Syrian rebels hit back at Assad's air force with attack on military airport
REBELS seized an air defence facility and attacked a military airport in eastern Syria yesterday, a monitoring group said, hitting back at an air force on which President Bashar al-Assad is increasingly relying to crush his opponents. The attacks in the eastern oil-producing Deir al-Zor province follow rebel strikes against military airports close to the border with Turkey.
Firefighters tame Spanish wildfire
FIREFIGHTERS yesterday tamed a fire that had threatened villages north of the beach resort of Marbella in Spain's southern Costa del Sol, allowing about 4,000 people who had been evacuated to return to their homes and hotels.
More than 400 firefighters and members of the armed forces fought the flames overnight, using eight helicopters and planes to help drench the flames.
Songwriter Hal David dies, aged 91
Hal David, whose simple, heartfelt lyrics made a perfect fit with Burt Bacharach's quirky melodies and resulted in dozens of hit songs, including Do You Know the Way to San Jose and Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head, died yesterday of complications from a stroke. He was 91.
Teen killed in bus window tragedy
A NEW JERSEY teenager died after he put his head out of an emergency hatch on a double-decker bus and his head hit the underside of an overpass.
Port Authority police spokesman Al Della Fave told The Record newspaper the boy was among 65 teenagers aboard the bus heading to a 'Sweet 16' party in New Jersey.
It was crossing the George Washington Bridge from New York when the accident occurred. The teen was pronounced dead at hospital. A security guard working on the bus had warned the teenager not to put his head out the window.
Woman arrested four times in one day
AUTHORITIES say a New Hampshire woman has been arrested four times in 26 hours for blasting the AC/DC song Highway to Hell and other loud music from her home and for throwing a frying pan.
Police first issued a warning to Joyce Coffey last Tuesday afternoon at her home. They say they were called back an hour later and arrested her for the loud music.
Police say Coffey was arrested again five hours later. She was released and arrested again before dawn on Wednesday over more loud music. Police arrested her again after her nephew said he tried to remove some of his belongings from her house and she threw the frying pan at him.