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Landslide buries Indian village; at least 24 dead

Rescuers in remote Indian village dig through mud after massive landslide; at least 24 dead
Manish Mehta, The Associated Press

MALIN, India - Rescue workers and desperate villagers dug through deep mud, rocks and the debris of shattered homes Thursday after a massive landslide buried a remote village in western India, killing at least 24 people and trapping more than 150, authorities said.

Deadly Israeli strikes hit UN school, market area

As Israel steps up Gaza operation, strikes hit UN shelter for war refugees, shopping area
Karin Laub And Tia Goldenberg, The Associated Press

GAZA, Palestinian Territories - Israeli artillery shells tore through the walls of a U.N. school crowded with sleeping war refugees and back-to-back explosions rocked a market filled with shoppers Wednesday as Israel's stepped up campaign against Gaza's Hamas rulers claimed at least 116 Palestinian lives.

Crews make gains on 2 California wildfires

Progress reported on 2 California wildfires that prompted evacuations
Fenit Nirappil And Sudhin Thanawala, The Associated Press

SHINGLE SPRINGS, Calif. - Fire crews gained ground Tuesday on two of the largest wildfires in California, lifting evacuation orders for about half the homes in the path of a blaze in Yosemite National Park and redeploying firefighters battling another fire in the Sierra Nevada foothills east of Sacramento.

The fire in the foothills, which forced the evacuation of more than 400 homes, was 85 per cent contained after burning 6 1/2 square miles.

US girl struck by plane on Florida beach dies

9-year-old US girl who was struck by crashing plane on Florida beach dies
The Associated Press

SARASOTA, Fla. - A 9-year-old U.S. girl who was struck by a plane that crash-landed on a beach while she walked with her father has died from her injuries, law enforcement officials said Tuesday.

Oceana Irizarry's father also was killed Sunday. The two were walking along a Florida beach when the 1972 Piper Cherokee plane made an emergency landing after reporting problems.

Cow herd kills German woman hiker in Austria

Cow herd kills German woman hiker in Austria, police say bovines apparently riled by her dog
The Associated Press

VIENNA - Police say a herd of cows attacked and killed a German woman hiking through their fenced-in pasture after apparently being riled by the sight of her leashed dog.

They said Tuesday the 45-year old victim was rushed by about 20 cows and their calves. Attempts by an emergency crew to revive her were unsuccessful.

The attack occurred Monday on a mountain pasture in Austria's Tyrol province. The woman's name was not released, in accordance with Austrian confidentiality rules.

Be ready for 'prolonged' Gaza war, Netanyahu says

Netanyahu tells Israelis to be ready for 'prolonged' Gaza war, army urges Gaza evacuations
Karin Laub And Tia Goldenberg, The Associated Press

GAZA, Palestinian Territories - Signalling an escalation of Israel's Gaza operation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israelis Monday to be ready for a "prolonged" war, and the military warned Palestinians in three large neighbourhoods to leave their homes and head immediately for Gaza City.

California lightning hits 14; 2 critically injured

Authorities: Lightning strikes 14 in Los Angeles, on Catalina Island; 2 critically injured
The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Lightning struck 14 people, leaving two critically injured, as rare summer thunderstorms swept through Southern California on Sunday, authorities said.

Thirteen people, including a 15-year-old, were treated at Venice Beach in Los Angeles after lightning hit the area around 2:30 p.m., and at least one required CPR, city fire spokeswoman Katherine Main said.

Air Algerie jet's black boxes to be sent to France

Downed Air Algerie jet's black boxes to be sent to France, embassy official says
Baba Ahmed, The Associated Press

BAMAKO, Mali - Black boxes from the Air Algerie plane that crashed in northern Mali last week will be transferred to France for analysis, the French embassy in Mali said Sunday, as officials prepared for the process of identifying the remains of the dead.

Costa Concordia wreck reaches final destination

Wreck of Costa Concordia cruise liner reaches final destination: Genoa port for scrapping
Annalisa Camilli, The Associated Press

GENOA, Italy - The shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner completed its final journey, reaching Genoa on Sunday where it will be scrapped.

Pulled by tugboats and nudged by winds, the ship was eased into the port in this northwestern Italian city. The Concordia struck a reef when its captain sailed too close to Giglio Island off Tuscany's coast Jan. 13, 2012, and capsized, killing 32 people.

Typhoon Matmo kills 13 people in China

Typhoon Matmo kills 13 people in China, leaves thousands in need of basic living supplies
The Associated Press

BEIJING, China - A typhoon has killed 13 people in China and left thousands in need of basic living supplies, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said Sunday.

Typhoon Matmo dumped heavy rain on Taiwan before making landfall in China on Wednesday and being downgraded to a tropical storm. It brought strong winds and heavy downpours to several provinces.

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