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Fire at Quebec senior home; three dead, 30 missing
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Thursday, 23 January 2014 10:27

L'ISLE-VERTE, Quebec (AP) — Fire raged through a seniors' residence in eastern Quebec on Thursday morning, killing three people and leaving about 30 unaccounted for. Officials fear the death toll will climb.

The massive fire in the 52-unit complex broke out around 12:30 a.m. ET in L'Isle-Verte, a small town of 1,500 people about 140 miles (225 kilometers) northeast of Quebec City.

Initial reports said 20 residents had been transported to safety, but it was unclear just how many residents were missing in the inferno. Quebec Provincial Police Sgt. Ann Mathieu said Thursday authorities were trying to determine the exact number of victims and learn the cause of the blaze.

"About 31 people are on the list of people that Quebec police are looking for. This is very bad news because they have challenges moving around. It is very bad news," said Francois Lapointe, the member of Parliament for the area. "We're down to hoping that some of those 31 people were not there."

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 12:03
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Police: Bus goes off Arizona interstate when man attacks driver
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Thursday, 23 January 2014 10:24

TONOPAH, Ariz. (AP) — A passenger attacked the driver of a Greyhound bus, causing a crash on Interstate 10 in western Arizona that left 24 people injured, state police said.

The Dallas-bound bus was heading east from Los Angeles when the crash occurred near Tonopah shortly before 2 a.m. Thursday.

The bus crossed the highway median, but came to a stop before entering westbound traffic when other passengers restrained the man who had been pummeling the driver, Arizona Department of Public Safety said.

The bus remained upright and none of the 24 people taken to hospitals had life-threatening injuries, the DPS said.

While he was being pummeled, the driver called for passengers to "get this guy off me," passenger Gregory Ford told KNXV-TV (http://bit.ly/1eg6EWR ).

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South Carolina judge gets case of new trial for executed teen
Written by JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press   
Thursday, 23 January 2014 07:19

SUMTER, S.C. (AP) — Lawyers finally got the chance to argue on behalf of George Stinney, 70 years after the 14-year-old black boy was sent to the electric chair for killing two white girls in South Carolina.

Whether his conviction from that segregation-era court is tossed out is now up to Judge Carmen Mullen after a two-day hearing concluded Wednesday. She gave both sides at least 10 more days to consult witnesses and make more arguments.

The hearing at least gave Stinney something he was denied in 1944 — his day in court. His white lawyer back then called no witnesses and did no cross-examination. He normally handled civil cases and was running to be a legislator at a time when almost all voters were white. The boy was likely the only black face in the courthouse.

At this week's hearing, Stinney's two sisters and brother testified, remembering a young man who liked to draw and walked the family cow to a field near the railroad tracks. They also recalled their fear of white men in uniforms and strange looking cars who came and took the teen and his brother away. Stinney's older brother, Johnny, was let go after George confessed. But he almost never talked about it again. The rest of the family didn't see the teen again until his funeral, when Stinney's body, burned from the electric chair, was put in an open casket.

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Report: Marines' deaths caused by training misstep
Written by ALLEN G. BREED, Associated Press MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press   
Thursday, 23 January 2014 07:29

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An explosion that killed seven Camp Lejeune Marines during a nighttime training exercise was the result of human error and insufficient training, according to the results of a military investigation.

Lt. Adam Flores, a spokesman for the Lejeune-based 2nd Marine Division, said Wednesday that the investigation found the deadly March 18 explosion was triggered when a Marine dropped a second round into an already loaded mortar tube during a live-fire exercise. Two officers and a noncommissioned officer were relieved of command following the explosion at Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada.

Those killed ranged in age from 19 to 26. Seven additional Marines and a Navy sailor were also wounded in the blast.

The investigation determined that the 60 mm mortar functioned properly and that the weapon system is safe when used as designed by properly trained Marines. Marine officials said last year that the explosion was the result of "human error," but did not provide details of what caused the blast.

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Texas executes man despite opposition from Mexico
Written by MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press   
Thursday, 23 January 2014 07:13

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Mexican national was executed Wednesday night in Texas for killing a Houston police officer, despite pleas and diplomatic pressure from the Mexican government and the U.S. State Department to halt the punishment.

Edgar Tamayo, 46, received a lethal injection for the January 1994 fatal shooting of Officer Guy Gaddis, 24.

Asked by a warden if he had a final statement, he mumbled "no" and shook his head. As the lethal dose of pentobarbital began taking effect, he took a few breaths and then made one slightly audible snore before all movement stopped. He was pronounced dead 17 minutes after the drug was administered, at 9:32 p.m. CST.

The execution, the first this year in the nation's most active death penalty state, was delayed more than three hours while the U.S. Supreme Court considered last-ditch appeals.

Tamayo never looked toward Gaddis' mother, two brothers and two other relatives who watched through a window.

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