 by a volcanic eruption was meant to be the highlight a trip to celebrate his 75th birthday and their 30th anniversary. They were among the only tourists present when the archaeological site reopened to the public on Tuesday after the national lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
May 26, 2020 - 9:35 am
POMPEII, Italy (AP) — An American couple waited a lifetime plus 2 ½ months to visit the ancient ruins of Pompeii together. Colleen and Marvin Hewson, retirees from the Detroit, Michigan area, were first in line when the archaeological site reopened to the public Tuesday following Italy's...
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In this image made from video, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern looks up when an earthquake struck during a live television interview in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday morning, May 25, 2020. New Zealand sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire and is sometimes called the Shaky Isles for its frequent quakes. (Newshub via AP)
May 24, 2020 - 9:01 pm
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern barely skipped a beat when an earthquake struck during a live television interview Monday morning. She interrupted Newshub host Ryan Bridge to tell him what was happening at the parliament complex in the capital, Wellington. “...
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In this Friday, May, 22, 2020 photo released by the Woodland Park Zoo shows a 2 1/2-month-old male gorilla, Kitoko, with mom Uzumm. Kitoko was injured Saturday, during a skirmish among his six-member family group in Seattle. Animal health experts say little Kitoko was bitten on the head, likely by accident when another gorilla tried to bite his mother, Uzumma. Kitoko sustained a fractured skull and a severe laceration, but zoo officials say the 2 1/2-month-old gorilla underwent surgery and may survive if he doesn't develop an infection. (Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/Woodland Park Zoo via AP)
May 24, 2020 - 7:00 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — A baby gorilla was badly injured at a Seattle zoo on Saturday when he was caught in a skirmish between his family group members, zookeepers said. Animal health experts at the Woodland Park Zoo say little Kitoko was bitten on the head, likely by accident when another gorilla tried to...
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This Saturday, May 23, 2020, photo provided by sister Pinky Baby shows Jyoti Kumari 15, with her father at their home in Darbhanga district in Bihar state, India. Kumari rode a bicycle hundreds of miles with her father riding pillion to escape the constraints of a coronavirus lockdown in India that appears to have staved off an unmanageable spike in coronavirus cases but that triggered an exodus of migrant workers and crippled the economy. The 15-year-old has been invited to try out with the Cycling Federation of India, the body that sends team to the Olympics, and won accolades as far away as Washington, D.C. But she says she didn't pedal her father home to their village in pursuit of fame but rather simply to survive. (Pinky Baby via AP)
May 24, 2020 - 9:29 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — From her village in eastern India, 15-year-old Jyoti Kumari reflected on her desperate 1,200-kilometer (745-mile) bicycle journey home with her disabled father that has drawn international praise. “I had no other option," she said Sunday. “We wouldn’t have survived if I hadn’t...
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May 24, 2020 - 3:48 am
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — At least one migrant has drowned, six are missing and over 80 have been rescued off Tunisia's coast, authorities said, amid a new wave of dangerous attempts to traffic migrants across the Mediterranean Sea into Europe. The Tunisian coast guard rescued 11 migrants after an...
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