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August 11, 2012 |
Several wildfires erupted around Southern California on Friday as the region suffered through another day of record heat. A fire raging in northern San Diego County had burned 1,650 acres by Friday evening. Two smaller fires in San Bernardino and Ventura counties charred dozens of acres before being contained. The wide-ranging fire in San Diego County was sparked by a lightning strike Thursday. Early on, several hundred firefighters struggled to contain it. They were helped Friday afternoon by thundershowers, and the blaze was 30% contained by Friday evening, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
August 11, 2012 |
The most beloved dad on the Internet this week? That would be Sean Burgess, the professional breakdancer turned professional car tuner, who spent months fixing up his 5-year-old son's Lightning McQueen Power Wheels toy -- and made a video to document it. Evan got the drivable Power Wheels toy when he was 2, and by the time he turned 5 he had worn through the plastic wheels that come with the car. Luckily for him, his dad is co-owner of...
August 11, 2012 |
LONDO - If Usain Bolt was already a legend after completing his second consecutive Olympic sprint double during these London Games, what exalted status has he reached now after running an astonishingly fast anchor leg to help Jamaica set a world record and win the 400-meter relay? The final race on the Olympic Stadium track added to the legend that is Bolt. He was a blur Saturday as he took the baton from Yohan Blake and flew to the finish line, bringing it home in 36.84 seconds.
August 6, 2012 |
Lightning killed one man and injured several other people at a Pennsylvania racetrack after NASCAR called off the event due to violent storms that swept through the eastern United States on Sunday. The storms also caused what may have been a tornado near Binghamton, in upstate New York. The Pennsylvania incident occurred at the Pocono Raceway, after NASCAR called off the Sprint Cup race after 98 of its scheduled 160 laps had been completed. A witness, Kyle Manger, told the Sporting News that he and a friend had fled to his truck as the weather turned foul.
August 5, 2012 |
One fan was killed and nine others injured after lightning apparently struck a parking lot behind the Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., on Sunday. The 160-lap NASCAR Spring Cup race there had been shortened by a heavy storm, and raceway president Brandon Igdalsky tweeted, “Hoping for the safety of all the fans that are leaving in this crazy storm. Please seek shelter as there is alot of cloud 2 ground lightning.” A sober addition came 29 minutes later: “Thoughts and prayers to all those affected in today's tragic events in Wisconsin.” Track officials didn't know whether it was one or multiple lightning strikes, and they told the Associated Press that two were taken to local hospitals in critical condition and that one of them died at Pocono Medical Center.
July 27, 2012 |
NEW YORK -- A man caught out on the street during massive storms that tore through New York City and surrounding areas died Thursday night when a church steeple in Brooklyn was struck by lightning, causing scaffolding to collapse on him. It was one of two deaths blamed on storms Thursday that thundered through the eastern edge of the country. They were preceded by hours of warnings from state and local officials who braced for a "derecho" similar to the devastating weather that struck Washington, D.C., last month.
July 16, 2012 |
Two men died and a third was injured Sunday when lightning struck a tree at a soccer field in Houston, already hard-hit by fierce storms over the past week, officials said. Several hundred players and spectators had gathered at La Escondida Soccer Club, where a men's league plays, when a storm broke around 12:07 p.m., Deputy Sheriff Thomas Gilliland, spokesman for the Harris County Sheriff's Office, said in a telephone interview with the Los Angeles Times. Several spectators sought safety under a tree, part of a line of foliage marking a perimeter to the field.
July 6, 2012 |
NEW YORK — The captain of a cabin cruiser that capsized in the inky waters off Long Island after an Independence Day outing, killing three children, says he noticed lightning bolts in the sky minutes before a powerful wave slammed the 34-foot boat and flipped it over. "It just bellied up," a weeping Sal Aureliano told Long Island's News12 television Thursday as details of the late-night tragedy unfolded, and as questions arose as to whether overcrowding could have caused the yacht to overturn.
June 11, 2012 |
Residents of northern Colorado's Front Range area are used to wildfires, especially at this time of year, but Larimer County's High Park fire is proving to be particularly fierce -- fast-moving, unpredictable and voracious. "With very dry conditions, a lot of winds and with the lightning, it's just a tinder box waiting to go up," Jon Schulz, public information officer for the Larimer County Sheriff's Department, said in an interview today with the Los Angeles Times. The blaze is being called the worst fire in the county in 25 years, reportedly having grown to nearly 60 square miles.
May 15, 2012 |
PARIS - France's new president, Francois Hollande, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have opposing ideas of how to solve Europe's crippling public debt crisis - she austerity, he spending and growth - so a clash was in the cards Tuesday. Instead, Hollande's welcome to Berlin just hours after he took office was brisk but warm, even if he was late for dinner. Hollande - whose initial flight to Berlin was hit by lightning, causing him to briefly return to an air base outside Paris to switch planes - and Merkel met for an hour before dining together.