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Explosion at chemical plant in South Korea kills 6 workers

Explosion at a chemical plant in South Korea kills 6 workers
Hyung-Jin Kim, The Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea - An explosion at a chemical plant in South Korea killed six workers on Friday, fire officials said.

The victims were doing welding work when the blast tore down a waste storage facility at a chemical plant run by Hanwha Chemical Co. in the southeastern city of Ulsan, according to the officials.

The exact cause of the explosion wasn't immediately known. But fire officer Kim Jung-sik said that gas trapped inside the storage might have triggered the blast.

Capsized Philippine ferry death toll rises to 38; 15 missing

Bodies from capsized Philippine ferry raises death toll to 38; 15 missing, 134 rescued
Oliver Teves, The Associated Press

MANILA, Philippines - MANILA, Philippines (AP) — At least three more bodies have been recovered from a ferry that capsized in choppy waters in the central Philippines, raising the death toll in the accident to 38 with 15 others missing, the coast guard said Friday.

At least 134 people from the M/B Kim Nirvana were rescued by fishing boats and coast guard personnel or swam to safety off Ormoc city on Leyte Island on Thursday, said coast guard spokesman Cmdr. Armand Balilo.

Smoke subsides after hazardous rail spill in Tennessee

Smoke subsides after hazardous rail spill in Tennessee; thousands evacuated from nearby area
Steve Megargee, The Associated Press

MARYVILLE, Tenn. - A CSX train car carrying hazardous material derailed and caught fire in the middle of the night in eastern Tennessee, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people and sending dozens to the hospital with respiratory issues and nausea.

Ferry capsizes in Philippines; 35 dead, 20 missing

Ferry capsizes in Philippines; 35 dead, 20 missing, at least 134 rescued
Oliver Teves, The Associated Press

MANILA, Philippines - A ferry carrying 189 people, including at least one Canadian, capsized Thursday minutes as it left a central Philippine port in choppy waters, leaving at least 36 dead and 26 others missing, coast guard officials said.

They said the Canadian was among at least 127 people from the M/B Kim Nirvana who were rescued by nearby fishing boats and coast guard personnel or swam to safety off Ormoc city on Leyte Island.

The name and hometown of the Canadian were not immediately available.

Crashed Indonesian plane may have suffered engine problem

Indonesia air force chief: Crashed plane had propeller 'feathering' that suggests engine stall
Niniek Karmini, The Associated Press

MEDAN, Indonesia - The aging Indonesian military transport plane that crashed into a residential neighbourhood of Medan killing 141 people had a propeller "abnormality" that indicates an engine stalled, the air force chief said Thursday.

Air Marshal Agus Supriatna told reporters the fact that the plane turned rightward after takeoff and was flying at a lower than normal speed also suggests an engine failure.

Taiwan pilot in February TransAsia crash described as hasty

Taiwan officials say pilot in crash throttled down working engine; colleagues say he was hasty
Ralph Jennings, The Associated Press

TAIPEI, Taiwan - A pilot described by colleagues as nervous and hasty mistakenly throttled down a still-running engine following a glitch with the other engine in an airline crash that killed 43 people in Taiwan in February, flight safety officials said Thursday.

Western wildfires: Progress against Washington fires

Western wildfires: Fire crews report progress fighting Washington blazes
The Associated Press

Fire crews have reported progress fighting wildfires in tinder-dry, drought-stricken Washington state, as well as in Nevada.

Here is a look at hotspots around the West.

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WASHINGTON

Firefighters attacked hotspots at a wildfire that has destroyed nearly 30 homes in the central Washington city of Wenatchee.

By Wednesday evening, the blaze was 83 per cent contained, fire spokesman Vladimir Steblina said.

7 injured after explosion, fire at petroleum centre

7 people injured after explosion, fire at petroleum centre in northeast Nebraska
The Associated Press

WEST POINT, Neb. - An explosion and fire at a northeast Nebraska petroleum distribution centre left seven people injured Wednesday, two of them critically, officials said.

The explosion happened at Sapp Bros. Petroleum in West Point, about 70 miles northwest of Omaha, General Manager Tim Kaup said. He told reporters the company doesn't yet know what caused the explosion.

St. Francis Memorial Hospital in West Point said in a statement that seven people were taken to the facility following an incident at Sapp Bros. Petroleum in the town about 70 miles northwest of Omaha.

The Latest: Muslim Brotherhood calls for Egypt 'rebellion'

The Latest: Brotherhood says Egypt members were murdered, calls for rebellion against el-Sissi
The Associated Press

CAIRO - The latest news on the nine Muslim Brotherhood leaders killed in a Cairo apartment raid (all times local):

10:45 p.m.

The Muslim Brotherhood says its leaders killed in a Cairo apartment were murdered in "in cold blood," calling for a rebellion against President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who it calls a "butcher."

Indonesia plane crash death toll 141 as search effort ends

Indonesia investigates if paying passengers were on crashed military plane; death toll 141
Niniek Karmini, The Associated Press

MEDAN, Indonesia - Indonesia's air force said Wednesday it will investigate if the transport plane that crashed into a city neighbourhood, killing 141 people, was violating orders by carrying paying passengers. A local military commander said the search for bodies has ended.

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