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Runway Scare: Driverless Van Crosses Path Of Passenger Jet At Toronto Airport

Friday, March 15, 2013

Canadian officials are investigating a "highly unusual" incident in which a driverless van traveled across the runway at Toronto's Pearson International Airport, at the same time an Air Canada flight was landing. The plane's pilots did not heed commands to abort their landing.

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In Maui, Wild Chicken Spurs Power Outage At Airport, Surrounding Area

Thursday, February 28, 2013

A chicken's close inspection of a transformer caused a power outage and brief delays at Maui's Kahului Airport this week. After the incident in the airport's rental car area, security screenings were performed manually and passengers had to use mobile stairways on the tarmac.

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New York Utility Official To Quit Following Superstorm Sandy Response

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Acting CEO/COO Michael Hervey will leave at the end of the year; had planned to step down before Sandy struck. N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to appoint an investigative panel to check utilities' response during and after Superstorm Sandy hit.

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Pakistan Factory Fires Kill More Than 300

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Most of the workers were killed in a garment factory in Karachi, while 25 died at a separate fire in a shoe factory in Lahore.

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Power's Still Out For Many After Isaac, And They're Boiling

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

"After six days of camping outside in sweltering temperatures because Hurricane Isaac knocked out power a week ago, there are many angry folks in the city and surrounding parishes."

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Back-To-Back Earthquakes In Iran Kill Scores Of People

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Two earthquakes about 10 minutes apart killed scores of people in northwestern Iran. Several villages may be badly damaged or destroyed and hundreds of people are hurt.

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Drought In U.S. Now Worst Since 1956; Food Prices To Spike, Economy To Suffer

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

"Moderate to extreme" drought conditions already exist in about 55 percent of the continental U.S. No relief is in sight. There are warnings this could be one of the 10-most expensive weather disasters in U.S. history.

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Crash That Killed Seven Was Along 'Cursed' Stretch Of Bronx River Parkway

Monday, April 30, 2012

Sunday's tragedy took the lives of seven people, all from one family. In 2006, six people were killed near the same spot. Last June, another went airborne there โ€” but both people inside survived. Authorities are investigating.

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Tsunami Watch Canceled In Indian Ocean; Quake Struck Near Indonesia

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

While a powerful temblor near Sumatra has led to a "tsunami watch" for the entire Indian Ocean, so far only a minor wave has been generated.

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No Fatalities In Va. Fighter Jet Crash, Officials Confirm

Friday, April 06, 2012

The Navy said the two pilots appeared to have ejected before the crash.

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Honduras Prison Fire: Most In Comayagua Jail Had Not Been Convicted

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The fire killed at least 356 people and now human rights groups are calling for Honduras to reform its prison system.

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Prison Fire Kills Hundreds In Honduras

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Officials described a hellish scene in which many of the prisoners burned to death or suffocated in their cells.

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Dozens Killed In Riot After Egyptian Soccer Match

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Stones and bottles flew, according to reports from the scene. Many victims may have suffocated. The reason why things got out of control aren't clear yet. Meanwhile, a fire broke out at another stadium after a match was canceled.

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Search Of Stricken Italian Cruise Ship Resumes After Third Delay

Friday, January 20, 2012

Search and rescue operations at the wreck of the Costa Concordia have resumed, after being halted for a third time, due to choppy waters and the partially submerged vessel's tendency to shift on the rocks near Italy's coast.

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Search Resumes At Stricken Italian Cruise Ship

Thursday, January 19, 2012

More than 20 people are still missing. The Costa Concordia hit some rocks on Friday and listed over on it starboard side. Eleven deaths have been confirmed. There were about 4,200 passengers and crew onboard.

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In Italy, Search Of Stricken Cruise Ship Suspended

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Costa Concordia shifted slightly earlier today, forcing searchers to back off at least temporarily. So far, 11 people are known to have died. Another two dozen are still missing. The ship's captain is under house arrest.

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'Get On Board!' Coast Guard Officer Rages At Italian Cruise Ship Captain

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The death toll from Friday's crash off the coast of Tuscany has risen to at least 11. The ship's captain is accused of manslaughter. He allegedly abandoned the ship before some passengers were off. You can hear him be ordered to get back on board.

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Hopes Are Fading For Missing In Italian Cruise Ship Disaster

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Divers and rescue personnel are still trying to reach areas of the cruise ship Costa Concordia that haven't yet been explored in a bid to see if any of the 29 people who remain unaccounted for after Friday's crash off the Italian coast are alive.

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BP Accuses Halliburton Of Destroying Gulf Spill Evidence

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Halliburton, meanwhile, denies that allegation and accuses BP of fraud and defamation. The two companies are trading charges and blame for the nation's worst offshore oil spill โ€” the April 2010 disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

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