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Aerosmith Guitarist Collapses During Concert

Joe Perry hospitalized during Hollywood Vampires gig

(Newser) - Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry has been taken to a hospital after he was forced to leave the stage while performing in New York City. Perry became ill around 9:30pm Sunday while performing with Johnny Depp and Alice Cooper in his side band, the Hollywood Vampires , at Ford Amphitheater in... More »

14 Dead in India Overpass Collapse

150 feared trapped under concrete, metal in Kolkata

(Newser) - At least 14 people are dead and another 150 feared trapped after a half-finished overpass collapsed onto traffic Thursday in Kolkata, India. Witnesses tell the Indian Express they heard an explosion and a crash, then "a cloud of smoke emerged." Paramedics and bystanders were attempting to rescue people... More »

Sand Collapse in Oregon Kills Girl, 9

Child trapped under sand for 5 minutes as rescuers raced to dig her out

(Newser) - An end-of-summer trip to an Oregon beach turned tragic for a 9-year-old girl. As CNN reports, Isabel Grace Franks was digging a hole Friday evening with her siblings at Lincoln City's beach when the sand collapsed. "We heard screaming," says one tourist. "At first we thought,... More »

Inmates Trapped, Hurt When Texas Prison Roof Collapses

Most of the 19 injured suffered just cuts and bruises

(Newser) - Authorities say the roof of a privately run East Texas prison has collapsed, temporarily trapping dozens of inmates and sending 19 injured inmates to hospitals. One of those inmates was later airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston after today's collapse at Diboll Correctional Center, about 100 miles northeast... More »

Modern Society Pretty Much Doomed

NASA-funded study says the end is nigh

(Newser) - Don't look now, but industrial society is going the way of the Dodo bird. According to a NASA-funded study , modern societies will self-destruct in the vein of past empires (think Roman, Han, Mesopotamian) because the 1% are consuming too much and we're bound to run out of resources.... More »

Mississippi Church Floor Collapses, Injuring 35

70 people dropped 12 feet, but no serious injuries reported

(Newser) - The second floor of an activity center at a rural Mississippi church collapsed during an evening youth service last night, sending about 70 people crashing down and injuring 35 of them. Witnesses described an ominous-sounding rumble before the floor failed, with victims dropping about 12 feet. "But it's... More »

Busy Miami Restaurant's Deck Crashes Into Water

Dozens hurt in collapse during Heat game

(Newser) - Miami Heat fans got far more than they bargained for as they watched last night's game at the crowded Shuckers Waterfront Grill. The restaurant's deck—where 100 people were gathered—collapsed just before halftime, taking dozens with it, the Miami Herald reports. Police and firefighters hurried to the... More »

6 Now Dead in Philadelphia Building Collapse

Death toll rises

(Newser) - Five more bodies have been pulled from the rubble of today's building collapse in downtown Philadelphia, bringing the death toll to six, reports AP . The collapse happened when a building under demolition unexpectedly came crashing down this morning, destroying an adjoining Salvation Army thrift shop and crushing some who... More »

Forklift Driver Survives Plunge Into Soy Sauce

Gaping hole opens in warehouse floor

(Newser) - It's still unclear what caused a warehouse floor to collapse in New Jersey yesterday, ABC 7 notes, but it seems a forklift may have saved its driver's life. As Danny Rodriguez was operating the vehicle, a hole opened below him and he fell—apparently into a mix of... More »

Building Collapse Kills 41 in Mumbai

More than 50 injured

(Newser) - At least 41 people have been killed after a building collapsed near Mumbai, the AP reports. More than 50 have been injured, and more could be trapped. At least 11 children were dead, officials said, with more than 20 people missing amid rescue efforts. The seven-story building was in the... More »

Dozens Trapped in Tanzania Building Collapse

'Huge pile of chaos' in Dar es Salaam

(Newser) - Dozens of people have been trapped by the collapse of a 12-story Tanzania building; at least three are reported dead. Some 45 people, including schoolchildren, are missing, while 13 have been rescued, the BBC reports. The collapse, in Dar es Salaam, is a "huge pile of chaos," says... More »

Japan Tunnel Collapse Death Toll Hits 9

Government orders emergency inspections

(Newser) - Authorities in Japan have confirmed nine deaths so far in yesterday's terrifying collapse of a major road tunnel . The bodies were found in three vehicles that had been crushed by falling concrete panels in the 2.7-mile Sasago tunnel, the BBC reports. The search for bodies has been suspended... More »

3 Dead in Florida Garage Collapse

Police shift to recovery mission

(Newser) - A third person has died following the collapse of a parking garage at Miami Dade College, police say. The latest victim was pulled from the rubble early today, some 13 hours after the five-story structure fell, creating a pancake-like collapse. A police rep says the man died at a Miami... More »

11 Feared Dead in Rio Buildings Collapse

Two high-rises fall, witnesses suspect gas

(Newser) - At least 11 people are feared dead after the collapse of two high-rise buildings in downtown Rio de Janeiro. Emergency rescue workers were scrambling to dig out any survivors, and managed to free five people. The buildings, one 20 stories tall, crushed a four-story construction site nearby, and buried the... More »

Tour Manager's Intuition Saved Sugarland

Hellen Rollens held band backstage

(Newser) - As she looked at the sky Saturday night, Sugarland tour manager Hellen Rollens decided to go with her intuition and hold the band backstage. One minute later, wind gusts sent the Indiana State Fair stage crashing down into the audience , killing five and injuring dozens. "As a tour manager,... More »

Did the Indiana State Fair Tragedy Have to Happen?

Officials begin probe into stage collapse that killed 5

(Newser) - State officials are investigating Saturday's Indiana State Fair stage collapse in an effort to determine if there was any way the tragedy, which killed five people, could have been avoided. "I'm not clear how anyone could have foreseen a sudden, highly localized blast of wind," said... More »

4 Dead After Stage Collapses at Indiana Fair

High winds topple it just before Sugarland performs

(Newser) - At least four people were killed tonight when a stage collapsed during a storm at the Indiana State Fair, where the country group Sugarland was set to perform. The number of injured has risen to 40, with injuries ranging from mild to serious. Strong winds caused the stage rigging for... More »

Leonard Cohen Collapses in Spain

Canadian singer suffered from cramps, vomiting

(Newser) - Leonard Cohen collapsed onstage in Spain last night and was rushed to a hospital with stomach pain, the CBC reports. The 75-year-old singer, who fainted while singing "Bird on the Wire," suffered from stomach cramps and vomiting before losing consciousness. Cohen was released this morning and said he... More »

Florida's a Dying Ponzi Scheme, But I Love It

Tax base erodes as tourists, snowbirds dwindle

(Newser) - Florida resident Diane Roberts isn’t surprised—or even upset—that her state is collapsing. The Sunshine State's population is dwindling for the first time since World War II as tourists and snowbirds pull out, eroding the tax base that funded just about everything. "Our whole economy is more... More »

Marseilles Cops Probe Madonna Stage Collapse

Company behind it made LA stage that caved in last year

(Newser) - Police in Marseilles have launched a manslaughter investigation into the Madonna stage collapse that killed two and injured ten others, the Times of London reports. Police plan to question dozens of witnesses, analyze videotape, and read over commercial contracts. The company that built the stage—and constructed a Madonna stage... More »

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