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Mountain Fire Near Vegas Burns 6 Ranch Structures

Smoke from the Carpenter 1 fire in the Spring Mountains range is illuminated by the setting sun as it billows behind the Stratosphere Casino Hotel (R) on July 8, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.                                                            (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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LAS VEGAS — A massive mountain wildfire that cast a smoky pall over Las Vegas on Wednesday destroyed six structures at a desert ranch and left two people in the firefighting force with minor injuries, officials said.

One of the buildings that burned in the Carpenter 1 fire was a commercial structure at Prospect Springs, U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Suzanne Shelp said. She didn’t know if any homes were among the buildings destroyed on the ranch several miles from woodsy Mount Charleston hamlets where crews were protecting more than 400 homes, a canyon hotel and a scenic alpine lodge and cabins.

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45 dead, 50 injured in India building collapse

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April 5, 2013 – People gather around a heap of debris at the site of a building collapsed as a rescue operation continues on the outskirts of Mumbai, India. (AP)

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A residential building being constructed illegally on forest land in a suburb of India’s financial capital collapsed into a mound of steel and concrete, killing at least 45 people and injuring more than 50 others, authorities said Friday.

The eight-story building in the Mumbai suburb of Thane caved in Thursday evening, police said. Rescue workers with sledgehammers, gasoline-powered saws and hydraulic jacks struggled Friday to break through the tower of rubble in their search for possible survivors. Six bulldozers were brought to the scene.

“There may be (a) possibility people have been trapped inside right now,” local police commissioner K.P. Raghuvanshi said Friday.

At the time of the collapse, between 100 and 150 people were in the building. Many were residents or construction workers, who were living at the site as they worked on it, said Sandeep Malvi, a spokesman for the Thane government.

More than 20 people remained missing Friday afternoon and three floors of the building remained to be searched, said R.S. Rajesh, an official with the National Disaster Response Force who was at the scene.

`’All the three floors are sandwiched … so it’s very difficult for us,” he said.

The dead included 12 children, police said.

A nearby hospital was filled with the injured, many of whom had head wounds, fractures and spinal injuries. Hospital officials searched in vain for the parents of an injured 10-month-old girl who had been rescued.

At least four floors of the building had been completed and were occupied. Workers had finished three more floors and were adding the eighth when it collapsed, police Inspector Digamber Jangale said.

It was not immediately clear what caused the structure to collapse, but Raghuvanshi said it was weakly built. Police were searching for the builders to arrest them, he said.

`’The inquiry is ongoing. We are all busy with the rescue operation; our priority now is to rescue as many as possible,” he said.

Police with rescue dogs were searching the building, which appeared to have buckled and collapsed upon itself. Rescuers and nearby residents stood on the remains of the roof trying to get to people trapped inside. Residents carried the injured to ambulances and one man carried a small child caked white with dust from the wreckage.

Raghuvanshi said rescue workers had saved 15 people from the wreckage.

Building collapses are common in India as builders try to cut corners by using poor quality materials, and multi-storied structures are built with inadequate supervision. The massive demand for housing around India’s cities and pervasive corruption allow builders to add unauthorized floors or build entirely illegal buildings.

The neighborhood where the building collapsed was part of a belt of more than 2,000 illegal structures that had sprung up in the area in recent years, said Malvi, the town spokesman.

`’Notices have been served several times for such illegal construction, sometimes notices are sent 10 times for the same building,” he said.

G.R. Khairnar, a former top Mumbai official, said government officials who allowed the illegal construction should be tried along with the builders.

`’There are a lot of people involved (in illegal construction) — builders, government machinery, police, municipal corporation — everybody is involved in this process,” he told CNN-IBN television.

The building that collapsed was illegally constructed on forest land, and the city informed forestry officials twice about it, Malvi said.

A local resident, who did not give his name, said the site was meant to hold a smaller structure and accused officials of turning a blind eye to the problem.

“They made an eight-story building of what was supposed to be a four-story building. People from the municipality used to visit the building but the builder still continued to add floors,” he said.

In one of the worst recent collapses, nearly 70 people were killed in November 2010 when an apartment building in a congested New Delhi neighborhood crumpled. That building was two floors higher than legally allowed and its foundation appeared to have been weakened by water damage.

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Bangladesh Tornado

Tornado rips through villages in eastern Bangladesh, leaving 20 people dead, 200 injured

DHAKA, Bangladesh –  A tornado that ripped through 20 villages in eastern Bangladesh has killed 20 people and injured 200, a government official said Saturday.

Initial reports said at least 10 people were killed and a newspaper put the toll for the injured at 500 in the storm that lashed the distant villages in Brahmanbaria district on Friday.

On Saturday, local chief government administrator Noor Mohammad Majumder said the death toll had climbed to 20 people, with another 200 injured in the powerful storm.

The local Prothom Alo newspaper reported that the 15-minute storm destroyed many homes and shops, and toppled a large number of trees and electricity poles.

Unimpressed by IDF Arrests, Hares Arabs Strike Again

Arabs from Hares and Kifl Harath were throwing rocks again at the Gitai Avisar junction Friday morning.

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Arab terrorist youths threw rocks again, Friday morning, at the Gitai Avisar Junction, where similar attacks Thursday evening caused a car to crash, leaving a baby girl in critical condition. The baby’s mother and two of her sisters suffered moderate to serious injuries.

No injuries or damage were reported in the Friday morning attack.

Chairman Gershon Mesika of the Samaria (Shomron) Regional Authority reacted to the Friday morning attack by saying, “We must stop the lawlessness, create deterrence and defeat this terrorism. Throwing stones is terror in every sense of the word.”

By Friday morning soldiers had arrested 10 suspects, all of whom live in the area in which the attack was committed. 


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