November 9, 2018

At least five people have been killed in the Camp Fire rapidly spreading through northern California, Butte County officials confirmed to The Washington Post on Friday.

As residents of Paradise, California, attempted to flee the wildfire, several were overcome by flames while in their vehicles. Other fatalities have not been confirmed because "the fire is still active," officials said. The Camp Fire, one of three fires burning through the state, quadrupled in size overnight and wiped out all of Paradise, a 27,000-person town. The town was evacuated, though several residents reported there was very little time before the blaze overtook the area, and many abandoned their vehicles as traffic blocked the road out of town. Even without traffic, flames surrounding roads made for treacherous evacuations.

"We know that there have been injuries, and we know that there has been loss of life," said Mark Ghilarducci, director of the California Office of Emergency Services. He called the destruction "unbelievable" and "heartbreaking." Crowded evacuation routes had Lt. Al Smith of the Butte County Sheriff's Office concerned that remaining residents and emergency responders would have trouble escaping. "I can't think of an area that's safe right now," he told the San Francisco Chronicle on Thursday. Read more at The Washington Post. Summer Meza

November 6, 2018

At least three people were killed when three neighboring buildings collapsed in Marseille, France, on Monday. Rescue efforts are ongoing Tuesday as up to eight people remain missing.

"During the first clearing operations we've found some pockets of air. That means we still have some hope of finding and identifying a survivor," reported Interior Minister Christophe Castaner. "The main thing is to save lives."

The cause of the collapse is at present unknown. The buildings were near the city's historic port, and one reportedly developed visible cracks in its walls in recent weeks. Marseille was also subject to heavy rain in recent days. Bonnie Kristian

November 3, 2018

Two people were killed in Baltimore, Maryland, late Friday when the wall of an Amazon warehouse building suddenly collapsed. The names of those killed have not been released.

The Baltimore area was subject to severe weather, including strong winds, at the time of the collapse. About 50 feet of wall went down, spilling debris into nearby roads and taking out a truck as well as a light pole.

"It's still an active scene right now," said Baltimore fire chief Roman Clark on Saturday. "We're going through the rest of the debris to be sure no one else is there." No one else is reported missing at this time. Bonnie Kristian

November 3, 2018

Two people were killed and five more injured when a shooter identified as Scott Paul Beierle, 40, opened fire in a Tallahassee, Florida, yoga studio Friday evening. Beierle also killed himself.

The two women killed have been named as Dr. Nancy Van Vessem, 61, and Maura Binkley, 21. Van Vessem was the chief medical director for Capital Health Plan and a faculty member at Florida State University, where Binkley was a student.

"To lose one of our students and one of our faculty members in this tragic and violent way is just devastating to the Florida State University family," said a statement from the university's president, John Thrasher. "We feel this loss profoundly and we send our deepest sympathies to Maura's and Nancy's loved ones while we pray for the recovery of those who were injured."

Beierle is believed to have acted alone for reasons presently unknown. "We're all very saddened and shocked by the events that occurred," said Michael DeLeo, Tallahassee's police chief, "but it's important that people understand that there is no immediate threat outside of what has already occurred this evening." Bonnie Kristian

October 29, 2018

Saturday's shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh may well be "the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the history of the United States," but it is also part of a broader trend of rising incidence of anti-Semitism in the U.S., the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) reports.

The ADL identified 1,986 anti-Semitic incidents in America last year, about a 50 percent increase over 2016's 1,267 incidents. That tally spans a wide range of behavior motivated by hatred for Jews, from violence like that in Pittsburgh to desecration of cemeteries or swastika graffiti on Jewish people's property.

"I doubt there's a synagogue in the U.S. that doesn't think seriously about security," Heidi Beirich of the Southern Poverty Law Center told The Associated Press. "It's really sad that you can't go to a house of worship without thinking you're taking your life in your hands." Bonnie Kristian

October 21, 2018

At least 18 people were killed and about 160 injured when a passenger train derailed in Taiwan on Sunday evening local time. The train was carrying 366 people, and rescue efforts continue as several dozen were trapped on board. The line runs in a coastal area and is popular with tourists; an American woman was among those hurt.

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen pledged "all our strength and efforts for the rescue" in a Facebook post offering condolences for the families of the victims and cautioning against speculation as to the cause of the crash while the investigation is underway. Bonnie Kristian

October 20, 2018

A week after the remains of 11 babies were found in the ceiling of a shuttered Detroit funeral home, another 63 bodies of infants were discovered in a separate funeral home in the city.

So far, police say there is no apparent connection between the two facilities. The second funeral home has now been closed as well. "This is deeply disturbing," said Detroit Police Chief James Craig. "I have never seen anything like this."

Investigators are working to determine the identities of the infants as well as why they were not handled appropriately. One theory suggests the remains should have received a proper burial after donation for educational use at a nearby medical school.

While the first set of remains were uncovered thanks to an anonymous tip to state authorities, the second set came to light though a lawsuit against the funeral home alleging improper burial of an infant girl. Bonnie Kristian

October 20, 2018

At least 60 people were killed and dozens more injured when a speeding train plowed into a crowd of people watching fireworks at a religious festival in northern India Friday night.

Eyewitnesses say the victims did not hear the train coming over the booms of the fireworks display, and the train reportedly did not blow its whistle before striking the crowd. Locals say festival attendees sit on the tracks to watch the show every year.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered condolences on Twitter:

An inquiry into the accident is ongoing. The Railway Board rejected responsibility on the grounds that people "are not expected to be on the tracks." Bonnie Kristian

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