Lightning strikes killed 32 people, including nine children, during weekend storms in India

(SOURCE)  Lightning strikes killed 32 people, including nine children, during storms at the weekend in India.

It is not rare for lightning to strike someone when it is monsoon season, but that the sheer number of the death toll is extremely rare. 

The strikes killed people in the eastern Indian states of Bihar and Jharkhand.

 
Lightning strikes killed 32 people, including nine children, during storms at the weekend in India.

Fatal: Lightning strikes killed 32 people, including nine children, during storms at the weekend in India (file)

 ‘About 24 people including seven children were killed Saturday and Sunday by bolts of lightning across Bihar,’ State Disaster Management Minister Renu Kumari Kushwaha said.

In neighbouring Jharkhand, eight people including two children died, Puran Mahto, an official in the state’s Dhanbad district said.

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14-year-old fatally shoots two men at northeast Oregon deer-hunting camp

(SOURCE) GRANTS PASS — A 14-year-old boy shot and killed two men at a deer hunting camp in the Blue Mountains of northeastern Oregon, authorities said Thursday.

The teenager fled after the shooting late Wednesday night but was captured after he apparently accidentally shot himself in the leg and returned to the cabin, the Grant County sheriff’s office said in a statement. Another member of the group held the boy at gunpoint, forced him to get on the floor, then taped him to a chair.

Deputies were called to the remote location by the owner of the cabin, who fled and drove about 9 miles to Granite, authorities said.

Established after the discovery of gold in 1862, the town had only 38 residents with a median age of 62 when the 2010 Census was taken.

The victims and the boy were all from the Baker City area, about 25 miles east of Granite, the sheriff’s office said. Their names were not immediately released.

The boy was taken by ambulance to a hospital in Baker City, then flown to a hospital in Boise.

Sheriff Glenn Palmer declined to answer questions about a possible motive or the relationship between the boys and the two men until families of the victims had been notified. He said it would likely be Friday morning before any names were released.

The cabin on the edge of the Umatilla National Forest is located southwest of Granite on private land off a U.S. Forest Service road, authorities said.

Hit-and-run driver plows into Venice Beach Boardwalk; 1 dead, 11 hurt

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CNN – Sun August 4, 2013

It was two hours before sunset on a beautiful Saturday evening — one of the busiest times of the week at the Venice Beach Boardwalk.

So no one knows why a driver apparently plowed into the crowd intentionally, hitting 12 people before ditching his car and running away.

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One person later died, Los Angeles police Lt. Andy Neiman said. Another was in critical condition, and two more in serious condition, officials said.

Witnesses said the driver “purposefully maneuvered its way down the boardwalk” as he struck the victims, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said.

“It was horrible. I mean it was like something out of a movie, something you would never expect to see,” witness Katherine Blackburn told CNN affiliate KABC.

“There were people flying, laying on the ground, tents flying everywhere. If he wanted to kill people, he came on a perfect time, 5 p.m. on a Saturday in the summer in Venice Beach.”

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Florida gunman kills 6 in standoff with police

Pedro Vargas set fire to his South Florida apartment, killed 6, and held another 2 hostage at gunpoint for three hours before a SWAT team stormed the complex and fatally shot him Saturday, according to police and witness accounts.

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Cops say Pedro Vargas, 43, set a combustible liquid on fire to start the blaze

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A Florida madman went on a rampage in his apartment complex, killing six innocents, shooting it out with police and holding two people hostage for three hours before cops shot him dead.

Pedro Vargas, 43, began his eight hours of terror early Friday evening by torching the fourth-floor apartment he shared with his mother in the building in Hialeah, just a few miles north of Miami.

Building managers Italo Pisciotti, 79, and his wife, Camira Pisciotti, 69, noticed smoke and ran to Vargas’ residence.

Neighbor Nelson Flores said he witnessed an argument as Pisciotti wanted to call the police — but Vargas insisted he hold off, since he had something to hide.

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Baby Dies After Mother Throws it From China Building

A newborn baby girl died in China after her mother threw out of the window of a block of flats, the latest in a series of infanticide cases that have appalled the Chinese public and reignited debate about the country’s one child policy.

Harbin baby thrown from flat

Footage uploaded to YouTube shows the street where the incident happened

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Surveillance footage aired by a local TV station showed a bag containing the newborn plummeting to the road outside the building in the north-eastern city of Harbin. After hitting the ground, it was run over by a car.

 The mother, identified by the local state Shenghuo Newspaper as an 18-year-old hairdresser with the surname Zhang, had given birth on Tuesday in the bathroom of a flat she shared with some 10 people.
 
Soon after the delivery she walked to a window between the second and third floors of the building and threw out the newborn.

India floods strand thousands; more than 100 dead

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A view of the Hindu holy town of Kedarnath from a helicopter after a flood, in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, India, Tuesday, June 18, 2013. Monsoon torrential rains have cause havoc in northern India leading to flash floods, cloudbursts and landslides as the death toll continues to climb and more than 1,000 pilgrims bound for Himalayan shrines remain stranded. (AP Photo)

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Days after floods killed more than 100 people — possibly many Rakesh Sharma, a state official, said the death toll could be much higher, running into thousands, but the exact number would be known only after a survey of the entire region.

A joint army and air force operation has so far evacuated nearly 14,000 people stranded in the area but nearly 61,000 people remained cut off, officials said.

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12-year-old California boy accused of stabbing 8-year-old sister to death

 

8-year-old stabbing victim Leila Fowler. Photo: Screenshot via KTXL-TV.

 

 
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A 12-year-old California boy was arrested Saturday and accused of stabbing his 8-year-old sister to death and lying to authorities about it, sparking a furious manhunt for an unidentified intruder authorities now say never existed.

 

The boy’s name was not released, but police in Valley Springs said he’s believed to have murdered his sister Leila Fowler on April 27, after their parents left to attend a little league game. Police did not speculate on a motive.

 

The boy called police to report his sister’s injury, claiming that he’d seen a man ran out of their home and then found his sister dying on the floor.

 

That story led authorities on a furious manhunt, going door to door in the small town asking residents if they’ve seen anything unusual, inspecting backyard sheds and even dispatching divers. Police also took up posts at schools and bus stops following the murder as the hunt for a suspect progressed.

 

Authorities said that more than 2,000 man hours went into making the arrest.

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20 dead in Buddhist-Muslim clashes in Myanmar

1,200 Muslim families flee their homes, says official, as sectarian strife reaches boiling point

March 22, 2013

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MEIKHTILA, Myanmar (AP) — Burning fires from two days of Buddhist-Muslim violence that killed at least 20 people smoldered across a central Myanmar town Friday as residents cowered indoors amid growing fears the country’s latest bout of sectarian bloodshed could spread.

The government’s struggle to contain the unrest in Meikhtila is proving another major challenge for President Thein Sein’s reformist administration as it attempts to chart a path to democracy after nearly half a century of military rule that once crushed all dissent.

The scenes in Meikhtila, where homes and at least five mosques have been torched by angry mobs, were ominously reminiscent of the sectarian violence between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Muslim Rohingya that shook western Rakhine state last year, killing hundreds of people and driving more than 100,000 from their homes.

The clashes in Meikhtila — which was tense but calm Friday — are the first reported in central Myanmar since then.

Troubles began Wednesday after an argument broke out between a Muslim gold shop owner and his Buddhist customers. A Buddhist monk was among the first killed, inflaming tensions that led a Buddhist mob to rampage through a Muslim neighborhood.

Violence continued Thursday, and by Friday, Win Htein, a local lawmaker from the opposition National League for Democracy, said he had counted at least 20 bodies. He said 1,200 Muslim families — at least 6,000 people — have fled their homes and taken refuge at a stadium and a police station.

On Friday, police seized knives, swords, hammers and sticks from young men in the streets and detained scores of looters.

Fires set to Muslim homes continued to burn, but angry Buddhist residents and monks prevented authorities from putting out the blazes.

It was difficult to determine the extent of destruction in the town because residents were too afraid to walk the streets and were sheltering in monasteries or other locations away from the violence.

“We don’t feel safe and we have now moved inside a monastery,” said Sein Shwe, a shop owner. “The situation is unpredictable and dangerous.”

Some monks accosted and threatened journalists trying to cover the unrest, at one point trying to drag a group of several out of a van. One monk, whose faced was covered, shoved a foot-long dagger at the neck of an Associated Press photographer and demanded his camera. The photographer defused the situation by handing over his camera’s memory card.

The group of nine journalists took refuge in a monastery and stayed there until a police unit was able to escort them to safety.

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