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Survivors stunned by loss in Colombian town hit by flood

Survivors stunned by loss, grief as searchers hunt for missing in devastated Colombian town
Luis Benavides, The Associated Press

SALGAR, Colombia - Hector Raul Henao wept as he surveyed the barren landscape of mud and uprooted trees that had been a vibrant community of small coffee farmers. In the distance, across the still-raging La Libordiana ravine, he pointed to the zinc-roofed house he fled — one of just two left standing in an area devastated by a mudslide that killed at least 78 people.

"I lost half my life," he said Tuesday amid tears.

Naked woman detained after walking on bridge

Naked woman detained after walking on San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge
The Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. - The California Highway Patrol says a woman has been taken for a mental evaluation after police caught her walking naked on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

Officer Kevin Bartlett says officers were responding to a report of a crash involving at least two vehicles Tuesday afternoon near Treasure Island when they learned of a nude woman walking in the area.

Bartlett tells the Oakland Tribune ( a San Francisco police officer pulled over, wrestled the woman to the ground and detained her.

Prostitute pleads guilty in overdose death of Google exec

California prostitute pleads guilty in overdose death of Google exec, gets 6 years
Martha Mendoza, The Associated Press

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - A California prostitute charged with killing a Google executive with an overdose of heroin aboard his yacht pleaded guilty Tuesday to involuntary manslaughter and administering drugs.

A Santa Cruz County Superior Court judge sentenced defendant Alix Tichelman to six years in prison, bringing a sudden and unexpected conclusion to a tawdry case that garnered national attention.

Unions urge Amtrak to put 2nd engineer in every locomotive

In wake of derailment, railroad unions urge Amtrak to put 2nd engineer in every locomotive
Michael R. Sisak, The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA - The union for Amtrak's locomotive engineers on Tuesday urged the railroad to put a second engineer at the controls of trains on the busy Northeast Corridor, where a derailment killed eight people and injured more than 200 others.

18 killed when bus hits garment workers' van in Cambodia

Speeding bus hits garment workers' van, killing at least 18 in eastern Cambodia
Sopheng Cheang, The Associated Press

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - At least 18 garment workers were killed and nearly two dozen injured in eastern Cambodia when their van was hit by a speeding bus, prompting a plea from Prime Minister Hun Sen for drivers to slow down to make the country's roads safer.

"The problem of traffic accidents in our country is getting worse and worse," said Hun Sen, who was informed of the accident while presiding over a ceremony in the capital. "Everyone needs to respect traffic laws."

Waco has long history of memorable events

Waco has long history of memorable events, including 1993 standoff and reality television show
Emily Schmall, The Associated Press

FORT WORTH, Texas - Waco boasts some of the Lone Star State's most memorable recent history: the siege of the Branch Davidian compound, a tornado that levelled downtown and now a biker gang melee that left at least nine people dead and 18 wounded.

US Marines say unique Osprey aircraft has good safety record

US Marines say unique hybrid Osprey aircraft involved in Hawaii crash has good safety record
Audrey McAvoy, The Associated Press

HONOLULU, Hawaii - The fatal crash of the Marine Corps' new hybridized airplane-and-helicopter aircraft during a training exercise in Hawaii over the weekend is renewing safety concerns about the machine.

But the Marines say the MV-22 Osprey has proven itself to be very safe despite high-profile accidents early in its operation.

Feds project Lake Mead below drought trigger point in 2017

Feds project Lake Mead water level below trigger point in 2017; Arizona, Nevada could see cuts
Ken Ritter, The Associated Press

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Federal water managers released a report Monday projecting that Lake Mead's water levels will fall below a point in January 2017 that would force supply cuts to Arizona and Nevada.

The effects could be serious. Arizona's allocation of Colorado River water could be cut 11.4 per cent, or by an amount normally used by more than 600,000 homes. Nevada's share could be reduced 4.3 per cent. Think 26,000 homes.

Amtrak trains back in service on busy Northeast Corridor

Amtrak trains resume service on Northeast Corridor after last week's deadly derailment
Michael R. Sisak, The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA - Amtrak trains began rolling on the busy Northeast Corridor early Monday, the first time in almost a week after a deadly crash in Philadelphia, and officials vowed to have safer trains and tracks while investigators worked to determine the cause of the derailment.

Extreme athlete Dean Potter dies in BASE jumping accident

Extreme athlete Dean Potter among 2 killed in Yosemite National Park BASE jumping accident
Daisy Nguyen, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Extreme athlete Dean Potter, renowned for his daring and sometimes rogue climbs and BASE jumps, was one of two men killed while attempting a wingsuit flight in Yosemite National Park, a park spokesman said Sunday.

Someone called for help late Saturday after losing contact with Potter, 43, and his climbing partner, Graham Hunt, 29. They had jumped from a 7,500-foot promontory called Taft Point, park ranger Scott Gediman said.

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