Accidents and disasters
EASTPORT, N.Y. - Police say a Long Island man set his rental car ablaze while trying to kill bedbugs inside the vehicle.
Scott Kemery suffered first- and second-degree burns in the incident Tuesday outside an Eastport supermarket.
Police say the Bridgehampton resident poured alcohol over the insects, then sat in the car and lit a cigarette, setting off the blaze.
He fled the vehicle on his own.
Detective Sgt. Edward Fitzgerald told Newsday (http://nwsdy.li/1aTDlif ) that someone told Kemery that if he saturated the bedbugs with alcohol it would kill them.
BONNEY LAKE, Wash. - A concrete slab fell from a construction site on a Washington state highway overpass on Monday, crushing a vehicle driving underneath the span and killing a young couple and their baby boy, police said.
When workers were finally able to reach the damaged pickup, they found the victims — a man and a woman in their mid-20s and an infant, Bonney Lake police said Monday night.
Fire officials initially said at least one person had been killed.
MILWAUKEE - A man whose van struck and killed a 2-year-old boy on a Milwaukee street was shot to death after getting out to check on the child, police said. A 15-year-old boy, a brother of the 2-year-old who came from a nearby house, was also fatally shot at the scene.
ORLANDO, Fla. - A Lamborghini driven by a customer at an exotic-car racing attraction on Walt Disney World property crashed into a guardrail, killing a driving instructor who was in the passenger seat, a spokeswoman said Monday.
Gary Terry was a senior operations manager at the Exotic Driving Experience at Walt Disney World, and he also was a professional driving instructor, said Lauren Swoboda, a spokeswoman for Petty Holdings LLC, which operated the attraction.
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.
TEHRAN, Iran - Two assailants on a motorcycle attached a magnetic bomb to the car of an Iranian university professor working at a key nuclear facility, killing him and his driver Wednesday, reports said. The slayings suggest a widening covert effort to set back Iran's atomic program.