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$12K Tickets to Luxury Music Festival Definitely Not Worth It

Fyre Festival in Bahamas postponed amid chaos, confusion

(Newser) - Thousands of people who had paid as much as $12,780 to attend a luxury music festival on a private island in the Bahamas arrived Thursday to find what they're describing as a "scam," a "sham," and a "complete cluster." The New York ... More »

Meet the Man Who's 'the Best at the Worst Job in the World'

Robert Jensen makes sense of the aftermath of the world's disasters

(Newser) - Robert Jensen is "the best at the worst job in the world"—and it's a job you've probably never given any thought to. Jensen handles the aftermath of terrorist attacks, natural disasters, plane crashes, and more, GQ reports in a haunting profile of the head of... More »

Mystery Footage Found of 1915 Eastland Disaster

A doctoral student finds while doing online research

(Newser) - Ted Wachholz couldn't believe his eyes: He opened Facebook and saw film footage of the SS Eastland disaster, which claimed 844 lives on the Chicago River in 1915, the Chicago Tribune reports. "I'm reasonably confident that this is the first opportunity that the public has had" to... More »

School VP Rescued From Ferry Found Hanged

He apparently killed himself, was found hanging from tree

(Newser) - A high school vice principal who was aboard the doomed South Korean ferry with more than 300 students from his school was one of the first to be rescued—but today he was found dead. Kang Min Kyu, 52, apparently hanged himself from a tree, using a belt, CNN reports.... More »

Here's How Earth Could Really End: Scientists

Global warming, pandemic, fungus ... a not-fun time for everyone

(Newser) - From Planet of the Apes to After Earth, Hollywood has depicted Earth's demise many a time—but scientists' fears of planetary catastrophe are just as scary, LiveScience reports. Here are a few Doomsday scenarios as imagined by scientific minds:
  • Global warming: Scientists call this the biggest threat of all.
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New Gizmo Helps Rescuers Detect Heartbeats in Rubble

NASA device uses radar to pick up on signs of life

(Newser) - NASA engineers have dreamed up and built a new device that could help rescuers save lots more lives after earthquakes or other disasters: It's essentially a radar gun that detects heartbeats under heaps of concrete and steel, reports Red Orbit . The FINDER device is portable at 20 pounds, and... More »

'I Never Dreamed I'd See Daylight Again'

How a woman survived 17 days under factory rubble in Bangladesh

(Newser) - When the factory came crashing down around her, seamstress Reshma Begum ran from the second floor, where she was working, to a Muslim prayer room in the basement. When the rubble had stopped falling she found herself alive and miraculously uninjured, but trapped in a wide pocket of open space.... More »

History's Worst Airship Disaster Remembered

... and it wasn't the Hindenburg

(Newser) - The 1937 Hindenburg explosion is history's most famous airship disaster, but a bigger, deadlier, and earlier one involved an American craft that will be commemorated this week, the AP finds. On April 4, 1933, the US Navy's 785-foot USS Akron airship plunged into the Atlantic Ocean during a... More »

Giant Sinkhole Eats Buildings in China

No injuries, but deep hole is still growing

(Newser) - This brings new meaning to the phrase "shop 'til you drop." Five stores and one building were swallowed by a giant sinkhole in Guangzhou, China, yesterday, and the collapse was caught on video, reports the Christian Science Monitor . All of the approximately 300 people inside were evacuated... More »

100 Years Later, Titanic Remembered

Balmoral cruise, plaque unveiling in Belfast among events honoring disaster

(Newser) - Amid a buildup to the centennial of the Titanic's sinking that went on and on , the actual event arrived last night, with ceremonies from Belfast to the North Atlantic marking the disaster that claimed nearly 1,500 lives. The MS Balmoral, on a cruise retracing the doomed liner's... More »

238 Saved, 112 Still Missing in Ferry Wreck

No bodies yet found in Papua New Guinea wreck

(Newser) - Rescuers have managed to find 238 survivors of the ferry that sank off Papua New Guinea yesterday and get them to safety—but that still leaves 112 of the 350 who were aboard the Rabaul Queen unaccounted for, the New York Times reports. Search teams, which are using three ships,... More »

Papua New Guinea Ferry Sinks With 350 Onboard

Helicopters, merchant ships join frantic rescue effort

(Newser) - Hundreds of people are missing and feared dead after a ferry with up to 350 people on board sank off Papua New Guinea's northern coast. Merchant ships that arrived on the scene after the Rabaul Queen sent a distress signal have rescued 28 people, and helicopters have joined the... More »

Costa Captain: Bosses Made Me Perform 'Sail-Pasts'

Costa Cruise captains do them for publicity: Schettino

(Newser) - The captain of Costa Concordia insists his bosses ordered him to sail close to land for publicity-boosting "salutes," the Telegraph reports. Sparking a war of words with Costa Cruises, Captain Francesco Schettino says that "Costa was aware of the frequent practise of cruise ships performing sail- pasts.... More »

Cruise Ship Captain: I Tripped, Fell Into Lifeboat

Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino cops to crashing the ship

(Newser) - Just when you thought you couldn't get more disgusted with Francesco Schettino, the Costa Concordia captain produces this reason for how he came to leave the stricken cruise ship: As he was assisting passengers, "I tripped and I ended up in one of the boats. That's how... More »

As Hope Fades, Divers Blast Holes in Cruise Ship

Minnesota couple among 29 passengers, crew unaccounted for

(Newser) - Rescuers are working around the clock looking for survivors on the Costa Concordia—as Italian naval divers blast holes in the hull to speed the search—but they admit they are running out of time to find survivors. Some 25 passengers and four crew members from the cruise ship are... More »

Cruise Captain Changed Route 'for Headwaiter'

Schettino invited waiter to the bridge to watch

(Newser) - The Costa Concordia's captain may have steered too close to shore so his head waiter's family could watch from a nearby island, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. Just minutes before disaster struck, the head waiter's sister on the island of Giglio posted a Facebook message: "In... More »

Ship Owner Blames Captain's 'Human Error'

Francesco Schettino seen drinking at onboard bar

(Newser) - The captain of the Costa Concordia is likely guilty in a disaster that has claimed at least five lives, the ship's owner says. "Preliminary indications are that there may have been significant human error on the part of the ship's master, Captain Francesco Schettino, which resulted in... More »

Captain Detained in Cruise Disaster

Police consider charges of manslaughter, abandoning ship

(Newser) - Italian police today detained the captain of a cruise ship that ran aground last night , killing at least three and triggering a massive overnight evacuation off Italy's west coast, CNN reports. Authorities say they may charge captain Francesco Schettino for manslaughter and abandoning ship. They also want to know... More »

Woman 7th to Die in Indiana Stage Collapse

Cheerleading coach Meagan Toothman was 24

(Newser) - An Ohio cheerleading coach has become the seventh fatality in the Indiana State Fair stage collapse. Meagan Toothman, 24, died Saturday night from injuries sustained in the disaster, police said. She worked as a coach at her old high school while pursuing a master’s degree in counseling, the Indianapolis ... More »

Children's Bodies Found in Volga River Disaster

About 50 people, mostly children, discovered in interior room

(Newser) - A tragic confirmation from the Russian Volga river disaster : Divers searching the sunken cruise ship discovered the bodies of about 50 people, mostly children, in one of the ship's recreation areas. The children were known to have been brought to the interior area minutes before the ship went down... More »

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