Accidents and disasters

Boeing crashes alarm travelers, groundings snowball

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Fatal crashes of Boeing 737 Max 8 planes less than five months apart have alarmed the public, triggering a wave of groundings worldwide, but experts say reported similarities between the two disasters are not conclusive evidence of a shared cause. The Ethiopian Airlines crash Sunday which claimed 157 lives was the … Continue reading Boeing crashes alarm travelers, groundings snowball

Boeing’s stock takes a hit as more Max 8 planes are grounded

BEIJING (AP) — Boeing’s stock plunged Monday as the list of countries and airlines grounding the Boeing 737 Max 8 planes continued to grow the day after one crashed in Ethiopia, killing all 157 people on board. The Ethiopian Airlines jet crashed shortly after it took off from Addis Ababa on Sunday, drawing renewed scrutiny … Continue reading Boeing’s stock takes a hit as more Max 8 planes are grounded

3 nations ground Boeing 737 Max 8s after Ethiopia crash

HEJERE, Ethiopia (AP) — Authorities in Ethiopia, China and Indonesia grounded all Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft Monday following the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jetliner that killed 157 people, and investigators found the flight recorders from the field where the plane went down. The new plane crashed shortly after takeoff in clear weather outside … Continue reading 3 nations ground Boeing 737 Max 8s after Ethiopia crash

China orders MAX 8 planes grounded after Ethiopia crash

BEIJING (AP) — China’s civilian aviation authority ordered all Chinese airlines to ground their Boeing 737 Max 8 planes indefinitely on Monday after one of the aircraft crashed in Ethiopia. The Civil Aviation Administration of China said the order is to take effect by 6 p.m. (1000 GMT) Monday. It said the order, issued Monday … Continue reading China orders MAX 8 planes grounded after Ethiopia crash

Town ravaged by tornado prays at church that sheltered many

BEAUREGARD, Ala.(AP)  — The pastor of a church that became a center for shelter, help and grieving when a tornado killed 23 people in eastern Alabama said in his first Sunday service after the storm that the Lord has reached out his hand to the community. Imperfect things like tornadoes and other tragedies happen because … Continue reading Town ravaged by tornado prays at church that sheltered many

A list of the 35 nationalities killed in Ethiopia crash

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Citizens from 35 countries were killed when an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa en route to Nairobi on Sunday morning. Here is the latest list of nationalities as released by the airline. It accounts for the nationalities of 150 of the 157 people believed to … Continue reading A list of the 35 nationalities killed in Ethiopia crash

No survivors on crashed Ethiopian Airlines flight: state TV

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — An Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed shortly after takeoff from Ethiopia’s capital on Sunday morning, killing all 157 people thought to be on board, the airline and state broadcaster said. It was not immediately clear what caused the crash of the Boeing 737-8 MAX plane, which was new and had been … Continue reading No survivors on crashed Ethiopian Airlines flight: state TV

All killed on Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — An Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed shortly after takeoff from the capital Sunday morning killing all 157 thought to be on board, according to statements from the airline and the state broadcaster. There were no immediate details on what caused the crash of the Boeing 737-8 MAX plane, which was new … Continue reading All killed on Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed

Ethiopian Airlines flight to Nairobi crashes after takeoff

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — An Ethiopian Airlines flight with 157 people thought to be on board crashed shortly after takeoff Sunday morning from Ethiopia’s capital headed to Nairobi, the airline said. The airline’s statement said 149 passengers and eight crew members were thought to be on board the Boeing 737 that crashed six minutes … Continue reading Ethiopian Airlines flight to Nairobi crashes after takeoff

Ethiopian Airlines flight to Nairobi involved in fatal crash

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The Ethiopian prime minister’s office says an Ethiopian Airlines plane has crashed on its way to Nairobi, with deaths reported. The office issued a statement Sunday morning saying the Boeing 737 was on a regularly scheduled flight when it crashed. The statement gave no details. A spokesman for the airline … Continue reading Ethiopian Airlines flight to Nairobi involved in fatal crash

Wickens determined to get out of wheelchair and race again

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — His psychologist has warned Robert Wickens to consider the worst possible scenarios as he recovers from a spinal cord injury. Wickens prefers to think only about the day when he is no longer in a wheelchair and able to race cars again. “There’s a mental aspect that I’m still having a … Continue reading Wickens determined to get out of wheelchair and race again

The Latest: President Trump signs Bibles at Alabama church

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump‘s trip to Alabama to survey tornado damage (all times local): 3:05 p.m. President Donald Trump is signing Bibles at an Alabama church and taking photos with survivors of a deadly tornado outbreak that killed nearly two dozen people. Trump is surveying the wreckage and visiting with … Continue reading The Latest: President Trump signs Bibles at Alabama church

Boeheim deemed ‘not reckless’ in fatal crash, case is closed

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP)  — Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim will not be charged in last month’s fatal highway accident and the case is closed. Boeheim was “not reckless,” Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said Thursday. Fitzpatrick added his decision came after reviewing the police accident report. Boeheim declined to comment, the athletic department said. … Continue reading Boeheim deemed ‘not reckless’ in fatal crash, case is closed

23 tornado deaths ‘gut wrenching’ in tiny Alabama community

BEAUREGARD, Ala. (AP) — With nearly two dozen people killed in a tornado outbreak that shattered a rural community in east Alabama, notifying the families of the dead was a huge, gut-wrenching task, done in the privacy of a country church. Pastor Rusty Sowell, with the county coroner behind him, would put his hand on … Continue reading 23 tornado deaths ‘gut wrenching’ in tiny Alabama community

Blasts in Kabul hit near ceremony attended by top officials

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials say several explosions have struck outside a ceremony in Kabul attended by the country’s chief executive and the former president, both of whom were unharmed. There was conflicting information as to the casualty figures. An official with the city’s ambulance services, Mohammad Asim, says five people were wounded in … Continue reading Blasts in Kabul hit near ceremony attended by top officials

Eyes in the sky: Heat-seeking drones used after tornado

Rescue crews didn’t have to stumble through every destroyed building in their search for victims after a tornado ravaged a corner of Alabama this week: They used heat-seeking drones to let them know whether there was anyone beneath the ruins. In so doing, they joined the increasing ranks of public safety agencies across the U.S. … Continue reading Eyes in the sky: Heat-seeking drones used after tornado

Afghan official: Suicide blast near airport in east kills 17

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Militants in Afghanistan set off a suicide blast on Wednesday morning and stormed a construction company near the airport in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, killing at least 17 people, officials said. The dawn assault triggered an hours-long gunbattle with local guards, drawing in U.S. forces to assist the … Continue reading Afghan official: Suicide blast near airport in east kills 17

Monster twister takes 10 relatives from 1 Alabama family

BEAUREGARD, Ala. (AP) — Cousins Cordarrly Jones and Demetria Jones have a hard time counting all the relatives they lost to a monster tornado that wiped out a rural community in Alabama. Their grandparents, 89-year-old Jimmy Jones and 83-year-old Mary Louise Jones, were killed in their home on a two-lane road where most everyone shares … Continue reading Monster twister takes 10 relatives from 1 Alabama family

Aftermath: Alabama’s tornado dead range in age from 6 to 89

BEAUREGARD, Ala. (AP) — The youngest victim was 6, the oldest 89. One extended family lost seven members. The 23 people killed in the nation’s deadliest tornado in nearly six years came into focus Tuesday with the release of their names by coroner. They included 6-year-old Armando Hernandez Jr., known as “AJ,” torn from his father’s … Continue reading Aftermath: Alabama’s tornado dead range in age from 6 to 89

Man finds father’s body in Alabama tornado wreckage

BEAUREGARD, Ala. (AP) — Picking through the twisted debris that had been her Alabama mobile home, Carol Dean found her wedding dress and a Father’s Day note to her husband reading, “Daddy, I love you to pieces.” But the storm took the 53-year-old husband and father. Dean was on the clock Sunday afternoon at Walmart … Continue reading Man finds father’s body in Alabama tornado wreckage

Community struggles with the devastation caused by tornado

BEAUREGARD, Ala. (AP) — Picking through the twisted debris that had been her Alabama mobile home, Carol Dean found her wedding dress and a Father’s Day note to her husband reading, “Daddy, I love you to pieces.” But the storm took the 53-year-old husband and father. Dean was on the clock Sunday afternoon at Walmart … Continue reading Community struggles with the devastation caused by tornado

4 Americans, local pilot die in Kenya helicopter crash

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP)— Four Americans and a local pilot are dead in Kenya after their helicopter crashed on an island in Lake Turkana in the north, police said Monday The crash occurred Sunday night in Central Island National Park as two helicopters took off after a visit to the Lobolo tented camp, according to an … Continue reading 4 Americans, local pilot die in Kenya helicopter crash

Sheriff: Tornado death toll remains unchanged at 23, but officials haven’t completed searches in hard-hit Alabama area

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — At three trials over three decades, a convicted thief has testified that he saw Stanley Liggins with 9-year-old Jennifer Lewis shortly before she was kidnapped, raped, strangled and left dead in Davenport, Iowa. Antonio Holmes insisted at each trial that prosecutors did not give him any benefit in exchange for … Continue reading Sheriff: Tornado death toll remains unchanged at 23, but officials haven’t completed searches in hard-hit Alabama area

4 Americans, local pilot die in Kenya helicopter crash

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Four Americans and a local pilot are dead in Kenya after their helicopter crashed on an island in Lake Turkana in the north, police said Monday The crash occurred Sunday night in Central Island National Park as two helicopters took off after a visit to the Lobolo tented camp, according to … Continue reading 4 Americans, local pilot die in Kenya helicopter crash

Underground fire at Arkansas dump raises health concerns

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — More than seven months after residents first noticed a fire at an illegal dumping site in northwest Arkansas, it’s still smoldering, sending noxious smoke throughout the town and seeping into homes, with costs to extinguish the fire estimated at tens of millions of dollars. Chris Nelson, 40, lives with his … Continue reading Underground fire at Arkansas dump raises health concerns

UN says heavy rains, floods kill 20 in southern Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A U.N. humanitarian agency says at least 20 people died as heavy rains and flooding over the past few days swept away their homes and cars in Afghanistan’s southern Kandahar province. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said on Saturday night that at least 10 people, including children, … Continue reading UN says heavy rains, floods kill 20 in southern Afghanistan

New Orleans police: 2 killed, 6 injured after car hits crowd

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two people have been killed and six injured after being struck by a vehicle on a busy New Orleans thoroughfare Saturday evening, authorities said. Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson told local media that a suspect is in custody following the incident that happened about 8 p.m. Saturday along a multiple-block stretch of … Continue reading New Orleans police: 2 killed, 6 injured after car hits crowd