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16 Dead As Snow Hits Eastern US

16 Dead As Snow Hits Eastern US

At least 16 people have died due to blizzard-like conditions battering the eastern half of the US, leaving nearly two feet of snow.

Around 1,900 flights have been cancelled across the country as howling wind and sub-zero temperatures wreaked chaos.

Governors in New York and New Jersey declared states of emergency and urged residents to stay at home, while hundreds of schools were shut down in Boston and New York.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said: “This is nothing to be trifled with. People should seriously consider staying in their homes.” read more

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Plane Crashes While Landing At US Airport

Plane Crashes While Landing At US Airport

A private jet has crashed and burst into flames while landing at an airport in the US state of Colorado.

The crash happened at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport, which serves the famous Colorado skiing resort.

Photos and video from the scene show a fire engine spraying down the wreckage, and smoke billowing from the plane.

Aspen is a popular winter holiday destination for celebrities, and comedian Kevin Nealon and singer LeAnn Rimes posted tweets after witnessing the crash. read more

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A Building In Goa Collapses Killing 14 And Trapping Dozens

A Building In Goa Collapses Killing 14 And Trapping Dozens

Fourteen people have been killed and dozens more are trapped after a building collapsed in the Indian state of Goa.

Police Superintendent Shekhar Prabhudesai said authorities are still trying to determine how many people were on site when the five-storey structure, which was under construction, crumpled in Canacona, about 44 miles (70km) from the state capital of Panaji.

Rescuers are digging through the debris in the coastal village in search of survivors.

Witnesses said about 40 workers were on site. read more

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Sale Of Marijuana Becomes Legal In Colorado

Sale Of Marijuana Becomes Legal In Colorado

Police in Colorado have increased patrols around marijuana retailers as the state allows the first sales for recreational use in the US.

Shops were planning celebrations and hiring extra security to prepare for potential crowds and some customers were camping out overnight to buy up to an ounce (28.3g) of legal weed.

Possession, cultivation and private personal consumption of marijuana by adults has been legal in Colorado for more than a year, but so-called Green Wednesday is a major milestone for the legalisation movement. read more

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Woman Dies In Accident At Boston Drawbridge

Woman Dies In Accident At Boston Drawbridge

A woman has been crushed to death between sections of a drawbridge over the Chelsea River in Boston.

Aura Garcia, a 46-year-old mother-of-two, was crossing the bridge on the way to a medical appointment when the operator, unaware she was there, began raising it for a boat to pass.

She grabbed hold of one of the sides of the bridge and the operator immediately lowered it when he heard her scream, but she became trapped in between the plates.

Witness Waldina Garcia told the Boston Globe: “I couldn’t see her, but I could hear her.” read more

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Jahi McMath Is Running Out Of Time

Jahi McMath Is Running Out Of Time

A 13-year-old girl declared brain dead could be disconnected from a breathing machine today despite her family’s attempt to keep her on life support.

Under a court order, Children’s Hospital of Oakland in California is allowed to remove Jahi McMath from a ventilator at 5pm local time (1am on Tuesday, UK time).

But her family believes the girl is alive and is hoping to be able to move her to another facility where she can be kept on a breathing machine. read more

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Female Suicide Bomber Responsible For The Explosion In Volgograd, Russia

Female Suicide Bomber Responsible For The Explosion In Volgograd, Russia

A female suicide bomber has been blamed for killing 15 people and leaving dozens more injured at a railway station in the southern Russian city of Volgograd.

Police identified the bomber as a Dagestan national called Oksana Aslanova – who had been married to two Islamists killed by Russian forces.

She apparently detonated a bomb in front of a metal detector inside the main entrance of the station. Russian television is suggesting there may have been two attackers. read more

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Two Guys Made A Life-Sized Lego Car That Runs On Air

Two Guys Made A Life-Sized Lego Car That Runs On Air

Steve Sammartino and Raul Oaida built a functional car out of Lego bricks that runs on air.

The car is the product of the duo’s Super Awesome Micro Project, a crowd-funded effort that allowed them to take 500,000 Lego bricks and 256 pistons and design a hot rod-esque masterpiece.

The car, from engine to seats, is made completely from the tiny bricks, with the exception of a few structural parts including wheels, tires, and gauges. Sammartino and Oaida estimate they’ve dropped $60,000 on Lego bricks alone.

Lego Car made up of 500,000 Lego bricks and 256 pistons

Lego Car made up of 500,000 Lego bricks and 256 pistons read more

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PIP Breast Implant Founder Jean-Claude Mas Gets Convicted

PIP Breast Implant Founder Jean-Claude Mas Gets Convicted

The founder of a company that made substandard breast implants has been jailed for four years.

Jean-Claude Mas of Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) was found guilty of fraud after using industrial-grade silicone in thousands of breast implants sold worldwide.

The 74-year-old, dubbed “the sorcerer’s apprentice of implants” by prosecutors, plans to appeal, according to his lawyer.

Jean-Claude Mas

Jean-Claude Mas read more

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