July 24, 2014 |
MORE THAN a year after a botched demolition on Market Street turned tragic, the official death toll may go up by one. Six people died and 14 more were injured in the immediate aftermath of the June 5, 2013, catastrophe, in which an unsupported wall from the demolition site fell onto an open Salvation Army store next door and crushed those inside. Yesterday, the widow of Danny Johnson, a shopper who was trapped under the rubble and died 23 days later, filed a wrongful-death suit against the property owner, contractor, architect and excavator operator of the demolition, as well as the Salvation Army.
July 27, 2013 |
DAMASCUS, Syria - The number of dead in Syria's civil war has passed 100,000, the U.N. chief said Thursday, calling for urgent talks on ending 21/2 years of violence even as President Bashar al-Assad's government blasted the United States as an unsuitable peace broker. In the latest example of the relentless carnage, a car bomb killed at least 10 people and wounded 66 in a pro-regime, residential area near the capital. All international attempts to broker a political solution to the Syrian civil war have failed.
July 26, 2013 |
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain — A Spanish train that hurtled off the rails and smashed into a security wall as it rounded a bend was going so fast that carriages tumbled off the tracks like dominos, killing 80 people and maiming dozens more, according to eyewitness accounts and video footage obtained Thursday. An Associated Press analysis of video images suggests the train may have been traveling at twice the speed limit, or more, along that curved stretch of track. The unanswered question is: Why?
July 25, 2013 |
CAIRO - The death toll from two days of clashes between supporters and foes of Egypt's ousted president rose to 11 Tuesday, most killed in predawn street battles near a pro-Mohammed Morsi protest camp as the country remained mired in turmoil three weeks after the military overthrew the Islamist leader. The bloodshed is widening the divisions between Morsi's supporters and the military-backed administration that took over after his ouster. Fueling anger is the detention of Morsi, the country's first freely elected leader, who has been held incommunicado and without charge.
July 12, 2013 |
LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec - Canadian officials told distraught families Wednesday that 30 people still missing after the fiery crash of a runaway oil train are presumed dead. Along with 20 bodies found, that would put the death toll from Saturday's derailment and explosions in this lakeside town at 50. Hours before that somber meeting, the head of the U.S. railway company whose train crashed made his first visit to Lac-Megantic since the disaster, amid jeers from residents and criticism from politicians, including the Quebec premier.
July 11, 2013 |
LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec - Canadian authorities said yesterday that they have opened a criminal investigation into the fiery wreck of a runaway oil train in this small town as the death toll climbed to 15, with dozens more bodies feared buried in the burned-out ruins. Quebec police Inspector Michel Forget said investigators have "discovered elements" that have led to a criminal probe. He gave no details but ruled out terrorism. The death toll rose with the discovery of two more bodies yesterday.
July 10, 2013
Criminal probe into train crash LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec - Authorities said Tuesday they have opened a criminal investigation into the fiery wreck of a runaway oil train as the death toll climbed to 15, with dozens more bodies feared buried in the blackened, burned-out ruins of this small town. Quebec Police Inspector Michel Forget said that investigators have "discovered elements" that have led to a criminal probe. He gave no details but ruled out terrorism. Tangled debris and gas leaks hampered rescue workers' search for bodies three days after the crash early Saturday that incinerated much of Lac-Megantic's downtown and raised questions about the safety of transporting oil by rail instead of pipeline.
June 10, 2013
SANTA MONICA, Calif. - A woman who was critically wounded in Friday's Santa Monica shooting rampage died yesterday, bringing the total number of victims killed by the gunman to five. Marcela Franco, 26, died at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, according to Santa Monica College spokeswoman Tricia Ramos. Franco had been a passenger in a Ford Explorer driven by her father, campus groundskeeper Carlos Navarro Franco, 68, who also was killed in the attack. The shooter, identified by authorities as John Zawahri, 23, was shot and killed by police in the library at Santa Monica College.
June 7, 2013 |
AS DARKNESS descended on the rubble of the massive building collapse at 22nd and Market streets last night, rescue workers pulled one body after another from under the pile of brick and concrete, bringing the death toll to six. Miraculously, a 61-year-old woman was pulled alive out of the rubble more than 12 hours after the collapse late last night. Deputy Fire Chief Robert Coyne said early Thursday that 61-year-old Myra Plekam was awake and talking to rescuers. Mayor Nutter confirmed the fatalities at a news conference at the scene, saying shortly after 11 p.m. that "this is still an active search and rescue mission.
June 4, 2013 |
PORTLAND, Maine - Damaging winds knocked down trees and utility wires in New England on Sunday, flights were delayed in New York City, and there were reports of a tornado in South Carolina as the East Coast braced for the remnants of violent weather that claimed 13 lives in Oklahoma. Utility companies in northern New England reported that more than 40,000 customers were without power as strong storms moved through the area. More than 17,000 were without power in Maine on Sunday night, and more than 13,000 were without electricity in New Hampshire.