May 16, 2011 |
Flames swept through a three-floor apartment building in Illinois early Sunday, killing six, injuring 12 and forcing some residents to leap from their windows to escape, authorities said. One person escaped by climbing hand over hand along a cable before dropping to the ground. Firefighters rescued at least five people from the building in Aurora, about 40 miles west of Chicago, authorities said. A 2-year-old girl was in critical condition at Loyola University Medical Center's burn unit.
November 1, 2010 |
U.S. and allied forces have failed to reduce the number of civilian fatalities caused by them in Afghanistan despite a two-year effort by American commanders, internal U.S. military statistics show. Civilian deaths have risen 11% from 144 at this time last year to 160 in 2010. The increase has coincided with the rising number of incidents in which U.S. and NATO attack helicopters mistakenly fired on Afghans who turned out to be civilians, the previously unreleased statistics show.
July 30, 2010
A foolish housekeeping mistake ended up costing the life of a beloved giant panda at the Jinan Zoo in China last week. Zoo staff were disinfecting an area that shared a ventilation system with the enclosure for Quan Quan , a 21-year-old panda that had given birth to seven cubs, earning her the title of "heroic mother." Toxic fumes from the cleaning job caused her lungs to collapse. Tragic accidents can befall animals in any setting — at a zoo, in a forest. But there is a special responsibility due to animals when humans hold them in captivity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 2009 |
A veteran Los Angeles County teacher has admitted to killing his wife "with his bare hands" while they were aboard a cruise ship to Mexico, according to documents filed in San Diego federal court by the U.S. attorney's office. Robert McGill, 55, was arraigned Friday on a charge of murdering his wife, Shirley, also 55, while they were aboard the Carnival Cruise ship Elation on a five-day trip to Cabo San Lucas. McGill admitted the killing to FBI agents, according to the documents. McGill is a longtime teacher for the Los Angeles County Office of Education.