5.1 earthquake rattles Tar Heel State
The most powerful earthquake to hit North Carolina in more than 100 years shook much of the state early Sunday, rattling homes, businesses and residents. The National Weather Service in Greenville said the 5.1-magnitude temblor struck at 8:07 a.m., following a much smaller quake several hours earlier. There were no reports of serious injuries, but some minor structural damage was reported in Sparta, as well as cracks in roads. Images on social media also showed items knocked off grocery store shelves. The U.S. Geological Survey said that there are chances for one or more aftershocks this week.
Apple fire is 40% contained
A massive vegetation fire continues to burn more than a week after it broke out in Riverside County but firefighters are getting a handle on the blaze as their focus shifts from protecting homes to stopping the fire's growth, officials said. The Apple fire had burned 32,412 acres, destroyed four homes and was 40% contained as of Sunday morning. Officials estimated it would take nine more days to fully contain the fire, which continued to burn northeast into the steep and remote terrain of the San Gorgonio Wilderness. A 10-person team was dispatched into the forest to fight the fire from the ground.
Gunfire kills one, critically wounds cop
A dispute that erupted into gunfire during a large outdoor party in Washington left one person dead and some 20 others injured, including an off-duty officer, according to police. The shooting after midnight occurred in a Southeast neighborhood where people had gathered for music and food, said Police Chief Peter Newsham. "There was some kind of a dispute," he said. "Multiple weapons were produced." At least three shooters may have been involved, he said, though no arrests were immediately announced. A motive for the shooting wasn't clear. Fellow officers took the injured off-duty officer to a hospital. "She's struggling for her life right now," he said.
Pilot error investigated as cause of crash
The Air India Express jet that overshot the runway on Friday, killing at least 18 people, had touched down too far down the airstrip, the chief of India's aviation regulator said amid ongoing investigations. Arun Kumar, director general for civil aviation, told CNN that the plane landed about 3,000 feet into a 9,000 feet-long runway, causing it to breach a further 787 feet safety area at high speed and crash into a valley beyond. Kumar said crash appeared to be the result of the pilot's bad judgment. The crash — the deadliest aviation crash in India in a decade — took place on a runway built on a hill.
China protests Azar's visit to Taipei
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar arrived in Taiwan on Sunday in the highest-level visit by a U.S. Cabinet official since the break in formal diplomatic relations between Washington and Taipei in 1979. Beijing has already protested Azar's visit as a betrayal of U.S. commitments.