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
May 10, 2009 |
Two people aboard a home-built airplane were killed Saturday when it crashed near the Ramona Airport in northeastern San Diego County, officials said. The plane was performing aerobatics when it went into a dive and crashed about 2:35 p.m. No injuries were reported on the ground. Federal Aviation Administration specialists were investigating the incident. -- Tony Perry
December 30, 2008 |
More than 300 illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar were missing and feared dead off India's eastern coast after they jumped from a rickety boat that had been adrift 13 days and tried to swim to shore, an official said Monday. Authorities rescued 102 others on the boat. Officials were searching for the missing in the waters near the Andaman Islands, said Vijay Singh, an Indian coast guard spokesman.