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4 Dead, 284 Missing in South Korea Ferry Sinking

South Korean rescuers and dive teams worked frantically under floodlights as fears rose for nearly 300 people missing after a ferry sank Wednesday with 462 on board, mostly high school students bound for a holiday island.

Posted on Apr 16, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Sunday Alamba

Death Toll Expected to Rise in Nigeria Plane Crash (Video)

New details are emerging Monday after a plane crash killed at least 153 people in Nigeria over the weekend. All passengers aboard the Dana Air plane were killed, but rescue officials are concerned that more deaths will be reported on the ground.

Posted on Jun 4, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Sunday Alamba

Plane Crashes in Nigeria’s Largest City

An emergency management official says none of the 147 passengers survived after a Dana Air plane flew into a two-story building in the Iju neighborhood of Lagos on Sunday.

Posted on Jun 3, 2012 READ MORE



Flickr / Koshyk

Climate Change and America’s Deadly National Parks

After learning that tourist deaths in Yosemite National Park increased this season compared with a typical year, Mother Jones reporter Kiera Butler asks whether the events that are rearranging the Earth’s climate might be the culprit. (more)

Posted on Sep 19, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons

Obama Calls for Probe of Coal Mine Tragedy

President Barack Obama has demanded an investigation into the deaths of 29 miners after an explosion in a West Virginia coal mine brought new and widespread attention to hazards in the mining industry.

Posted on Apr 10, 2010 READ MORE



adrian8_8

Luge Snuff Video: What Were the Networks Thinking?

Days after the luge accident that killed a Georgian Olympian, we still can’t shake the disturbing images and sound of his body flying off the track at 90 mph and striking a steel pole. That trauma was delivered in full high definition by the three major networks, which all reached the same appalling decision to air the footage. (continued)

Posted on Feb 14, 2010 READ MORE



ethiopianairlines.com

90 Feared Dead in Lebanon Plane Crash

An Ethiopian Airlines plane carrying 90 passengers and crew crashed off the coast of Lebanon on Monday. The aircraft, which took off in a severe storm, was seen on fire before it went down. The cause of the crash is officially unknown, but Lebanese officials discounted the possibility of sabotage.

Posted on Jan 25, 2010 READ MORE


Tsvangirais
AP photo

Zimbabwe’s PM Injured, Wife Killed in Car Crash

Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, after enduring a great deal of hardship on the long road to his current position of sharing power with President Robert Mugabe, was injured and his wife of 31 years was killed in a car accident that occurred Friday when they were on their way to their home outside Harare.

Posted on Mar 7, 2009 READ MORE


UN Aid
Maan Images / Hatem Omar

Halt! Who Goes There? Well, Not Aid

Be it a political gamble or a mix-up of epic proportions, Hamas is being accused of stealing humanitarian aid from U.N. trucks in the Gaza Strip. Due to the thefts, officials say, aid has stopped flowing into the battle-torn territory, where half the population depends on the U.N. shipments for food.

Posted on Feb 6, 2009 READ MORE


Dick Cheney Jacket

Dick Cheney the Muse

A well-known Colombian tailor is using Dick Cheney’s famous hunting mishap—when Cheney accidentally shot his friend in the face—as inspiration for a new line of bulletproof hunting apparel. The accompanying video shows one of the bulletproof jackets in action.

Posted on Nov 28, 2008 READ MORE


More Than 20 Killed in Russian Sub Accident

A Russian navy submarine propelled by nuclear power was heading back to port during a test run in the Sea of Japan when the fire-extinguishing system was accidentally activated near the sub’s bow, killing over 20 people and injuring at least 21 others aboard.

Posted on Nov 8, 2008 READ MORE


John and Cindy McCain
AP photo / LM Otero

The Other Mrs. McCain

The Brits are in on the American election speculation game, judging by this Daily Mail article about John McCain’s first wife, Carol, which, despite reporter Sharon Churcher’s “tsk-tsk” tone about McCain’s possible philandering and his eventual wife-swap (enter Cindy, beer heiress, pictured), also allows that Carol McCain still cares about her ex-husband and supports him in his political ventures.

Posted on Jun 9, 2008 READ MORE


Inquest: Driver, Paparazzi at Fault in Diana ‘Manslaughter’

An inquest jury in Britain has officially concluded that Princess Diana and her companion, Dodi Al Fayed, were killed in a 1997 car crash in Paris as a result of “gross negligence manslaughter” by their chauffeur, Henri Paul, and the paparazzi.

Posted on Apr 7, 2008 READ MORE


Gold Miners
eb.com

3,000 Trapped in South African Mine

More than 3,000 South African gold miners are trapped 1.4 miles beneath the surface of the Earth. The company that owns the mine said that its workers will be able to breathe, but South Africa’s National Union of Mineworkers said it is extremely concerned for those who are trapped. Update: All of the workers have been rescued.

Posted on Oct 3, 2007 READ MORE


JonBenet Ramsey
cbc.ca

JonBenet Confession May Be Bunk

UPDATE: Authorities are questioning the veracity of the supposed confession described below.
John Mark Karr, a 41-year-old schoolteacher, has admitted to kidnapping and killing JonBenet Ramsey.  The surprise confession comes after 10 years of dead-ends and false accusations in a mystery that gripped the American imagination?and airwaves.
UPDATE: Thai authorities said Karr told them he drugged and had sex with the child, and then realized he had “accidentally” killed her.

Posted on Aug 17, 2006 READ MORE


Italians Seek Indictment of American Soldier

Italian prosecutors want U.S. Marine Mario Lozano to stand trial for the death of Nicola Calipari, a 51-year-old Italian intelligence agent who was killed at a U.S. roadblock in Iraq. Calipari was escorting an Italian journalist who had been released by kidnappers. A report published by Italy last year conflicts with the U.S. version of events and, according to the BBC, cited “the troops’ stress and inexperience.”

Posted on Jun 19, 2006 READ MORE


cheney_hunting
AP / David Bohrer

Cheney Hunting Story Filled With Discrepancies

The Associated Press (not exactly an ultra-liberal organization) says the account of the vice president’s hunting accident is full of inconsistencies.
Newsday points out that the medical diagram in Cheney’s accident report is incorrect.

Posted on Feb 18, 2006 READ MORE


Tucker Carlson
MSNBC via ThinkProgress

Cheney-Drinking Questions Percolating (and fermenting)

The traditional media and the blogosphere are abuzz with questions about the drinking Cheney did before hunting; whether his medications, combined with alcohol, may have played a role; and whether this explains why he didn’t alert the media for so long about the accident (i.e., did he need the time to get the intoxicants out of his system?).
Some of the best writing on the topic:

  • Think Progress: McClellan Ducks Questions on Role of Alcohol
  • AMERICAblog:  What did Cheney drink and when did he drink it?
  • Tucker Carlson: You CanӒt Drink A Beer If You Shoot. Period.
  • Think Progress: Inconsistencies in statements of Cheney’s “star witness”
  • Raw Story: ‘Beer quote’ scrubbed from MSNBC story
  • The Nation’s John Nichols: Cheney has a lot more explaining to do

  • Posted on Feb 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Cheney's got a gun
    AP / White House

    The Cheney Hunting Incident

    By Blair Golson

    When the vice president accidentally shot 78-year-old Texas lawyer Harry Whittington on a hunting trip after drinking a beer, and then delayed telling the world about it for 14 hours, he refocused the nation’s attention on troubling questions of official secrecy (and Dick Cheney’s aim). Truthdig has all the videos, articles and documents you need to answer the questions for yourself.

    Posted on Feb 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush ‘Satisfied’ With Cheney’s Response to Shooting

    The president says “I thought the vice president handled the issue just fine” but declines to discuss details of Cheney’s late disclosure of the hunting accident.

    Posted on Feb 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Cheney: I’m Sorry for Shooting, Not Sorry for the Delay

    In a gesture admirable in its sentiment but inexcusable in its belatedness, the vice president tells Fox News that he alone is to blame for the accident. He called it “one of the worst days of my life.” (video or story)
    He does not, however, apologize for having a private citizen break the news to the world—almost 24 hours late.

    Posted on Feb 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Cheney Shotgun Victim Suffers Heart Attack

    Harry Whittington, the 78-year-old lawyer who was shot by Vice President Dick Cheney in a hunting accident, has a birdshot pellet in his heart and had “a minor heart attack” Tuesday morning. He is back in intensive care. | story

    The ER chief at the Texas hospital, asked if the birdshot could endanger Whittington’s life, responded: “When birdshot is in your body, there’s always the risk they can move. We’ll watch very closely for any migration.”


    Continuing Coverage:

  • Account of Doctors raises questions on heart injury

  • Think Progress: Scott McClellan concealed the heart attack from the press.
  • A White House spokesman cracked jokes on the record about the incident (before Whittington suffered the heart attack).
  • The Smoking Gun surfaces the Texas hunting accident report. (hat tip: Huffington Post)
  • The lowdown on what hunting rules Cheney broke.
  • Slow Leak: Time publishes an inside account of why Cheney didn’t publicly disclose news of the accident for 24 hours.
  • Unloading on Cheney: Comedians take aim at the vice president.

  • Posted on Feb 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Cheney Shoots a Texas Liberal

    Welcome back to the paradoxical Bush/Cheney “responsibility society,” where no one (starting with the administration) takes responsibility.

    Posted on Feb 13, 2006 READ MORE


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