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Novel Way to Deliver Aid to Sick Refugees on Jordan Border

Cranes may soon be delivering food, supplies to desperate camp residents

(Newser) - Since mid-2014, about 75,000 Syrian refugees have been in limbo in the "berm"—what the Guardian describes as the "no-man's land" at the border between Jordan and Syria. And since June of this year, those refugees have been living in what Doctors Without Borders has... More »

1 Dead in NYC Crane Collapse

It fell onto parked cars in TriBeCa neighborhood

(Newser) - One person is dead and two others seriously injured after a construction crane collapsed in Manhattan Friday morning, reports WABC-TV . The crane crashed onto parked cars in the TriBeCa neighborhood about 8:30am, and the person who was killed was inside one of those vehicles. "I could see it... More »

65 Dead in Mecca Crane Collapse

Construction accident occurs as holy city prepares for annual pilgrimage

(Newser) - A crane crashed through the roof of the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca today, Saudi Arabia officials announced. The death toll from the tragedy currently sits at 65, the BBC reports. Details are few, but the crane collapsed as Mecca prepares for the yearly Muslim Hajj... More »

Crane Workers Escaped Death by Oversleeping

Men should have been atop crane when helicopter hit

(Newser) - Richard Moule and Nicki Biagioni were late for work yesterday, and it probably saved their lives. The two men are crane drivers, and they should have been atop the London crane that got hit by a helicopter . Instead, both overslept and were still on their way to work when the... More »

It's a Bird! No, It's Putin's Latest Crazy Gambit

Pooty-poot escorts endangered cranes ... dressed like a bird

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin hasn't proven to be the biggest hit with Russians of late, so what's a hockey star / fake archaeologist / shirtless horseman / whale hunter / virgin lover to do? Most politicians might kiss a baby, but Putin opted for the logical alternative: The Russian president... More »

170-Foot NYC Crane Collapse Kills 1, Hurts 4

Boom snaps, plunges into subway construction site

(Newser) - A 170-foot crane cracked and tumbled to the ground last night, killing a workman and injuring four others. The upper section of the crane broke off during work in midtown on the extension of the No. 7 subway line. It crashed "like a dinosaur," a construction site worker... More »

Zoo Tries to Lure Stranded Polar Bear Out of Moat

Zero has been stuck in Milwaukee park's moat for 2 weeks

(Newser) - Staff members at the Milwaukee County Zoo are taking new action to rescue a polar bear named Zero who has been stuck in the moat that surrounds his habitat for 2 weeks, the Journal Sentinel reports. Using a crane, handlers lowered a big plastic crate filled with Zero’s favorite... More »

Mandatory Tests Key to Feds' New Crane Regulations

Operators will be made to pass qualification exams in wake of fatal accidents

(Newser) - Crane operators will be made to pass certification tests, the AP reports, as the US Department of Labor, reacting to a number of deadly crane accidents this year, moved to make written and performance assessments mandatory in every state. In the first update since 1971, the tests will measure safety... More »

Weld Faulted in NYC Crane Collapse

Probe centers on equipment, not operators

(Newser) - City officials investigating a crane accident that killed two workers yesterday think a bad weld may have been to blame, the New York Times reports. The top of the crane, which met all the city's regulations, snapped off and hit a building. The city has suspended all crane construction until... More »

7th Crane Collapse Victim Found

Rescuers find last victim unaccounted for

(Newser) - Rescue workers removed the seventh and final body from the wreckage of the New York City crane disaster this afternoon. Odin Torres, 28, was visiting from Florida for St. Patrick's Day when the crane demolished the townhouse she was in, the Daily News reports. Earlier, 37-year-old construction worker Santino Gallone... More »

3 Still Missing in Crane Collapse

Search crews searching with dogs, heat-sensors

(Newser) - Two construction workers and a visitor in town for St. Patrick's Day are still missing after the collapse of a construction crane Saturday destroyed a New York townhouse and damaged other nearby buildings. Rescue services yesterday used dogs, heat-sensing devices, and microphones to search for the victims in the wreckage,... More »

City Blew Off Crane Warning

Construction site had received 32 complaints, numerous violations

(Newser) - Twelve days before the crane accident that killed four, the city of New York largely ignored a warning that the crane wasn't braced properly, reports the New York Daily News. An inspector responding to a retired contractor's complaint that the upper 100 feet of the crane was unsecured determined on... More »

Crane Crash Among Worst NY Accidents, Mayor Says

Ground-level pics depict shocking scene

(Newser) - A towering crane that ripped through two buildings and hit a third is one of the worst construction accidents in New York history, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said today. "It is a tragic event," he said. "Our hearts go out to all the victims and their families."... More »

Crane Crash Kills 4 in Manhattan

At least 4 people trapped; several buildings damaged

(Newser) - A gigantic crane collapsed in Manhattan today, killing four and putting several others in critical condition as it smashed into nearby buildings, Newsday reports. The crane was about 19 stories tall and demolished at least one building entirely. Police have swarmed the area as emergency crews try to rescue people... More »

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