Blade runner gets U.S. help for murder trial
October 2nd, 2013
04:40 AM ET

Blade runner gets U.S. help for murder trial

With his murder trial approaching this March, South African Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius has hired some help from the United States to challenge the case against him.

An American forensic team will give expert testimony to cast doubt on evidence entered against the athlete nicknamed the "blade runner" for the special prosthesis legs he sprints with, his spokeswoman Anneliese Burgess said Wednesday.

The track star, whose legs are amputated below the knees, admitted to shooting dead model Reeva Steenkamp, in his home on Valetine's Day. But he has said it was an accident.

She was 29 when she died.

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September 30th, 2013
03:46 PM ET

No survivors in Santa Monica plane wreck

A business jet crashed into a hangar at the Santa Monica Airport on Sunday. No one survived the crash and subsequent fire, but authorities did not immediately determine how many were on board.

The twin-engine Cessna Citation ran off the right side of the runway after landing at 6:20 p.m. PT, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor.


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August 29th, 2013
03:30 AM ET

Texting someone driving in New Jersey illegal

We've all heard the dictum: Don't text and drive. Now, a New Jersey state appeals court has an addendum: Don't text a driver - or you could be held liable if he causes a crash.

Kyle Best was behind the wheel of his pickup in September 2009 driving down a rural highway, when Shannon Colonna sent him a text.

The two were teens at the time. He was 18; she was 17, and they were dating. They sent each other 62 texts that day, according to court documents. That's 14 messages an hour.

In the opposing lane of traffic, David Kubert was cruising along on a big, blue touring motorcycle with his wife Linda along for the ride. They approached Best at exactly the wrong time.

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August 7th, 2013
04:59 AM ET

12 die in Argentina building explosion

Leaking gas was likely to blame for an explosion that killed at least 12 people, injured 60 more and brought down part of a building in Argentina on Tuesday, state media reported Wednesday.

A man who was working at the scene in the city of Rosario before the blast ignited at 9:15 a.m. local time has been taken into custody, said the Telam news agency, which cited investigator Juan Curto.

The explosion gutted one multi-story residential building, and destroyed at least one other building next to it, while blowing out the windows of surrounding structures, images broadcast by CNN affiliate Canal 9 showed.

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Trains collide in Connecticut; dozens hurt
A train heading toward New York derailed, then hit a train going the other way, according to a transit official.
May 17th, 2013
08:55 PM ET

Trains collide in Connecticut; dozens hurt

Two Metro-North passenger trains heading in opposite directions collided during rush hour Friday evening, damaging both trains and leaving some "bloody" and wounded as a result, a witness and transit official said.

A train heading from New Haven to New York City derailed around 6:10 p.m., hitting the other train in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Metro-North spokeswoman Marjorie Anders said. That caused some cars on the second train, which was destined for New Haven, to likewise leave the tracks.

Two Bridgeport hospitals were treating dozens of patients, three of whom were in serious condition, officials said.

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April 4th, 2013
05:08 PM ET

At least 9 dead in India building collapse

At least nine people were killed Thursday evening and more than 40 were injured when a building collapsed in Thane, India, sources told CNN sister network CNN-IBN. The seven-story building was under construction and was illegally occupied on the first four floors, Mumbai Suburban District Deputy Collector Manoj Gohad told CNN-IBN.

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Carnival Triumph breaks loose
The Carnival Cruise ship Triumph is undergoing repairs at a dock in Mobile, Alabama.
April 3rd, 2013
05:15 PM ET

Carnival Triumph breaks loose

One person is missing after high winds in Mobile, Alabama, caused the disabled cruise ship Carnival Triumph to break loose from its dock.

There were conflicting reports as to where the missing man was working.


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April 1st, 2013
05:49 PM ET

Ship carrying oil strikes bridge

A disabled tanker ship struck a bridge linking Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and Kittery, Maine, on Monday, closing the heavily used span to traffic.

The 470-foot Harbour Feature was carrying tallow oil when it hit the aging Sarah Long Bridge stretching over the Piscatagua River.

The crew of the Portuguese-flagged ship reported a rupture of up to 12 inches above the waterline, the Coast Guard said. But there was no indication of any leaking cargo.

No injuries were reported.

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March 29th, 2013
09:27 PM ET

Report: China coal mine blast kills 28

A gas explosion at a northeastern Chinese coal mine killed 28 people, China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported Saturday.

Thirteen people were rescued following the incident, which happened Friday, according to Xinhua.

The blast occurred in the northeastern Chinese province of Jilin.

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March 29th, 2013
06:42 PM ET

SEAL Team Six member killed in accident

A U.S. Navy SEAL was killed and another was injured in a training accident in Arizona, a U.S. Department of Defense official said Friday.

The SEAL who was killed belonged to SEAL Team Six, the elite squad from which a team was selected to go after Osama bin Laden in Pakistan two years ago, a source said.

The accident occurred Thursday at a U.S. Special Operations Command parachute testing and training facility at Pinal Airpark, Arizona.

The SEALs were transported to the University of Arizona Medical Center, where one remains hospitalized, the official said.

The accident is under investigation, the official said.

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March 21st, 2013
05:25 PM ET

Snowy car pileup causes 100 injuries

About 100 people suffered minor to moderate injuries in a multi-vehicle crash Thursday south of Edmonton, Canada, Alberta Health Services said on its Twitter feed.

According to official road reports, a snowstorm has made the roadways extremely dangerous. The snowy conditions and smoke from multiple crashes caused by those conditions have resulted in delays of six hours or more, reports say. Snow plow trucks have been pulled off of the roadway because of poor visibility.

Alberta Health Services, Alberta's provincial health authority, lowered its initial estimate of 300 injuries in the pileup in Leduc, south of Edmonton. Most of the injuries were minor, it said, with six considered moderate and one serious.

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New York fatal crash suspect pleads not guilty
Hasidic Jews in New York march in the funeral of Nachman and Raizel Glauber on March 3.
March 21st, 2013
04:39 PM ET

New York fatal crash suspect pleads not guilty

Julio Acevedo, the man accused in a Brooklyn car crash that killed a Hasidic couple and their child earlier this month, pleaded not guilty Thursday to second-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and leaving the scene of an accident. Acevedo remains in custody; no bail has been set.

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March 12th, 2013
04:39 AM ET

5 teens die in fiery collision in Texas

At the intersection of the two country roads, charred debris lies strewn haphazardly. The earth around it is scorched for yards around.

It is here, in this corner of Dumas, Texas, that a sports utility vehicle slammed into a gas tanker Sunday afternoon. The tanker's flammable cargo sent both vehicles up in flames, seriously injuring the truck driver and killing all five passengers in the Chevy SUV.

All of those who perished were teenagers.

The crash, coupled with another tragic one in Warren, Ohio, the same day, highlighted yet again how motor vehicle wrecks continue to be the number one killer of youths in the United States.

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March 12th, 2013
12:31 AM ET

5 dead in Afghanistan helicopter crash

Five coalition service members died after a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan on Monday, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force said.

The chopper went down in the Daman district of southern Kandahar during a rain storm, said Jawid Faisal, a government spokesman for the province.

There was no enemy activity in the area at the time of the incident, ISAF said. It has not released the nationalities of the service members.

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January 29th, 2013
03:52 AM ET

Funerals, tears, cries for justice after Brazil club fire

Souls rose to heaven symbolically Monday night, when marchers in this southern Brazilian town remembered those who perished in a nightclub inferno during a packed concert.

The mourners, wearing white, released 231 white helium balloons into the sky - one for each life lost.

They hope there won't be more.

Eighty three more victims lie hospitalized - 75 of whom could forfeit their lives to the severe burns and smoke inhalation they suffered when the Kiss nightclub went up in flames Sunday, authorities said.

Arctic blast grips Midwest, spurs snowy traffic pileups
Traffic grinds to a halt after over 50 vehicles are ensnared in a massive accident -- caused by heavy snow and low visibility -- in western Ohio, according to police.
January 21st, 2013
07:11 PM ET

Arctic blast grips Midwest, spurs snowy traffic pileups

A massive cold weather system pushed perilously cold temperatures from the Upper Midwest to the Mid-Atlantic on Monday, triggering blinding snows in spots that spawned numerous nightmare traffic pileups in Ohio alone, including one fatal accident.

Residents of 14 states, from North Dakota to Virginia, faced wind chill warnings or advisories due to frigid temperatures combined with strong winds heading into Tuesday.

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October 10th, 2012
01:40 PM ET

Three dead in Miami parking garage collapse

[Updated 3:10 a.m. ET] Another construction worker was rescued from the rubble early Thursday morning, Miami fire officials said. But in order to get the man out of the collapsed garage, medics had to perform a double amputation. Authorities believe there is one more victim trapped in the massive debris.

[Updated at 9:22 p.m. ET] Three workers have died and one remains trapped in rubble after a parking garage under construction collapsed in Doral, Florida, according to the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department.

Eight people are hospitalized in Miami-area hospitals, according to a statement from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. It did not identify them or give their conditions.

[Updated at 4:08 p.m. ET] One person died and at least two other people were trapped when a parking garage that was under construction collapsed in Doral, Florida, Miami-Dade Fire and Rescue told CNN.

One of the trapped survivors was freed. He was critically injured, Miami-Dade Fire and Rescue spokeswoman Griselle Marino said.

"We have our surgeon working on [him] right now,"  Marino said.

Marino said dogs are looking for one or two more people who could be trapped.

Eight people have so far been transported to a hospital, she said.

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August 24th, 2012
03:47 PM ET

Report: Pilot error led to woman's fatal fall from glider

A passenger who tumbled about 1,000 feet from a hang glider to her death in Canada fell because she wasn't strapped to the craft and because the pilot failed to ensure attachment before takeoff, according to an investigation by a gliding industry group.

Pilot William Jonathan Orders, who previously was charged on suspicion of swallowing a possible video recording of the flight, didn't perform a required "hang check" that would have revealed Lenami Godinez-Avilla wasn't attached to the glider, the Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association of Canada (HPAC) said this week.

Godinez-Avilla, 27, fell to her death on April 28, not long after she and Orders took off from Mount Woodside over a heavily wooded area near Agassiz, British Columbia, authorities have said.

"A review of the events leading up to takeoff suggests that there were multiple distractions that may have resulted in a breakdown of standard operating procedures," said the HPAC's report, which cited witness accounts and its examination of the glider and equipment.

Orders, 50, was charged in May with attempting to obstruct justice on suspicion of swallowing a memory card of an onboard video camera that might have recorded the flight, an action he said he admitted doing. Orders passed the card while in custody days later, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said Thursday that they've viewed the card's data but aren't discussing the contents.


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