Three people were critically wounded after four explosions and a fire on fuel barges took place in an area of the Mobile River east of downtown on Wednesday (April 24, 2013). The victims were transported to University of South Alabama Medical Center for suffering burn-related injuries. The information on their conditions was not immediately available. No fatalities were reported. Fire officials said they planned to let the barges burn overnight because the situation was too unstable. Meanwhile, the cause of the explosion, which comes two months after the 900-foot-long Carnival Triumph was towed to Mobile, was immediately unclear. Officers promised to tweet the cause of the explosion as soon as possible.
A Mississippi man was arrested and accused of sending letters apparently tainted with the poison ricin to President Barack Obama on Wednesday (April 17, 2013). The man was arrested at his home at approximately 5:15 CT in Corinth. He was identified as Paul Kevin Curtis by the FBI, who stressed that there is no indication of any connection between the letters and Monday’s Boston Marathon explosions. The 45-year-old man was believed to be responsible for the mailings of the three letters that were were addressed to the White House, a U.S. senator and a Mississippi justice official. The White House and Capitol Hill were then on alert after initial tests showed that suspicious letters contained ricin, a deadly toxin. It wasn’t immediately known where Paul Kevin Curtis was being held or whether he had been charged with.
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A new Lion Air passenger jet crashed into the sea while trying to land on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on Saturday (April 13, 2013). The incident didn’t cause any fatalities among the 108 on board including three foreigners–a French national and two Singaporeans, who suffered slight injuries. Meanwhile, dozens of the other injured people were taken to several local hospitals for treatment and most had been released by Sunday. Indonesian investigators began working to determine what caused the Boeing 737-800 to miss a runway. Authorities initially said the Boeing 737 overshot the runway before hitting the water. However, Edward Sirait, a spokesman for Lion Air, then revealed that it crashed about 50 meters ahead of the runway. He also said that the plane, received by Lion Air last month, had landed in two other cities prior to the crash. Please share this news on Opera so your friends will know about Lion Air.
At least 37 killed and 650 people wounded in a magnitude-6.1 earthquake in a sparsely populated area in southern Iran on Tuesday (April 10, 2013). The injured people were taken to local hospitals, mostly with slight injuries. Electricity and water were cut to many residents. Meanwhile, Iran, which is located on seismic faults and experiences daily light earthquakes, also announced three-day mourning in the country. The quake centered on the town of Kaki but it didn’t damage a nuclear plant in the region. It struck Khormooj some 80 kilometers southeast of Bushehr and was felt across the Gulf in Bahrain and Qatar. A lot of people were seen running out into the streets out of fear. Follow me on Twitter for more breaking news.
The Ford Focus is the best-selling car nameplate in the world for the second year running with sales totaling 1,020,410 cars globally last year, up from 879,914 in 2011. I own one and I think the car is great. Coming in second for the second year is the Toyota Corolla, with 872,774 cars sold in 2012. Only after those two then comes Ford F-Series trucks at 785,630. Others in the Top 10 include the Wuling Zhiguang, Camry, Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Golf, Chevrolet Cruze, Honda CR-V and Honda Civic.
Chicago-based film critic with a global Roger Ebert died at the age of 70 at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago on Thursday (April 4, 2013). The heavy-set writer in the horn-rimmed glasses’ death was announced by The Chicago Sun-Times two days after he wrote on his blog that he was undergoing radiation treatment for a recurrence of cancer. Roger Ebert, who reached celebrity status in the 1980s and ’90s hosting popular syndicated film review programs, was the first journalist to win a Pulitzer Prize for movie criticism in 1975. According to Davis, Ebert’s television career also began in the same year he picked up the prize. In 2005, Roger Ebert received another honor as he became the first critic to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
A 35-year-old man in Wisconsin named Aaron Schaffhausen killed his three girls to hurt his ex-wife because he thought his former partner had begun seeing another man. The killing took place on July 10, one day after his ex-wife Jessica Schaffhausen could legally remarry. Aaron Schaffhausen cut throats of his daughters including 11-year-old Amara, 8-year-old Sophie and 5-year-old Cecilia with a tool he brought from North Dakota with him. He then wrapped their necks with his spare T-shirts and tucked them into bed. The suspect also set the house on fire, trying to destroy evidence before calling his ex-wife. She later called 911, begging police to send officers to check on her daughters.
Popular “BUCKWILD” cast member Shain Gandee was found dead in Sissonville, West Virginia 31 hours after he had been reported missing on Monday (March 1, 2013). The body of the 21-year-old MTV reality star was discovered inside a sport utility vehicle belonging to his family along with the bodies of his 48-year-old uncle David Gandee and 27-year-old man Donald Robert Myers. The trio were were last seen around 3 a.m. Sunday at Larry’s Bar in Sissonville and they told others that they planned on going “four-wheeling” in the younger Gandee’s Ford Bronco. No foul play is suspected and the cause of the deaths was still under investigation. Authorities also refused to speculate on what happened.
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A driver crashed his red Oldsmobile Cutlass Salon crashed into the Wal-Mart in San Jose, California, about 50 miles north of San Francisco on Sunday (March 31, 2013). The unidentified man sideswiped two cars as he made several runs around the parking lot. He then crashed through the storefront near the pharmacy and collided with a beer display before stopping. The driver then got out of his vehicle, attacking shoppers with a blunt object. Four people were hurt including a cashier of the store, who had a head injury. The other three people also suffered serious injuries but they were not life-threatening. The Wal-Mart remained shut down for several hours. The driver was arrested at the scene when police arrived and the motive for the attack was unclear.
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A 4-year-old boy was rescued after being trapped inside his Union, N.J., apartment with his dead mother’s body. The kid was found locked inside the overheated apartment but he was too weak to unhook the chain lock inside the door to escape, so he ate sugar out of a bag to stay alive.
He weighed 26 pounds when rescue workers found him. The kid was then treated for malnutrition and dehydration to Overlook Hospital in Summit, N.J. He is now in the custody of Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS), New Jersey’s child protection agency. The boy’s mother was identified as Kiana Workman, a single mom. She was believed to die of natural causes. Poor little boy! I think you should share this story on Twitter and call some help for the boy.