Accidents and disasters
HUNTSVILLE, Texas - A former gang member was put to death Tuesday evening for the fatal shootings of three rivals 14 years ago in San Antonio.
Miguel Paredes, 32, was convicted along with two other men in the September 2000 slayings of three people with ties to the Mexican Mafia. The victims' bodies were rolled up in a carpet, driven about 50 miles (80 kilometres) southwest, dumped and set on fire. A farmer investigating a grass fire found the remains.
SOSUA, Dominican Republic - Several St. Louis Cardinals were among thousands of people who crowded into a cemetery near the Dominican Republic's north coast for Tuesday's burial of former major league outfielder Oscar Taveras.
ANKARA, Turkey - Surging water trapped at least 18 workers Tuesday in a coal mine in Turkey, officials and reports said — an event likely to raise even more concerns about the nation's poor workplace safety standards.
MANAGUA, Nicaragua - Hanna made landfall near the Nicaragua-Honduras border Monday as a tropical storm, bringing heavy rains to an already waterlogged area.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm was forecast to dump as much as 10 to 12 inches (25-30 centimetres) of precipitation with higher isolated amounts, threatening dangerous flash floods and landslides.
Mike Matheny needed some time to figure out what to say. Like the rest of the St. Louis Cardinals, the manager was levelled by the sudden death of Oscar Taveras.
SEOUL, South Korea - South Korean prosecutors on Monday demanded the death penalty for the captain of a ferry that sank earlier this year, killing more than 300 people, blaming his negligence and failure to rescue passengers in need for the massive loss of life, a court official and news reports said.
Dozens of residents in a rural area of Hawaii have been placed on alert as flowing lava from an erupting volcano advances.
Authorities on Sunday said lava flow on the Big Island of Hawaii had advanced about 250 yards since Saturday morning. The flow front had entered a cemetery and was about a half-mile from Pahoa Village Road, the town's main street.
LUSAKA, Zambia - At least 26 people, most of them children, died when a crowded boat capsized in Zambia while on the way to a national celebration, police said Saturday.
Among the drowned in Friday's accident were school children aged from six to 15 years, as well as a baby. The state broadcaster said 23 of those who died were children. One student survived.
MOSCOW - A Russian spacecraft designed to burnish the nation's faded space glory in a mission to one of Mars' moons has turned into one of the heaviest, most toxic pieces of space junk ever.
It will come crashing down to Earth in just a few days.
HOUSTON - Samuel Dalembert stepped off the plane and barely recognized the land where he grew up.
Two frantic days after a magnitude-7.0 earthquake rumbled across his native Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, the veteran NBA centre from Montreal returned to the Caribbean nation and could hardly absorb the chaos and horror.
Victims missing limbs lying helplessly in the littered streets. Children covered in blood, screaming for their parents. Buildings pulverized and homes crushed into twisted piles of rubble.