For India’s garbage pickers, a miserable and dangerous job made worse by extreme heat

JAMMU, India — The putrid smell of burning garbage wafts for miles from the landfill on the outskirts of Jammu in a potentially toxic miasma fed by the plastics, industrial, medical and other waste generated by a city of some 740,000 people. But a handful of waste pickers ignore both the fumes and suffocating heat … Read more

Two people hospitalised after trucks collide in fiery crash at Vineyard in Sydney’s northwest

Two drivers have been hospitalised and traffic is being diverted after two trucks were involved in a fiery crash in Sydney’s northwest. The trucks collided on Bandon Rd and Chapman Rd at Vineyard about 12.30pm on Thursday. One of the drivers, a 50-year-old man, “was ejected from the truck” in the crash and taken to … Read more

Dog ‘hiding under bed’ rescued from Lethbridge Park blaze in Western Sydney

A dog was rescued from a burning Western Sydney unit on Tuesday morning, as a fire raged in the unit complex at Lethbridge Park about 3am. Residents from the adjoining units, who were in the building on Hawaii Ave at the time, fled from the flames. They alerted attending firefighters to the second-storey unit, where … Read more

Zsela is letting go and leaning into uncertainty with her debut album ‘Big For You’

LOS ANGELES — Zsela leans into the ebb and flow of uncertainty and invites listeners to do the same throughout her debut album “Big For You.” The album, written over four years, follows Zsela’s 2020 EP “Ache of Victory,” which she describes as “an imprint of time.” “I’m connected to it since it’ll always be … Read more

Book Review: Indigenous author explores charged issue of blood lines in his debut novel `Fire Exit’

Morgan Talty has followed up on the success of his prize-winning story collection “Night of the Living Rez” with a poignant first novel that explores the charged question of what constitutes identity — family or tribe? “Fire Exit” is narrated by a white man named Charles, who lives across the river from the Penobscot Nation … Read more

Fire destroys part of Legoland theme park in Denmark, melting famed building replicas

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — A fire believed to have been caused by a short circuit has destroyed part of Miniland, a section of the Legoland theme park in western Denmark with replicas of famous buildings made of Lego bricks, the park said Wednesday. Video surveillance showed that the fire started in one of the electric cars … Read more

Factory workers evacuated as fire erupts in grain silo at Bomaderry plant, south of Sydney

A blaze erupted in a silo containing hundreds of tonnes of grain at a factory south of Sydney on Monday morning. Fifteen people were evacuated from the Bomaderry facility, but firefighters are still on site on Tuesday afternoon to finish the mammoth task of clearing the smouldering grain from the silo. The fire was detected … Read more

Man allegedly assaults neighbour before lighting unit on fire in West Wollongong, NSW

A man has been charged over an alleged assault and deliberately lit fire in NSW. The 40-year-old man allegedly assaulted his neighbour — a 56-year-old man — at a unit on Crown St in West Wollongong about 12pm on Monday. Paramedics treated the older man at the unit for facial injuries before taking him to … Read more

Canadian wildfire smoke chokes upper Midwest for second straight year

MADISON, Wis. — Smoke from Canadian wildfires has prompted health warnings across the upper Midwest for the second straight year. Fires raging in British Columbia and Alberta sent the haze over parts of Montana, the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin on Sunday, lingering into Monday morning. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency issued its first air quality … Read more

Firefighters douse a blaze at a historic Oregon hotel famously featured in ‘The Shining’

GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. — Firefighters doused a late-night fire at Oregon’s historic Timberline Lodge — featured in Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film “The Shining” — before it caused significant damage. The fire Thursday night was confined to the roof and attic of the lodge, 60 miles (97 kilometers) east of Portland, and it may have been … Read more