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  • Body of California air tanker pilot is transferred in solemn ceremony

    Body of California air tanker pilot is transferred in solemn ceremony
    On a patch of dirt at the boundary of Yosemite National Park on Wednesday, the body of the pilot who died when his air tanker crashed during the firefight the day before was transferred from the care of the park to his own agency. Geoffrey Craig Hunt --...
  • New Jersey 12-year-old accidentally shoots, critically injures sister

    New Jersey 12-year-old accidentally shoots, critically injures sister
    A 12-year-old boy in New Jersey accidentally shot his 9-year-old sister Saturday afternoon while the siblings were playing with a handgun, police said. The young girl is in critical, but stable, condition at University Hospital in Newark, said Sgt....
  • Chemical leak at DuPont facility in Texas leaves four dead

    A chemical leak at a Houston-area industrial site left four people dead and a fifth hospitalized early Saturday, according to DuPont. An unknown quantity of methyl mercaptan, which DuPont says is used to odorize natural gas, leaked into the facility...
  • Alaska volcanic eruption intensifies; lava advances in Hawaii

    Alaska volcanic eruption intensifies; lava advances in Hawaii
    A volcano in the Alaska Peninsula launched an ash plume 30,000 feet into the air on Saturday morning, while officials in Hawaii say lava continues to advance on a town that has been sitting in the path of a slow-moving molten slide since June. Mt....
  • Chinese, Australian ships try to verify potential "pings" from Malaysia jet

    Chinese, Australian ships try to verify potential "pings" from Malaysia jet
    Chinese and Australian ships hunting for a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner have picked up separate acoustic signals in different parts of a vast Indian Ocean search area and are trying to verify if one could be from the plane's black box recorders....
  • Volcanoes and vegetables: Tales from Equador

    Volcanoes and vegetables: Tales from Equador
    A pint-sized dish of cevichocho, served on the street in Otavalo, sparked one of those ah-hah moments so unexpected it caught me unawares. By the time we the three of us parked near the town's famous craft market, lunch time had come and gone. Heading...
  • Car crashes through window of Morton Grove salon

    Car crashes through window of Morton Grove salon
    Customers of a beauty supply store in Morton Grove escaped injury this afternoon when a car plowed through the front window, authorities said. The driver, a 31-year-old female, was trying to park her car about 1:15 p.m. in a strip mall in the 7900 block...
  • No serious impacts after Virginia oil train derailment, officials say

    No serious impacts after Virginia oil train derailment, officials say
    Nearly a tanker's worth of crude oil may have spilled into the James River or burned off after a train derailment in Virginia this week, but authorities have not detected any serious environmental impacts.  “At this time we expect downstream...
  • Oil train derailment in Lynchburg, Va., raises safety questions

    Oil train derailment in Lynchburg, Va., raises safety questions
    A train hauling crude oil that derailed Wednesday near downtown Lynchburg, Va., sending a giant fireball and acrid smoke into the sky, raised further concerns about public safety as railroads sharply increase the amount of oil they transport. About 15...
  • House along Fox River burns after propane blast

    House along Fox River burns after propane blast
    Firefighters were on the scene of a fire in an unincorporated area near northwest suburban Crystal Lake today, battling a blaze a neighbor said was caused when a propane gas grill tank exploded. Tom Schulze, who lives four doors down from the home where...
  • Mourners gather to remember father and daughter killed in plane crash

    Mourners gather to remember father and daughter killed in plane crash
    An overflow crowd packed a north suburban funeral service Tuesday for Jeffrey Bronken and his daughter, Katherine, 15, who were killed in a plane crash in Florida during their spring break. The service touched on how the Round Lake family had been twice...