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West Virginia coal miner's death caused by safety failures, federal report says

Feb. 20, 2024 11:30 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Safety failures at a West Virginia underground coal mine caused the death of a miner last year, federal regulators found. The Mine Safety and Health Administration released its report last week in the drowning death of Christopher Finley, 39, at Twin State...

Man who told estranged wife 'If I can't have them neither can you' gets life for killing their kids

Feb. 16, 2024 16:24 PM EST

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago man who told his estranged wife in a note after he drowned their three young children "If I can’t have them neither can you” was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The Lake County judge sentenced Jason...

A migrant smuggling boat capsizes off Panama, leaving at least 5 people dead and 1 missing

Feb. 15, 2024 15:31 PM EST

PANAMA CITY (AP) — At least five people died and the search continued for one more who was missing Thursday after a boat carrying more than two dozen migrants capsized off Panama’s Caribbean coast in an apparent attempt to avoid the treacherous Darien Gap land route. Panama’s...

After record year, Tunisia reports migrant deaths from shipwreck near Libyan waters

Feb. 15, 2024 13:31 PM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's coast guard retrieved the bodies of nine people who died after their boat sank on Thursday, marking the latest disaster for migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe. The coast guard also retrieved 45 people from the boat after it...

Sweden won't reopen an investigation into 1994 Baltic Sea ferry disaster

Feb. 15, 2024 08:03 AM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden won't reopen an investigation into a 1994 ferry sinking in the Baltic Sea that killed 852 people in one of Europe’s deadliest peacetime sea disasters, after investigators in Estonia, Finland and Sweden found no indication of a collision or an explosion, the prosecutor...

Dozens are presumed dead after an overloaded boat capsizes on Lake Kivu in Congo

Feb. 13, 2024 19:19 PM EST

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The majority of the 50 passengers aboard a wooden boat that capsized on a lake in eastern Congo are presumed to be dead, a local official said. The boat crossing Lake Kivu was also carrying 20 bags of cement and likely sank Sunday due to being overloaded,...

ATV breaks through ice and plunges into lake, killing 88-year-old fisherman in Maine

Feb. 10, 2024 15:39 PM EST

FRANKLIN, Maine (AP) — An 88-year-old man died when an all-terrain vehicle driven by his grandson broke through ice and plunged into a lake, officials said Saturday, the latest in a string of incidents linked to treacherous ice conditions in the state. The grandson managed to...

13 people are dead and 27 missing after a boat carrying Sudanese migrants to Europe sank

Feb. 08, 2024 11:33 AM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — At least 13 Sudanese migrants died and 27 others are believed missing after their small metal boat sank Thursday off the Tunisian coast as they sought to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe, according to local authorities. The Tunisian coast guard was able...

Chilean ex-President Piñera drowned after a crash in a helicopter he was piloting, prosecutors say

Feb. 07, 2024 15:26 PM EST

VIÑA DEL MAR, Chile (AP) — Chilean prosecutors on Wednesday released more details about the death of former President Sebastian Piñera, saying he drowned after the helicopter he was piloting crashed into a lake. Piñera, 74, died on Tuesday after a flight over Lake Ranco, more...

Today in History: February 3, the day the music died

Feb. 03, 2024 00:03 AM EST

Today in History Today is Saturday, Feb. 3, the 34th day of 2024. There are 332 days left in the year. Today in History: On Feb. 3, 1959, which would become known as “the day the music died,” rock-and-roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P....