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Saturday 26 July 2014

US tornado count may be worst ever

Published 29/05/2008|00:00

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EXPERTS say 2008 is already the deadliest tornado year in the US since 1998 and seems on track to break the country's record for the number of twisters in a year.

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So far this year, the US has seen at least 110 dead from a preliminary count of 1,191 twisters.

Murder defendant 'sorry' for rail crash

A MURDER defendant has apologised for causing a US train disaster that killed 11 people, saying he was trying to kill himself and never meant to harm anyone else.

Juan Alvarez (29) said he drove his Jeep on to a railway line in Glendale, California, in January 2005, hoping a train would kill him quickly.

Two held in honey antibiotic scam

TWO bosses at a German company have been arrested in the US, accused of conspiring to import honey contaminated with an illegal antibiotic from China.

Stefanie Giesselbach (30), sales manager for the Chicago office of Hamburg-based Alfred L Wolff, was arrested as she prepared to board a flight to Germany.

Couple tried to 'sell' baby online

CANADIAN police say they may charge a Vancouver couple accused of posting an online ad offering a seven-day-old baby for €6,300.

Officers tracked the number of a stolen mobile phone listed in the ad to an apartment in Vancouver. They found four adults inside, including the 26-year-old father and the 23-year-old mother. Police did not identify the couple.

Flight blagger (10) is grounded

A 10-YEAR-OLD boy who last year talked his way on to airline flights to Texas has been stopped at a boarding gate after trying yet another getaway, this time to California.

Security tapes show Semaj Booker passing through a metal detector and other procedures before 5am at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. His mother had reported him missing at 3am.

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