Accidents and disasters
SANTIAGO, Chile - Chilean officials said Thursday they have arrested three members of an anarchist cell suspected in the country's worst bomb attack in more than two decades, focusing new attention on a loose-knit movement that has attracted thousands while alarming authorities.
CAMINO, Calif. - A man has been charged with deliberately starting a Northern California wildfire that has shown explosive growth and driven nearly 2,800 people from their homes, authorities said Thursday.
Wayne Allen Huntsman, 37, was arrested late Wednesday in Placerville and booked into El Dorado County Jail, where he was being held on $10 million bail.
TUCSON, Ariz. - A weakened Pacific storm slammed much of southern Arizona, but it appeared to spare Tucson on Wednesday night.
Rainfall from remnants of Hurricane Odile was steadily hitting south and east of Tucson, according to the National Weather Service. The agency issued a flash-flood warning for Nogales, where a major street was flooded with several inches of water.
WEED, Calif. - Teams of firefighters went house-to-house on Wednesday to pin down damage done by a wildfire that officials estimated had destroyed 110 homes and damaged another 90 in the small town of Weed while another Northern California blaze east of Sacramento was threatening more than 2,000 homes as it burned out of control, officials said.
Natural disasters displaced almost 22 million people around the world last year and aid workers say they expect to see that number rise in the future, according to a report issued by a Norwegian humanitarian group on Wednesday.
The study, authored by the Norwegian Refugee Council's Internal Displacement Monitoring Center, said that an average of 27 million people have been displaced each year since 2008 by natural disasters. Such displacement is estimated to have doubled in the past 40 years, as the world population grew and rapidly urbanized, the report added.
ROSWELL, N.M. - A driver who went missing after a one-car rollover in New Mexico says he later woke up in a field of donkeys.
KOAT-TV reports New Mexico State Police say the driver called 911 seven hours after investigators failed to find any victims from the crash in Roswell late Friday.
The driver, whose name has not been released, told 911 dispatchers that he was lost and found himself surrounded by the animals.
Authorities say the man claims he and a passenger were drinking the night before but didn't remember what happened next.
HAGATNA, Guam - A strong earthquake struck off the coast of Guam on Wednesday, causing minor damage and power outages.
The magnitude-6.7 quake was about 30 miles north-northwest of Guam and 80 miles deep, reported the U.S. Geological Survey. A tsunami warning was not in effect.
The Pacific Daily News reported (http://bit.ly/1uFSVnU) that most southern villages with power outages had it restored within a few hours. The newspaper reported that power is out at Mount Santa Rosa, Yigo.
STOCKHOLM - Sweden's royal palace says King Carl XVI Gustaf was involved in a car crash on his way to an airport in Stockholm but was unhurt.
Palace spokeswoman Annika Sonnerberg says the 68-year-old king was in the back seat Wednesday when his car collided with an oncoming vehicle making a left turn.
Tabloid Aftonbladet published a photo on its website showing the palace's dark-colored Mercedes with damage to the front and the driver's side air bag deployed.
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines' most active volcano has sent more huge lava fragments rolling down its slopes in an ongoing gentle eruption that has prompted authorities to evacuate thousands of villagers, officials said Wednesday.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has warned that a "hazardous eruption" of Mount Mayon, located in the eastern Philippines, is possible within weeks.
WEED, Calif. - They had prepared for wildfires and knew of the drought-parched forests, but the inferno that swirled through the California lumber town of Weed moved so quickly all people could do was flee.
In just a few hours, wind-driven flames destroyed or damaged 150 structures, a saw mill and a church. At times, the fire moved so fast that residents had only a few minutes to get out of the way.