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17 Aug, 2016

Eight dead, flooded in Louisiana

The death toll from historic flooding in Louisiana climbs to eight, as the expanding flood zone prompts authorities to declare disasters in 20 parishes of the state. While flooding receded in parts of southern Louisiana, other areas saw rising waters. The National Weather Service issued renewed flood warnings. 40,000 homes have been impacted by the floods and more than 8,000 people were in shelters. More than 20,000 have been rescued or evacuated. Louisiana Governor Edwards:

We’re seeing unprecedented flood levels as the waters move south.

17 Jan, 2016

Eight confirmed dead

An Indonesian man wounded in the Jakarta attacks dies, bringing the death toll from the IS-linked attack to eight. A minimum of 20 people have been injured. Authorities have made 12 arrests and shut down 11 websites in the aftermath of the attacks. The attackers have been tentatively identified as belonging to a group linked with the Islamic State, and some of the attackers have been identified as known militants.

14 Nov, 2015

Prosecutor: 129 dead, 352 injured

Makes Statement

The Paris Prosecutor says  that 129 people were killed and 352 injured in the attacks. 99 people are in critical condition. At least one American was killed in the attacks. He also says three teams of attackers coordinated the attacks, and that the Bataclan group mentioned Syria and Iraq during the attacks. One suspect is identified as a 30-year-old French citizen, and one suicide attacker, identified by a Syrian passport found near his body at the national stadium, was not known to French intelligence services. All the suicide attackers wore identical explosive vests.


Two gunmen killed at the Bataclan

Officials say two gunmen are killed after the police operation at the Bataclan concert hall ends. Police say 100 people are dead inside. One official described “carnage” inside the building, saying the attackers had tossed explosives at the hostages.

2 Oct, 2015

Victims names released

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office releases the name of the victims: Professor Lawrence Levine of Glide, 67, Lucero Alcaraz of Roseburg, 19, Quinn Glen Cooper of Roseburg, 18, Kim Saltmarsh Dietz of Roseburg, 59, Lucas Eibel of Roseburg, 18, Jason Dale Johnson of Winston, 34, Sarena Dawn Moore of Myrtle Creek, 44, Treven Taylor Anspach of Sutherlin, 20, and Rebecka Ann Carnes of Myrtle Creek, 18.

15 Aug, 2015

Death toll rises to 112

china-blastThe death toll rises to 112 after a massive blast site in the Chinese port of Tianjin on Sunday as teams scramble to clear dangerous chemical contamination. Hundreds of people are reported injured and 85 firefighters and ten others are missing since the fire and explosions.

28 Jul, 2015

Police station attack: 11 dead

Terror Incident

11 people are reported dead after a terrorist attack on a New Delhi . Chief of Police:

Six victims were killed — three civilians and three security forces. The raid was a terror attack but it is not immediately clear to which group the attackers belonged. We know that the same gunman earlier fired at a nearby bus stand before storming the police station, which is next to a hospital.

18 Jun, 2015

Victims named

The Coronor’s office releases the victims’ names:

State Sen. Clementa Pinckney, the church’s pastor.

Cynthia Hurd, 54, St. Andrews regional branch manager for the Charleston County Public Library system.

Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, a church pastor, speech therapist and coach of the girls’ track and field team at Goose Creek High School. Tywanza Sanders, 26, who had a degree in business administration from Allen University, where Pinckney also attended

Ethel Lance, 70, a retired Gilliard Center employee who worked recently as a church janitor.

Susie Jackson, 87, Lance’s cousin who was named by a relative and was a longtime church member.

Depayne Middleton Doctor, 49, who retired in 2005 as Charleston County director of the Community Development Block Grant Program.

Mira Thompson, 59, a pastor at the church.

Daniel Simmons Sr., 74, who died in a hospital operating room.

2 Jun, 2015

First South Korea deaths

South Korea’s health ministry confirms the first deaths of two people due to MERS. A 58-year-old woman, who had been treated as a suspected case of MERS, died of acute respiratory failure on June 29 and tests later came back positive for the virus. The other victim died on June 30, a 71-year-old man who was confirmed to have the virus several days ago. Six more people have been  diagnosed with the disease, bringing the total number of people infected to 25 including the two victims. Acting Prime Minister Choi Kyung-hwan tells an emergency meeting of officials:

People believe that the health authorities’ response has been inefficient and poor. We should use all our national resources to alleviate their concerns.

19 May, 2015

Six bodies found

After over 24 hours of digging and searching, officials find the bodies of six of the ten miners trapped when the mine collapsed. Four others are still missing. Police:

Rescue crews in Guyana have recovered the bodies of six miners who had been missing since an open-pit gold mine collapsed in the South American country. Authorities are still searching for four other miners. Crews are digging despite heavy rains and mud to recover bodies buried up to 20 feet (6 meters) in the pit.

26 Apr, 2015

Two dead, five missing

Relatives waiting for loved ones to dockOfficials confirm there are at least two dead and five missing from the storm striking the Regatta outside Mobile Alabama. Rescue and search efforts continue. Officials:

Forty people have been rescued from the water after the 4:30 p.m. storm, and the Coast Guard believes five people remained missing Sunday. We think we are looking for five additional people in the water but we are still pulling for information.

25 Apr, 2015

Death toll tops 1400

nepal-earthquake-471057700Tremors continue after the devastating earthquake in Nepal which leaves more than 1400 dead and thousands more injured. Officials fear the death toll will continue to climb before the aftershocks stop. The large area affected makes help difficult and people are frightened. Survivor:

There is no power and families are listening to the FM radio inside their cars. News of multiple building collapses. I’ve seen many cracked walls and roads and buildings. The (Dharahara, a landmark tower in Kathmandu) was packed with people a while ago. There are police everywhere trying to move rubble to make space on the roads for ambulances. Everyone is very scared.

13 Apr, 2015

Death toll rises to 84

The office of attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who is overseeing victim compensation on GM’s behalf, says the death toll from General Motors’ defective ignition switch has risen by four from a week earlier to 84. The office has also processed 157 injury claims, combination of claims for serious injuries and claims for less severe injuries, as of April 10. Eleven claims were categorized as serious injuries resulting in quadriplegia, paraplegia, double amputation, permanent brain damage or pervasive burn. The remaining 146 claims were for less serious injuries requiring hospitalization or outpatient medical treatment within 48 hours of the accident. Feinberg’s office received 4,342 claims. Of those claims, 241 have been deemed eligible. Feinberg’s office is still reviewing another 1,136 claims.

24 Mar, 2015

16 students, 2 teachers dead

The German North Rhine-Westphalia state Education Ministry says a group of that 16 tenth-grade students and two teachers from Joseph-Koenig-Gymnasium High School in the city of Haltern, northeast of Duesseldorf. Local education minister

It was a Spanish language exchange programme and they were flying home after having what was probably the most wonderful time of their lives.

Haltern Mayor Bodo Klimpel:

This is, of course, the worst thing you could imagine.


Plane crashes in France

Plane Crash

An Airbus A320 operated by Germanwings, the budget carrier of Germany’s Lufthansa crashes in a remote area of the French Alps Tuesday, near the ski resort of Barcelonnette, killing all 150 on board in the worst plane disaster in mainland France for four decades. The Airbus A320 plunged for eight minutes into a snowbound inaccessible mountain area in southeastern France. French officials say no distress signal had been issued. The plane, carrying 144 mainly Spanish and German passengers and six crew, was travelling from Barcelona to the western German city of Duesseldorf when it came down. Civil aviation authorities

The crew did not send a Mayday. It was air traffic control that decided to declare the plane was in distress because there was no contact with the crew of the plane


We’ve never had a total loss of aircraft in the company’s history until now.

15 Feb, 2015

Ferry sinks

Transportation Disaster

A river ferry sinks after being hit by a cargo vessel in Bangladesh. The ferry held up to 140 passengers, killing at least 48. It is undetermined how many passengers might still be missing. Survivor:

The passengers who were on the deck have survived, but many who were inside got trapped.


4 Feb, 2015

Clips bridge, crashes

Plane Crash

TransAsia Airways flight GE235 clips a highway bridge shortly after takeoff then crashes into the Keelung River in Taiwan. Of the 58 passengers aboard the plane, at least 25 are dead, 15 are rescued and 18 are missing. The cause of the accident is unknown. TransAsia director Peter Chen:

Actually this aircraft in the accident was the newest model. It hadn’t been used for even a year.

Taiwan plane crash: 19 dead as Transasia flight crashes into Taipei river

7 Jan, 2015

12 dead, 8 injured

Terror Incident

Three masked gunmen kill 12 people, including the editor, and injure eight in an alleged terrorist attack on the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical magazine. The search for the gunmen continues. One gunman, according to French video:

Hey! We avenged the Prophet Muhammed! We killed Charlie Hebdo.

French President Francois Hollande:

[This is] a terrorist attack without a doubt

5 Jan, 2015

US skiers die

Two US ski team prospects, Ronnie Berlack, 20, of Franconia, N.H., and Bryce Astle, 19, of Sandy, Utah, die during an avalanche while free skiing at the Austrian resort of Soelden. U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association President and CEO Tiger Shaw:

Ronnie and Bryce were both outstanding ski racers who were passionate about their sport – both on the race course and skiing the mountain. Our hearts go out to the Berlack and Astle families, as well as to their extended sport family. Both of them loved what they did and conveyed that to those around them.

2 Sep, 2014

1,420 deaths in August

Terror Incident

The UN reports that at least 1,420 people died in the violence in Iraq in August. The death toll – mostly civilians – compares with 1,737 deaths in July, and 2,400 in June and could rise much higher if the UN independently confirms hundreds of reported deaths in areas under ISIS control. U.N. representative Nickolay Mladenov:

Thousands continue to be targeted and killed by ISIL (Islamic State) and associated armed groups simply on account of their ethnic or religious background. The true cost of this human tragedy is staggering

22 Aug, 2014

Diyala mosque attack kills 73

Terror Incident

An attack by suspected Shia militia kills dozens of Sunni worshipers at a mosque in Diyala province. A suicide bomber apparently blows himself up at the Bani Wais village mosque south of the city of Baquba, about 75 miles from Baghdad, and militants also machinegun worshipers in an attack thought to be a retaliation for a bombing of the militia group’s recruiting drive. Death toll estimates rise to at least 73 including at least one child. Al-Abadi:

I strongly condemn the killing of civilians and worshipers in Diyala province and I call on the citizens to reject these attempts by the enemies of Iraq to exploit the incident in order to stir up strife between the sons of the same homeland.


4-year-old Israeli boy killed


daniel-tragermanFour-year-old Israeli boy Daniel Tragerman is reported killed by mortar fire while at home with his parents at Kibbutz Nahal Oz in the Sha’ar Hanegev region close to the border with Gaza. Sirens sound prior to the impact but his parents — Doron and Gila — are unable to get Daniel into a protected room in time, and he is killed by shrapnel from the explosion that strikes the house.

6 Aug, 2014

China: 600 deaths


The death toll from an earthquake in Yunnan Province in China has risen dramatically from 300 on Wednesday, to close to 600. Volunteers are now being told to stay away, after eagerly turning up in large numbers to help. Ludian County, a mountainous region of the province is the hardest hit, with more than 500 people feared dead. Disaster Bureau:

In order to ensure the best chances of rescuing survivors, we advise non-professional groups and volunteers against entering the quake zone by themselves so as not to cause traffic and communication difficulties.

4 Aug, 2014

Thousands mourn Rabbi


rabbi-walles-funeralThousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews line the streets to mourn 29-year-old Rabbi Avraham Walles of the Mea Shearim neighbourhood of Jerusalem after he is killed in an apparent terror attack by an excavator at a construction site where he is working as a religious instructor. He is survived by his wife and five children.

21 Jul, 2014

500 Palestinians, 20 Israelis dead

At least 500 Palestinians and 20 Israelis have been killed and tens of thousands of Gaza residents have been displaced in two weeks of  fighting between Israel and Hamas, with more than half of the Palestinian victims – 268 people – killed in the first five days of the ground offensive of Operation Protective Edge.

20 Jul, 2014

McCole Bartusiak dead at 21


McCole Bartusiak ‘s boyfriend finds Bartusiak sitting in her bed inside the garage apartment next to her parents’ Houston home, leading her mother to believe she had a seizure and choked. Before paramedics arrived, her mother starts cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Paramedics spent 45 minutes trying to revive the actress, but could not get a heartbeat. Bartusiak’s mother:

I’ve done CPR on that kid more than one time, and it just didn’t work this time

In the days before she died McCole Bartusiak had been suffering epileptic seizures, according to her mother.


27 more bodies recovered

Vice Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman reports that 27 more bodies have been recovered from the crash site, bring the number of recovered bodies to 233.  He adds that the rebel separatists are keeping the remains of 192 victims in refrigerated train cars and that there are ongoing talks pertaining to the release of those remains.


13 killed


A total of 13 Golani Brigade soldiers are killed in a single morning of operations in Gaza while brigade commander Col. Gen. Rasan Alian is moderately wounded in an exchange of fire and hospitalized in Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheba. A timeline released by the Israel Defense Forces:

1:05 a.m., an armored personnel carrier catches fire after an explosive device is set off under it. Seven soldiers are killed. Reportedly, the APC was not fitted with armor that could withstand this type of blast.

1:30 a.m., a soldier is killed when two soldiers get into a firefight with terrorists.

5:45 a.m., another Golani force gets into a firefight with terrorists. Two soldiers are killed.

8:50 a.m., three soldiers are killed when a Golani squad is caught inside a burning building.

Golani in action in Gaza

15 Jul, 2014

Suspect found dead


A Libyan source claims Faraj al-Shibli, who is suspected to have been involved in the Benghazi attack, dies. His body is found in Marj, where he was last seen two days ago being detained by local militia. Libyan authorities detained al-Shibli in March of 2013 on suspicion of links to the attack, and it is not clear if he was at the US compound at the time of the attack.  

27 Jun, 2014

Found dead, apparent suicide


Mayfield is found dead inside of his home in Ridgeland, Mississippi. Apparently a suicide, Mayfield died of a gunshot wound to the head. Ridgeland Police Chief:

Because all of the indications, it appears to be suicide, but we still got some things to look into.  He left a suicide note, and we are verifying its validity.

16 Jun, 2014

One dead in Eastern Nebraska


BqSJ_w0CAAIT-r6Twin Tornadoes sweep Eastern Nebraska. One person is reported dead while 16 others were critically wounded from the tornadoes. At least one of the tornadoes hit the town of Pilger, a community of about 350 people 75 miles northwest of Omaha, the National Weather Service reported. A member of the Stanton County Commission says:

More than half of the town is gone — absolutely gone. The co-op is gone, the grains bins are gone, and it looks like almost every house in town has some damage. It’s a complete mess.

15 Jun, 2014

Dead at 82


A statement from the family says that Kasem died before dawn in a California hospital surrounded by friends and family. Social media posts express the family’s sentiments.

Early this Father’s Day morning, our dad Casey Kasem passed away surrounded by family and friends. Even though we know he is in a better place and no longer suffering, we are heartbroken. Thank you for all your love, support and prayers. The world will miss Casey Kasem, an incredible talent and humanitarian; we will miss our Dad. With love, Kerri, Mike and Julie.

Statements of support come in from fellow celebrities, including his American Top 40 replacement, Ryan Seacrest.

When I was a kid, I would listen to Casey Kasem’s AT40 show every weekend, and dream about someday becoming a radio DJ. So when decades later I took over his AT40 countdown show, it was a surreal moment. Casey had a distinctive friendly on-air voice, and he was just as affable and nice if you had the privilege to be in his company. He’ll be greatly missed by all of us.

5 May, 2014

Saudi Arabia: 115 dead


Eighteen more cases are diagnosed in the past 48 hours, bringing the total to 414.  Overall, 115 people have died of MERS.  There is concern about the disease’s impact when millions visit Saudi Arabia in July for Ramadan and in October for the Hajj pilgrimage.

12 Apr, 2014

Six cattle die in roundup


Six cattle die in the roundup to move them off of government land according to the BLM. Four of the cattle, two of which have Bundy brands, are euthanized. One of these cattle is euthanized after injuring its spine from running into a fence panel. The BLM does not say how the other two cattle died.

23 Jul, 2011

Dead at 27


Police are called to Winehouse’s Camden Square apartment after calls reporting a deceased woman. Police state it is too soon to know if Winehouse died due to a drug overdose. Winehouse dies at age 27, the same age as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain.

10 Apr, 1994

Public vigil


A public vigil is held for Cobain at the Seattle Center. Seven thousand fans attend to hear prerecorded messages from Krist Novoselic and Courtney Love. Love reads portions of Cobain’s suicide note to the crowd.


Father murdered


Sean Combs with FatherWhen Combs is only three years old his father, Melvin, is fatally gunned down after a failed drug deal due to being mistaken as a police informant. He is killed in his car in Central Park by a former friend and associate. Melvin Combs is a known friend to convicted New York drug dealer Frank Lucas.

They say you can’t miss something you never had, but that’s only a little ways right. There’s definitely been times as I’ve gotten older that I’ve missed my father – – his presence – – not being here.

Confessions: Diddy Opens Up About His Father, Melvin Combs

3 Jul, 1971

Dead at 27


paris_15Morrison dies in Paris aged 27. He is found in a bathtub at his apartment at 17 Rue Beautraillis by his girlfriend, Pamela Courson. A doctor’s report states the cause of death is heart failure aggravated by heavy drinking.