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Baby Rescued 4 Days After Kenya Building Collapse

Bright spot after disaster that's killed nearly two dozen so far

(Newser) - At least 23 people are reported dead after an unapproved building collapsed Friday in Nairobi, Kenya, per the Star , but the Kenya Red Cross offered a bit of hope early Tuesday. "Good news! A child aged about one and half years rescued alive at 0400 hours," the organization... More »

Deck Collapses During Family Photo, 24 Hurt

Corroded nails probably to blame, NC authorities say

(Newser) - Nails deteriorated by years of exposure to the sand, salt, and moisture from the ocean gave way, causing a deck collapse that hurt 24 members of an extended family as they posed for a picture at a rented beachfront home in Emerald Isle, NC, on Saturday night, authorities say. The... More »

Work Failed Inspection Hour Before NYC Blast

19 injured, 1 missing after building collapse

(Newser) - An hour before an apparent gas explosion sent flames soaring and debris flying at a Manhattan apartment building, injuring 19 people, utility company inspectors decided the work being done there was faulty. The blast yesterday in the East Village caused the building's collapse and largely destroyed another structure. It... More »

Building Explosion Rocks Manhattan

At least 3 critically injured in East Village

(Newser) - A massive explosion and fire leveled a building in the East Village of Manhattan this afternoon, with at least three people critically injured. Several others had lesser injuries after the blast at the five-story building near Second Avenue and Seventh Street. Investigators think a gas leak inside a ground-floor restaurant... More »

Hoarder Dies When First Floor Collapses

Conn. woman buried under junk she collected

(Newser) - A Connecticut woman died under the junk she had spent many years amassing when the weight of it all caused her home's first floor to collapse. Police found the body of 66-year-old Beverly Mitchell on Saturday after a letter carrier warned that mail had been piling up at her... More »

Cliff-Dangling Texas Mansion to Be Torched

Homeowner discovers insurance doesn't cover situation

(Newser) - What's worse than having your luxury home fall into a lake? How about having your home fall into a lake and then having to pay for an expensive cleanup using specialized barges? To avoid this fate, the owners of a Texas home on the verge of toppling into Lake... More »

Luxury Home Dangles Off Texas Cliff

Homeowner discovered limestone crack in April

(Newser) - A $700,000 luxury home with stunning views of Lake Whitney is on the verge of getting a view of the bottom of the Texas lake. A large part of the limestone bluff beneath the home has given way, leaving part of it dangling over a cliff, CBS reports. Army... More »

In Murky Building Collapse, N. Korea's Kim 'Up All Night'

Pyongyang issues apology after accident; unknown number dead

(Newser) - North Korean officials offered a rare public apology for the collapse of an apartment building under construction in Pyongyang, which a South Korean official said was believed to have caused considerable casualties that could mean hundreds might have died. The word of the collapse in the secretive nation's capital... More »

8th Body Found in NYC Blast

Investigators still haven't zeroed in on where the leak occurred

(Newser) - Rescue workers using dogs and thermal-detection gear to search rubble for more victims of yesterday's gas explosion in East Harlem found an eighth body today. Meanwhile, investigators tried to pinpoint the leak and determine whether it had anything to do with the city's aging gas and water mains,... More »

Gas Leak Blamed in Harlem Blast That Killed 2

Toll mounts as 2 buildings collapse

(Newser) - Two people are now dead after an explosion brought down two apartment buildings in East Harlem this morning, and Mayor Bill de Blasio is confirming that a gas leak is to blame. At least 18 more are injured. A utility company says a resident in a nearby building reported smelling... More »

Toll Hits 10 in S. Korea Resort Collapse

Snow-laden roof fell in on college students

(Newser) - A resort auditorium's roof loaded down with snow and rain collapsed during a welcoming ceremony for South Korean university freshmen yesterday, killing 10 and injuring more than 100, officials say. Emergency staff worked through the night to pull people from beneath twisted metal and other debris and rush the... More »

Latvian PM Resigns After Worst Disaster in 2 Decades

Taking his government down with him in wake of supermarket roof collapse

(Newser) - Latvia's prime minister resigned yesterday after accepting political responsibility for the collapse of a supermarket roof in the capital that killed 54 people, including firefighters who rushed in to save shoppers, only to be crushed themselves when a second part of the roof collapsed. Valdis Dombrovskis' decision means that... More »

Contractor Charged With Murder in Philly Collapse

Griffin Campbell will also face charges of manslaughter, reckless endangerment

(Newser) - The contractor who oversaw a botched building demolition that killed six people in a Salvation Army thrift store in Philadelphia is being charged with murder, manslaughter, and reckless endangerment. Officials said today that Griffin Campbell is also charged with risking a catastrophe and criminal conspiracy, in addition to the six... More »

Supermarket Roof Collapse Kills 45

Firefighters among the dead in Latvian disaster

(Newser) - Hordes of shoppers were picking up food after work in the Latvian capital when an enormous section of the supermarket's roof caved in. Firefighters rushed in to save them, only to be crushed themselves when a second part of the roof collapsed. The death toll from the rush-hour disaster... More »

42 Dead in Mumbai Building Collapse

33 pulled out of wreckage alive

(Newser) - The death toll in the collapse of a multi-story residential building in Mumbai, India, yesterday has risen to 42. Another 33 have been pulled from the wreckage alive, though some are seriously injured, reports the BBC . One young girl was found alive after 12 hours under the rubble. Between 83... More »

90 Feared Trapped in Deadly Mumbai Collapse

Death toll stands at 3

(Newser) - A multi-story residential building collapsed in India's financial capital of Mumbai early today, killing at least three people and sending rescuers racing to reach dozens of people feared trapped in the rubble. Relatives of the missing wailed and clung to one another, as heavy machinery lifted the largest slabs... More »

Philly Building Collapses, Explosion Suspected

Six reportedly injured

(Newser) - At least six people were reportedly injured in south Philadelphia today, after a home collapsed after a possible explosion, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Police say reports of the blast came at about 11am, but according to Reuters they would not confirm the number of people injured, nor have they commented... More »

US to Drop Cushy Trade Deal for Bangladesh

But move to punish poor worker safety is largely symbolic

(Newser) - In the wake of the deadliest garment industry disaster in history , the Obama administration plans to suspend Bangladesh's preferential trade treatment, sources tell the Wall Street Journal . The US currently has a "global system of preferences" that exempts certain developing countries from tariffs, including Bangladesh. Nine Senate democrats... More »

Inspector in Philly Collapse Commits Suicide

Man found in pickup truck with gunshot to chest

(Newser) - The man who inspected a Philadelphia building three weeks before it collapsed last week, killing six and injuring 13, has died in an apparent suicide. The 52-year-old, whose name has not been released, inspected the building several times and ruled it safe after a complaint was lodged last month, reports... More »

Apartment Building Collapses in Mumbai

At least one woman has died

(Newser) - Half of a five-story apartment building collapsed in Mumbai today, killing at least one elderly woman and injuring four others, the AFP reports. At least 20 more are believed to be trapped in the rubble. "Rescue operations are on, but they are difficult due to the heavy rain,"... More »

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