Couple arrested for sex in taxi
A British woman and Irish man accused of engaging in sexual activities in a Dubai taxi were sentenced on Thursday to three months in prison and then deportation, their lawyer said. The case is the latest in which Westerners have fallen foul of the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) decency laws, highlighting cultural differences as the UAE seeks a balance between maintaining its Muslim identity and catering for a vibrant tourism industry. The couple denied charges of “breach of honour with consent” and committing “an indecent act in a taxi” when they appeared in court last month.
Helicopter crash kills one
One American was killed and four people were injured after a helicopter crashed near an exclusive resort in the Bahamas on Thursday afternoon, according to local police. The helicopter went down at Baker’s Bay Golf and Ocean Club on Great Guana Cay in the Abacos island chain, according to Superintendent Noel Curry at the Marsh Harbour police station. The CBS television news Miami affiliate identified one of the survivors as Jeffrey Soffer, hotel heir and head of the Miami-based Turnberry Associates, one of the country’s leading property firms.
Chain car crash kills two
Two people died and more than 80 were hurt when at least 140 vehicles collided on a Texas highway in dense fog, leaving trucks twisted on top of each other and authorities rushing to pull survivors from the wreckage. The Thursday morning crash happened on Interstate 10 about 128km east of Houston. Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Rod Carroll said 80 to 90 people were transported to hospitals, with 10 to 12 of those in serious to critical condition. He said 140 to 150 vehicles were involved in the pileup. Carroll said the fog was so thick that officers did not immediately realize they were dealing with multiple accidents. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, a crash on the eastbound side of the highway led to other accidents in a dangerous chain reaction.