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Number missing after Joplin tornado down to 10

CHICAGO — The number of people missing after the deadliest single tornado to strike the United States in more than six decades has been whittled down to just 10, state officials said Tuesday. A mile-wide May 22 twister reduced much of the Missouri town of Joplin to rubble, leaving at…

232 still missing after tornado in Joplin, Missouri

JOPLIN, Missouri (AFP) – Officials Thursday said 232 people were still missing four days after a tornado tore through a Missouri town, and had only managed to identify one of the 125 bodies found in the storm’s wake. Some of the missing from Sunday’s disaster in Joplin may be among…

1,500 still unaccounted for after deadly Missouri tornado

JOPLIN, Missouri – Rescuers combed through overturned cars and flattened buildings Tuesday hunting for survivors after this Missouri town was struck by one of the strongest US tornadoes ever recorded. A massive mile-wide funnel-cloud, with winds of up to 200 miles (320 kilometers) an hour, tore through the town of…

Grim search continues in tornado-hit Joplin, Missouri: 116 dead

JOPLIN, Missouri (AFP) – Rescue crews clawed through the rubble searching for survivors early Tuesday after a tornado in Missouri killed 116 people, amid warnings that more powerful storms were on the way. “That’s all that’s left,” Roger Dedick said on Monday as he pointed to a section of foundation,…

Prince William stunned by damage in Christchurch after the quake

by Marty Melville CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AFP) – Prince William expressed his shock at the devastation in earthquake-hit Christchurch Thursday after traipsing in the rubble to inspect the stricken New Zealand city first-hand. “It’s just so sad,” the Prince said as he surveyed teetering buildings in the city centre, which…

At least 20 killed in Pakistan bomb attack

LAHORE, Pakistan — A bomb planted by suspected Islamic militants exploded at a filling station in Pakistan’s central Punjab province Tuesday, killing at least 20 people and wounding 127 others, police said. Many of those hurt remained trapped by debris and shrapnel hours after the blast reduced the station building…

New Zealand quake toll to climb as rescue hopes fade

CHRISTCHURCH (Reuters) – New Zealand and international rescuers held out slim hope of finding survivors three days after an earthquake struck the city of Christchurch, but with many still missing the death toll is expected to rise far above 100. Teams from quake-prone countries such as Japan and the United…

Nearly 400 dead, missing in New Zealand quake

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand – New Zealand declared a national state of emergency Wednesday after one of its worst earthquake disasters left nearly 400 people dead or missing. Rescuers worked frantically to reach survivors under collapsed buildings in the stricken city centre of Christchurch, after recovering 75 bodies. About 300 people…

Forensic experts to reexamine WTC rubble

New York forensic experts will start a major new search Monday through debris from the World Trade Center for remains of people killed in the 9/11 terrorist attack, officials said. About 844 cubic yards (645 cubic meters) of material recovered from the reconstruction site at Ground Zero will be combed…

Haitian star Wyclef Jean pulls bodies from rubble

PORT-AU-PRINCE (AFP) – Haitian native Wyclef Jean spent Thursday clearing bodies from the streets of Port-au-Prince, as he called for the government to impose a state of emergency and warned of impending chaos. Jean, who became famous as a front-man for the superstar Fugees hip hop group, has long been…

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