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Driver plows through Chinese square, at least 9 killed

Driver plows through Chinese square, at least 9 killed

World
Sept. 12 (UPI) -- A man drove his car through a busy public square in China's Hunan province on Wednesday, killing at least nine people and injuring dozens more. As many as 43 people were injured when a red SUV suddenly plowed through crowds of people in Binjiang square in the city of Hengyang at 7:40 p.m. local time, The South China Morning Post reported. A 54-year-old male suspect was arrested at the scene and police are investigating the incident. Police said the suspect, Yang Zanyun, had a criminal record and served time in prison for arson and drugs related offenses, the BBC reported. A local government statement declared the incident a "deliberate, malicious case of driving with intent to injure," although it wasn't immediately clear if it was terror-releated. Let's block a...
Flash floods in Italy leaves at least 8 hikers dead

Flash floods in Italy leaves at least 8 hikers dead

World
Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Flash floods killed at least eight hikers and left another dozen injured in southern Italy's Calabria region Monday, local emergency officials said. Italy's civil protection agency said the hikers were swept away when floodwaters filled a narrow gorge. "This is a split in the terrain that is very tight and high. Imagine nearly a kilometer in height. And just a few meters wide. Imagine people who were in this hole," Carlo Tansi, head of civil protection, told Italian news agency Sky TG24. At least a dozen sustained injuries, including five taken to the hospital. Among those rescued was a 10-year-old boy. Tansi said it's unclear if there were more deaths or if anyone was missing. "The problem is we don't know how many people were knocked over by this flood," he said. Le...
At least 26 dead after cars plunge off collapsed bridge in Italy: Officials

At least 26 dead after cars plunge off collapsed bridge in Italy: Officials

World
A section of a towering highway bridge collapsed in Italy Tuesday, sending vehicles plunging nearly 300 feet to the ground and killing at least 26 people, officials said. The collapse of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa occurred around midday during strong storms moving through the area of northwest Italy, according to authorities. At least 30 vehicles were on the bridge in a port section of the city when the span gave way, Amalia Tedeschi, a firefighter, told the Italian news agency ANSA. Several people were pulled from the rubble alive and taken to a hospital by helicopter, Tedeschi added. Construction involving a crane was occurring on the bridge at the time of the collapse, but it was too early to pinpoint what caused the span to fail, Italian authorities said. At least 26 people wer...
Ex-Bank of America exec claims wrongful termination, defamation and seeks at least $20 million

Ex-Bank of America exec claims wrongful termination, defamation and seeks at least $20 million

Finance
It began as an ordinary night for six Bank of America employees, who were out to celebrate the holidays. In mid-December, the members of the firm’s prime brokerage — a division that caters to hedge funds — had gathered at an intimate Lower East Side lounge called Et Al after leaving the team’s gift-exchange party around the corner. They danced, drank and mingled with the club’s dozens of other patrons. Within weeks, Omeed Malik, the most senior of the bank's employees at the impromptu event, left Bank of America. Soon after, media reports indicated the bank had investigated an accusation of inap...
Massive high-rise fire causes building collapse; at least 1 dead

Massive high-rise fire causes building collapse; at least 1 dead

World
A massive fire engulfed two high-rise structures in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Tuesday, causing one of the buildings to collapse. Video posted on social media early Tuesday showed the 20-story building crumbling to the ground as flames raced toward the top floor, killing at least one person. The second building was seen with about half its floors engulfed in flames, but authorities said it was not in danger of collapsing. At least one person was killed in the fire and three were reported missing, but authorities said those figures could go up. The collapsed building was a former federal police headquarters that had since been occupied by squatters, according to local reports. Officials with the Sao Paulo Fire Department said as many as 50 families may have been living there at the time. Wi...