Two dead in party shooting
Celebratory gunshots fired at a Texas girl’s 18th birthday party triggered more gunfire that left two people dead, two critically injured and 20 wounded in a chaotic scene where people jumped from second-floor windows to escape the shooting at a suburban Houston home, authorities said on Sunday. Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia said the gathering on Saturday night drew more than 100 people, most of them 17 to 19-year-olds, and became a “birthday party gone wild.” He said it appears partygoers were dancing when someone armed with a pistol shot into the air in celebration. In the ensuing confusion, another person who was armed began firing into the crowd, Garcia said. Sixteen of the injured suffered gunshot wounds and four others had fractures and twisted ankles. Authorities are searching for two gunmen.
Olympic torch back on Earth
Three astronauts returned to Earth yesterday, following a 166-day mission, bringing the Olympic torch back from the International Space Station after a historic space walk. Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg and Italian colleague Luca Parmitano, descended in the Soyuz capsule to the frosty steppes of Kazakhstan. The torch, kept unlit throughout its space journey due to safety precautions, was securely wrapped during the descent, and an employee of Russia’s space agency Roscosmos took it out of the packaging yesterday and handed it to Yurchikhin, who held it briefly before he was taken away for medical tests.
Two MERS deaths reported
The government announced another fatality from the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus on Sunday (MERS-CoV), taking its toll to 53, as Oman recorded its first death from the respiratory disease. The MERS virus had killed 64 people worldwide as of Nov. 4, the WHO said.
ABBA mulling reunion
Legendary Swedish pop group ABBA could reunite next year to mark the 40th anniversary since they won the Eurovision Song Contest and were catapulted to global stardom, singer Agnetha Faltskog said on Sunday in an interview with the Welt am Sonntag. “Of course it’s something we’re thinking about,” 63-year-old Faltskog said. “There seem to be plans to do something to mark this anniversary in some way. But I can’t say at this point what will come of them.” ABBA formed in 1972 when Faltskog met guitarist and songwriter Bjorn Ulvaeus — whom she later married — and Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. Andersson and Lyngstad were also married for a while. Both couples divorced. They became Sweden’s biggest-ever pop act and one of the most successful pop groups in history, selling more than 380 million records worldwide.
Three jailed for bombing
A court yesterday jailed for life three men from Ingushetia over their role in the 2011 bombing of Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport that killed 37 people, Interfax news agency reported. The court found the men guilty of facilitating the bomber’s travel to Moscow and providing him with explosives, the agency said. The bomber’s brother, who said he knew nothing about the attack, was sentenced to 10 years in prison, it said. The January 2011 attack also wounded 180 people.