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April 8, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga
SEATTLE - After a major disaster, there is often a terrible seesaw between death tolls and missing lists: As one rises, the other falls. That's what happened Tuesday in Washington state's deadly March 22 landslide. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office said the death toll had risen to 35 from 34, and the sheriff's office said the missing list had dropped to 11 from an even dozen. The victim identified Tuesday was Brooke Spillers, 2, who died of multiple blunt-force injuries.
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January 20, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
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.
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March 25, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
The confirmed death toll for the Washington state mudslide rose to 16 on Tuesday night, and officials said rescuers might have located eight more bodies. If so, that would bring the toll to 24. The day was rainy and difficult for the more than 200 rescue personnel scouring the mud and slurry just east of Oso, using cadaver dogs and sometimes their hands to pick through the wreckage. "We didn't find any signs of life; we didn't locate anybody alive," Travis Hots, chief of Snohomish County Fire District 21, told reporters.
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September 25, 2013 | By Mark Magnier, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- In the wake of a massive earthquake in southwestern Pakistan, the death toll Wednesday rose sharply to nearly 300, officials and local media said. Crisis teams braced for more fatalities and rescue workers raced to reach isolated mountain communities. [Updated, 9:10 a.m. PDT Sept. 25: Officials in Baluchistan province later raised the death toll to 328, with 495 people injured. ] Local television images from the southwestern area of earthquake-prone Baluchistan showed the tangled remains of people's lives after the disaster -- vast fields of mud, bricks, broken furniture, battered household items and traditional string beds.
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June 3, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
The death toll from last week's tornado that tore through Oklahoma rose to 14 -- three of whom were noted storm-chasers -- as rescuers on Monday continued their search for survivors. As of Monday morning, the official count from the tornado, the latest in a series of twisters to cross the state, stood at 14 dead, one more that had been previously counted, according to a statement from the state medical examiner's office. The dead included five children and nine adults. Authorities said that half a dozen people, mainly children, are believed to still be missing and the hope of finding them alive was fading.
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March 1, 2013 | By Mark Magnier, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
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.
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November 1, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Brian Bennett and Scott Gold
 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.
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November 3, 2012 | By Joseph Serna
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.
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April 7, 2009 | Henry Chu and Maria De Cristofaro
Past glories and future hopes came crashing down together in central Italy amid a powerful earthquake Monday that crumbled centuries-old churches and claimed the lives of at least 150 people, leaving hundreds more injured and thousands homeless. As dawn broke this morning, rescue workers in the mountainous region of Abruzzo continued searching for scores of people believed buried in the rubble of buildings that in some cases had stood fast since medieval times.
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May 21, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
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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