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Munich Re 2020 Profit Plunges 55% as Pandemic Takes Toll

FRANKFURT — German reinsurance group Munich Re expects net profit to bounce back this year after more than halving in 2020 as the coronavirus crisis helped drive claims to a near-decade high. Major losses in 2020 for the virus and …

‘I Thought We Were Done’: Parts Fall From Sky in Plane Scare

BROOMFIELD, Colo. (AP) — David Delucia was settling back into his airplane seat and starting to relax on his way to a long-awaited vacation when a huge explosion and flash of light interrupted an in-flight announcement and put him in …

No One Hurt in Natural Gas Pipeline Explosion in Oklahoma

AMES, Okla. (AP) — There were no injuries when a natural gas pipeline exploded early Thursday in northwestern Oklahoma, authorities said. The explosion occurred at about 5:45 a.m. in a field southeast of the town of Ames, about 65 miles …

Michigan Man Killed by Baby Shower Cannon Was Near Explosion

GAINES TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man who was fatally injured when a cannon exploded in a backyard during a baby shower was within 15 feet of the device when the blast occurred, police said. Evan Thomas Silva, 26, …

SpaceX Starship Prototype Rocket Explodes on Landing After Test Launch

A prototype of SpaceX’s Starship rocket exploded during a landing attempt minutes after a high-altitude experimental launch from Boca Chica, Texas, on Tuesday, in a repeat of an accident that destroyed a previous test rocket. The Starship SN9 that blew …

After Naming Bombing Suspect, Focus Turns to Motive

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ With federal officials having identified the man believed to be behind Nashville’s Christmas Day bombing, authorities now turn to the monumental task of piecing together the motive behind the explosion that severely damaged dozens of downtown …

What Happens When Tycoons Abandon Their Giant Cargo Ships

From the deck of their tanker, Captain Samig Nabiyev and his crew could see the smoke and fire rising over the Port of Beirut, 900 meters away. When the flaming warehouse exploded, the force of the blast knocked Nabiyev flat …

‘External Source’ Causes Oil Tanker Blast Off Saudi Arabia

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An oil tanker off Saudi Arabia’s port city of Jiddah suffered an explosion early Monday after being hit by “an external source,” a shipping company said, suggesting another vessel has come under attack off …

Explosives-Laden Boat Hits Fuel Ship at Saudi Port, Ministry Says

SINGAPORE, Dec 14 — Saudi Arabia said on Monday that a fuel transport ship anchored at a terminal was hit by an explosive-laden boat in what it called a terrorist attack, after shipping firm Hafnia said one of its tankers …

Beirut Silos At Heart Of Debate About Remembering Port Blast

BEIRUT (AP) — Ghassan Hasrouty spent most of his life working at the silos in Beirut’s port, unloading grain shipments to feed the country even as fighting raged around him during the 1975-90 civil war. Decades later, he perished under …