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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.
November 21, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- A supermarket roof collapsed and killed at least four people Thursday night in Riga, the capital of Latvia, the RIA Novosti news agency reported. Three bodies of customers were discovered by rescue workers, one of whom was also killed, authorities said. At least 30 people are injured, and as many as 70 more people may be under the debris, according to the mayor of Riga, Nil Ushakov. The BBC reported that the dead rescue worker was a firefighter. The store, Maxima XX, collapsed "like a house of cards," said Deputy Mayor Andris Ameriks.
November 17, 2013 | By Alexandra Zavis
TACLOBAN, Philippines - In the chaos after Typhoon Haiyan, Malou Cabiao had lost all track of time. It was only when she heard church bells ringing that she realized it was Sunday. For the first time since the monster storm swept through the central Philippines on Nov. 8, the 22-year-old nurse washed and dressed for church. As a priest offered prayers for the storm's victims, Cabiao sat at the back of Santo Niño Church, fighting back tears. "Hold on to your faith, be strong, and Tacloban will rise again," the Rev. Isagani Petilos told his flock.
October 23, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Lamborghini fans kicking themselves for missing out on the wild Veneno launched last spring will get a second chance at the multimillion-dollar hypercar in 2014, the automaker has announced. And this time, it'll be a roadster. The Italian supercar company has disclosed it will make "not more than nine" copies of the ultra-fast Veneno Roadster for 2014. The car is the roofless (yet street-legal) version of the Veneno coupe that Lamborghini unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
October 8, 2013 | Adolfo Flores
A 266-foot experimental airship that is being constructed inside an enormous World War II-era blimp hangar in Tustin was damaged Monday when a portion of the structure's roof collapsed. Falling wood from the roof struck the $35-million airship, a prototype being built under a government contract, and caused a blast of helium to be released, forcing the evacuation of the area. Officials with Worldwide Aeros Corp. said the damage to the airship is "repairable" but declined to be specific.
August 27, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
A San Pedro man attempting to burglarize a marijuana dispensary early Tuesday fell through the roof, trapping himself inside a security area between the front door and the lobby, authorities said. Jared Escando, 26, was arrested and booked on suspicion of commercial burglary. Bail was set at $20,000. Police received a 911 call about 3:20 a.m. from a neighbor who heard glass breaking and a man yelling for help at the Compassionate Caregivers of San Pedro dispensary at  4th and Gaffey streets , said Lt. John  Pasquariello of the Los Angeles Police Department's Harbor Division.
August 24, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
Sweeping statements are risky, but one can be made confidently about Theodore Bikel: No living actor's connection to a fictional character has been more lasting or deeply personal than his lifelong walk with Tevye the Dairyman. Bikel is 89. Three years ago, he bade an unceremonious and unsentimental farewell to the mainly lighthearted Tevye who drives "Fiddler on the Roof" - a part he played more than 2,100 times over 42 years. But leaving behind the musical was not the same as saying adieu to Tevye.
August 15, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
The United States Tennis Assn. announced Thursday that it will build a retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Tennis Stadium, the main court used for the U.S. Open. At a news conference in New York that was streamed live, Gordon Smith, executive director and chief operating officer of the USTA, said it was hoped that the roof would be ready for the 2016 U.S. Open but that 2017 was more likely. The U.S. Open is one of the four major tournaments held each year, and for the last five years either the men's or women's final, and sometimes both, were postponed or interrupted because of rain.
August 14, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
A retractable roof will be built over Arthur Ashe Stadium, the 22,000-seat main court at the U.S. Open, according to a report Wednesday in the New York Post. The United States Tennis Assn., which runs the U.S. Open, plans a news conference for Thursday to make the announcement, the newspaper reported . The USTA also said it would release design plans for the makeover of the entire Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Over the last five years, even as the Open has been plagued by rain which has delayed both the men's and women's finals, USTA officials have said it would not be cost-effective to build a roof over the massive Ashe Stadium.
July 16, 2013 | By Vincent Bevins
SÃO PAULO, Brazil -- A man died after a one-ton cow crashed through his roof and landed on him while he was asleep in bed, local press reported.   Authorities said the cow wandered down a hill and onto the top of the home of Joao Maria de Souza, 45, in the small city of Caratinga before crashing through a thin asbestos roof.   Maria de Souza was initially conscious after the blow on July 10, authorities said, but succumbed to injuries the next day.   The cow, which was reportedly uninjured, narrowly missed his wife.
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