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In Midst of California Fire Wreckage, an Eerie Sight

Mailman continues to deliver mail, by customer request, to destroyed neighborhood

(Newser) - The wildfires raging in California have killed at least 31 people and destroyed thousands of businesses and homes, including that of Peanuts creator Charles Schulz . The Washington Post reports that the death toll has reached "historically grim heights," with entire neighborhoods gutted and authorities facing the gruesome task... More »

Death Toll Hits 8 in Florida Nursing Home Tragedy

12 other patients are in emergency care

(Newser) - The death toll has risen, and may continue to rise, at a Florida nursing home that lost air conditioning as a result of Hurricane Irma. Two more patients died in hospitals following the evacuation of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills on Wednesday, bringing the total number of dead to... More »

Tragedy at Nursing Home That Lost AC During Irma

6 are reported dead, possibly from extreme temperatures in Florida facility

(Newser) - Six people died after losing air conditioning at a Florida nursing home whose power was knocked out by Hurricane Irma, Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief confirmed in a press conference Wednesday. Sharief said three people died at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills and two more were declared dead at... More »

Parents Chase After Son, All 3 Perish in Volcano Crater

Tragedy at Solfatara

(Newser) - A 7-year-old boy is the sole surviving member of a family that was wiped out in a horrific accident near Naples, Italy, on Tuesday. Reports conflict, but in general they agree that the Italian family's 11-year-old son crossed a protective barrier and entered an area of the Solfatara volcanic... More »

These Are the 10 Sailors Lost in Navy Collision

Remains of only one have been identified so far

(Newser) - The Navy has formally given up hope of finding any survivors from the collision of the USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker off the coast of Singapore. On Thursday, the search and rescue mission became a recovery mission, reports the Washington Post . Ten sailors were lost in the... More »

In Sierra Leone, 'Sounds of Wailing, Mourning Everywhere'

Nearly 400 bodies recovered after mudslide

(Newser) - "We have been through 10 years of war, then Ebola, and now this. Have mercy on Sierra Leone, Father," a bishop prayed Wednesday during a vigil in the country's capital of Freetown, where reports suggest 400 people are dead and another 600 are missing as a result... More »

Janitor Killed in Explosion Wasn't Supposed to Be There

John Carlson, 82, died in Minneapolis school, as did Ruth Berg, 47

(Newser) - A private college prep school in Minneapolis is mourning two employees after an explosion and partial building collapse Wednesday. Officials say receptionist Ruth Berg, 47, and janitor John Carlson, 82, were killed in the natural gas explosion at the upper campus of Minnehaha Academy, the Star Tribune reports. Nine other... More »

Families Say Others Have Died at Mexican Resorts

'Tainted' booze eyed after deaths, blackouts

(Newser) - The US State Department is warning travelers to Mexico about "tainted or substandard alcohol" after reports of people blacking out and waking with injuries—or sometimes not waking at all. Since its investigation into Abbey Conner's death in January, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has uncovered more than three... More »

9 Flash Flood Victims Were From Same Family

Adults, children were swept away by wall of water

(Newser) - The death toll from the devastating flash flood that swept through a swimming area in Arizona's Tonto National Forest Saturday has reached nine—all from the same extended family. They had traveled to the area from Phoenix to celebrate the 26th birthday of Maria Raya, who died along with... More »

A 'Terrifying' Eruption, Then a Deadly Crash

8 in rescue helicopter died trying to get to tourists at Indonesia's Sileri Crater

(Newser) - The Sileri Crater, one of Indonesia's most active volcanoes, erupted Sunday, but although there were injuries, no one perished as the mountain spewed its lava, ash, and mud up to 165 feet in the air—until, that is, a rescue helicopter was sent in to help those at the... More »

US Students Killed Just Before Planned Return From Denmark

They died when a jet ski crashed into their boat: police

(Newser) - Two American college students have died in a tragic boating accident while studying abroad in Denmark. Linsey Malia, 21, of Easton, Mass., and Leah Bell of Covington, La., were killed Saturday when a jet ski crashed into a boat carrying them in Copenhagen Harbor, reports Mass Live . Six others, including... More »

Tragedy on Canadian Mountain: 'I Think Your Friends Have Fallen'

5 hikers fall 1.6K feet to death after Mount Harvey snow overhang collapses

(Newser) - When a hiker who'd fallen behind five of his friends on Vancouver's Mount Harvey got to the summit on Saturday, he expected to find them waiting for him. But in a horrific ending to his climb, he instead found another hiker not with his group, who told him,... More »

'I Couldn't Save Anyone. They're All Dead Now'

A father's lament in Syria

(Newser) - The toll from Tuesday's chemical attack on the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun now stands at more than 80—including 22 members of a single extended family. The Alyousef family was one of the town's main clans, and 29-year-old survivor Abdel Hameed Alyousef has had to bury his... More »

No Charges for Man Who Killed 3 Teen Burglars

Alleged getaway driver pleads not guilty to murder

(Newser) - The 23-year-old man who shot three teenage burglars dead last week "acted in accordance with his rights as an Oklahoma citizen" and will not face criminal charges, authorities announced this week. Zach Peters, 23, opened fire with an AR-15 assault rifle when Jaykob Woodruff, 16, Jacob Redfearn, 17, and... More »

Explosion Launches 1.5-Ton Boiler 500 Feet, Killing 3

The van-sized boiler caused casualties in 2 different St. Louis buildings

(Newser) - A bizarre and deadly accident happened in St. Louis on Monday when a 1.5-ton boiler exploded, killing one person—with the force of the blast then propelling the boiler out of the building and through the roof of another, with equally deadly consequences. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the... More »

Mom, Child Die in 2 Different Accidents 30 Minutes Apart

What appears to be a sad coincidence in Alabama

(Newser) - A mother and her 5-year-old daughter were both killed Tuesday in Alabama—but, in what seems to be a freak coincidence, in two different incidents. Per Valley Head police, the girl was hit by a vehicle on state Route 117 just outside Mentone around 3:30pm, although authorities are still... More »

Pair Recalls 'Miracle' Survival in Avalanche That Killed 29

They were confined to a couch under collapsed ceiling

(Newser) - For three days, Giorgia Galassi and Vincenzo Forti sat on a couch—but this was no extreme binge-watching marathon. Buried in Italy's Hotel Rigopiano after an avalanche struck on Jan. 18, the couple huddled together, their heads less than two feet from the collapsed ceiling, and ate snow before... More »

Drugs, Hikes, and Vanishings in the Himalayas

Justin Shetler disappeared in September on a pilgrimage—and he's apparently not the first

(Newser) - Justin Shetler's last blog post was in August of this year, detailing how he'd just been invited on a Himalayan pilgrimage by a local holy man, or "baba"; his last photo on Instagram (posted around the same time) noted he "should be back to the Internet... More »

Dozens Dead in Russia After Drinking Toxic Bath Oil

Death toll in Irkutsk region is nearly 60, with more of the injured expected to die

(Newser) - "They came to doctors too late. … Only a miracle can save them." Those were the words to the Siberian Times from the Irkutsk region's health minister regarding those sickened from ingesting a deadly bath oil, with dozens already dead from the mass poisoning—said to be... More »

4 Die in Horrific Theme Park Accident

Victims were thrown from, trapped by ride at Australian park

(Newser) - Police in Queensland, Australia, are investigating a horrific accident that left four people dead on a ride at a popular Gold Coast theme park. Two men and two women in their 30s and 40s died on the Thunder River Rapids ride at the Dreamworld park on Tuesday, with two people... More »

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