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Arizona head-on crash kills eight, including four illegal immigrants

Arizona head-on crash kills eight, including four illegal immigrantsA sport utility vehicle carrying seven suspected illegal immigrants was hit head-on by another car on an Arizona highway, killing eight people, state police said on Thursday. Three other people were seriously injured in the collision on Wednesday when a Chevrolet Suburban, containing seven immigrants and two U.S. citizens, was hit by a Buick passenger vehicle near Florence, Arizona, about 125 miles (200 km) from the border, a police spokesman said. The state Department of Public Safety earlier had reported nine people were killed in the accident.



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Japan earthquake: Eight dead and dozens missing in landslides as lights go out on Hokkaido

Japan earthquake: Eight dead and dozens missing in landslides as lights go out on HokkaidoAt least eight people were killed and 32 were missing, Japanese media reported, after a powerful earthquake paralysed the northern island of Hokkaido on Thursday, triggering landslides and knocking out power to its 5.3 million residents. Aerial footage showed dozens of landslides exposing barren hillsides near the town of Atsuma in southern Hokkaido, with mounds of reddish earth and fallen trees piled up at the edge of green fields. The collapsed remains of what appeared to be houses or barns were scattered about. Houses were buried by multiple landslides after a powerful earthquake in Atsuma, Hokkaido Credit: Getty Six of the deaths were in the village of Atsuma, National broadcaster NHK reported. With swathes of the country further south recovering from Typhoon Jebi, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that 25,000 troops and other personnel were being dispatched to the area to help with rescue operations. NHK showed the moment the quake struck the city of Muroran, with its camera violently shaking and all city lights going black moments later. In Sapporo, a mudslide on a road left several cars half buried. Akira Fukui, from the main city of Sapporo, told AFP: "I woke up around 3am with a vertical jolt. I put the light on but it went out shortly afterwards. All the traffic lights are out and there's no power at work." A strong earthquake rocked Japan's northern island of Hokkaido shortly after 3 AM on Thursday. Police are checking on the extent of the damage. NHK WORLD-JAPAN is LIVE streaming the Hokkaido earthquake updates. t.co/QbGNxwoMjtpic.twitter.com/AX72kCYbEO— NHK WORLD News (@NHKWORLD_News) September 5, 2018 Another Sapporo resident told NHK: "I was scared… I felt the tremor, which lasted for about 30 seconds. I was on the sixth floor, it was really scary." The entire island was without power after Hokkaido Electric Power Co said it conducted an emergency shutdown of all its fossil fuel-fired power plants following the quake. The utility said it wasn't clear when electricity would be restored to 2.95 million households. The trade and industry ministry told the utility to restart the coal-fired Tomato-Atsuma power plant within a few hours, Trade Minister Hiroshige Seko said. All trains across the island were also halted. Residents watch a road damaged by an earthquake in Sapporo, Hokkaido, northern Japan Credit: AP Roof tiles and water could be seen on the floor at Hokkaido's main airport, New Chitose Airport, which would be closed for at least Thursday. New Chitose is a major tourist gateway to the island, known for its mountains, lakes and abundant farmland and seafood, and more than 200 flights and 40,000 passengers would be affected, Kyodo News Agency said. The closure comes just a couple days after Kansai Airport, an important hub near Osaka, in western Japan, was shut after it was hit by Typhoon Jebi. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said officials hoped to reopen Kansai Airport for domestic flights on Friday. The quake, which hit at 3.08am, posed no tsunami risk, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The US Geological Survey said it struck some 42 miles southeast of Sapporo, Hokkaido's main city. It registered a strong 6 on Japan's 7-point earthquake scale. Mr Abe arrived at his office before 6 am and told reporters his government had set up a command centre to co-ordinate relief and rescue. Sounding haggard, Mr Abe said saving lives was his government's top priority. A house damaged by a landslide caused by an earthquake is seen in Atsuma town in Hokkaido prefecture Credit: AFP The Tomari Nuclear Power Station, which has been shut since a 2011 earthquake and tsunami, suffered a power outage but was cooling its fuel rods safely with emergency power, said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga. Operator Hokkaido Electric reported no radiation irregularities at the plant, Suga told a news conference. Farming and tourism are two of the island's biggest economic drivers, but there is some industry. Kirin Beer and Sapporo Beer both said factories were shut by the power outage, although they said no structural damage was found. A fire broke out at a Mitsubishi Steel Mfg Co plant in the city of Muroran after the quake but was mostly extinguished with no injuries, a company official said. A series of smaller shocks, including one with a magnitude of 5.4, followed the initial quake, Japan's Meteorological Agency said. Agency official Toshiyuki Matsumori warned residents to take precautions for potential major aftershocks in coming days. "Large quakes often occur, especially within two to three days (of a big one)," said Toshiyuki Matsumori, in charge of monitoring earthquakes and tsunamis at the meteorological agency. He added the risk of housing collapses and landslides had increased in the area hit by the quake, saying: "We urge residents to pay full attention to seismic activity and rainfall and not to go into dangerous areas." The 2011 earthquake and tsunami in northern Japan destroyed both external and backup power to the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, causing meltdowns. The earthquake also affected telephone service and television broadcasting in Sapporo. 



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Eight shot at apartment complex in San Bernardino, California

Eight shot at apartment complex in San Bernardino, CaliforniaEight people were shot at a San Bernardino, California apartment complex, including a 17-year-old boy who was in critical condition.



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Eight hikers die as flash flood hits Italy's Calabria

Eight hikers die as flash flood hits Italy's CalabriaEight hikers died when a mountain river suddenly flooded in Italy’s southern Calabria region, with five people still missing, local emergency services said on Monday. “We have eight dead but we can’t rule out the toll increasing,” the local civil protection unit told AFP. It also said there were two groups of 18 hikers at the site.



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Eight years late, Palestinian mail arrives in West Bank

Eight years late, Palestinian mail arrives in West BankPalestinians in the occupied West Bank are about to receive a special delivery of more than 10 tons of mail that has been delayed by Israel for the past eight years. Postal workers have been sorting through thousands of mail sacks in the West Bank city of Jericho for the past several days after Israeli authorities allowed the entry of the letters and packages from neighboring Jordan. The 10.5 tons of mail had been held in Jordan since 2010 because Israel would not permit direct transfer to the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, Palestinian officials said.



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Three Animals Killed, Eight People Injured by Baseball-Sized Hail at Colorado Zoo

Three Animals Killed, Eight People Injured by Baseball-Sized Hail at Colorado ZooAt least eight people were hospitalized and three animals were killed at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo due to large hail.



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59 shot, eight dead in Chicago since Friday

59 shot, eight dead in Chicago since FridayDozens of people were wounded in shootings across Chicago Sunday, police said.



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Police say eight family members were in car that went off California cliff

Police say eight family members were in car that went off California cliffA sports utility vehicle that hurtled off a roadside cliff along the Northern California coastline earlier this week was likely carrying all eight members of a Washington state family, police said on Wednesday. The bodies of a married couple, Jennifer Jean Hart, 38, and Sarah Margaret Hart, 38, were recovered from inside the wreckage of a GMC Yukon after it was spotted by another driver on Monday afternoon at the bottom of a seaside embankment in Mendocino County, north of San Francisco.



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Putin enemy found dead in London eight days after Skripal poisoning, as counter-terror police launch investigation

Putin enemy found dead in London eight days after Skripal poisoning, as counter-terror police launch investigationCounter terrorism police have launched an investigation into the ‘unexplained’ death of a Russian business partner of Boris Berezovsky, Vladimir Putin’s arch enemy. Nikolai Grushkov, 69, was found dead at his home in New Malden in south London on Monday evening.  Grushkov was the closest aide to Berezovsky who died in mysterious circumstances in 2013 at his home in Surrey. The death of Grushkov just eight days after the attempted assassination of Sergei Skripal, the Russian double agent who sold state secrets to MI6, will cause alarm although Scotland yard has insisted there is no evidence to suggest the two incidents are linked. Friends of Berezovsky insist he was murdered on president Putin’s order. The metropolitan Police said in a statement issued on Tuesday afternoon: “An investigation is underway following the death of a man in his 60s in Kingston borough. The home in New Malden Credit:  Ben Stevens/ i-Images Picture Agency “Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at 10.46pm on Monday, 12 March to reports of a man found deceased at a residential address in Clarence Avenue, New Malden. “Officers attended and next of kin have been informed. Whilst we believe we know the identity of the deceased, formal identification is yet to take place. “A post-mortem examination will be held in due course. Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky Credit: Sang Tan /AP “The death is currently being treated as an unexplained. If there is a change in the status of the investigation, an update will be provided. “At this stage the Met Police Counter Terrorism Command is leading the investigation as a precaution because of associations that the man is believed to have had. “There is no evidence to suggest a link to the incident in Salisbury.” Nikolai Glushkov: The businessman twice charged with fraud in Russia Mr Glushkov left Russia after a Moscow court sentenced him to a two-year suspended sentence for fraud in 2006.  In March last year, he was handed a second eight-year sentence in absentia and a one million Russian Ruble fine for allegedly defrauding Aeroflot of $ 122 million during his tenure as finance director there in the late 1990s. Mr Glushkov denied all the charges against him. In 2016, he told Russian media that Aeroflot was attempting to sue him in a civil case in the High Court in London.  Russian spy poisoning | Read more Bereaved friends speak of his life and work Vasily Trunin, a friend and apparent former colleague, wrote on Facebook: "Every time we get on a new, up-to-date plane made by Aeroflot, one of the best airlines in Europe, we can remember Kolya (Nikolai) Glushkov, who was one of the few people who managed to pull an airline out of the Soviet backwater. "A shame, a great shame. He was a good friend." He told the Telegraph that he met the former Aeroflot manager in London and that he had been a close friend of Mr Berezovsky and Badri Patarkatsishvili.   "I saw Boris and Badri a lot at that time and observed their friendship with Nikolai. He really was a very good friend of theirs." Nikolai Glushkov before he left Russia Paying tribute to Mr Glushkov, he said: "I heard many positive reviews about his organizational skills, his understanding of building production processes." Another friend wrote that Mr Glushkov was the "best person [he] ever worked for". Alexander Goldfarb, a Russian-American activist who has campaigned for justice for Alexander Litvinenko, wrote that he was saddened by the death.



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At least eight dead after Nor’easter slams east coast

At least eight dead after Nor’easter slams east coastMassachusetts is under a state of emergency, with residents along the coast battling cold, wind and flooding, and more than a million across the Northeast are without power.



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