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  • Overheated e-cigarette battery causes small fire on flight

    05 January 2019 8:27 PM 76

    American Airlines says a passenger's electronic cigarette caused a small fire on a flight from Las Vegas to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. American Airlines spokesperson Leslie Scott says the e-cigarette's battery overheated shortly after Flight 168 landed on Friday night. Scott says flight attendants stamped out the fire. No one was injured

  • Zoo elephants eat Berlin's leftover Christmas trees

    05 January 2019 6:05 AM 62

    Berlin's unwanted Christmas trees have ended their days as a festive snack for zoo elephants and stocking fillers for some of their fellow residents. The once-a-year treats arrived Friday at the Tierpark, one of the German capital's two zoos. The zoo takes only fresh, unsold trees from selected vendors. It doesn't accept trees from the public, which

  • Tropical storm's rain, surging seas strike southern Thailand

    04 January 2019 9:32 AM 67

    Rain, winds and surging seawater are striking southern Thailand as a strengthening tropical storm nears nervous coastal villages and popular tourist resorts. Authorities made rounds in coastal Nakhon Si Thammarat on Friday morning urging people to leave before roads are blocked. A father and a son rushed off with their belongings on their pickup truck

  • Man, 73, charged in killing of nursing home roommate

    03 January 2019 7:39 PM 79

    A 73-year-old man has been charged with murder after he admitted to beating his roommate to death at a Missouri nursing home. Police were called to The Estates of Spanish Lake Nursing and Rehabilitation facility in St. Louis County just after 70:00 on Wednesday. Officers found 69-year-old Larry Harris dead. Prosecutors charged 73-year-old Willie Clemons

  • Almost 500 people killed on Thai roads during New Year holidays

    03 January 2019 1:05 PM 72

    A total of 463 people died and nearly 4 000 others were injured in road accidents in Thailand between December 27 and January 2, according to officials. The figure is higher than the one from New Year holidays a year ago, when 423 people were killed in road accidents. On New Year's Day alone, 89 people were killed, while almost 700 more were injured

  • Austrian woman killed when train hits car driven by husband, 81

    03 January 2019 8:27 AM 71

    Police say an 81-year-old woman died and her husband was injured after a freight train hit their car at a crossing in northern Austria. The accident happened on Wednesday morning at Micheldorf, between Salzburg and Vienna. Police said in a statement that the husband, also age 81, drove the car onto the crossing for reasons that remained unclear and stopped

  • Millions of Indian women form chain for gender parity

    03 January 2019 6:03 AM 150

    Millions of women have formed a chain across a southern Indian state to support gender parity, amid protests by Hindu priests and conservatives against women of menstruating age worshipping at one of the world's largest Hindu pilgrimage sites. The Communist Party of India (Marxist), the ruling party in Kerala state, says Tuesday's protest drew some 5.5 million

  • Public warned away from ship containers lost off Dutch coast

    02 January 2019 9:02 PM 79

    Dutch authorities are warning the public to stay away from some of the 270 containers that a cargo ship lost off the northern coast of the Netherlands because they contained a hazardous chemical. The Dutch coast guard said three containers carried closed-off barrels of an organic peroxide, a flammable and highly toxic compound. The container ship is suspected

  • 14-year-old boy arrested on murder charge after fatal crash

    02 January 2019 6:08 PM 81

    A 14-year-old boy who authorities say was driving a SUV that caused a fatal car accident has been arrested on a murder charge. The Harris County Sheriff's Office says the SUV was filled with teens who were throwing eggs at other cars on Tuesday afternoon when another driver began chasing them. The department says the 14-year-old driver then ran a red light

  • UPDATE: Death toll in Russian apartment collapse reaches 19

    02 January 2019 1:21 PM 74

    Search crews have pulled more bodies from a huge pile of rubble at a collapsed Russian apartment building, bringing the known death toll to 19. The bodies found on Wednesday in Magnitogorsk included a 3-year-old girl, Russian news agencies cited the emergencies ministry as saying. An 11-month-old boy who was pulled alive from the wreckage on Tuesday