Jun 25, 2015

Weather patterns that bring heat becoming more frequent

Daily weather patterns have changed in recent decades, making eastern North America, Europe and western Asia more prone to nastier summer heat waves that go beyond global warming, a new U.S. study finds. A team of climate scientists at Stanford University in California looked ...

Jun 25, 2015

Wildfires blister Alaska with increased frequency, intensity

Alaska residents endure the nation’s harshest winters for the reward of beautiful summer days with sunshine that lingers until midnight. But increasingly, large wildfires have marred the pristine outdoors, filling the skies with black smoke and forcing people who live near forests to flee ...

Jun 5, 2015

Death toll up to 150 in Ghana gas station explosion, floods

The death toll from a huge gas station explosion and flooding in Ghana’s capital has more than doubled to 150 people, the president said Thursday night. Dozens of people had sought shelter at the gas station and in nearby shops in central Accra to ...

Jun 4, 2015

Flooding sparks Ghana gas station blast, killing at least 73

Widespread flooding in Ghana’s capital swept stored fuel into a nearby fire, setting off a huge explosion at a gas station that killed 73 people and set alight neighboring buildings, authorities said Thursday. The explosion took place as dozens sought shelter in a gas ...

At least two killed in predawn fire at Kawasaki hostels

May 17, 2015

At least two killed in predawn fire at Kawasaki hostels

At least two people were killed in a fire early Sunday at two adjacent hostels in Kawasaki and 18 others were rushed to the hospital, police and firefighters said. More than 10 people remain unaccounted for among some 60 people staying in the two ...

Apr 29, 2015

Forest fire rages near Chernobyl nuclear site

A forest fire broke out Tuesday near the Chernobyl plant in Ukraine, scene of the world’s worst civil nuclear disaster in 1986, but posed no danger to the site, officials said. “The fire is at a distance of 15 to 20 kilometers from Chernobyl,” ...

Five killed, 25 feared dead in Russian mall fire

Mar 13, 2015

Five killed, 25 feared dead in Russian mall fire

A massive fire destroyed a shopping mall in the capital of the Russian region of Tatarstan, killing at least 11 people, local officials said Friday. The toll was expected to rise. The three-storey building in Kazan, 800 km east of Moscow, was destroyed in ...

Feb 26, 2015

Refracted rays from Nutella jar blamed for U.K. house fire

London’s firefighters say sun rays refracted by a Nutella jar likely caused a house fire. The city’s fire brigade says investigators believe the glass jar — which had been emptied of the hazelnut spread — had been placed on a window sill and refracted ...