May 3, 2013 |
The death toll in the devastating collapse of a Bangladesh building surpassed 500 on Friday as salvage crews continued to pull scores of bodies from the rubble. Nine days after the disaster, more people faced punishment or arrest in connection with the collapse, which spotlighted dismal conditions in the booming Bangladeshi garment industry. The building housed several factories that made clothing for sale abroad. Garment workers say they were forced to enter the doomed building despite their alarm about visible cracks.
January 20, 2013 |
The U.S., Britain and other countries sought to learn the fate of their citizens Sunday after Algeria announced that the death toll from a hostage crisis at a remote gas refinery was expected to rise beyond a previous estimate of 23. It was another painstaking day for security officials trying to determine how a band of Islamist militants overran the gas complex last week, and for families and nations awaiting word of new deaths. Britain confirmed that three of its citizens were killed and three are unaccounted for. Algerian officials said security teams defusing mines and explosive booby-traps at the Sahara Desert site had found “numerous” bodies, according to the Associated Press.
March 1, 2013 |
NEW DELHI -- Police and demonstrators in Bangladesh clashed for a second day Friday as the death toll rose to at least 37 in violence sparked by a controversial death sentence handed down against the head of an Islamic party for war crimes committed during the country's 1971 war of independence. Local media reported that two people were killed in the rioting Friday, adding to 35 or more deaths after the sentencing of Delwar Hossain Sayedee, a senior leader in Bangladesh's largest Islamic party, Jamaat-e-Islami.
November 1, 2012 |
WANTAGH, N.Y. - Sandy's U.S. death toll reached 88 on Thursday after the bodies of two young boys were found in a Staten Island marsh, and the economic loss rose to an estimated $50 billion. That would make the storm the second-costliest in American history, after Hurricane Katrina. On day four, it was as if the Northeast had removed a bandage - in some areas, healing was evident; in others, the wounds remained severe, and despair set in. Airports and subways reopened and electricity had been restored to nearly half of the 8.5 million homes and businesses that lost power during the storm.
November 3, 2012 |
The number of lives lost and families shattered from Hurricane Sandy continued to climb Saturday, with the death toll now at more than 110. The number of lives claimed in New York from the super storm was reduced by one to 48, after medical examiners determined two deaths initially linked to the storm were not, and another body was found during the recovery effort. INTERACTIVE: Before and after Hurricane Sandy Hardest-hit parts of the state are still buried in rubble and tunnels in metropolitan New York still flooded, leaving officials to wearily expect that the number could keep climbing.
January 21, 2013 |
CAIRO - Islamic militants who seized hundreds of hostages were "wild with their demands," forcing the Algerian military to act quickly in a standoff at a natural gas refinery that led to the deaths of 37 foreign captives and 29 extremists, the Algerian prime minister said Monday. In a televised news conference from the capital, Algiers, that offered the country's official explanation for what happened at the remote compound in the Sahara desert, Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal said the attackers were rigging explosives throughout the complex and needed to be stopped before they blew it up. The ordeal drew world attention to Algeria for five days, beginning with a predawn assault by militants Wednesday and ending Sunday when special forces captured five extremists amid booby traps and a landscape of charred vehicles and scattered, disfigured bodies.
March 12, 2011 |
The death toll from Friday's 8.9 earthquake in Japan exceeded 687 as of Saturday midnight, according to a police tally reported by Kyodo News Agency, and the number of casualties was expected to increase. The news agency reported that an additional 200 to 300 unidentified bodies were transferred to Sendai, Miyagi prefecture. About 300,000 residents had been evacuated Saturday in five prefectures, including Iwate and Fukushima, the news agency reported, citing the Japanese National Police Agency.
May 21, 2013 |
After night fell in Oklahoma, amid the chaos in the hours after a devastating tornado left a 20-mile path of destruction, the death toll stood at 51, and officials believed it would only increase. But by Tuesday morning officials and locals found something of a "silver lining," as one state medical examiner's office official put it. The death toll had dropped to 24, although it is still expected to rise as rescuers continue to search through debris. "Fewer losses is better, of course," Amy Elliott of the state medical examiner's office told the Los Angeles Times.
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June 9, 2013 |
Santa Monica College on Sunday announced the death of 26-year-old student Marcela Franco, making her the fifth victim to die from Friday's shooting rampage. "I am saddened to report that Marcela Franco passed away this morning at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center," Santa Monica College President Chui L. Tsang said in a statement posted on the school's website. "Her family was with her by her side. Marcela had registered to attend classes this summer at SMC and was with her father Carlos when Friday's tragedy struck.
October 11, 2012 |
The death toll from an outbreak of a rare form of fungal meningitis has risen to 14, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. Further, the first Western state has reported a case. In a posting on its website, the CDC said 170 cases -- including 14 deaths -- have now been reported across the country. The agency said 11 states now have cases and that Idaho, the first Western state, has been added to the list. Other states that have reported cases are Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia.