China Landslide: at Least 15 Dead, 140 Buried in Sichuan Mountain Village
After days of torrential rains, nearly 300 million cubic feet of rock and soil ? equivalent to some 3,000 Olympic-sized pools ?covered the village and a hotel in the worst landslide to hit the region since 2008.
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Deadly landslide in southwestern China
Fears grew for 141 people missing in China after a landslide buried their mountain village in southwestern Sichuan province on Saturday, with reports that only three survivors had been pulled out of the mud and rock hours after the calamity struck. The landslide swept over 46 homes as dawn broke at around 6 a.m. in Xinmo village in Maoxian county, a remote mountainous area of north Sichuan close to the region of Tibet, according to the official Xinhua state news agency. President Xi Jinping urged on the rescue effort, but state broadcaster CCTV reported that by midday the only people rescued were a couple and their two-month-old baby.
Conservative Koch network criticizes U.S. Senate healthcare bill
By James Oliphant COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) - Officials with the conservative U.S. political network overseen by the Koch brothers say they are unhappy with the healthcare bill that may be voted on by the Senate this week and will lobby for changes to it. At a weekend event with conservative donors, top aides to Charles Koch, the billionaire energy magnate, said the Senate bill does not go far enough to dismantle former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, also known as Obamacare. ?We have been disappointed that movement has not been more dramatic toward a full repeal,? said Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity, a grassroots advocacy group backed by Charles Koch and his brother, David.
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Theme park nightmare takes a happy turn after one attendee falls 25 feet
Is there any theme park horror story scarier than the one where someone falls out of a high-flying ride? That's exactly what happened at Six Flags Great Escape in Lake George, NY on Saturday ? though the incident thankfully had a happy ending. As an unidentified teenage parkgoer dangled 25 feet above the ground, a crowd gathered below to catch her ? which they did ? once she fell. SEE ALSO: The "Stranger Things" kids keep forgetting to invite us to their fun hangouts A tense video captured and shared on Facebook by Loren Lent, who witnessed the fall, shows us what happened. In his Facebook post, Mr. Lent thanks the Good Samaritan attendees who acted quickly to save the day. He also expresses his surprise that Six Flags seemingly has no rapid response plan for dealing with situations like this. "Girl falling from ride at 6 Flags Great Escape and they have NO means to rescue them," Lent wrote. "Thanks to the guys who banded together to catch her and the guy who climbed the tree to move the branches out of the way." While parkgoers did manage to bring the situation to a safe conclusion before anything truly terrible could happen, Six Flags contends that it does have an action plan for responding to ride malfunctions. "As part of our annual practice an evacuation drill is conducted in partnership with local emergency personnel on this particular ride each spring," a spokesperson told The Washington Post. "Every situation is unique and requires the appropriate time and tools for the evacuation. We are reviewing our internal procedures to ensure the safety and security of our guests and team members." The incident occurred on "Sky Ride," a "mellow-paced" cruise over the park in two-person gondolas. It's not clear how the victim, a 14-year-old visitor from Delaware, slipped free, but local police confirmed that she's now at the nearby Albany Medical Center, in stable condition and with no serious injuries. WATCH: Take your summer picnics to the next level with this portable grill
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