• Opening statements scheduled in wildfire liability lawsuit

    BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — Pointing to a photograph of towering ponderosa pine and fir trees being overcome by smoke and flames, an attorney for more than 300 plaintiffs told jurors Thursday during opening statements that the negligence of two electric utilities was to blame for one of the largest fires in New Mexico’s recorded history.

  • More spills reported as New Mexico oil production increases

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The volume of oil produced in New Mexico increased by nearly a quarter during the last fiscal year, but a review has found that the volume of industry-related spills jumped by more than 60 percent.

  • Perry Williams, 47, puts up plywood shutters to cover the windows of the Diamond's International store, in preparation for the arrival of hurricane Joaquin, in Nassau, Bahamas, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. Joaquin unleashed heavy flooding as it roared through sparsely populated islands in the eastern Bahamas as a Category 4 storm, with forecasters warning it could grow even stronger before carving a path that would take it near the U.S. East Coast. (AP Photo/Tim Aylen)

    Strengthened Hurricane Joaquin closes in on central Bahamas

    ELEUTHERA, Bahamas (AP) — Hurricane Joaquin unleased heavy flooding as it roared through sparsely populated islands in the eastern Bahamas on Thursday as a Category 4 storm, with forecasters warning it could grow even stronger before carving a path that would take it near the U.S. East Coast.

  • Pair of Memphis Tigers escape early-morning apartment fire

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis coach Josh Pastner says a pair of his Tigers escaped without injuries from a fire that destroyed their apartment.

  • In this May 20, 2010, file photo, former Massey Energy Company Chief Executive Officer Don Blankenship pauses as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Health and Human Services subcommittee hearing on mine safety. Blankenship, who goes on trial Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, in Charleston, West Virginia, faces up to three decades in prison if convicted over how he ran the Upper Big Branch Mine, which exploded in 2010, killing 29 miners.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

    Ex-coal baron readies for trial in deadly mine explosion

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Don Blankenship ascended from a modest, single-mother upbringing in Appalachia to personally make almost $20 million off coal in one year. He battled unions, spent millions as lead puppeteer behind Republican state politics and fought regulators over safety and environmental rules, which his mines often broke.

  • Harrisonburg emergency responders help a  family evacuate  their home as floodwaters block the road in Harrisonburg, Va., on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015.  The National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings Tuesday in southwest and central Virginia, among other areas, with 2 to 4 inches or rain forecast from the Blue Ridge to the Alleghany Mountains. (Daniel Lin/Daily News-Record via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    Hurricane may bring 10 inches of rain to parts of East Coast

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Steady rain drenched much of the East Coast on Wednesday, flooding roads, closing schools and forcing some people from their homes. And forecasters say the worst is yet to come.

  • In this July 15, 2015 file photo, Caitlyn Jenner accepts the Arthur Ashe award for courage at the ESPY Awards at the Microsoft Theater, in Los Angeles. Prosecutors said Wednesday, Sept. 30, they have declined to charge Caitlyn Jenner in the Feb. 7 collision in California in which authorities said Jenner’s sport utility vehicle crashed into two cars, pushing one into oncoming traffic. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

    Prosecutors decline to charge Caitlyn Jenner in fatal crash

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors declined to charge Caitlyn Jenner on Wednesday in a California car crash that killed another driver, citing insufficient evidence to support a case.

  • Four lifeguards from Barcelona, Spain, working as volunteers, help disembarking a dinghy as migrants and refugees arrive from the Turkish coasts to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. The International Organization for Migration says a record number of people have crossed the Mediterranean into Europe this year, now topping a half a million, with some 388,000 entering via Greece. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)

    The Latest: Czechs drill in preparation for influx

    PARIS (AP) — The latest developments as European nations struggle to cope with tens of thousands of people trekking across the continent to find safety. All times local:

  • This NOAA satellite image taken Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, at 9:45 AM EDT shows a cold front stretching from the Northeast into the central US. A long the front is a developing low pressure over New England. This is producing heavy rain and thunderstorms. Behind the storm system is an are of high pressure, producing clear skies for the Northern Plains. In the Caribbean region is Hurricane Joaquin. The storm is expected to start heading north and could possibly effect the east coast later in the week.  (Weather Underground via AP)

    Hurricane Joaquin forms near the Bahamas

    MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Joaquin grew into a category 3 storm late Wednesday as it approached the central islands of the Bahamas on a projected track that would take it near the U.S. East Coast by the weekend.

  • A view of a residential building partially collapsed by what police are describing as explosive devices delivered in mail packages in Liucheng county in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Wednesday Sept. 30, 2015. A 33-year-old local resident was identified as a suspect after a series of explosions targeting public buildings in a small city in southern China killed several people and injured dozens on Wednesday, officials and state media said.(Chinatopix Via AP) CHINA OUT

    Explosions kill 6, injure dozens in southern China city

    BEIJING (AP) — An explosion damaged a six-story building Thursday in southern China, less than a day after more than a dozen blasts triggered by explosive devices delivered in mail packages killed at least seven people and injured over 50 in the same county in southern China, officials and state media said.