At least 14 people were killed and 33 wounded when a bomb went off inside a mosque in eastern Afghanistan, officials said Sunday.
In October, the country is set to hold its first election in four years, and the mosque was also being used as a voter registration center. Talib Mangal, spokesman for the provincial governor in Khost, told The Associated Press the explosion "happened while people were busy with prayers, meanwhile in [another] part of the mosque people had gathered to get their voter registration cards for the election."
A spokesman for the Taliban denied the group's involvement, although the militant organization and a local affiliate of the Islamic State have both previously targeted election activities. Last month, 60 people were killed when an ISIS suicide bomber attacked a voter registration center in Kabul. Catherine Garcia
Strong dust storms hit the northern Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan on Wednesday, leaving at least 109 people and countless livestock dead.
The storms uprooted trees and destroyed homes, and many of the people who died were asleep when their houses collapsed, BBC News reports. In Uttar Pradesh, 73 people were killed, more than half in Agra district, home to the Taj Mahal. "I haven't seen such a devastating storm in at least 25 years," Shivam Lohia, a hotel owner in Rajasthan, told AFP. "Everyone was scared and running for cover as trees and homes were getting blown away. It was a nightmare."
Dust storms are common in India during this time of year, but usually the storms do not result in so many casualties. In the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, more than 41,000 lightning strikes were counted on Wednesday, and more storms are likely throughout the country through the end of the week. Catherine Garcia
A C-130 military transport plane belonging to the Puerto Rico National Guard crashed Wednesday right after takeoff from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport in Georgia, and authorities believe all nine crew members are deceased.
The nearly 60-year-old plane was being retired, and was on its way to Arizona when the incident occurred. It crashed on a busy highway, and despite coming close to two bystanders on the ground, if didn't hit any people or vehicles, The Associated Press reports. Only the tail section of the plane was intact, with the debris field 600 feet in diameter.
Isabelo Rivera, adjutant general of Puerto Rico's National Guard, told AP the plane had been used by the 156th Air Wing to bring supplies to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria and to evacuate U.S. citizens from the British Virgin Islands after Hurricane Irma. He also said the Puerto Rico National Guard has the "oldest planes on inventory," and out of five similar planes, two can't be used right now because they need maintenance. The cause of the crash is under investigation. Catherine Garcia
Ten people were killed and 15 injured Monday afternoon when a man drove a van down a Toronto sidewalk, authorities said.
The suspected driver of the vehicle, identified as 25-year-old Alex Minassian, is in custody, though authorities have yet to identify a motive. The incident occurred down a busy stretch of Yonge Street in Toronto's North York neighborhood. Toronto Deputy Police Chief Peter Yuen told reporters that authorities would be on the scene for "days," and that the investigation would be "complex."
An eyewitness told BBC News that she saw a white car plow through pedestrians. "So many people [were] shouting, 'Stop the car,' but he didn't," the woman said. "He just [kept] moving." Kimberly Alters
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Authorities in Philadelphia are investigating the suspicious death of former National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster's father, H.R. McMaster Sr., several people told 6 ABC News.
The elder McMaster, 84, died April 13 at a nursing home where he was recuperating from a stroke. 6 ABC News reports that investigators are looking into allegations that McMaster fell and hit his head, then was put in a chair and died without receiving proper care. McMaster's family was also reportedly told by some staff members at the facility that records related to his death had been falsified.
The nursing home, Cathedral Village, told 6 ABC News on Wednesday that on the day McMaster died, they notified the Department of Health and started an investigation into the allegations. The Pennsylvania attorney general's office called the incident "tragic," and said its investigation is in the "very early stages." Catherine Garcia
The passenger who died Tuesday after she was nearly sucked out of a window on a Southwest Airlines jet has been identified as Jennifer Riordan, a mother of two from Albuquerque.
Riordan was a vice president of community relations at a Wells Fargo in Albuquerque, The Associated Press reports, as well as a board member of Junior Achievement of New Mexico, New Mexico First, The Catholic Foundation, and Annunciation Catholic School. In a statement, Wells Fargo called Riordan "a well-known leader who was loved and respected."
The plane was headed to Dallas from New York City when it blew an engine, sending shrapnel into a window and shattering it. Passenger Eric Zilbert told AP that Riordan was outside of the plane "from her waist above," and other witnesses said two male passengers helped get her back inside. She was given CPR while passengers attempted to plug the hole in the window before the plane made an emergency landing in Philadelphia. Zilbert said they were "very lucky to have such a skilled pilot and crew to see us through it. The plane was steady as a rock after it happened. I didn't have any fearing that it was out of control." Catherine Garcia
The Larry Nassar scandal continues to disgust.
The former doctor for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University was sentenced in February to 40 to 125 years in prison for sexual abuse of patients over decades. But Kaylee Lorincz, an 18-year-old survivor who testified during Nassar's sentencing, revealed Friday that MSU's interim president secretly offered her a settlement in the case, The Associated Press reported.
Lorincz says she was signing up to speak at Friday's board of trustees meeting a few weeks ago when interim President John Engler and his special counsel offered her $250,000 to settle. Lorincz's attorney wasn't with her.
Lorincz revealed Engler's attempt at a secret deal during Friday's meeting, confronting university brass about the move. Engler had told her that another victim, Rachael Denhollander, had considered a settlement amount, Lorincz said. But when Lorincz asked Denhollander about the purported offer, Denhollander denied ever talking to Engler, Lorincz said.
"I felt like I was being bullied into saying something and that if Rachael gave him a settlement amount, it was okay for me to do it, too," Lorincz said. Read more at The Associated Press. Kathryn Krawczyk
Firefighters, police officers, urban search-and-rescue crews, and swift-water rescuers in Los Angeles are searching for a 13-year-old boy who plummeted 25 feet into a drainage pipe Sunday at Griffith Park.
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Jesse Hernandez, 13, was at the park for his family's annual Easter picnic. Hernandez and his cousins entered an abandoned maintenance building and were jumping on wooden planks when one broke, the Los Angeles Times reports, sending Hernandez down a 4-foot-wide drainage pipe that feeds into the L.A. River. "That place is a maze," Los Angeles Police Sgt. Bruno La Hoz told the Times. "We don't know where the drain pipe goes to."
Officials are stationed at different drains, in the hopes that Hernandez will come out of a pipe, and are trying to determine if Hernandez may be stuck in a chamber in the system. Because the drainage area has various depths of water moving at about 15 mph, it's too dangerous for rescuers to enter on their own, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department said. The search will continue through the night, with Hernandez's family keeping vigil in Griffith Park. "We called, sent text messages — it rings but it goes to voicemail," family friend Dominique Barraza told the Times. "He's too young. It's just too crazy. I still can't believe it." Catherine Garcia