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Riot Declared as Fire Burns in Portland Police Union Offices

PORTLAND, Ore. — A fire inside a police union building led authorities in Portland, Oregon, to declare a riot and force protesters away from the offices as violent demonstrations continue in the city that had hoped for calm after federal …

U.S. Refining Capacity Poised For First Big Drop in Nearly a Decade

NEW YORK/HOUSTON — U.S. oil refining capacity this year could decline by the largest amount in nearly a decade as pandemic-related travel curbs and a fire shut several plants, reversing years of small gains. Refiners globally have been idling plants …

Murder, Arson Charges Filed Against Man in Seattle Fire

SEATTLE — A deadly fire that sent people jumping from a fourth-floor window at an apartment building-turned motel in Seattle in July was apparently set in retribution over a stolen laptop, King County prosecutors said. Jesse Puff, 24, of Anchorage, …

Portland Protesters Gassed After Setting Fire at Courthouse

PORTLAND, Ore. — Protesters outside Portland’s U.S. courthouse set a fire in the building’s entryway early Monday in yet another night of conflict with federal agents who repeatedly tear gassed the demonstrators to drive them away, officials said. Authorities over …

Fire at French Cathedral in Nantes Destroys Famed Organ

NANTES, France — French officials launched an arson inquiry Saturday after a fire broke out in the famed Gothic Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul of the western French city of Nantes. The blaze destroyed the organ, shattered stained …

Explosion Threat Eases at Burning Navy Warship in San Diego

SAN DIEGO — A fire aboard a U.S. warship moved away from fuel tanks, easing the threat of an explosion or a million-gallon oil spill in the San Diego harbor, but it was too early to say whether the vessel …

Portland’s Downtown Police Precinct Boarded Up

PORTLAND, Ore. — Workers have installed plywood over windows and washed off graffiti near the entrance to the downtown Portland police headquarters after police say windows were smashed and plywood was removed from doors. The vandalism happened after the Multnomah …

The Arctic is on Fire: Siberian Heat Wave Alarms Scientists

MOSCOW — The Arctic is feverish and on fire — at least parts of it are. And that’s got scientists worried about what it means for the rest of the world. The thermometer hit a likely record of 38 degrees …

Warehouse Fire Devastates San Francisco’s Fishing Industry

SAN FRANCISCO — A huge fire that tore through a warehouse on San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf has destroyed fishing gear used to deliver about two-thirds of the city’s fresh seafood, threatening to disrupt the upcoming Dungeness crab season, local fishermen …

Probe Into LA Explosion Begins as Firefighters Recover

LOS ANGELES — Investigators on Monday began combing the wreckage of a fire and explosion at a downtown Los Angeles vape and marijuana accessories wholesaler to determine its cause as 12 injured firefighters started the long process of recovery. Seven …