Accidents and disasters
WARRI, Nigeria - He had survived three days in an upside down tugboat at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean and then he saw lights in the water. Air bubbles rose around the cook as he squatted in an air pocket. A diver was coming. Rescue seemed imminent for Harrison Odjegba Okene.
WASHINGTON - The Asiana Airlines captain who crashed a Boeing 777 at San Francisco International Airport in July told investigators he was "very concerned" about attempting a visual approach because the runway's automatic landing aids were out of service due to construction, according to an investigative report released Wednesday.
BERLIN - A building crane collapsed Wednesday onto a supermarket in western Germany, killing one person and injuring at least five others, police said.
Rescuers were struggling to comb through the wreckage of the Aldi supermarket in the town of Bad Homburg, near Frankfurt, because parts of the building remained at risk of collapse, police said in a statement.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - A second man charged with stealing a piece of the car in which "Fast & Furious" actor Paul Walker died has surrendered.
Authorities say 25-year-old Anthony Janow surrendered Tuesday at the San Fernando courthouse. He was booked and released on $60,000 bail.
His attorney's name wasn't released.
Walker and driver Roger Rodas died Nov. 30 when their Porsche crashed in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Clarita.
Prosecutors say Janow and 18-year-old Jameson Witty stole a roof panel as the wreckage was being towed.
RENO, Nev. - A desperate search for a couple and four children missing for two days in the below-zero cold of Nevada's rugged mountains turned jubilant Tuesday when rescuers guided in part by cellphone signals and footprints in the snow found them alive and well near their overturned Jeep.
About 200 people had searched by land and air after the group of six failed to return Sunday from a trip to play in the snow near their hometown of Lovelock, in Nevada's high desert.
SALT LAKE CITY - An avalanche that was caught on video dragged a backcountry skier into a Utah ravine and buried her in snow, but the woman survived because she deployed a special air bag and other skiers were able to quickly dig her out, witnesses said Tuesday.
Joe Campanelli was using his iPhone to record the sun-splayed Wasatch mountains Monday when the skier descended into a steep gully filled with loose snow in Grizzly Gulch, a short distance from the Alta ski area east of Salt Lake City.
JAKARTA, Indonesia - A commuter train hit a truck hauling gasoline in Indonesia's capital Monday, killing five people and sending a fireball of orange flames and black smoke shooting skyward.
CHICAGO - A two-year-old Chicago girl's death from a dog attack over the weekend has been ruled a homicide by the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.
The Sun-Times reports that the Cook County medical examiner's office says an autopsy determined Jah'niyah White died Saturday from injuries suffered in a dog attack at her grandfather's home.
Jah'niyah was pronounced dead at 3:40 p.m. Saturday at Jackson Park Hospital.
Detectives are conducting a death investigation, and state child welfare officials are conducting their own investigation of allegations of abuse.
LONDON - Britain braced for severe flooding and the worst tidal surge in 60 years after a powerful storm with hurricane-force gusts hit the country Thursday and began moving across Europe.
The storm prompted evacuations, snarled transport and left tens of thousands of homes without electricity. At least three people died in accidents linked to the weather.
SEATTLE - A Washington state woman who regularly monitors police scanner traffic unknowingly live-tweeted about her husband's death in a freeway crash.
In a series of gut-wrenching tweets on Wednesday that grew more frantic, the Vancouver, Wash., mother first tweeted how horrible it was when she learned someone had died on Interstate 205 near the Oregon border.