Tag: Accidents and disasters

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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.

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International

FBI agents work in nightmarish scene at Kenya mall

Mary Italo, center, grieves with other relatives for her son Thomas Abayo Italo, 33, who was killed in the Westgate Mall attack, as they wait to receive his body at the mortuary in Nairobi, Kenya Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013. Thomas was an accountant and the breadwinner of the family who helped look after Mary who is sick, according to relatives. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis) by Jason Straziuso, Andrew O. Selsky, and Tom Odula Associated Press Writers NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Working near bodies crushed by rubble in a bullet-scarred, scorched mall, FBI agents began fingerprint, DNA and ballistic analysis Wednesday to help determine the identities and nationalities of victims and al-Shabab gunmen who attacked the shopping center, killing more than 60 people.

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International

Kenyan president: Terrorists defeated

A Kenyan soldier runs through a corridor on an upper floor, shortly before an explosion was heard, at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis) by David Rising and Tom OdulaAssociated Press Writers NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The terrorists who took control of a Nairobi mall and held off Kenyan security forces for four days have been defeated after killing at least 67 civilians and government troops, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said Tuesday. He said those killed include 61 civilians whose bodies have been recovered so far and six security forces, while nearly 200 were injured, including 62 who remain hospitalized.