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November 22, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- The death toll from a supermarket roof collapse in Latvia's capital rose to at least 47 Friday and many other people remained missing or were injured, officials said. “There are still from 25 to 30 people inside [under the rubble] and we hope that somebody can still be saved,” Riga Mayor Nils Usakovs told reporters in televised remarks. “But we must understand it will be difficult.” Part of the Maxima XX supermarket's roof collapsed Thursday at about 6 p.m., killing and injuring scores of customers inside the popular store at the end of the work day, Yekaterina Zorina, a correspondent for Rossiya-24, a Russian news television network, said in a phone interview.
March 13, 2014 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- The death toll from a gas explosion in Manhattan that leveled two buildings on a busy street rose to seven Thursday after rescue teams worked through the night searching for people trapped beneath rubble. Officials at the scene have not identified all of the victims, but at least three were women who lived in one of the collapsed structures. They included Carmen Tanco, 67, a dental hygienist who was in her apartment when the blast occurred; Griselde Camacho, 44, a public safety officer at Hunter College in Manhattan who had taken the day off; and  Rosaura Hernandez-Barrios, 21.  The block on 116th Street in east Harlem, where two five-story buildings blew up at about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, remained closed nearly 24 hours later.
July 8, 2013 | By Ingy Hassieb
CAIRO -- The prominent, ultraconservative Nour Party condemned the deaths of at least 51 people in clashes between the army's Republican Guard and Islamist protesters outside a military headquarters on Monday. The military is dealing “with human beings, not animals, so how can you target people like that?” said Nour spokesman Nader Bakar. “This is something that cannot be justified. This is a degradation of blood. Where is the military's self-control and restraint?” Authorities said a “terrorist group” attempted to storm the Republican Guard headquarters, killing one soldier and two policemen.
April 26, 2013 | By Mark Magnier
NEW DELHI, India -- The death toll in Bangladesh rose to more than 300 people Friday following the collapse this week of a building that housed five apparel factories, officials said, as protests by workers at other garment plants intensified. Bangladesh police fired tear gas and rubber bullets as hundreds of stick-wielding workers in the Dhaka area stopped highway traffic, smashed vehicles and vandalized garment factories that refused to close during a declared day of mourning.
September 1, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Isaac may have left , but its legacy along the Gulf Coast was still developing Friday. Authorities and residents of Louisiana and Mississippi were contending with flooding, evacuations and cleanup , and the official death toll rose to seven.   In Ascension Parish, about 60 miles west of New Orleans, a voluntary evacuation was announced because of flooding from nearby Lake Maurepas that struck at least 10 homes. The parish, home to about 120,000, saw the worst flooding in many residents' lifetimes - worse than during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 or floods in 1983 and 1977, according to Ascension Parish spokesman Lester Kenyon.
June 6, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Nearly a day after six people died when a four-story building collapsed in downtown Philadelphia, rescuers returned to the site hoping for a miracle rescue, such as the one of a 61-year-old woman overnight. “That's why we stay the course,” City Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers said at a news conference. “This person being pulled out alive is what this rescue operation is all about.” Myra Plekam was the 14th person to be rescued from the pile of debris at 22nd and Market streets in the Center City area of Philadelphia.
June 9, 2013 | By Kim Christensen
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.
April 30, 2011 | By Kate Linthicum and Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
The death toll from this week's tornadoes continued to climb Saturday morning, making the storms fueled by record winds the second worst in history. As the rescue and relief efforts continued through much of seven states, officials braced for what was being called a humanitarian crisis. Hundreds of thousands of people remained without power; usable water was in demand. In hard-hit Tuscaloosa, the University of Alabama decided to end the school year early. The Alabama Emergency Management Agency on Saturday morning reported that the state's death toll has risen to 254, pushing the region's total to more than 340. Mississippi and Tennessee each reported 34 deaths.
August 15, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
The death toll of the nation's obesity epidemic may be close to four times higher than has been widely believed, and all that excess weight could reverse the steady trend of lengthening life spans for a generation of younger Americans, new research warns. Some 18.2% of premature deaths in the United States between 1986 and 2006 were associated with excess body mass, according to a team of sociologists led by a Columbia University demographer. That estimate, published online Thursday in the American Journal of Public Health, is far higher than the 5% toll widely cited by researchers.
October 22, 2009 | Marcelo Soares and Chris Kraul
Reporting from Bogota, Colombia, and Sao Paulo, Brazil -- Rio de Janeiro police on Wednesday announced seven more deaths and 17 arrests as drug-fueled violence continued to sweep over parts of the city that this month was named to host the 2016 Olympics. The death toll has risen to 33 since Saturday, when rival gangs launched a turf war for control of drug trafficking in several favelas , or shantytowns, interspersed among Rio's luxury hotels and residential areas. Gangs are suspected of using high-caliber weapons to shoot down a helicopter on Saturday near the Morro dos Macacos slum, which remains the scene of fighting between rival gangs and police trying to subdue them.
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