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Hindus gather in India for world's largest festival

Hindus gather in India for world's largest festivalHindu devotees began gathering Sunday in northern India for the world’s largest religious festival, with millions of pilgrims travelling to bathe in holy rivers for the spectacular Kumbh Mela. State authorities in Uttar Pradesh are expecting 12 million visitors to descend on Allahabad for the centuries-old festival, which officially begins Tuesday and continues until early March. The ancient city rises alongside the banks of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati rivers, and the meeting point of the three is considered highly sacred in Hinduism.



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Florida Key lime pie: So popular it's got its own festival

Florida Key lime pie: So popular it's got its own festivalThe eighth annual Florida Key Lime Pie Festival will be Jan. 19 at Veterans Memorial Park on Merritt Island.



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PHOTOS: The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival

PHOTOS: The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture FestivalThe Ice and Snow World Park will host the 35th Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival from Jan. 5 until the end of February.



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Train mows down crowd at India festival, at least 60 dead

Train mows down crowd at India festival, at least 60 deadNEW DELHI (AP) — A speeding train ran over a crowd watching fireworks during a religious festival in northern India on Friday evening, killing at least 60 people and injuring dozens more, police said.



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Indian officials exchange blame for train plowing into festival crowd

Indian officials exchange blame for train plowing into festival crowdPunjab state’s Chief Minister Amarinder Singh told reporters on Saturday that 59 people had died with 57 injured in the accident and that an official inquiry would be carried out over the next four weeks. A large crowd had formed near the tracks on the city’s fringe for the burning of effigies as part of a major Hindu festival on Friday when the train sped through the gathering in darkness, officials and witnesses said. Grieving relatives and residents, some of whom were still scouring the bloodied fields for belongings of their loved ones, said there was no warning from the train as it rolled down the tracks just as firecrackers exploded in the sky in the annual Dusshera festival.



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Train mows down crowd at India festival, at least 58 dead

Train mows down crowd at India festival, at least 58 deadNEW DELHI (AP) — A speeding train ran over a crowd watching fireworks during a religious festival in northern India on Friday, killing at least 58 people and injuring dozens more, police said.



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Fyre Festival organiser jailed for six years after pleading guilty to fraud over disastrous event

Fyre Festival organiser jailed for six years after pleading guilty to fraud over disastrous eventThe entrepreneur behind a luxury music festival in the Bahamas that collapsed in chaos in 2017 was sentenced to six years in prison by a US judge on Thursday after admitting fraud. Billy McFarland, 26, was the force behind the Fyre Festival, which billed itself as the ultimate upscale getaway amid a fast-growing market for music events. Hundreds of partygoers headed to the Bahamas, some paying more than $ 100,000 each, but instead found tents that wouldn't have looked out of place in relief camps and cuisine that was just rudimentary sandwiches. "Today, McFarland found out the hard way that empty promises don't lead to jet-setting, champagne and extravagant parties – they lead to federal prison," said US Attorney for Manhattan, Geoffrey Berman. The New Yorker admitted wire fraud, bank fraud and making false statements in a two-pronged plea in March and July. Had he gone to trial and been convicted, he could have faced 20 years in prison. In addition to his jail time, he was ordered to forfeit $ 26 million. Prosecutors said McFarland repeatedly misrepresented himself to build his Fyre Media tech company and the ill-fated festival. Tents and mattresses being set up for the festival Credit: Jake Strang He falsified statements to show investors that his company earned millions of dollars from April 2016 and February 2017 through talent bookings, which in reality has grossed just $ 57,443, prosecutors said. The US Attorney's office said that at least 80 investors fell victim to his scheme, losing more than $ 24 million. McFarland also falsely boasted about Magnises, a credit card and private club geared at millennials, prosecutors said. He told investors that he sold Magnises for $ 40 million while in truth no sale had taken place, they said. In the first damages awarded, a judge in North Carolina earlier this year handed two fans each $ 1.5 million in compensation, plus $ 1 million each in punitive damages, far more than the minimum sought. Seth Crossno and Mark Thompson said that they shelled out $ 13,000 with a promise of exclusive accommodation on a private island but instead wound up in a relief camp-style tent and left when they felt unsafe. Numerous festival-goers posted pictures on social media of shambolic scenes, leading to online mockery of the high prices many had paid. The dinner that @fyrefestival promised us was catered by Steven Starr is literally bread, cheese, and salad with dressing. #fyrefestivalpic.twitter.com/I8d0UlSNbd— Tr3vor (@trev4president) April 28, 2017 The Fyre Festival was abruptly canceled and attendees evacuated, leading to online mockery of many of the young fans who had bought into the advertising of the event as a uniquely high-end music party. The government of the Bahamas, a country of more than 700 islands where tourism is the largest industry, apologized and assisted in evacuations – but stressed it was not involved directly in the event.



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Gang shootout at New Jersey arts festival kills one, injures 22

Gang shootout at New Jersey arts festival kills one, injures 22One of the shooting victims was a 13-year-old boy who was in extremely critical condition, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri told a news conference. Three others were in critical condition. At least two people opened fire around 2:45 a.m. at the annual Art All Night event in Trenton, about 60 miles (100 km) southwest of New York City.



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At least 20 injured after gunfire erupts at New Jersey art festival

At least 20 injured after gunfire erupts at New Jersey art festivalThe gunfire rang out in Trenton, New Jersey, during an “Art All Night” festival meant to bring the community together. Police say one suspect is dead and another is in custody.



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Art festival on verge of being shut down when shots rang out

Art festival on verge of being shut down when shots rang outTRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A 24-hour arts and music festival in New Jersey was on the verge of being shut down because of numerous fights when gunfire erupted, authorities said. One suspect was killed and 22 people, including two other suspects, were injured.



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