Accidents and disasters
NEW ORLEANS - Michael and Trudi Hardman had always talked about taking their six children to Disney World, and just a week before Thanksgiving, it seemed their "dream trip" was to be a reality.
But just a little more than three hours after they took to the road Wednesday night, their SUV veered off a highway and rolled over in Louisiana, killing them and three of the kids.
TERNATE, Indonesia - A strong undersea earthquake hit off the coast of eastern Indonesia on Friday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or serious damage and officials said it was unlikely to trigger a tsunami.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake measured magnitude 6.5 and struck about 122 kilometres (76 miles) off Tobelo, a coastal town on Halmahera Island in North Maluku province. It said it was centred at a depth of about 38 kilometres (24 miles).
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Roofs began to creak and collapse and homeowners struggled to clear waist-high drifts atop their houses Thursday as another storm brought the Buffalo area's three-day snowfall total to an epic 7 feet or more.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo begged drivers "pretty, pretty please" to stay off slippery, car-clogged roads in western New York while crews tried to dig out. Some areas got close to 3 feet of new snow by Thursday afternoon.
KATMANDU, Nepal - A bus plunged into a river in western Nepal Thursday, killing at least four people and leaving more than 30 others missing, police said.
Police said the bus drove about 50 metres (160 feet) off the road and plunged into the Bheri River near Bhur village, about 400 kilometres (250 miles) west of the capital, Kathmandu.
Four bodies have been pulled out of the river but 30 are still missing. Another 10 people survived.
The bus was completely submerged in the river and divers were on the way to help rescue.
JERUSALEM - Streets are subdued, marketplaces are quiet and people are on edge in Jewish areas of Jerusalem, where Arabs have been using meat cleavers, guns, screwdrivers and even their cars in deadly, small-scale attacks.
The holy city — which Israel says must forever stay united — has rarely seemed more divided.
DETROIT - Volkswagen is recalling more than 440,000 Jettas and Beetles to fix a problem that can cause rear suspension failure if the cars aren't fixed properly after a crash.
The recall covers 2011 through 2013 Jettas and 2012 through 2013 Beetles.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Fire officials say 15 people were injured — including 6 critically — during an early morning fire in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn.
A FDNY spokeswoman says the fire broke out at 12:38 a.m. Wednesday in a three-story apartment building on Flatbush Avenue.
The blaze was brought under control at 1:55 a.m.
Officials say the fire originated on the second floor and swept through the third floor.
The spokeswoman says six people were in critical condition. Another person had serious, but not life-threatening, injuries.
SANTA PAULA, Calif. - Nearly 40 people were taken to hospitals for decontamination and homes and businesses for a mile around were evacuated after a mysterious chemical mixture burst into flames at a Southern California waste facility.
The flames and danger had mostly eased late Tuesday, Ventura County fire officials said.
A vacuum truck exploded into flames about 3:45 a.m. at the Santa Clara Waste Water Co., spreading about 1,200 gallons of a mysterious waste chemical mixture that contained sulfuric acid and a highly combustible organic peroxide, fire officials said.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Police on Tuesday apprehended a man wanted for questioning after the death of a stranger who was shoved into the path of a train at a subway station.
Kevin Darden was picked up by detectives near his mother's home in the Bronx, according to police, who said he is a suspect in a separate incident in which a man was pushed to the ground at another subway station and suffered minor injuries earlier this month. Charges are pending in that case, police said.
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.