Beirut blast kills at least two in Hezbollah stronghold

Frame from al-Manar TV footage of scene of blast (02/01/14)

The blast caused damage across a wide area

(SOURCE)   At least two people have died after a strong blast hit a southern suburb of the Lebanese capital Beirut, local media and residents say.

The suburb is a stronghold of the Shia militant group Hezbollah.

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Texas flooding kills 2, prompts dozens of rescues

Texas Storms

A man walks with two dogs through floodwaters on Quicksilver Boulevard in Austin, Texas, on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, after heavy overnight rains brought flooding to the area. The National Weather Service said more than a foot of rain fell in Central Texas, including up to 14 inches in nearby Wimberley, since rainstorms began Wednesday. (AP Photo/The Austin American-Statesman, Deborah Cannon)

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Ultralight aircraft crashes in Nepal, killing two

Nepal helicopter crash (Source: AP)

Nepal helicopter crash – Source: AP

Thursday October 03, 2013

SOURCE – An ultralight aircraft flying in bad weather crashed in a resort town in Nepal on Thursday, killing two people on board, police said.

The Nepalese pilot and the plane’s only passenger, a Chinese tourist, were killed when the aircraft slammed into the side of a mountain in Pokhara, police official Pitambar Timilsina said over the telephone.

Pokhara, located 200 kilometres west of the capital, Katmandu, is a popular destination for tourists. Tourists often rent small planes to get closer look at the mountains surrounding the Pokhara valley.

It had been raining since Thursday morning, although the monsoon season had ended in Nepal.

Florida Bus Crash, 2 dead

2 Deltona girls killed: Volusia, Seminole gear up for grief


Grief counselors in two counties are preparing for shocked students when classes resume after Friday’s crash that killed two Deltona girls in Seminole County.

Ashlie Ramos, 11, and Nyasia Quinones, 7, were named Saturday as the victims of the crash near Sanford.

They were in a Mazda 626 driven by Andrea N. Ruz, 30, of Deltona that was eastbound on Ronald Reagan Boulevard near State Road 417 about 4:30p.m. That’s when the car turned left in front of a Seminole County school bus with three students on board, Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Wanda Diaz said.



The bus hit the passenger side of the car, Diaz said. The bus driver and students were not hurt.

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Bomb attack in Russia’s Dagestan, home to Boston suspects’ parents, kills 2


May 1, 2013: Police and forensic experts examine the site of an explosion in downtown Makhachkala, Dagestan. Russian police say a bomb exploded in a busy shopping area in the capital of the restive republic of Dagestan, killing at least two people. Dagestan is plagued by Islamic insurgents who frequently mount small attacks on police. (AP/NewsTeam)

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MAKHACHKALA, Russia –  A bomb exploded Wednesday in a busy shopping area in the capital of the restive republic of Dagestan, killing at least two people, police said.

The bomb went off when two teenage boys tried to open a cardboard box left near a store and both of them were killed, police said.

The explosion in Makhachkala also wounded an undetermined number of people, said a spokeswoman for the republic’s Interior Ministry, Fatina Ubaidatova. She did not have details on the force or construction of the bomb.

Islamic insurgents frequently mount attacks on police and security forces in Dagestan, with bombs often placed in cars or along roads. Wednesday’s explosion, however, was unusual in that the target was not clear.

Late Tuesday, three policemen were killed and another one was wounded when their vehicle came under fire in the Dagestani town of Buinaksk, police said.

The republic in southern Russia is home to the parents of the suspects in last month’s Boston Marathon bombing. One of the suspects, who was killed in a shootout with Boston police, paid a long visit to Dagestan last year and investigators are trying to determine whether he had contact with extremists here.


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2 dead, several injured after private plane crashes into Indiana homes

Published March 18, 2013

SOUTH BEND, Ind. –  A small private aircraft clipped two houses before smashing into a third and snapping in half, killing two people inside the plane and leaking enough jet fuel to force the evacuation of nearby homes in a northern Indiana neighborhood, authorities said.

The front part of the fuselage of the Beechcraft Premier I twin-jet sat wedged inside the one-story home just southwest of the South Bend Regional Airport where the pilot had tried to land the plane Sunday afternoon minutes before the crash.

Two people on board the plane survived and they, along with one person on the ground, were taken to a hospital, South Bend Assistant Fire Chief John Corthier said. South Bend Memorial Hospital spokeswoman Maggie Scroope said one was in serious condition late Sunday and the other two were fair. The hospital could not provide an update on their conditions early Monday.

Authorities evacuated and cut the power to several homes in the neighborhood after fuel leaked from the jet’s engine into the basement of the home creating a “very dangerous” situation, Corthier said. Everyone in the neighborhood has been accounted for, he said.

One neighbor described her terror as the plane bore down on her home.

“I was looking out my picture window,” said Mary Jane Klaybor, who lives across the street from the crash site. “This (plane) was coming straight at my house. I went, ‘Huh?’ and then there was a big crash, and all the insulation went flying.”

She said: “I saw the plane, then I heard the boom.”

Authorities have not released the identities of those killed and injured in the crash.

The plane began its journey in Tulsa, Okla. It is registered to 7700 Enterprises in Helena, Mont., which does business in Tulsa as DigiCut Systems and is owned by Wes Caves.

A woman identifying herself as Caves’ wife answered the phone at their home Sunday and said, “I think he’s dead,” before hanging up.

Mike Daigle, executive director of the St. Joseph County Airport Authority, said the plane attempted a landing at the South Bend airport about 4:15 p.m., then went back up and maneuvered south to try another landing, but eight minutes later the airport learned the plane was no longer airborne.

He provided no information to indicate if the pilot communicated to the control tower that the plane was experiencing mechanical trouble or any other potential cause for the crash. Daigle said Monday he has no firsthand knowledge about what caused the plane to crash.

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Todd Fox arrived at the scene late Sunday. He said his agency will be looking for the cause of the crash and “to identify and remedy any issues that could have prevented this accident.”