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Firetruck plows into LA-area cafe; 15 hurt

Firetruck plows into LA-area cafe; 15 hurt, including firefighters
John Rogers, The Associated Press

MONTEREY PARK, Calif. - A Monterey Park firetruck heading to a blaze collided with another engine and then plowed into restaurant, injuring 15 people including six firefighters, authorities said.

The crash Wednesday afternoon ripped through the front of Lu Dumpling House and left it littered with victims, witnesses said.

Wendy Wu, a waitress at the Chinese restaurant, was in a walk-in freezer when the truck hit and wasn't hurt.

Blast at Tennessee plant kills 1, injures 3

Explosion, fire at Tennessee plant kills 1, injures 3
Sheila Burke, The Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A plant explosion and fire killed one person and left three injured Wednesday, emergency authorities said.

Firetruck rams California eatery; 15 injured

Firetruck answering call slams into LA-area restaurant; 15 injured
John Rogers, The Associated Press

MONTEREY PARK, Calif. - Two firetrucks heading to a burning home collided Wednesday in a Los Angeles suburb, sending one careening into a restaurant and injuring 15 people, including six firefighters.

One man, who isn't a firefighter, was hospitalized in critical condition, officials said.

The crash on a busy commercial strip in Monterey Park left one truck embedded in the restaurant, with shattered glass and rubble heaped on the sidewalk. Chairs and tables were scattered inside.

Royal couple visit wildfire-affected Aussie town

Prince William and wife Kate visit Australian town recovering from wildfires
The Associated Press

SYDNEY - Britain's Prince William and his wife, Kate, have visited a town ravaged by wildfires in the mountains west of Sydney as they continue their tour of Australia.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Thursday stopped in the Blue Mountains town of Winmalee to meet with firefighters and locals affected by last year's wildfires that destroyed more than 200 homes.

Chile leader to relocate Valparaiso fire victims

Chile president vows an orderly rebuild of Valparaiso, relocating victims from burned hills
Eva Vergara, The Associated Press

VALPARAISO, Chile - President Michelle Bachelet vowed Tuesday to reconstruct this once-beautiful port city according to a master plan that would prevent many of the 12,500 victims of devastating wildfires from rebuilding on hills that cannot be protected from disasters.

Fires still besiege Chile port; 15 dead, 500 hurt

Flames still lick at Chile's Valparaiso, with 15 dead, 2,500 homes destroyed, 11,000 evacuees
Eva Vergara, The Associated Press

VALPARAISO, Chile - Helicopters and airplanes dumped water on wildfires and the smouldering wreckage of hilltop neighbourhoods around Valparaiso for a third straight day Monday as sailors in riot gear stood ready to evacuate 700 more families whose homes could be lost if the winds shifted.

NTSB: No evidence of pre-impact fire in bus crash

NTSB: No crash-scene evidence found that truck was on fire before deadly California bus crash
Fenit Nirappil, The Associated Press

RED BLUFF, Calif. - Federal investigators said Sunday that they haven't found physical evidence confirming a witness' claim that a FedEx truck was on fire before it slammed into a bus carrying high school students, killing 10 people in Northern California.

NTSB: Claim about truck fire still uncorroborated

NTSB can't corroborate driver's claim that truck was on fire before deadly bus crash
Fenit Nirappil And Joan Lowy, The Associated Press

RED BLUFF, Calif. - Federal investigators could not corroborate on Saturday a driver's claim that a FedEx tractor-trailer was already on fire when it careened across a freeway median, sideswiped her car and slammed into a bus carrying high school students, killing 10 people in a fiery wreck.

Dreams dashed in fatal college tour bus crash

Dreams of low-income students dashed in college tour bus crash that killed 10, injured dozens
Fenit Nirappil And Martha Mendoza, The Associated Press

ORLAND, Calif. - It was a busload of opportunity: young, low-income, motivated students, destined to become the first in their families to go to college, journeying from the concrete sprawl of Los Angeles to a remote redwood campus 650 miles north.

Those dreams shattered for some Thursday in an explosive freeway collision that left 10 dead — students, chaperones and both drivers — and dozens hospitalized.

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