Saturday, March 28, 2020

Australia fires: U.S. aircrew dead in firefighting plane crash

An air tanker has crashed in a fireball while fighting bushfires in Australia, killing the three people on board. Officials lost contact with the C-130 Hercules plane shortly before 13:30 local time (02:30 GMT) on Thursday. The cause of the crash in the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales (NSW) state is not yet known. The victims were American residents. (BBC)
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‘Unprecedented’: State of emergency in St. John’s

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. - Newfoundland and Labrador’s capital shut down on Friday as blizzard conditions descended on the city and residents prepared for an intense storm expected to last until Saturday. (Toronto  Sun)

Iran plane crashes killing 176 including 63 Canadians

Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 to Kyiv went down after taking off from Imam Khomeini airport in Tehran at 06:12 local time (02:42 GMT). The majority of passengers were from Iran and Canada. (BBC)
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  • Santa hats and tear gas: Hong Kong protests flare again

    HONG KONG - Christmas Eve, ordinarily a night of revelry in Hong Kong, was filled with tear gas and pepper spray as riot police officers clashed with pro-democracy protesters who gathered at malls and shopping districts. (New York Times)

    ‘Numerous fatalities’ in Kingston plane crash

    Numerous fatalities have been reported following a plane crash in the west end of Kingston. Kingston Police Insp. Dan Mastin confirmed that a small plane crashed in a heavily wooded area between Creekford Road and Highway 401. (Kingston Whig Standard)

    Protest marches and general strike paralyze Barcelona

    A general strike was announced and five huge marches, all peaceful, converged on the city centre, bringing the streets to a standstill. Police estimated that more than 500,000 people had joined Friday's rallies. (BBC)

    Dramatic video shows bystanders rescue girl after dad’s subway suicide

    NEW YORK - Dramatic cell-phone video shows the moment a 5-year-old girl crawls out from under a Bronx subway car that her suicidal dad had just fatally leaped in front of — with her cradled in his arms. (New York Post)

    At least 22 injured after deck collapse on Jersey Shore

    WILDWOOD - Three levels of decking attached to a residential building collapsed on top of each other at the Jersey Shore Saturday, injuring at least 22 people, including some children. (Fox News)

    About 80% of Nova Scotia without power after Dorian slams Atlantic Canada

    More than 400,000 Nova Scotia Power customers were left without electricity as Dorian swept through the region. As of 12:39 a.m., the power utility reported there were 402,103 customers without electricity — roughly 80 per cent of the province. Most of the outages were caused by high winds that downed trees and heavy rain, something that was expected to continue through the night after the storm made landfall shortly after 7 p.m. (CBC)
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    ‘Too many bodies’: Thousands try to flee Dorian devastated Bahamas

    NASSAU - Hundreds of people fled the Bahamas island of Great Abaco by boat and plane on Friday and thousands more lined up to get on a cruise ship leaving neighboring Grand Bahama to escape the catastrophic aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. (Toronto Sun)

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