Tag: Accidents and disasters

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Entertainment

Warhol painting fetches record $105M at NY auction

This undated photo provided by Sotheby’s shows Andy Warhol’s portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, titled “Liz #1 (Early Colored Liz),” estimated to fetch between $20 million and $30 million on Wednesday evening, Nov. 13, 2013, when it comes up for auction at Sotheby’s in New York. (AP Photo/Sotheby’s) by Jake Pearson and Ula IlnytzkyAssociated Press Writers NEW YORK (AP) — A prized 1963 Andy Warhol painting that captures the immediate aftermath of a car crash sold for $105 million Wednesday at a New York City auction, shattering the record for the famed pop artist amid a spending frenzy at the high end of the art world. The 8- by 13-foot painting titled “Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)” depicts a twisted body sprawled across a car’s mangled interior. It has only been seen once in public in the past 26 years. The buyer wasn’t immediately identified.

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Metro

2 Sharon HS football players killed in crash ID’d

Rescue crews from four departments respond to a deadly two-vehicle crash along the Shenango Valley Freeway, Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 in Sharon, Pa. Two high school football players died Friday night in the crash that also killed a third person, according to state high school sports officials. (AP Photo/The Herald, Cory Byknish) SHARON, Pa. (AP) – A high school football player preparing for a playoff game lost control of his sports utility vehicle, leading to a head-on collision that left him, a teammate and the driver of the other car dead, and two of their teammates injured.

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International

Philippine typhoon death toll could reach 10,000

A resident passes by toppled car outside an airport terminal after powerful Typhoon Haiyan slammed into Tacloban city, Leyte province central Philippines on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) by Jim GomezAssociated Press Writer TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) — The death toll from one of the strongest storms on record that ravaged the central Philippine city of Tacloban could reach 10,000 people, officials said Sunday after the extent of massive devastation became apparent and horrified residents spoke of storm surges as high as trees. Regional police chief Elmer Soria said he was briefed by Leyte provincial Gov. Dominic Petilla late Saturday and told there were about 10,000 deaths in the province, mostly by drowning and from collapsed buildings. The governor’s figure was based on reports from village officials in areas where Typhoon Haiyan slammed Friday. Tacloban city administrator Tecson Lim said that the death toll in the city alone “could go up to 10,000.” Tacloban is the Leyte provincial capital of 200,000 people and the biggest city on Leyte Island. About 300-400 bodies have already been recovered, Lim said. A mass burial was planned Sunday in Palo town near Tacloban.

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National

Police shooting victim’s alcohol-level was legal

This combination of undated file photos provided by Florida A&M University and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police shows Jonathan Ferrell, left, and police officer Randall Kerrick. (AP Photo/Florida A&M University, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police) by Mitch WeissAssociated Press Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A toxicology report released Friday shows the blood-alcohol level for an unarmed man fatally shot by a Charlotte police officer was below the legal limit. The attorney for the family of Jonathan Ferrell says the report confirms that the 24-year-old former Florida A&M football player wasn’t drunk the night of the September shooting. The report also shows there were no illegal drugs in his system. Chris Chestnut said Ferrell was just trying to get help after he was injured in a car accident.

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Sports

Mets pitcher helps toss disruptive airline passenger

LATROY HAWKINS by Mike M. Ahlers (CNN) — When flight attendants needed help with a disruptive passenger, Mets pitcher LaTroy Hawkins didn’t balk. The lanky right-hander and fellow passengers pitched in, restraining the passenger while the plane was diverted to a nearby airport.

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National

Hawaii surfer throws punches to escape shark

A boogie boarder rides a wave at “The Wedge,” a spot located at the extreme east end of the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File) LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — A 25-year-old Hawaii surfer and former boxer went toe-to-fin with a shark off Kauai and survived.

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National

Neighbors: Ex-cop killed in W.Va. had cancer

An Ohio County Sherriff Department deputy secures an area in front of the Federal Buildng in Wheeling, West Virginia Wedneday, Oct. 9, 2013, following a shooting outside the courthouse. (AP Photo/Wheeling News Register & The Intelligencer, Scott McCloskey) by Vicki Smith Associated Press Writer WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Security was tight Thursday at a West Virginia federal courthouse, a day after it was peppered with gunfire by an ex-police officer who neighbors say had recently revealed that he had cancer.