Building collapse kills 15
Rescuers using backhoes and shovels searched for survivors yesterday under a massive pile of broken concrete and dust left when a residential building under construction collapsed, killing at least 15 workers. Authorities suspected dozens more may have been trapped under the rubble, but were still trying to determine how many workers were on the site when the five-story structure crumpled on Saturday afternoon in the state of Goa. Witnesses reported seeing at least 40 laborers. At least 10 people were pulled out alive overnight, but the chance of finding survivors was dwindling. By yesterday morning the death toll had reached 15. Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar pledged to crack down on those responsible. Police began investigating both the building company and city officials who approved the building’s construction on a patch of marshland in Canacona.
Drowned teen’s mom sues
A couple who in 2012 passed by a drunk 19-year-old student who was later found drowned are now being sued by the student’s mother — a former police officer — for failing to provide assistance. Sylvie Zecca said she wanted to make an “example” of the young couple for allegedly breaching a law which requires persons to provide assistance to someone in danger. Her son, Vincent Zecca, went missing after a boozy night in Bordeaux in March 2012. His body was pulled from the Garonne River three weeks later. Police determined he drowned accidentally after drunkenly slipping into the river. Zecca said she had been given access to the police file and decided to sue a young couple who told investigators they had come upon her “very drunk, near comatose” son and “instead of helping him, laughed at him, filmed him with a smartphone and let him leave.”
Custody row ends in deaths
A man jumped out of the window of his ninth-floor apartment with his three-year-old son after torching the child’s mother, police said on Saturday. The tragedy occurred on Friday in Chenove near the Burgundy city of Dijon. The 25-year-old father was killed on the spot, the toddler died of his wounds soon after and the mother was fighting for her life in hospital with severe burns, prosecutor Marie-Christine Tarrare said. Investigators and relatives said the man doused his former partner with a flammable liquid and set her alight after a row erupted over the child’s custody.
Viking treasure discovered
A Celtic treasure looted by the Vikings more than 1,000 years ago has been discovered in the storerooms of the British Museum in London. An ornate, gilded disc brooch dating from the eighth or ninth century is being described as a “staggering find.” It had been concealed in a lump of organic material excavated from a Viking burial site in Lilleberge, Norway, by a British archeologist in the 1880s and acquired by the British Museum in 1891.
Jet with printed parts flies
A Tornado fighter jet fitted with metal components created on a 3D printer undertook a successful test flight last month, defense company BAE Systems said yesterday. The plane was equipped with a 3D-printed protective cover for the cockpit radio, a protective guard for the landing gear and support struts on the air intake door, the firm said. It said some of the parts cost less than ￡100 (US$165) to make and had the potential to save hundreds of thousands of pounds.