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40 dead in Russia plane crash: official

MOSCOW (AFP) – Forty people died late Monday when a Russian plane crashed onto a highway near Petrozavodsk airport in Karelia, northwest Russia, the emergency situations ministry said as quoted by Russian news agencies. The RussAir TU-134 carrying 43 passengers and five crew tried to land just before midnight Monday…

14 killed in NYC tour bus crash

NEW YORK (AFP) – A tour bus flipped over on a highway in New York city early Saturday, killing 14 people and leaving a least six others in critical conditions, authorities said. “The accident was horrific. Fourteen people are dead and others are badly hurt,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The…

Huge fire sweeps across central Florida

MIAMI – Firefighters were battling a fast-moving, massive blaze and clouds of thick smoke that prompted evacuations and highway closures in central Florida, though tempered in part by heavy downpours. The fire, which began on Monday, spread quickly. By dawn on Tuesday, it had swept over an area of more…

Bumper-to-bumper as epic China traffic jam returns

BEIJING — A huge traffic jam stretching at least 75 miles reappeared in northern China Thursday, with thousands of cargo trucks stuck in a bottleneck, state media said. State television broadcast images of a long line of mostly cargo trucks inching slowly through Inner Mongolia on a major highway leading…

School bus crash leaves two dead, 50 hurt in Missouri

At least two people were dead and 50 hurt when two school buses collided with a truck and sports utility vehicle on a Missouri highway Thursday, media reported. The buses were full of eighth grade students belonging to a school band on their way to the Six Flags amusement park,…

Google Maps directions lead injured walker to court

A woman hit by a car while walking on a route provided by Google’s online mapping service is suing the Internet colossus for not recommending a safer path. Lauren Rosenberg of Los Angeles is asking a US District Court to order the California-based firm to pay her “in excess of”…

GOP senator’s hold puts 2,000 federal employees out of work

Two thousand federal transportation workers will be furloughed without pay on Monday, and the Obama administration said they have a Kentucky senator to blame for it. Federal reimbursements to states for highway programs will also be halted, the Transportation Department said in a statement late Sunday. The reimbursements amount to…

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