Thursday, July 24, 2014


More works found at German collector Gurlitt’s apartment, including possible Degas sculpture

BERLIN — More art works have been found at the Munich apartment of the late collector Cornelius Gurlitt, including a sculpture apparently by Edgar Degas and another that could be by Auguste Rodin, the task force investigating the pieces’ origin said Thursday.

Popular Klondike Gold Rush tourist train suspends operations after derailment injures 9 people

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A vintage rail company that hauls hundreds of thousands of tourists every year along the route of the historic Klondike Gold Rush has suspended operations while it investigates a derailment that injured nine people.
The derailment occurred during the Wednesday afternoon run of the White Pass & Yukon Route tourist train, which goes from Skagway, Alaska, into Canada.

Arizona murderer gasps for more than 1 1/2 hours in death chamber before dying

PHOENIX — A condemned murderer took nearly two hours to die and gasped for about 90 minutes during an execution in Arizona that quickly rekindled the national debate on capital punishment in the U.S.

FAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv after reassessing danger from Hamas rockets

WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. flights in and out of Israel, which the agency had imposed out of concern for the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets.
The decision was effective at 11:45 p.m. EDT Wednesday.

French official: Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people vanishes over northern Mali

ALGIERS, Algeria — An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria’s capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali after heavy rains were reported, according to the plane’s owner and government officials in France and Burkina Faso.

Bells, sirens sound as shipwrecked Concordia liner leaves Italian isle, towed on final voyage

GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy — The Costa Concordia cruise liner began its final voyage Wednesday, slowly being towed away from the tiny Italian island where it capsized more than two years ago, killing 32 people.

Plane crashes in emergency landing at Taiwan airport, 47 people trapped, feared dead

TAIPEI, Taiwan — A plane landing in stormy weather crashed outside an airport on a small Taiwanese island late Wednesday, and the transport minister said 47 people were trapped and feared dead.

Malaysian jet, cancelled Tel Aviv flights illustrate dangers of flying over unstable territory

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — In Libya, militias armed with shoulder-launched missiles are battling for control of the country’s main airport. In Africa, the entire Sahel region is awash with weapons that include portable air defence systems leftover from the ouster of Moammar Gadhafi.

Agency tells US airlines not to fly to Tel Aviv airport after Hamas rocket explodes nearby

In a sign of increased caution about flying near combat zones, U.S. and European airlines halted flights to Israel Tuesday after a rocket landed near Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport.

Freedom or freedoom?

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa—Nelson Mandela had a way with words, but not quite like this.
Cyclists traversing Johannesburg in the former South African president’s honour wore T-shirts with one of his many inspiring quotations, along with a glaring typographical error in the word “freedom.”
The T-shirt read: “The purpose of freedoom is to create it for others.”

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