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Bus overturns in northwestern China, killing 22

Bus overturns in northwestern China, killing 22 people and injuring 38, state media say
The Associated Press

BEIJING, China - A bus overturned on a highway in China's far western region of Xinjiang, killing 22 people and injuring 38, state media said Wednesday.

The official Xinhua News Agency said the accident occurred shortly before midnight on Tuesday night in Kashgar prefecture. It said all of the injured were hospitalized and the cause of the accident was being investigated.

Abandoned truck's driver arrested after commuter train crash

California train crash sends 30 to hospitals; truck driver arrested on hit-and-run charge
Christopher Weber And Tami Abdollah, The Associated Press

OXNARD, Calif. - A commuter train bound for Los Angeles derailed before dawn Tuesday in a fiery collision with an abandoned commercial pickup after the truck's driver took a wrong turn and got stuck on the tracks.

There was a loud boom and the screech of brakes before three of the train's five cars toppled over, sending 30 people to hospitals. Four were in critical condition, including the engineer.

Suicide bombers kill 24 at 2 bus stations in north Nigeria

Suicide bombers kill 24 in attacks on bus stations in 2 cities amid Nigeria's Islamic uprising
Adamu Adamu And Ibrahim Garba, The Associated Press

POTISKUM, Nigeria - Teenage suicide bombers, suspected to be Boko Haram extremists, killed at least 24 people in separate blasts Tuesday at crowded bus stations in two northern Nigerian cities 300 kilometres (185 miles) apart.

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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