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Texas executes ex-gang member for deaths of 3

Texas executes ex-gang member for the 2000 shooting deaths of 3 rivals in San Antonio
Michael Graczyk, The Associated Press

HUNTSVILLE, Texas - A former gang member was put to death Tuesday evening for the fatal shootings of three rivals 14 years ago in San Antonio.

Miguel Paredes, 32, was convicted along with two other men in the September 2000 slayings of three people with ties to the Mexican Mafia. The victims' bodies were rolled up in a carpet, driven about 50 miles (80 kilometres) southwest, dumped and set on fire. A farmer investigating a grass fire found the remains.

Thousands attend Oscar Taveras' Dominican burial

Thousands attend burial of Cardinals OF Oscar Taveras in Dominican Republic
Dionisio Soldevila, The Associated Press

SOSUA, Dominican Republic - Several St. Louis Cardinals were among thousands of people who crowded into a cemetery near the Dominican Republic's north coast for Tuesday's burial of former major league outfielder Oscar Taveras.

18 miners trapped in coal mine accident in Turkey

Coal mine accident in southern Turkey traps 18 miners as water surges underground
Suzan Fraser, The Associated Press

ANKARA, Turkey - Surging water trapped at least 18 workers Tuesday in a coal mine in Turkey, officials and reports said — an event likely to raise even more concerns about the nation's poor workplace safety standards.

Weakening Hanna soaks Nicaragua, Honduras

Weakening Hanna soaks waterlogged northern Nicaragua, eastern Honduras
The Associated Press

MANAGUA, Nicaragua - Hanna made landfall near the Nicaragua-Honduras border Monday as a tropical storm, bringing heavy rains to an already waterlogged area.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm was forecast to dump as much as 10 to 12 inches (25-30 centimetres) of precipitation with higher isolated amounts, threatening dangerous flash floods and landslides.

Cardinals stunned by Taveras' death

Cardinals stunned by Oscar Taveras's death in car accident in Dominican Republic
R.B. Fallstrom, The Associated Press

Mike Matheny needed some time to figure out what to say. Like the rest of the St. Louis Cardinals, the manager was levelled by the sudden death of Oscar Taveras.

South Korea seeks death penalty for ferry captain

South Korean prosecutors demand death penalty for captain of doomed ferry
Hyung-Jin Kim, The Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea - South Korean prosecutors on Monday demanded the death penalty for the captain of a ferry that sank earlier this year, killing more than 300 people, blaming his negligence and failure to rescue passengers in need for the massive loss of life, a court official and news reports said.

Hawaii volcano lava prompts evacuation concerns

Hawaii volcano lava prompts evacuation concerns, moves nearer to town's main road
Becky Bohrer, The Associated Press

Dozens of residents in a rural area of Hawaii have been placed on alert as flowing lava from an erupting volcano advances.

Authorities on Sunday said lava flow on the Big Island of Hawaii had advanced about 250 yards since Saturday morning. The flow front had entered a cemetery and was about a half-mile from Pahoa Village Road, the town's main street.

Boat accident leaves 26 dead in Zambia

Boat accident in Zambia leaves 26 people dead, most of them children
The Associated Press

LUSAKA, Zambia - At least 26 people, most of them children, died when a crowded boat capsized in Zambia while on the way to a national celebration, police said Saturday.

Among the drowned in Friday's accident were school children aged from six to 15 years, as well as a baby. The state broadcaster said 23 of those who died were children. One student survived.

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.

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