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Airline Changes Seatbelt Policy After Fatal Turbulence

CNN Travel reports: Singapore Airlines has tweaked its in-flight seatbelt sign policies and altered at least one flight route after a turbulence incident this week killed one person and left dozens more hospitalized, according to the airline and flight data. The airline is adopting a more cautious approach to turbulence, including not serving hot drinks or meals when the seatbelt …

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Nine Dead In Stage Collapse At Mexican Political Rally

The New York Times reports: A stage in northern Mexico where a presidential hopeful was campaigning for a local candidate collapsed after a gust of wind blew through on Wednesday night, leaving at least nine people dead and at least 60 others injured, a state governor said. The stage collapsed in San Pedro Garza García, a suburb of Monterrey in …

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Helicopter Carrying Iranian President Crashes In Forest

The Associated Press reports: A helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi suffered a “hard landing” on Sunday, Iranian state media reported, without immediately elaborating. Raisi was traveling in Iran’s East Azerbaijan province. State TV said the incident happened near Jolfa, a city on the border with with the nation of Azerbaijan, some 600 kilometers (375 miles) northwest of the Iranian …

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Rail Company To Pay $600M In Suit Over Derailment

The Associated Press reports: Norfolk Southern has agreed to pay $600 million in a class-action lawsuit settlement related to a fiery train derailment in February 2023 in eastern Ohio. The company said the agreement, if approved by the court, will resolve all class action claims within a 20-mile radius from the derailment and, for those residents who choose to participate, …

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Police: Two Bodies Recovered In Key Bridge Disaster

The Baltimore Sun reports: Maryland State Police Superintendent Roland Butler said Wednesday evening that divers found a red pickup truck Wednesday morning with two bodies inside. Butler identified the victims as Alejandro Hernandez Fuentes, 35 of Baltimore, and Dorlian Castillo of Dundalk. Fuentes was from Mexico, and Castillo was from Guatemala, state police said. “We have exhausted all efforts around …

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Six Key Bridge Workers Presumed Dead By Employer

The Associated Press reports: A senior executive the company that employed the construction workers said six of the company’s workers are presumed to be dead and one worker was hospitalized. Jeffrey Pritzker, executive vice president of Brawner Builders, said the crew was working in the middle of the bridge’s span when the crash happened and crumbled the bridge. The bodies …

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Major Baltimore Bridge Collapses After Cargo Ship Strikes Support Column, Search And Rescue Underway

The Baltimore Sun reports: Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge collapsed early Tuesday morning after a support column was struck by a vessel, sending cars and at least one tractor-trailer into the Patapsco River and prompting Gov. Wes Moore to declare a state of emergency. A spokesperson for the Baltimore City Fire Department said a major rescue operation was underway with …

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Five Dead In Japan Airlines Runway Collision [VIDEO]

CBS News reports: A passenger plane collided with a Japanese coast guard aircraft and burst into flames on the runway of Tokyo’s Haneda Airport on Tuesday, officials said, with public broadcaster NHK TV saying five crew members on the coast guard plane were killed. NHK reported that all occupants of Japan Airlines flight JAL-516, believed to total 379 people, got …

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Woke Beer Company Ships Emergency Water To Florida

Florida Politics reports: Anheuser-Busch has delivered two truckloads of water — more than 100,000 cans — to areas impacted by Hurricane Idalia, after a request from the American Red Cross to assist with recovery efforts. The cans of water were delivered to Tri-Eagle Sales in Midway, who will work with the American Red Cross to distribute the water to those …

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Maui County Officials Sue Electric Utility Over Wildfires

The New York Times reports: For the first time, Maui County officials publicly blamed Hawaii’s largest electric utility for the wildfires that killed at least 115 people this month, claiming in a lawsuit filed that “intentional and malicious” mismanagement of power lines had allowed flames to spark. The lawsuit accused the utility, Hawaiian Electric, of failing to respond to ominous …

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Maui Death Toll Rises To 111, Around 1000 Still Missing

Hawaii News Now reports: The Lahaina wildfire death toll increased by five on Wednesday — to 111 — more than a week after flames ripped through the historic town. Meanwhile, Maui continued to slowly release the names of those who have perished. Three more victims, all elderly, were identified on Wednesday and authorities said positive IDs were made on others. …

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Maui Fire Now Deadliest US Wildfire In Over A Century

The Associated Press reports: As the death toll from a wildfire that razed a historic Maui town reached 93, authorities warned Saturday that the effort to find and identify the dead was still in its early stages. It’s already the deadliest U.S. wildfire for over a century. Crews with cadaver dogs have covered just 3% of the search area, Maui …

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At Least 36 Dead In Maui Wildfires, Dozens Injured

Hawaii News Now reports: Maui County says 36 people are now confirmed dead in the devastating wildfires that have decimated entire towns, including historic Lahaina. The heartbreaking news, which some feared could rise even higher, makes the wildfires among the deadliest disasters in Hawaii history. Meanwhile, at least three large fires on Maui — including the blaze in Lahaina — …

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Evacuations As Wildfire Tears Through Maui [VIDEO]

Hawaii News Now reports: Eyewitnesses described an apocalyptic scene Tuesday in Lahaina town, where residents were forced to jump into the harbor waters to avoid fast-moving flames from a massive brush fire that’s destroyed much of the historic area — and continues to burn. Residents say an overwhelmed fire force — fighting flames all day amid powerful winds — could …

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Burning Cargo Ship Is Carrying 500 Electric Vehicles

Bloomberg News reports: The car carrier on fire near the Netherlands coast has almost 500 electric cars on board, according to its operator, more than was previously reported. The cause of the blaze on the Fremantle Highway is still unknown, according to the Dutch coast guard, which previously said the initial cargo list they received suggested just 25 EVs were …

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Owner Of Doomed Sub “Suspends All Operations”

CNN reports: OceanGate – the owner of the Titan submersible that imploded during a voyage to the Titanic, killing all five people on board – says it has suspended its exploration and commercial operations, according to its website. The company’s CEO, Stockton Rush, was among those who perished in the disaster in the North Atlantic Ocean last month. “OceanGate has …

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“Human Remains” Recovered From Titan Sub Wreckage

The Guardian reports: Presumed human remains have been recovered from within the wreckage of the Titan, the submersible that imploded on a voyage to the Titanic earlier this month, killing all five aboard, the US coast guard reported on Wednesday. US medical professionals will conduct a formal analysis of the remains, the Coast Guard said. “The evidence will provide investigators …

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AP: Who Foots The Bill To Rescue Wealthy Adventurers?

The Associated Press reports: When millionaire Steve Fossett’s plane went missing over the Nevada range in 2007, the swashbuckling adventurer had already been the subject of two prior emergency rescue operations thousands of miles apart. And that prompted a prickly question: After a sweeping search for the wealthy risktaker ended, who should foot the bill? In recent days, the massive …

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WSJ: Navy Detected Submarine’s Implosion Days Ago

The Wall Street Journal reports: A top secret U.S. Navy acoustic detection system designed to spot enemy submarines first heard the Titan sub implosion hours after the submersible began its mission, officials involved in the search said. The Navy began listening for the Titan almost as soon as the sub lost communications, according to a U.S. defense official. Shortly after …

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Coast Guard: Sub Debris Confirmed, All Aboard Dead

The Washington Post reports: OceanGate chief executive Stockton Rush, Pakistani-British businessman Shahzada Dawood and his teenage son Suleman Dawood, British businessman Hamish Harding, and French deep sea explorer Paul-Henri Nargeolet have sadly been lost, said a spokesperson for OceanGate in a statement Thursday afternoon. “These men were true explorers who shared a distinct spirit of adventure, and a deep passion …

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