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April 19, 2020

At least 16 people were killed on Sunday after a gunman dressed like a police officer went on a shooting spree across several communities in Nova Scotia, Canada.

This is the deadliest such attack in Canadian history. One of the victims is Constable Heidi Stevenson, a 23-year veteran of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and mother of two. Authorities said the suspect, identified as 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman, is also dead.

Police were first alerted to a shooting at a residence in Portapique, about 60 miles north of Halifax, where several bodies were found inside and outside of the house. From there, police pursued the suspect through several other communities, and are investigating "multiple crime scenes." The chase ended at a gas station in Enfield.

Authorities said they believe the suspect did target the victims at the Portapique home, even though several of them did not know him, but his later attacks were random. RCMP Chief Supt. Chris Leather said the suspect used a gun and possibly "other methods" during his rampage, as several homes in the Portapique area were set on fire. Because there are so many different crime scenes, police said the death toll could rise. Catherine Garcia

February 23, 2020

A man was killed on Saturday night after being hit by a Mardi Gras float in New Orleans.

Police said the victim appeared to fall between two sections of a large tandem float at the Krewe of Endymion. Just days earlier, a 58-year-old woman was run over by a parade float at the Krewe of Nyx. Following the man's death, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced tandem floats, which are several floats connected together and pulled by a tractor, are now banned.

"To be confronted with such tragedy a second time at the height of our Carnival celebrations seems an unimaginable burden to bear," Cantrell said in a statement. "The city and the people of New Orleans will come together, we will grieve together, and we will persevere together." Cantrell also said the city will "be looking at further changes that need to be made to make our routes and our celebrations more safe — but the work starts right now."

Two additional people were injured on Sunday when they fell from a float in the Krewe of Thoth parade. Police said they were both transferred to a trauma center, and are in stable condition. Catherine Garcia

December 17, 2019

A 60-year-old architect was killed near Manhattan's Times Square on Tuesday morning when a piece of debris from a 17-story building fell and hit her on the head, officials said.

Erica L. Tishman was walking on the southeast corner of Seventh Avenue and 49th Street, just a few blocks away from her office, when the debris tumbled down, officials said. Tishman, a mother of three known for her volunteer work and service on several nonprofit boards, died at the scene.

The debris came from a building that had been fined by the city in April because of a "failure to maintain exterior building facade." The building dates back to 1915, and is owned by Himmel + Meringoff Properties. In a statement, the company said it is "saddened by this tragedy and our hearts go out to the family. The company will fully cooperate with the city in the ongoing matter."

The New York Times reports that after the incident, the Department of Buildings inspected the building's facade, and found cracks and missing pieces of terra cotta. The city ordered Himmel + Meringoff to immediately install a sidewalk shed below the building in order to protect pedestrians. Catherine Garcia

January 23, 2018

Say bye, bye, bye to your dreams of an 'NSYNC reunion at the Super Bowl.

Joey Fatone told TMZ Sports that when Justin Timberlake performs at the Super Bowl LII halftime show on Feb. 4, his former bandmates won't be dancing beside him. "I'm here right now," Fatone said, standing outside a restaurant in West Hollywood, California. "If I was doing something, I'd be at rehearsals right now. There's your proof."

Fatone was singing a different tune last October, after it was announced that Timberlake will be the halftime entertainment — at the time, he said an 'NSYNC reunion was possible, just a few things needed to be worked out. This could be an elaborate distraction and 'NSYNC is planning a surprise set, but it sounds like fans who were hoping for a "Tearin' Up My Heart" singalong and J.C. Chasez wardrobe malfunction have to keep waiting. Catherine Garcia

September 13, 2017

Officials in Hollywood, Florida, said eight elderly people living at a nursing home died after Hurricane Irma knocked out power, leaving them with no air conditioning.

At least 115 people have been evacuated from the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, with some in respiratory distress. The center, which sits across the street from a hospital with full air conditioning, has a backup generator, but that doesn't power the air conditioner, a faculty administrator said, and the residents were left in stifling heat. Broward County said the facility notified it on Tuesday that it had lost power, but did not ask for help. The deceased residents have been identified as Bobby Owens, 84; Manuel Mario Medieta, 96; Miguel Antonio Franco, 92; Estella Hendricks, 71; Gail Nova, 71; Carolyn Eatherly, 78; Betty Hibbard, 84; and Albertina Vega, 99.

Officials in Florida are now visiting other assisted living facilities to look for anyone who might need help, and Gov. Rick Scott (R) said several investigations into the incident are underway. The Hollywood facility has two out of five stars in Medicare's ranking system, the Sun Sentinel reports, and one star for health inspections. It isn't yet known how long the elderly residents were without air conditioning. Catherine Garcia

August 7, 2017

An 11-year-old Boy Scout died Monday at a hospital in Shreveport, Louisiana, two days after the catamaran he was in hit an overhead power line on a lake in east Texas.

The Scout, whose name has not been released by authorities, was just offshore with two older Scouts, a 17-year-old and a 16-year-old, when the catamaran hit the line. Daniel Anderson, COO for the East Texas Boy Scouts of America, told CBS News that a Scout leader was at the boat within minutes of the accident; he found the two older boys dead, and the 11-year-old was picked up by another boat and rushed to an ambulance. "There's literally hundreds of campouts like this every year in east Texas and nothing like this ever happens," Anderson said. Catherine Garcia

June 14, 2017

Wearing a UPS uniform, a man walked into a company facility in San Francisco Wednesday morning and opened fire, killing three people and wounding two before shooting himself, authorities said.

San Francisco Police Assistant Chief Toney Chaplin said during a press conference that officers who arrived on the scene encountered the suspect, who has not been identified, and he "put the gun to his head and discharged the weapon," dying instantly. Investigators do not yet know if the shooter was a current or former employee, and they are interviewing "dozens and dozens" of witnesses in an attempt to determine the motive, Chaplin said.

UPS said 350 people work at the facility, and the company is "saddened and deeply concerned about affected employees, family members, and the community we share." San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee called the shooting a "senseless act of violence" that will be "felt in every community served by these committed employees." Catherine Garcia

March 12, 2017

Fire officials in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, are blaming a fire that killed one girl and left two others in critical condition on a rechargeable hoverboard.

On Friday night, the family heard "sizzling and cracking" coming from the hoverboard and the outlet it was plugged into, Fire Chief Brian Enterline told PennLive. Five people were rushed to the hospital, and the 4-year-old girl died on Saturday. The girl's father and a teenager were treated and released for smoke inhalation, while two other girls remain hospitalized.

Enterline said the fire was accidental, and one of several tragedies to hit his department that night — several firefighters were attending the funeral of a former colleague who died of cancer when they received the call for the fire. Lt. Dennis DeVoe left the funeral to respond, and his car was struck by a stolen vehicle driven by a 19-year-old woman under the influence of a controlled substance, the Harrisburg Police Department said. DeVoe is in critical condition, and the woman was arrested after she went to the hospital for treatment. Catherine Garcia

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