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April 28, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Police detained the owner and manager of a Casablanca mattress factory where a fire killed at least 55 people, a police official said. Factory owner Adil Moufareh and his son Abdelali, the plant manager, were detained for questioning, a police official said by telephone. The official was not authorized to speak publicly about the fire and asked not to be identified. Casablanca's governor, Mohammed Kabbaj, attributed the high toll to the fact that 100 people were working at the time as well as flammable products.
April 26, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A tractor trailer that witnesses said didn't seem to slow down rammed into a crowded bus shelter and a Chicago Transit Authority train station, killing two people and injuring more than a dozen others. The truck smashed into the street-level bus shelter without warning, then "climbed the stairs" of the north stairwell, said Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford. The truck's driver was treated at a hospital and released. Police took him into custody.
April 17, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A 14-year-old boy survived a frigid night in the wreckage of a helicopter after it crashed, killing four other people, and was recuperating at a hospital, state troopers said. The helicopter was carrying state Department of Administration technicians when it went down in snow about 120 miles northeast of Anchorage. The injured boy was the stepson of one of the victims.
April 16, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Six teenagers and a teacher were swept to their deaths when a high school hiking group was caught in a flash flood at a wilderness gorge in New Zealand. Five other students were plucked to safety from the Mangatepopo River torrent in Tongariro National Park. School principal Murray Burton said the deaths were a "tragedy which defies belief." Prime Minister Helen Clark expressed "profound sympathy and shock." Officials said there was no apparent warning to the group when the river rose to about four times its normal water level in the narrow gorge within half an hour.
April 15, 2008 | Tony Perry
A man cleaning his swimming pool was struck and killed Monday by a big rig that crashed into his backyard after a traffic accident, officials said. Kevin Vicary, 38, was pronounced dead at a hospital. His 2-year-old daughter, who was also in the backyard, was unhurt. The accident occurred after a van ran a red light and was struck by the big rig, which then hit another vehicle, officials said. The rig crashed through a fence at Vicary's home. None of the drivers was seriously hurt, according to the El Cajon Police Department.
April 15, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A woman died Monday after falling from a cliff overlooking a Marin County beach. The hiker and a male companion were standing above Rodeo Beach, a popular recreation spot in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, when the accident happened about 3 p.m. The Coast Guard used a helicopter to rescue the man from the rocky hillside and took him to a hospital in stable condition. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard said the man was injured when he tried to rescue the woman after her fall.
April 5, 2008 | Janet Wilson and Mary Engel
A 73-year-old dockworker was killed Friday after being run over by a forklift as he was helping unhook cargo from a ship at the Port of Long Beach, officials said. Carlos Rivera of Wilmington had worked on the waterfront for more than 40 years. "This is a man with considerable experience," said John Showalter, spokesman for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. "This affirms the fact that the docks are a dangerous place to work." The California United Terminal, where the 11 a.m. accident occurred, ordered cargo handling halted for 24 hours.
April 3, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The body of a construction worker was pulled from the swollen Arkansas River, hours after he and two colleagues fell 100 feet when the scaffolding they were on along a highway bridge collapsed. There was no sign of the other two men, who were presumed dead. The river, swollen from recent rains, was moving too swiftly for divers to search the waters, Little Rock Fire Capt. Jason Weaver said.
April 1, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A Bahamas jury ruled Monday that Anna Nicole Smith's son died from an accidental drug overdose, like his mother. The seven-member jury, which deliberated for less than two hours, recommended no criminal charges in the September 2006 death of 20-year-old Daniel Smith. The son of the former Playboy playmate died after arriving in the Bahamas to meet his new baby sister on Sept. 10, 2006. His mother died early the next year in Florida from an accidental drug overdose at age 39. Police had said there was no evidence of homicide, and autopsies found that Daniel died from a combination of drugs, including methadone and antidepressants.
April 1, 2008
A pileup involving about 75 vehicles on snowy Interstate 70 shut down the state's main east-west route near Vail Pass, killing at least one person and seriously injuring at least 16 others, officials said.
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