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Europe snow: Two die in French Alps trying to control avalanche as three German cross-country skiers killed

Europe snow: Two die in French Alps trying to control avalanche as three German cross-country skiers killedTwo ski resort workers have been killed in Morillon, a French Alps destination popular with Britons, by explosives they were using to spark an avalanche to keep the slopes safe for skiers. Their deaths came as three German cross-country skiers died and a fourth was reported missing following an avalanche in western Austria. The incident in Morillon occurred at around 8:30 am local time on Sunday as the workers were preparing the explosives at a height of 1,800 meters in the family resort in the Haut-Giffre valley. Police said it had been confirmed that they were killed by the explosion and did not die after being caught up in the avalanche the blast set off. They had been sent out to do their job in the Lanches sector of the resortbefore the ski slopes were opened to the public, after a night of heavy snowfall. Skiers had been warned that the risk of avalanche was at four on a scale of one to five. Setting off explosives, often dynamite, is a common technique used in ski resorts to spark avalanches that might otherwise happen when slopes are packed with skiers. Various methods are used, with some involving ski workers skiing to a spot above where experts believe the avalanche may take place, placing explosives there and later detonating them remotely. “The specialist pisteurs who are involved in securing the trails and roads from avalanches with explosive devices go through extensive training,” said Henry Schniewind from Henry’s Avalanche Talk, a website which offers advice and training for off-piste skiers. “Their job involves hazards from avalanche danger that most of us are aware of; the danger from explosives seems less apparent. Today’s tragedy is a reminder to us all about how brave these men and women are,” he told The Daily Telegraph. It was not immediately clear which avalanche control method was being used by the workers in Morillon, where a 21-year-old skier was killed by a falling tree earlier this month. The mountain gendarme unit from the town of Chamonix has been tasked with the investigation into their deaths and has sent officers to the scene, where they will work with rescue workers from the resorts of Flaine and Araches. The deaths reported in Austria were those of two men aged 32 and 36 and a third aged 56, all German cross-country skiers, who were found on Saturday evening, while a 28-year-old man still missing. The avalanche that killed them came after several days of heavy snowfall which saw the army called in to secure roads and buildings and help with a number of evacuations.



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Wisconsin teen Jayme Closs found alive after being missing for nearly three months

Wisconsin teen Jayme Closs found alive after being missing for nearly three monthsBarron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald announced Thursday that Douglas County officials located the 13-year-old.



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Three killed, four wounded in California bowling alley shooting

Three killed, four wounded in California bowling alley shootingThree men were killed and four wounded in a shooting at a Los Angeles suburban bowling alley early on Saturday.



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Saudi journalist murder in Turkey: three months of drama

Saudi journalist murder in Turkey: three months of dramaHere is a summary of events since Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed and allegedly dismembered in the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate three months ago. The Washington Post contributor is recorded on camera entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. On October 4 Saudi Arabia says it is investigating while US officials say they are also looking into the case.



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Three Ways the Government Shutdown Could Affect You

Three Ways the Government Shutdown Could Affect YouPresident Trump said Friday that the government shutdown triggered over an impasse on border protection could last months or even years, which could spread its impact far beyond the 800,000 feder…



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Chuck Grassley: I'm only three heartbeats from the presidency

Chuck Grassley: I'm only three heartbeats from the presidencyDemocrats took control of the House of Representatives on Thursday for the 116th Congress of the United States.



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Sherman, T-34 and Cromwell: These Three Allied Tanks Won World War II

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Bomb kills three Vietnamese tourists, Egyptian guide near pyramids: officials

Bomb kills three Vietnamese tourists, Egyptian guide near pyramids: officialsThe bombing is the first deadly attack against foreign tourists in Egypt for over a year and comes as the tourism sector, a vital source of foreign currency revenue, recovers from a sharp drop in visitor numbers since the country’s 2011 uprising. Islamist extremists, including militants linked to Islamic State, are active in Egypt and have targeted foreign visitors in the past. The tourists were heading to a sound and light show at the pyramids, which they had visited earlier in the day, said Lan Le, 41, who was also aboard the bus but unhurt.



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IS-claimed attack on Libya foreign ministry kills at least three

IS-claimed attack on Libya foreign ministry kills at least threeSuicide attackers stormed the Libyan foreign ministry in the capital Tripoli on Tuesday, killing at least three people including a senior civil servant in an attack claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group. A car bomb exploded near the ministry, prompting security forces to rush to the scene, said special forces spokesman Tarak al-Dawass. A suicide bomber then blew himself up on the second floor of the building while a second attacker died when a suitcase he was carrying exploded, he said.



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Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen sentenced to three years prison

Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen sentenced to three years prisonMichael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, was sentenced to a total of three years in prison on Wednesday for his role in making illegal hush-money payments to women to help Trump’s 2016 election campaign and lying to Congress about a proposed Trump Tower project in Russia. U.S. District Judge William Pauley in Manhattan sentenced Cohen to three years for the payments, which violated campaign finance law, and to two months for the false statements to Congress.



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