Nearly 220 million people in Pakistan without power after countrywide outage | CNN Business

A nationwide power outage in Pakistan left nearly 220 million people without electricity on Monday, threatening to cause havoc in the South Asian nation already grappling with fuel shortages in the winter months.

Source: Nearly 220 million people in Pakistan without power after countrywide outage | CNN Business

Six families escape fire at Zelienople townhouse complex

Fire damaged several townhomes in Zelienople overnight Thursday after a car caught fire in the driveway, spreading to the front of one of the homes.

Neighbors who live on Timberbrook Court said they heard a loud boom right around midnight, looked outside, and saw flames.

“My brother came in my room screaming, ‘Madi. There’s a fire. We gotta go!’ We grabbed my dog and ran outside,” said Madi Parrotto.

Madi and her brother, Nick, could only watch as flames tore through the roofs of their neighbors’ homes, with six families total having to rush out of their homes.

“Everyone was just panicking. Everyone was knocking on each other’s doors, trying to get everyone out. But the fire was just crazy. I’ve never seen anything like it,” Parrotto said.

Melissa Smith was at work and learned of the fire through her doorbell camera system.

“It’s unbelievable that a car could do that and how fast it caused these units to go up,” Smith said.

Chief Scott Garing of the Harmony Fire Department said the front of the second unit, where the car was parked, sustained the most damage, but none of the six units were a total loss. Garing said there’s a reason for that.

“It started to spread through the roof and common walls. The firewalls in the attic are what stopped it from spreading,” Garing said.

Smith, who had to deliver the news to her next-door neighbor who is out of town, said her home only sustained smoke damage and she is thankful her kids and neighbors got out safely.

“I’m good, yeah. I’m very lucky,” Smith said.

No injuries were reported. Crews at the scene told us the fire remains under investigation.

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Source: Six families escape fire at Zelienople townhouse complex

Repair costs undetermined for Westmoreland courthouse waterline break

Two weeks after a broken pipe caused water to cascade into four floors at the Westmoreland County Courthouse, officials still are assessing the cost of repairs. Crews worked for nearly 24 hours to fix water damage caused when sub-zero temperatures led to a waterline break the evening of Dec. 25,

Source: Repair costs undetermined for Westmoreland courthouse waterline break

6 dead after destructive tornadoes hit Alabama

A five-year-old boy was also killed in Georgia when a tree struck the car he was traveling in.

At least six people are dead in Alabama after tornadoes struck the state Thursday, destroying homes and causing what Selma’s mayor called “significant damage.” A five-year-old boy was also killed in Georgia when a tree struck the car he was traveling in.

The Alabama deathwere in Autauga County, northwest of Montgomery, county Emergency Management Agency Director Ernie Baggett said.

He said a tornado struck the communities of Old Kingston and Marbury, with a suspected path of around 20 miles.

Source: 6 dead after destructive tornadoes hit Alabama

Jeannette gym damaged by flooding over Christmas break

The gym floor at Jeannette Junior-Senior High School was damaged after flooding on Christmas but Superintendent Matt Jones said it hasn’t affected basketball games and physical education classes.

A frozen water line and broken sprinkler sent water onto the floor during the holiday deep freeze. City firefighters alerted district maintenance crews and the water was cleaned up quickly.

Efforts were made to dry the wood and officials consulted with the company that installed the floor for an inspection of the top layers and subsurface.

The district is awaiting a response from its insurance company before deciding how to restore the floor to its original condition, he said.

Jeannette was not the only school district that faced damage from water during the deep freeze around the holiday.

On Christmas Eve at Shaler Area High School, a sprinkler pipe burst around dinner time. Water expands as it freezes — it’s the only known nonmetallic substance to do so — and, as a result, can put pressure on the pipes that contain it.

Source: Jeannette gym damaged by flooding over Christmas break

2 snowmobile riders buried, killed in Colorado avalanche: Officials

Two snowmobile riders were buried and killed in an avalanche in Colorado on Saturday, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC).

The incident occurred around 2 p.m. on Mount Epworth, located about 6 miles east of Winter Park, CAIC officials said in a Facebook post.

One of the victims, a 58-year-old man, was found by another group on the mountain, where they performed CPR on him, but the individual was pronounced dead on the scene, according to CAIC and the Grand County Sherriff’s Office.

Source: 2 snowmobile riders buried, killed in Colorado avalanche: Officials

Southwest Airlines CEO Bob Jordan Issues Update To Travelers

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Bob Jordan:

I want everyone who is dealing with the problems we’ve been facing, whether you haven’t been able to get to where you need to go or you’re one of our heroic Employees caught up in a massive effort to stabilize the airline, to know is that we’re doing everything we can to return to a normal operation.

And please also hear that I’m truly sorry.

Here’s why this giant puzzle is taking us several days to solve. Southwest is the largest carrier in the country, not only because of our value and our values, but because we build our flight schedule around communities, not hubs. So, we’re the largest airline in 23 of the top 25 travel markets in the U.S.

Cities where large numbers of scheduled flights simultaneously froze as record bitter cold brought challenges for all airlines.

Our network is highly complex and the operation of the airline counts on all the pieces, especially aircraft and crews remaining in motion to where they’re planned to go. With our large fleet of airplanes and flight crews out of position in dozens of locations. And after days of trying to operate as much of our full schedule across the busy holiday weekend, we reached a decision point to significantly reduce our flying to catch up.

We’re focused on safely getting all of the pieces back into position to end this rolling struggle. You know, I have nothing but pride and respect for the efforts of the people of Southwest who are showing up in every way. The tools we use to recover from disruption serve us well, 99 percent of the time; but clearly, we need to double down on our already existing plans to upgrade systems for these extreme circumstances so that we never again face what’s happening right now.

I’m apologizing to them daily and they’ll be hearing more about our specific plans to ensure the challenges that they’ve faced the past few days will not be part of our future.

I reached out to Secretary Buttigieg earlier today to continue the discussions we’ve been having with the DOT through the holiday – sharing all the things that we’re doing to make things right for our Customers.

We always take care of our Customers. And we will lean in and go above and beyond as they would expect us to. Teams are working on all of that: processing refunds, proactively reaching out and taking care of Customers who are dealing with costly detours and reroutes, as just a few examples. Our plan for the next few days is to fly a reduced schedule and reposition our people and planes, and we’re making headway and we’re optimistic to be back on track before next week.

We have some real work to do in making this right. For now, I want you to know that we’re committed to that.

Source: Video: Southwest Airlines CEO Bob Jordan Issues Update

Water condition forces people out of the Armstrong County Courthouse

The fire department was called to respond to the scene at the courthouse in Kittanning around 9:30 a.m.

A burst pipe forced the evacuation of the Armstrong County Courthouse Tuesday.

A sentencing hearing was underway in a second-floor courtroom when water started seeping under a door from a broken sprinkler pipe, according to Sheriff Frank Pitzer.

Source: Water condition forces people out of the Armstrong County Courthouse

US braces for more deaths as ‘blizzard of the century’ grips nation

Rescue crews struggle to reach stranded residents in Buffalo, New York, where dozens have been killed in winter storms

Emergency crews in New York were scrambling to rescue marooned residents from what authorities called the “blizzard of the century,” a relentless storm that has left 27 dead in the state and taken at least 60 lives nationwide, according to an NBC News tally.

In New York state, authorities have described ferocious conditions, particularly in Buffalo, with hours-long whiteouts, bodies being discovered in vehicles and under snow banks, and emergency personnel going “car to car” searching for more motorists, alive or dead.

On Monday night, US president Joe Biden issued a federal emergency declaration for the state of New York, authorising government assistance to bolster state and local recovery efforts.

Source: US braces for more deaths as ‘blizzard of the century’ grips nation

Winter storm leaves at least 37 dead nationwide as residents in western New York remain trapped under feet of snow | CNN

As a massive winter storm continues to blast much of the US with brutal winter weather — leading to at least 37 deaths nationwide — parts of western New York have been buried by up to 43 inches of snow, leaving vehicles stuck and power out for thousands during the Christmas weekend.

Source: Winter storm leaves at least 37 dead nationwide as residents in western New York remain trapped under feet of snow | CNN

East Butler experienced power outage

Up to 20 Butler County customers of West Penn Power experienced a power outage Friday afternoon.

The FirstEnergy outage center said crews investigated the cause of a power outage on East Butler Road near Jodi Lane.

The outage center estimated that power would be restored to the area by 5:30 p.m. that same day.

Source: East Butler experiencing power outage

Search underway as magnitude-5.6 earthquake leaves over 200 dead in Indonesia | CNN

Rescuers were digging through debris on Tuesday to find survivors of a powerful earthquake that toppled homes and buildings in a highly populated area of Indonesia’s West Java province, killing at least 268 people.

Source: Search underway as magnitude-5.6 earthquake leaves over 200 dead in Indonesia | CNN

Car bombs at busy Somalia market intersection killed at least 100, president says

 

The two car bombs that exploded at Somalia’s education ministry, next to a busy market intersection, killed at least 100 people and wounded 300, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said on Sunday, warning the death toll could rise

Source: Car bombs at busy Somalia market intersection killed at least 100, president says

Woman rescued from hillside in Mount Washington

PITTSBURGH — A woman who fell 20 feet over a hillside in Mount Washington was rescued by firefighters and medics Sunday night.

Pittsburgh Public Safety officials say the woman was riding her bicycle on East Sycamore street when her brakes failed.

The woman hit a median, fell down the hill and became stuck.

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Source: Woman rescued from hillside in Mount Washington

Pa. National Guard Member From New Castle Dies In Military Training Accident

Spc. Mackenzie Shay, 20, died Saturday, Oct. 22, in a crash involving two military vehicles, the National Guard said.

Three other service members were injured in the crash, the military said. They were all treated and released from Hershey Medical Center.

Source: Pa. National Guard Member From New Castle Dies In Military Training Accident

Thailand Mass Shooting

 Thai Officials Visit a Community Grieving Dozens of Rampage Victims

Portraits of the dead, many of whom were killed at a day care center, began to emerge. Among them were a pregnant teacher and a 3-year-old who loved racing toy cars and riding in real ones.

Grieving family members began preparations to lay to rest the victims killed in a deadly rampage at a day care center in northern Thailand, as the country’s top officials arrived to console the devastated community struggling with unanswered questions about the attack that left 36 dead on Thursday.

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/live/2022/10/07/world/thailand-shooting

Taliban: Car bomb near Kabul mosque kills 7, wounds 41

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A car bomb went off Friday as worshippers were leaving a Kabul mosque, killing at least seven people and wounding 41, including several children, a Taliban official said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing, the latest in a steady stream of attacks since the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan just over a year ago.

Source: Taliban: Car bomb near Kabul mosque kills 7, wounds 41

Package Explodes at Northeastern University, Injuring Man; FBI Investigating

One person was taken to the hospital Tuesday evening after a package delivered to a building at Northeastern University exploded when it was opened, school officials confirmed. A second package was also found and rendered safe by the bomb squad, Boston police confirmed at a news conference Tuesday night. Northeastern University said the package was delivered to Holmes Hall

Source: Package Explodes at Northeastern University, Injuring Man; FBI Investigating

911 Remembered

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans remembered 9/11 on Sunday with tear-choked tributes and pleas to “never forget,” 21 years after the deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil.

Nikita Shah headed to the ceremony at ground in a T-shirt that bore the de facto epigraph of the annual commemoration — “never forget” — and the name of her slain father, Jayesh Shah. The family moved to Houston afterward but has often returned to New York for the anniversary of the attack that killed him and nearly 3,000 other people.

“For us, it was being around people who kind of experienced the same type of grief and the same feelings after 9/11,” said Shah, who was 10 when her father was killed at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

Victims’ relatives and dignitaries also convened at the two other attack sites, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania.

Other communities around the country are marking the day with candlelight vigils, interfaith services and other commemorations. Some Americans are joining in volunteer projects on a day that is federally recognized as both Patriot Day and a National Day of Service and Remembrance.

Source: https://apnews.com/article/new-york-government-and-politics-c5e1bcbcf3327938bb3c1a34e4807a5d

Building collapses in Monessen during storm – CBS Pittsburgh

MONESSEN, Pa. (KDKA) – A man who narrowly escaped a building collapse in Monessen said he heard a rumble of thunder then bricks started falling.

The pile of rubble in the alley and mounds of debris seen in what used to be windows give you an idea of the level of structural failure that occurred when parts of the old Mon Valley Independent lost their battle against gravity and time.

The man didn’t want to show his face but said he had an up close and personal look at the collapse as he walked through the alley behind the building.

“I was just walking through the ally and it just started coming down,” he said.

Monessen police and fire were at the scene almost immediately. The collapse closed alleys in the area. Monessen Police Chief David Yuhasz said given the state of many buildings in Monessen, this isn’t surprising and it’s lucky to have happened when it did.

Source: Building collapses in Monessen during storm – CBS Pittsburgh

Bed Bath & Beyond CFO plunges to death at New York’s Jenga tower | Reuters

Sept 4 (Reuters) – Bed Bath & Beyond Inc’s (BBBY.O) chief financial officer fell to his death from New York’s Tribeca skyscraper known as the “Jenga” tower on Friday afternoon, police said on Sunday, days after the struggling retailer announced it was closing stores and laying off workers.

Source: Bed Bath & Beyond CFO plunges to death at New York’s Jenga tower | Reuters

Planes flip at Orlando Executive Airport, leaving 1 dead

One person is dead and another was sent to the hospital after a plane at the Orlando Executive Airport flipped over during severe weather Thursday, according to the Orlando Fire Department.

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed two people were inside the plane when it flipped over at about 5 p.m. The plane was holding for takeoff on a taxiway while the weather was unfavorable, according to a spokesperson for the airport.

The spokesperson said another plane that flipped over did not have anyone inside it.

“Unfortunately, that system moved in so fast, it was so severe with very heavy gusty winds that it actually flipped the airplane,” said Orlando Executive Airport director and air traffic controller, Judith-Ann Jarrette.

Source: Planes flip at Orlando Executive Airport, leaving 1 dead

Darya Dugina: Car bomb kills daughter of ‘spiritual guide’ to Putin’s Ukraine invasion – Russian media – CNN

(CNN)Russian authorities said Sunday they had opened a murder investigation after the daughter of influential, ultra-nationalist philosopher Alexander Dugin was killed by a car bomb on the outskirts of Moscow.

The Russian Investigative Committee said it believed someone planned and ordered the car explosion that killed Darya Dugina, based on evidence already collected from the blast. “Taking into account the data already obtained, the investigation believes that the crime was pre-planned and was of an ordered nature,” the investigative committee said in a statement Sunday.

Source: Darya Dugina: Car bomb kills daughter of ‘spiritual guide’ to Putin’s Ukraine invasion – Russian media – CNN

Pittsburgh church struck by lightning with around 150 people inside

Our crew at the scene learned that close to 150 parishioners were inside the building at the time.

PITTSBURGH — A local church was struck by lightning just before Sunday’s service.

St. Boniface Roman Catholic Church, located on East Street in Pittsburgh’s Spring Hill-City View neighborhood was just about to hold mass at around 8:55 a.m. when the lighting hit.

PHOTOS: Pittsburgh church struck by lightning with around 150 people inside

Source: Pittsburgh church struck by lightning with around 150 people inside

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