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Sailors Killed when Ships Burn in Black Sea

JEMS - News - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 09:01

MOSCOW (AP) — Two Tanzanian-flagged commercial vessels caught fire in the Black Sea, leaving at least 14 sailors dead, Russian officials said Monday. Five other sailors were missing.

The Federal Agency for the Sea and River Transport said the fire erupted while fuel was being pumped from one tanker to another. The blaze spread from one ship to the other, prompting the crews to jump overboard, according to Russian news agencies.

The news agencies quoted the federal maritime agency as saying the two vessels had 31 crew members combined who are citizens of Turkey and India.

The maritime agency said that salvage teams have saved 12 crewmembers, correcting its earlier report that 14 sailors have been rescued. It said that 11 bodies were taken from the sea, adding that rescuers saw another three dead but failed to recover them. The search for five missing seamen was continuing.

The Russian navy has joined the rescue operation, deploying two of its ships.

The fire erupted while the two vessels, the Maestro and the Candy, were anchored near the Kerch Strait linking the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.

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Sailors Killed when Ships Burn in Black Sea

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 09:01

MOSCOW (AP) — Two Tanzanian-flagged commercial vessels caught fire in the Black Sea, leaving at least 14 sailors dead, Russian officials said Monday. Five other sailors were missing.

The Federal Agency for the Sea and River Transport said the fire erupted while fuel was being pumped from one tanker to another. The blaze spread from one ship to the other, prompting the crews to jump overboard, according to Russian news agencies.

The news agencies quoted the federal maritime agency as saying the two vessels had 31 crew members combined who are citizens of Turkey and India.

The maritime agency said that salvage teams have saved 12 crewmembers, correcting its earlier report that 14 sailors have been rescued. It said that 11 bodies were taken from the sea, adding that rescuers saw another three dead but failed to recover them. The search for five missing seamen was continuing.

The Russian navy has joined the rescue operation, deploying two of its ships.

The fire erupted while the two vessels, the Maestro and the Candy, were anchored near the Kerch Strait linking the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.

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Two Dead in Ohio Plane Crash

JEMS - News - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 08:53

APPLE CREEK, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say two pilots are dead after a plane crashed into the snow-covered front yard of a rural Ohio home shortly after taking off from a private airfield nearby.

The State Highway Patrol says initial reports indicate the plane had engine trouble Monday morning after departing Stoltzfus Airfield in Wayne County, roughly 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Cleveland. It hit trees and took down power lines, and the front of the aircraft was destroyed.

Troopers say 55-year-old pilot Brian Stoltzfus and 56-year-old co-pilot Curtis Wilkerson died at the scene. Both were from nearby Apple Creek. No one else was hurt.

The crash shook but just missed Michael Morrison's home. Morrison tells The Daily Record in Wooster he ran outside, spotted the wreckage in the yard and immediately called 911.

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27 Dead, 14 Injured in Pakistan Bus, Tanker Crash

JEMS - News - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 07:19

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani officials have raised the death toll from a collision the previous day between a bus and an oil tanker to 27, saying DNA tests are required to identify most of the victims.

Local administrator Shabbir Mengal says that 14 people injured in the accident died overnight at hospitals.

Authorities had earlier said 13 passengers were killed and at least 16 others were injured in Monday's crash.

Mengal says the bus was going to Baluchistan from the port city of Karachi when the accident took place near the town of Hub. Shortly after the accident, flames engulfed the bus, which was carrying fuel smuggled from neighboring Iran in plastic containers.

Road accidents are common in Pakistan, where traffic laws are weakly enforced.

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27 Dead, 14 Injured in Pakistan Bus, Tanker Crash

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 07:19

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani officials have raised the death toll from a collision the previous day between a bus and an oil tanker to 27, saying DNA tests are required to identify most of the victims.

Local administrator Shabbir Mengal says that 14 people injured in the accident died overnight at hospitals.

Authorities had earlier said 13 passengers were killed and at least 16 others were injured in Monday's crash.

Mengal says the bus was going to Baluchistan from the port city of Karachi when the accident took place near the town of Hub. Shortly after the accident, flames engulfed the bus, which was carrying fuel smuggled from neighboring Iran in plastic containers.

Road accidents are common in Pakistan, where traffic laws are weakly enforced.

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One Dead in Shooting at Illinois Mall

JEMS - News - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 07:12

ORLAND PARK, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a man was shot and killed at a suburban Chicago mall and the suspect remains at large.

Orland Park police say the 19-year-old was shot in the center of Orland Square Mall and ran away before collapsing outside a clothing store Monday evening. The man later died at the hospital.

Deputy Police Chief Joseph Mitchell says a bystander suffered a graze wound to the leg and was being treated at another hospital.

Mitchell says security video showed a male shooter fleeing the mall but it's unclear if he continued on foot or got into a vehicle. Mitchell calls the shooting an "isolated incident," saying video shows the two people involved knew each other and that the victim was "targeted."

Police departments from several neighboring towns, as well as the FBI and ATF responded to the mall about 20 miles (32.2 kilometers) southwest of Chicago.

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Over 80 Dead in Mexico Pipeline Explosion

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 13:08

TLAHUELILPAN, Mexico (AP) — The death toll in a massive fire at an illegally tapped pipeline in Mexico rose to 89 Monday as more of the injured have died at hospitals.

Health Secretary Jorge Alcocer said 51 victims severely burned in the fire were still in hospitals, two of them in Galveston, Texas.

The victims were gathering gasoline from an illegal pipeline tap in the central state of Hidalgo on Friday when the gas ignited, littering an alfalfa field with charred bodies.

The government reported Monday that an astonishing total of 14,894 such illegal taps had been found in 2018, an average of about 41 per day nationwide.

Hidalgo was the state with the highest number of such taps, with 2,121. The fire occurred in the small farming town of Tlahuelilpan, where 38 such taps were found in 2017 and 23 in 2018.

The fire occurred on a 14-inch underground steel pipeline that had been drilled, tapped and patched before.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Mexico's fuel ducts are antiquated and decaying.

"These pipelines haven't been changed in more than 30 years, with thousands of illegal taps, patched-up pipelines without the capacity to carry fuel," he said Monday. "That is why it was decided to expand delivery with tanker trucks."

He said the government has signed contracts to buy 571 gas tanker trucks, which would be operated by the army. Civilian drivers have been recruited, but are now living at army bases, waiting for the trucks to arrive.

Lopez Obrador said he hopes to pay for some of the trucks by selling off the fleet of presidential and bodyguard vehicles which he has refused to use, as part of his government austerity plan.

Lopez Obrador launched an offensive against illegal taps soon after taking office Dec. 1, deploying 3,200 marines to guard pipelines and refineries while shutting off pipelines where taps were detected.

The pipeline shutdowns have resulted in fuel shortages and long lines at gas stations, something that might have swelled the number looking to gather illegal gas in the field where the fire broke out.

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Car Bomb Detonated Outside Northern Ireland Courthouse

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 12:23

LONDON (AP) — Police in Northern Ireland said Sunday they suspect Irish Republican Army dissidents were behind a car bombing outside a courthouse in the city of Londonderry. Two men in their 20s have been arrested over the attack, which caused no injuries.

Attackers hijacked a pizza delivery vehicle, loaded it with explosives and left it outside the city-center courthouse on Saturday evening, the Police Service of Northern Ireland said. The device exploded as police, who had spotted the suspicious vehicle, were evacuating the area.

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The force said a warning call was made to a charity in England and passed on to police minutes before the explosion.

Police released surveillance camera footage of the car being parked in front of the courthouse, and of the driver sprinting away. Images also showed a group of young people walking past the car shortly before it blew up.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said the bomb had been a "crude" and unstable device, and called the attack "incredibly reckless."

"The people responsible for this attack have shown no regard for the community or local businesses," he said.

Hamilton said the "main line of inquiry" was that the bomb had been planted by a group known as the New IRA.

More than 3,700 people died during decades of violence before Northern Ireland's 1998 peace accord. Most militants have renounced violence, but small groups of IRA dissidents have carried out occasional bombings and shootings.

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Hard Terrain Slows Rescue of Spanish Boy Trapped in Hole

JEMS - News - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 11:33

MADRID (AP) — Rescuers in southern Spain said Sunday that the frantic effort to reach a 2-year-old boy who fell into a narrow, deep borehole seven days ago has again been slowed by difficult terrain.

Authorities said that a drill used to create a vertical shaft parallel to the waterhole has hit patches of increasingly hard rock.

"We are working through material that is becoming harder and harder, and that is why the drilling operation to make the shaft is being held up," said Angel Garcia, the leading engineer coordinating the search-and-rescue operation.

There has been no contact made with Julen Rosello, who fell into the 110-meter (360-foot) deep shaft a week ago during a family meal in the countryside northeast of Malaga.

At just 25 centimeters wide (10 inches), the borehole is too narrow for adults to enter.

The only sign of the toddler search-and-rescue teams have found so far is hair that matched his DNA inside the hole.

Rescuers hope to find him at a depth of 72 meters (236 feet), where soil has blocked the borehole.

A specially-made cage has arrived at the site, ready to lower mining rescue experts down the shaft once drilling is complete. The experts will then start digging a horizontal tunnel to the spot where they believe the boy is trapped in the borehole.

Garcia said that the horizontal tunnel would take at least another 20 hours to excavate.

People across Spain have been gripped by the plight of the boy and his family, as the rescue attempt has suffered agonizing delays because of the rocky terrain.

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Man Set Himself on Fire Amid Czech Commemoration Event

JEMS - News - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 05:11

PRAGUE (AP) — Czech officials say a man has been seriously injured after he set himself on fire in downtown Prague amid commemorative events to remember a student who burned himself to death 50 years ago to inspire resistance against the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia.

Police say the man born in 1964 poured an unspecified flammable liquid on himself at Wenceslas Square and set himself on fire Friday. They say that people who were nearby extinguished the fire.

Prague's rescue service says the man suffered burns on about 30 percent of his body and was transported to a hospital in an artificially-induced coma.

Jan Palach set himself on fire on Jan. 16, 1969 after the Warsaw Pact countries crushed liberal reforms known as the Prague Spring. He died three days later.

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