New Zealand hot air balloon crashes, injuring all 11 aboard

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — A hot air balloon crashed as it was about to land in New Zealand on Friday, injuring all 11 people on board, including two who suffered serious injuries and were airlifted to a hospital, according to authorities and the ballooning company. Sunrise Balloons said the hourlong trip near Queenstown had been […]

Woman falls to death at indoor climbing gym in Colorado

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Police say a woman fell about 40 feet (12 meters) to her death at an indoor climbing gym in northern Colorado. Fort Collins police spokesman Brandon Barnes tells The Coloradoan the woman fell at Ascent Studio Climbing & Fitness on Saturday, and it appears she became unattached from the auto-belay system. […]

Fire destroys pipe organ making business in western Iowa

LAKE CITY, Iowa — Fire has destroyed a western Iowa business that made pipe organs for churches, schools and customers from around the world, officials said. The fire at Dobson Pipe Organ Builders in Lake City was reported around 4 p.m. Tuesday, officials said. Firefighters found the building engulfed in flames that caused its exterior […]

Building collapses in South Korea, injuring 8 people

SEOUL, South Korea — A building being demolished in southern South Korea collapsed on Wednesday, sending debris falling on nearby vehicles and seriously injuring eight people, officials said. Concrete from the collapsed building in the southern city of Gwangju fell on a bus and two passenger vehicles, the National Fire Agency said. Emergency officers dispatched […]

4 kids among 6 killed in wrong-way crash on I-75 in Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. — A driver heading the wrong way on Interstate 75 in Kentucky struck a vehicle carrying five people, killing all six, authorities said. A southbound car being driven in the northbound lanes struck the family’s car Saturday in Lexington. Four of the victims were children, Lexington police said in a statement. A statement […]

Arizona wildfire destroys homes in remote mining town

BAGDAD, Ariz. — A wildfire has destroyed at least a dozen homes in a remote Arizona mining town, but authorities said firefighting crews managed to halt the blaze’s advance with assistance from aircraft dropping water and fire retardant. The fire that started Thursday afternoon in the community of Bagdad in desert hill country about 100 […]

Activists: Fire, charge Louisiana cops in Black man's death

NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana State Police troopers involved in the violent arrest of a Black motorist who died in police custody in 2019 should be fired and arrested, leaders of the National Urban League and other civil rights groups said Thursday. Marc Morial, the national president of the Urban League and a former mayor of […]

Toddler finds gun in sofa, accidentally shoots young sister

LAKELAND, Fla. — A 3-year-old boy accidentally shot his 2-year-old sister after finding a gun that had been hidden between sofa cushions by a family friend, Florida authorities said Saturday. The girl was in “exceptionally” critical condition, said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd at a news conference. After the girl was shot, three men in […]

Smart motorway accidents have caused 63 deaths in five years

Smart motorway accidents have caused 63 deaths in five years – 24 more than Grant Shapps’ claim of 39 Labour used analysis on Highways England statistics which showed 63 fatalities Grant Shapps says 38 people had died on smart motorways between 2015-19  Shadow transport secretary says their families are ‘crying out for common sense’ Highways […]

8 people dead in building blaze in Latvian capital Riga

HELSINKI — Eight people, some of them foreign nationals, died early Wednesday in a fire at a building housing a hostel that authorities said was operating illegally in the center of Riga, the Latvian capital. Firefighters and rescuers from the Latvian State Fire and Rescue Service said they were alerted to the scene on the […]