Accidents and disasters

A Secret Service officer checks a white passenger vehicle that struck a security barrier that guards the southwest entrance to the White House grounds off of 17th Street n Washington, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
February 24, 2018 - 1:42 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House was on lockdown for about an hour Friday after a passenger vehicle struck a security barrier. Local media reported that the driver was armed. The U.S. Secret Service tweeted that the vehicle "did not breach the security barrier of the White House complex." No shots...
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Margarita Lasalle, a bookkeeper and Joellen Berman, a guidance data specialist, look at a memorial Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 as teachers and school administrators returned to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for the first time since 17 victims were killed in a mass shooting at the school, in Parkland, Fla. (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)
February 23, 2018 - 7:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman close to the man charged with killing 17 people at a Florida high school warned the FBI in chilling detail that he had a growing collection of guns and a temper so uncontrollable she worried about him "getting into a school and just shooting the place up." The Associated...
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February 23, 2018 - 7:18 am
SOUTH WHITEHALL, Pa. (AP) — A fire that destroyed more than two dozen school buses has forced a Pennsylvania district to cancel classes. The fast-moving blaze at a Parkland School district garage in South Whitehall was reported around 3 a.m. Friday. People who live near the site reported hearing...
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Firefighters use a raft to rescue Samantha Tucker, center, and her young child and infant, after rising flood waters submerged her home, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in South Bend, Ind. (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP)
February 22, 2018 - 11:42 pm
ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — Shelters were open to assist people forced from their homes by flooding in Indiana and Michigan on Thursday, as rivers swollen by heavy rain and melting snow continue to rise in the Midwest. Flood warnings were in effect across a wide swath of the central and southern U.S.,...
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FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2018, photo, a survivor, lower right, walks away from the scene of a deadly tour helicopter crash along the jagged rocks of the Grand Canyon, in Arizona. Authorities said Thursday, Feb. 22, that a British tourist hospitalized in Las Vegas after a sightseeing helicopter crashed in the Grand Canyon earlier this month has died. Three other Britons were killed in the crash. (Teddy Fujimoto via AP, File)
February 22, 2018 - 9:07 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A British tourist who was pulled from the wreckage of a fiery helicopter crash in the Grand Canyon died from his injuries Thursday, according to Nevada authorities. Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg confirmed in a statement that Neil Udall, 31, died at University Medical Center...
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February 22, 2018 - 5:18 pm
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — A man with a history of violent behavior intentionally crashed a car filled with gasoline containers into a Connecticut hospital emergency room on Thursday and then set himself on fire, authorities said. The driver, 27-year-old Steven Ellam, of Middletown, was critically...
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February 22, 2018 - 2:28 pm
CLAYMONT, Del. (AP) — State police say a 62-year-old man has died after driving a construction vehicle off a pier in northern Delaware. Authorities say the incident occurred shortly before 10 a.m. Thursday at Ocean Port LLC in Claymont, a cargo and freight company bordering the Delaware River just...
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February 22, 2018 - 10:32 am
DARIEN, Conn. (AP) — Jerry Springer protege Steve Wilkos is facing a drunken driving charge in connection with a car crash in Connecticut last month. Darien police say the 53-year-old Wilkos turned himself in Wednesday after learning there was a warrant for his arrest. Police say Wilkos, a TV talk...
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February 22, 2018 - 9:32 am
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A coroner says a piece of metal piping crashed through the windshield of a tractor trailer inside a Pennsylvania Turnpike highway tunnel, killing a New Jersey trucker. The Lehigh County coroner says the electrical conduit hit 70-year-old Howard Sexton of East Greenwich...
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February 22, 2018 - 8:14 am
FINLEYVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Firefighters had a rescue a police officer who became trapped by rising floodwaters in western Pennsylvania. The officer, who is from Monongahela, was patrolling nearby Union when his vehicle got trapped at Courtney Hill and Patterson roads early Thursday. A Washington...
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