accidents and disasters
Dec 3, 2013 — Four people were killed and more than 60 were injured when the commuter train derailed Sunday. Investigators say they've found no problems with its brakes. They reported earlier that it entered a curve going 82 mph — more than 50 mph more than the speed limit.
Nov 27, 2013 — Valdis Dombrovskis is taking "political responsibility." More than 50 people died last week when when the store's roof collapsed. Corruption, design flaws and substandard work all may have played roles.
Nov 22, 2013 — A massive hole opened up as much of a supermarket's roof fell down on shoppers and store employees. Several firefighters who responded to the scene were also killed by falling debris.
Nov 22, 2013 — The number of people confirmed killed by Typhoon Haiyan continues to increase. Authorities are finding more victims as they search destroyed buildings and as they reach remote areas.
Nov 20, 2013 — Tacloban was leveled by Typhoon Haiyan. "We have citizens, but no city," an official said. Twelve days later, people in the city of more than 200,000 are getting more help. But of the 13 million or so people affected by the storm, less than half may have received aid so far.
Nov 19, 2013 — veThe storm struck on Nov. 8 and some remote islands have yet to be reached. It's been difficult to get help to some survivors and to account for the dead. As of Tuesday, the official death toll stood at nearly 4,000. Among them were at least 5 Americans.
Nov 19, 2013 — The severe storms that swept through Illinois, Michigan and other states left at least eight people dead. Thousands more had their homes destroyed or ruined. With cold weather coming, reconstruction will be delayed.
Nov 18, 2013 — The numbers about the superstorm's effects keep getting worse. Officials say that nearly 13 million people were affected by Typhoon Haiyan, with at least 4 million left homeless, and that some haven't been reached yet on remote islands.
Nov 18, 2013 — It was a deadly combination: Winter jet streams collided with warm and moist air. Twisters flattened subdivisions in Washington, Ill., and tore through farming communities. The destruction spread to other states across the upper Midwest. Six deaths have been reported in Illinois, two in Michigan.
Nov 15, 2013 — While the aid effort continues to ramp up, many in the typhoon-ravaged nation are still waiting for food, water and adequate shelter. "Nothing. Nothing happened," one survivor said Friday after waiting hours for food aid that never arrived.