Foundry explosion kills 10
At least 10 people were killed and several others seriously injured in an explosion at a steel foundry in the southeast, a local government official said on Thursday. “Ten people died in the blast on Wednesday evening and about nine are battling for their lives in hospital,” said Lav Agarwal, district administrator of Visakhapatnam in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Local media reported that a fire broke out on Wednesday after a huge blast heard at about 8pm, and that firefighters continued to battle the blaze in the morning as a full search for further bodies was undertaken.
Scout descendant accused
A man reported to be the great-grandson of Scout movement founder Robert Baden-Powell appeared in a Brisbane court yesterday charged with murdering his wife. Gerard Baden-Clay, 41, is accused of killing his wife, Allison, and interfering with her corpse, which was found in a Brisbane creek 10 days after he reported her missing to police in April. He was charged on Wednesday, following a two-month investigation which saw searchers scour massive tracts of land near the family home where the couple lived with their three daughters.
Police find body of student
Police have recovered the body of a US college student who went missing after a late-night swim off the resort island of Phuket. Police Lieutenant Colonel Panya Chaichana said that Joshua Shane’s body washed ashore yesterday afternoon. Panya said Shane appeared to have drowned. The 21-year-old student from Arizona State University disappeared after he went swimming with at least three friends on Tuesday night. The university said he had been studying abroad. Panya said a teacher accompanying the students confirmed his identity.
Crocodile safaris considered
A plan is being considered to allow the trophy hunting of saltwater crocodiles, officials said yesterday, with the controversial idea being thrown open for public comment. The federal government rejected a similar proposal several years ago on the grounds that it was not appropriate, but has agreed to revisit the issue as crocodile numbers soar. Environment Minister Tony Burke said he would not comment until the consultation process, open until July 25, takes its course. If approved, it would mean hunters could pay money to kill crocodiles, which the Northern Territory government says will provide jobs for Aborigines — with most crocodile habitat on their land — and stimulate tourism.
Lucy Lawless gladly guilty
Xena: Warrior Princess actress Lucy Lawless says she has “no regrets” about boarding and preventing an oil-drilling ship from leaving a New Zealand dock, a protest action that saw her plead guilty yesterday to trespass charges. “For the first time in my life, I put my body and reputation on the line to stand up for my beliefs and do the right thing,” she said. “I hope I’ve encouraged other people to do the same.” In February, the 44-year-old native New Zealander and six other Greenpeace activists climbed a drilling tower on the vessel Noble Discoverer, which was docked in New Zealand bound for the Arctic, to protest oil exploration in the Arctic. Lawless spent four days atop the 53m tower, camping and blogging about her experiences.
‘Goodfellas’ mobster dies
Henry Hill, the mobster turned government informant portrayed in the book Wiseguy and later in the movie Goodfellas, has died after a long illness. Hill, 69, died at a Los Angeles hospital on Tuesday from heart failure, his fiance Lisa Schinelli Caserta told celebrity news Web site TMZ.com. Born on June 11, 1943, in Brooklyn, New York, Hill was an associate of New York City’s Lucchese crime family from the 1960s to the 1980s. Hill became an FBI informant fearing for his life after he and others stole US$5 million from Lufthansa Airlines at JFK airport in 1978 and several of his associates were later killed. He and his wife were expelled from the program in the early 1990s.