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Police nab man sought after fatal NYC subway shove

New York City police find man wanted for questioning following deadly weekend subway shove
The Associated Press

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.

4 deaths blamed on major New York snowstorm

4 deaths blamed on paralyzing early snowstorm that strands 150 vehicles on New York Thruway
Carolyn Thompson, The Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Four people died during a storm that dumped more than 4 feet of snow around Buffalo and forced motorists in 150 vehicles, including a women's basketball team, to ride it out on a day when temperatures dropped to freezing or below in all 50 states.

One person was killed in an automobile accident and three others had heart attacks, including two believed to be shovelling snow at the time, Erie County officials said.

Estate of keeper killed by cougar sues sanctuary

Estate of young animal keeper who was mauled, killed by cougar sues wild cat sanctuary, owners
Gosia Wozniacka, The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. - The estate of a young woman who was mauled to death by a cougar while working at a suburban Portland wild cat sanctuary is suing the sanctuary and its owners.

The lawsuit against Wildcat Haven and owners Michael and Cheryl Tuller was filed last week in Multnomah (muhlt-NOH'-muh) County District Court.

The lawsuit alleges the sanctuary is liable for the death of Renee Radziwon-Chapman because she was left alone with the animals despite expressing concerns about working solo.

Small plane crashes into Chicago home

Small plane crashes into Chicago home, killing pilot but sparing residents asleep inches away
Jason Keyser, The Associated Press

CHICAGO - A small twin-engine cargo plane crashed into a home on Chicago's southwest side Tuesday, killing the pilot but sparing a couple who were asleep just inches away.

The Aero Commander 500-B slammed nose-down into the front of the home around 2:40 a.m., punching through the ground floor into the basement and leaving about a third of the aircraft, including the tail, sticking straight out of the red-brick home.

Plane carrying South African dead arrives home

Plane carrying remains of South Africans killed in Nigeria building collapse lands at SA base
Christopher Torchia, The Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG - A plane carrying the remains of 74 South Africans who died in a building collapse in Nigeria on Sept. 12 arrived on Sunday in South Africa.

The plane landed at Waterkloof air force base near Pretoria, the South African capital, ahead of a ceremony at which the names of the dead were read to mourners, including family members and government officials. Some relatives wept during the sombre event.

Fire destroys meat plant in northern Spain

Fire destroys large meat producing plant in northern Spain and closes nearby highway
Harold Heckle, The Associated Press

MADRID - An official says a fire has destroyed one of Spain's largest meat producing plants and created a plume of black smoke that forced the closure of a highway in the northern city of Burgos.

A city government spokesman says the blaze began early Sunday at the Campofrio plant, where 1,000 employees work, causing an evacuation of the building.

Firefighters were unable to control the blaze, and the highway was closed due to poor visibility after the smoke appeared to cause the collision of a car and truck that left four people injured.

Russian spacecraft turned space junk to crash soon

Stranded Russian spacecraft to crash to Earth soon, risks posed by its fiery plunge unclear
Vladimir Isachenkov, The Associated Press

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.

Dalembert remembers horror of quake

Two years later, Canadian Samuel Dalembert aids in rebuilding effort in Haiti
Chris Duncan, The Associated Press

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.

Bomb kills Iranian nuclear expert

Iranian nuclear expert killed by magnetic bomb attached to his car
Ali Akbar Dareini, The Associated Press

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.

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