Choir members stabbed
A man jumped over several pews at a New Mexico Catholic church and stabbed several members in the choir area just as Mass was ending on Sunday, police said. Authorities said Lawrence Capener, 24, walked up to the choir area at St Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church and stabbed churchgoers just as the choir began singing its final hymn. The man continued his attack until other raced to subdue the man until police arrived, police said. Four churchgoers were injured in the attacked and their injuries were not life-threatening, Albuquerque police spokesman Robert Gibbs said. Among those stabbed were choir director Adam Alvarez, flutist Gerald Madrid and two other parishioners before Capener was tackled by several other churchgoers, Gibbs said.
Coast guard rescues Briton
The coast guard rescued a British citizen and was searching on Sunday for another British man who fell overboard in a remote area of the Pacific, officials in Hawaii said. The 35-year-old missing man went overboard about 800km west of the Midway Atoll, but he had not been found more than 15 hours later, coast guard spokesman Petty Officer Eric Chandler said. Officials from the Marine Rescue Coordination Center Falmouth in England reported to the coast guard at about 11:30pm on Saturday that one man from the 12m vessel had fallen overboard, and the one who remained aboard had little sailing experience. Two navy helicopters were sent to search from the Peleliu at about 5am on Sunday. One of them found the boat, lowered a hoist and pulled the man in.
Building collapse kills three
Part of a five-story residential building collapsed in Reims on Sunday, killing three people and injuring 14, officials said. The collapse may have been caused by a gas explosion, regional official Michel Bernard told BFM-TV. The death toll was not likely to rise because the injured people were not at risk and there were no residents unaccounted for, an official at the region’s emergency center said.
Explosion injures 40
An explosion in central Prague, probably caused by gas, injured as many as 40 people yesterday, officials said, and neighboring buildings had to be evacuated. The explosion, in a building facing the Vltava River just a few dozen meters from the 19th-century National Theater, was heard as far away as Prague Castle about 1.6km away. A police spokesman said the blast was probably caused by gas and that there had been about 15 people in the building, which included an office of the International Air Transport Association and an art gallery. “We estimate up to 40 people were injured,” Zdenek Schwarz, the chief of Prague paramedics, said on Czech Television. “These are mostly light injuries, cuts, bruises, injuries from glass.”