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Waco siege 20 years on: Picture timeline of Texas massacre which killed 76 men, women and children

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Waco siege 20 years on: Picture timeline of Texas massacre which killed 76 men, women and children Twenty years ago this week, the 50-day Waco siege ended violently when fire engulfed the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas The Waco siege ended 20 years ago this week, with a blaze that killed 76 people including two pregnant women and over 20 children.The siege began on February 28, 1993, when the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) attempted to execute a search warrant at Mount Carmel Center ranch, a property of the religious group Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas.The government suspected an extreme religious leader David Koresh of hoarding firearms and developing drugs.The raid resulted in an intense gun battle, which last two hours and killed four agents and six Davidians.The FBI then launched a long-term siege, attempting to negotiate with Koresh and force him to surrender his property.The siege ended on April 19, 50 days after the initial raid, when the FBI l

Waco Texas explosion: Watch the terrifying moment fertiliser factory explodes - video

Waco Texas explosion: Watch the terrifying moment fertiliser factory explodes - video Petrified young girl deafened by blast begs dad to "please get out of here" after pair capture fireball on camera Warning: Some people may find the video distressingThis is the terrifying moment a massive explosion ripped through a small farming town in Texas killing up to 70 people and injuring 100.The blast - which could be heard 45 miles away - was caught on camera by a father and daughter who were filming the initial fire at the fertiliser plant in West, near to Waco, from their truck.The dad is explaining to his daughter that the factory "should collapse" in the fire when the explosion happens.Dropping the camera, he yells: "Are you alright?"His petrified daughter tells him: "I can't hear. I can't hear. Please get out of here. Please get out of here. Please get out of here. Dad, please get out of here. I can't hear anything."The sound of the

Waco Texas explosion: Up to 70 people feared dead and 100 injured after massive blast at fertiliser factory

Waco Texas explosion: Up to 70 people feared dead and 100 injured after massive blast at fertiliser factory Up to 70 people are feared dead and 100 injured after a massive blast at a fertiliser factory in Texas.The explosion at West Fertlizer in the town of West, near to Waco, destroyed numerous buildings and homes including a nursing home and an apartment block of 50 flats.Firefighters were tackling a blaze at the factory when the explosion happened shortly before 8pm local time.The blast - which sent a fireball shooting into the air - could be heard 45 miles away.Several people are still feared trapped i buildings and there are unconfirmed reports that some firefighters are missing.Emergency services have said the death toll could go up "by the minute".West's Emergency Medical Services Director Dr George Smith told a local TV station that firefighters had told him that as many as 60 or 70 people were dead.The fire is still raging in parts, but fire crews have stopped t

Boston bombing: 'One suspect held and second on the run' after explosion and shootout which killed policeman

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Boston bombing: 'One suspect held and second on the run' after explosion and shootout which killed policeman Dramatic development comes hours after FBI release photos and video of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings Shootout: Officers draw their guns A police officer has been shot dead on a university campus just outside of Boston sparking a massive gun and explosives battle with two suspects.The dramatic developments came hours after the FBI released photos and video of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings, urging the public to help identify the men but warning people not to approach them.A manhunt for the gunmen was launched following the shooting at the Cambridge campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).Moments later reports came in of a carjacking and police became involved in a chase.Terrified residents reported hearing a volley of gun shots and several explosions as police ordered them to stay inside.Live news reports said police o

Luckiest man alive survives Boston Marathon bomb AND the Texas factory explosion

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Luckiest man alive survives Boston Marathon bomb AND the Texas factory explosion He had finished running the marathon just seconds before the huge explosions near the finish line on Monday Marathon effort: Joe Berti A dad had TWO miracle escapes after surviving the Boston Marathon bomb AND the Texas fertiliser factory blast.Joe Berti had finished running the marathon just seconds before the huge explosions near the finish line on Monday.He escaped unscathed - and so did his wife Amy and their friends who were just 10 yards away from the blast which killed 3 people.Monday's bombings in Boston killed three people and left more than 180 wounded.Amy and a friend were both hit by shrapnel but were relatively unhurt but a woman stood next to them had a leg torn off from the knee down. Dad-of-two Joe said: "I had just run to the finish line and like 30 seconds later I heard the first explosion, and then turned around and saw the smoke."I knew immediately that it was a bo

David Beckham's hotel suite 'at knockdown price of just £1,711 per night'

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David Beckham's hotel suite 'at knockdown price of just £1,711 per night' The Imperial Suite is usually £14,544, which pays for a kitchen, three bathrooms and a dining room that seats 12 Spice boy: David Beckham David Beckham negotiated a discount of nearly 90% on his suite at a top Paris hotel, it was claimed yesterday.It is believed he is paying £1,711 a night for his temporary home at the Bristol.The Imperial Suite is usually £14,544, which pays for a kitchen, three bathrooms and a dining room that seats 12.Beckham, 37, who is worth £200million, signed for Paris Saint-Germain in February.There have been claims he is staying in a hotel and giving his football wages to charity to avoid paying French tax.News site purepeople said: “The Spice Boy was offered a nice discount.”PSG’s sporting director Leonardo confirmed Beckham did not pay the “advertised amount” for the hotel.Le Parisien newspaper said the Necker Hospital for Children will soon receive a large sum, paid t

Croc shock: Second crocodile on the loose near Spanish holiday resort

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Croc shock: Second crocodile on the loose near Spanish holiday resort Officials said footprints found near the resort of Mijas do not match those of the 7ft beast discovered on Monday by a gardener Scary: The last Costa Del Sol SOLARPIX Tourists on the Costa del Sol have been warned a second killer crocodile could be on the loose, days after one was found dead.Officials said footprints found near the resort of Mijas do not match those of the 7ft beast discovered on Monday by a gardener.The man who spotted that one also insisted he had seen another croc.Mijas mayor Angel Nozal said: “We’ve been told the first footprints found do not appear to ­coincide with the dead reptile’s. The search is continuing.”Signs have gone up in the vicinity with the warning in Spanish: “Grave danger. Crocodile on the Loose.” Danger sign: Warning over crocodile SOLARPIX Experts had played down fears other Costa crocs were roaming the area after the one on Monday was found.But they have revised the si

Boston Marathon bombings: Resident cheats death in suspect shootout by hiding in his wardrobe

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Boston Marathon bombings: Resident cheats death in suspect shootout by hiding in his wardrobe Bullet hits man's chair seconds after he takes cover in bedroom Kristian Tuinzing talks to BBC News about Watertown shooting A man has told how he cheated death in the Boston bombing shootout - by hiding in his wardrobe. Kristian Tuinzing was sitting in his bedroom when he heard the sound of gunfire outside the window of his home in Watertown, near Boston. He hit the ground and hid in his wardrobe while police exchanged fire between two men, suspected of being involved in the Boston Marathon bombings.When he emerged after the shooting had ended he spotted a bullet hole in his wall and through the chair where he had been sitting moments earlier.He told the BBC: "During the exchange I got on to the ground and went and hid in the closet. "When I came back out there was actually a hole in the wall right through a calendar and through my chair where I had been sittin

Boston Marathon bombing suspects identified as brothers from Chechnya as manhunt

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Boston Marathon bombing suspects identified as brothers from Chechnya as manhunt Reports name Tamerlan Tsarnaev as suspect killed in shootout and his brother, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is still on the run A Boston Marathon bombing suspect killed in a shootout with police earlier today has been identified as Tamerlan Tsarnaev.The 26-year-old is believed to be the brother of second suspect, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is still on the run following a fierce gun and explosives battle with police in Watertown, Massachusetts.Their uncle, Ruslan Tsarni of Montgomery Village, Maryland, confirmed their names and said that the brothers, from Chechnya, lived together near Boston and have been in the United States for about a decade.Russia's North Caucasus region has been plagued by an Islamic insurgency stemming from separatist wars in Chechnya.Militants from Chechnya and other restive regions in Russia's volatile North Caucasus have targeted Moscow and other areas wi

Boston bombing: 'One suspect held and second on the run' after explosion and shootout which killed policeman

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Boston bombing: 'One suspect held and second on the run' after explosion and shootout which killed policeman Dramatic development comes hours after FBI release photos and video of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings Shootout: Officers draw their guns A police officer has been shot dead on a university campus just outside of Boston sparking a massive gun and explosives battle with two suspects.The dramatic developments came hours after the FBI released photos and video of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings, urging the public to help identify the men but warning people not to approach them.A manhunt for the gunmen was launched following the shooting at the Cambridge campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).Moments later reports came in of a carjacking and police became involved in a chase.Terrified residents reported hearing a volley of gun shots and several explosions as police ordered them to stay inside.Live news reports said police of

Luckiest man alive survives Boston Marathon bomb AND the Texas factory explosion

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Luckiest man alive survives Boston Marathon bomb AND the Texas factory explosion He had finished running the marathon just seconds before the huge explosions near the finish line on Monday Marathon effort: Joe Berti A dad had TWO miracle escapes after surviving the Boston Marathon bomb AND the Texas fertiliser factory blast.Joe Berti had finished running the marathon just seconds before the huge explosions near the finish line on Monday.He escaped unscathed - and so did his wife Amy and their friends who were just 10 yards away from the blast which killed 3 people.Monday's bombings in Boston killed three people and left more than 180 wounded.Amy and a friend were both hit by shrapnel but were relatively unhurt but a woman stood next to them had a leg torn off from the knee down. Running for cover: Amy Berti pictured after the Boston Marathon bombDad-of-two Joe said: "I had just run to the finish line and like 30 seconds later I heard the first explosion, and then turne

Luckiest man alive survives Boston Marathon bomb AND the Texas factory explosion

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Luckiest man alive survives Boston Marathon bomb AND the Texas factory explosion He had finished running the marathon just seconds before the huge explosions near the finish line on Monday Marathon effort: Joe Berti A dad had TWO miracle escapes after surviving the Boston Marathon bomb AND the Texas fertiliser factory blast.Joe Berti had finished running the marathon just seconds before the huge explosions near the finish line on Monday.He escaped unscathed - and so did his wife Amy and their friends who were just 10 yards away from the blast which killed 3 people.Monday's bombings in Boston killed three people and left more than 180 wounded.Amy and a friend were both hit by shrapnel but were relatively unhurt but a woman stood next to them had a leg torn off from the knee down. Running for cover: Amy Berti pictured after the Boston Marathon bombDad-of-two Joe said: "I had just run to the finish line and like 30 seconds later I heard the first explosion, and then turne

This week's amazing Twitter photos: Lightning, friendly animals, and moreGet the funniest virals and the most candid celeb pictures in our latest round-up of Twitter snaps.

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This week's amazing Twitter photos: Lightning, friendly animals, and moreGet the funniest virals and the most candid celeb pictures in our latest round-up of Twitter snaps. This week's selection of Twitter photos include an amazing image of Lake Michigan as lightning strikes during a spring storm and a picture of the International Space Station against the moon.Also in this week's list, animals make friends with a photographer and lion cubs play.Do you have a great photo to share? Tweet @Mirror_Pictures to be featured in next week's round up.

Why the real evil of the Boston bombings is how we're all to blame for this stupidity

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Why the real evil of the Boston bombings is how we're all to blame for this stupidity One suspect dead and another on the run, but we're asking the wrong questions says Fleet Street Fox Evil is a nice, easy word.It means you can blame wrongness for being wrong. You can say it was the devil, it was one of those things, it was someone who was twisted, it was wicked, it was heartless.And when we've blamed those things, why, it's done with. There's nothing you can do about Beelzebub, or scumbags, or someone determined to be as bad as they can. These things happen.So when someone set off two pressure cooker bombs at the Boston Marathon, it was tragic and awful but more than anything else it was evil.When the FBI announced they had two suspects in baseball caps, they were innocent until proven guilty but their photographs were spread around the world like social media trying to pass on the lurgy - tag, you're it, and run away.Now there's been a firefight an

Boston bombing suspect identified by double amputee victim who woke up and described man to FBI

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Boston bombing suspect identified by double amputee victim who woke up and described man to FBI Jeff Bauman, who was pictured being wheeled away from the scene with both legs blown off, saw the suspect minutes before the explosion Brave: Jeff Bauman in the now iconic image from the Boston bombing The brave Boston bombing victim photographed in a wheelchair with his legs blown off was able to identify one of the suspected terrorists after waking in his hospital bed. Jeff Bauman had to have both legs amputated below the knee after suffering catastrophic injuries as he watched the marathon. Images of the 27-year-old being wheeled away from the scene shortly after the explosion were broadcast around the world in the days after the attack. Now it has emerged that Jeff, who was caught in the blast as he waited for his girlfriend Erin to finish the race, was able to identify one of the men who is believed to be behind the attack. He woke up in the hospital under the influence of strong

Boston Marathon bombings: First picture of police officer shot dead in shootout at MIT University

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Boston Marathon bombings: First picture of police officer shot dead in shootout at MIT University Sean Collier, 26, was found in his patrol car with multiple gunshot wounds Technology Police Officer Sean Collier This is the first picture of the police officer shot dead during the hunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.Sean Collier, 26, was found in his patrol car with multiple gunshot wounds.e was rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.Officer Collier had been responding to a report of a robbery at a shop on the Cambridge campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).MIT Police Chief John DiFava described Collier as a well-liked, dedicated officer.He said: "In a very short period of time, it was remarkable how engaged he was with students, particularly graduate students."IT President L. Rafael Reif said: "The loss of Officer Collier is deeply painful to the entire MIT community."Our thoughts today are with his family, his frie

Boston bombers 'hurled pressure cooker bomb at police in shoot-out'

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Boston bombers 'hurled pressure cooker bomb at police in shoot-out' A witness who had a front-row seat to the dramatic shootout described what happened on his doorstep in Watertown Police with guns drawn search for a suspect in Watertown, Massachusetts A witness has told how he saw the marathon bombers hurl explosives at police – before one was shot dead in the street.Andrew Kitzenberg had a front-row seat to the dramatic shootout that happened on his doorstep in Watertown, Boston.He said: “I was just sitting in the living room and started hearing gunfire outside.“I went to the window and saw two people behind a black Mercedes SUV with a sedan next to it. "There was two shooters firing down the street towards what looked like at least six police vehicles.“They engaged in a fire-fight for a few minutes and while there was gunfire they were also utilising bombs, which sounded and looked like grenades.“They also had what looked like a pressure cooker bomb. It was about

Recap: Boston bombing suspect 'killed and second on the run' after police officer killed in shootout

Recap: Boston bombing suspect 'killed and second on the run' after police officer killed in shootout The dramatic developments came hours after the FBI released photos and video of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings 10.22pm Thousands of Britons have been caught up in the lockdown of Boston as authorities continue their search for the surviving suspect in the marathon bombing. One of them is Rob Ledniczky, a first year history student at Harvard University, from Maidstone, in Kent. The 19-year-old said: "It's a pretty weird atmosphere. It's a surreal experience that this is happening right outside our windows. Everyone's in a state of shock. "We've been instructed by the university that our classes have been cancelled and to stay indoors." Mr Ledniczky said he was on campus last night when reports emerged of the shooting at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). "About 30 or 40 police cars screeched

Boston Marathon evil and innocence: Bomber and victim just yards apart seconds before blast

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Boston Marathon evil and innocence: Bomber and victim just yards apart seconds before blast This chilling picture shows Dzhokar Tsarnaev sneaking away after leaving one of the rucksack bombs close to Martin Richard AN innocent youngster stands just moments from death – as his killer lurks behind him. This chilling picture shows Dzhokar Tsarnaev sneaking away after leaving one of the rucksack bombs close to Martin Richard, eight.And terror returned to the streets of Boston today as the two ­crazed marathon bombers tried to flee police in a string of dramatic ­shootouts and car chases.Millions of petrified residents locked themselves inside homes and businesses and schools and shops closed as 9,000 heavily-armed personnel hunted down Chechen brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokar Tsarnaev through eerily quiet districts.Tamerlan, 26, was killed in a gunfight after he tried to blow up officers who had tracked down a SUV the pair had earlier carjacked.But 19-year-old Dzhokar managed to flee t

British woman arrested after trying to smuggle cocaine worth £100,000 inside her vagina

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British woman arrested after trying to smuggle cocaine worth £100,000 inside her vagina She was held in Buenos Aires as she tried to check in to board a plane home and cops confiscated 850g of the drug Scene: Buenos Aires A British woman has been arrested in Argentina with nearly £100,000 worth of cocaine found inside her vagina.She was held in Buenos Aires as she tried to check in to board a plane home.Federal police confiscated 850g of the drug she was trying to smuggle.The Ministry of Security said the unnamed woman was under police surveillance at the time and further inquiries were continuing to identify the gang who paid her to transport the drugs.She has been remanded at a women’s prison in the city.A ministry spokesman said: “The drugs had been packed tightly into a barrel-shaped object.“It’s not the first time we’ve stopped a woman carrying drugs stuffed inside their private parts.”

India rape victim aged just FIVE fighting for life after being held hostage and tortured for two days

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India rape victim aged just FIVE fighting for life after being held hostage and tortured for two days The girl went missing Monday and was found Wednesday by neighbours who heard her crying in a room in the same New Delhi building where she lives with her parents A five-year-old girl is fighting for life after being raped and tortured by a man in India who held her hostage for two days. The girl went missing Monday and was found Wednesday by neighbours who heard her crying in a room in the same New Delhi building where she lives with her parents. The girl was found alone, but police say the man who lives in the room was arrested in Bihar state, about 620 miles east of the capital. The young girl has serious injuries, including a slashed neck and bite marks, according to DK Sharma, medical superintendent of India's largest government-run hospital. New Delhi residents protested today against what they said was a lack of police action.The news comes just weeks after a girl aged jus

Colorado: Five snowboarders killed in avalanche

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Colorado: Five snowboarders killed in avalanche A sixth reportedly survived the incident in the state's Loveland Pass on Saturday afternoon Five snowboarders have been killed in an avalanche in Colorado.A sixth reportedly survived the incident in the state's Loveland Pass on Saturday afternoon.The Colorado Department of Transportation closed a highway as many skiers were headed home from the nearby Arapahoe Basin ski resort.Lisa Clarke Devore, who was headed back to Denver from the resort, told The Associated Press that she saw a fire truck and ambulance on the pass, as well as two search dogs headed into the area of the slide. She says she saw several ambulances, including one towing snowmobiles, driving toward the pass.The pass, elevation of 11,990 feet (3,655 meters), is popular among backcountry skiers and snowboarders.On Thursday, a 38-year-old snowboarder died in an avalanche south of Vail Pass. Eagle County sheriffÕs officials said the man and another snowboarder l

Boston bombers: FBI hunting 12-strong terrorist “sleeper cell” linked to brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

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Boston bombers: FBI hunting 12-strong terrorist “sleeper cell” linked to brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Police believe the pair were specially trained to carry out the devastating attack Covered boat: Fugitive was found in back yard The FBI was last night hunting a 12-strong terrorist “sleeper cell” linked to the Boston marathon bomb brothersPolice believe Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were specially trained to carry out the devastating attack.More than 1,000 FBI operatives were last night working to track down the cell and arrested a man and two women 60 miles from Boston in the hours before Dzhokhar’s dramatic capture after a bloody shootout on Friday.A source close to the investigation said: “We have no doubt the brothers were not acting alone. The devices used to detonate the two bombs were highly sophisticated and not the kind of thing people learn from Google.“They were too advanced. Someone gave the brothers the skills and it is now our job to find out just who the

Boston bombers: Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev 'awake and responding in writing to questions'

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Boston bombers: Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev 'awake and responding in writing to questions' The 19-year-old is unable to talk due to his damaged larynx after he 'shot himself in the throat in a botched suicide attempt' Boston marathon bombing suspect Dzohkhar Tsarnaev is reportedly awake and responding in writing to questions from authorities.The 19-year-old is unable to talk due to his damaged larynx following Friday’s huge manhunt.It's claimed Tsarnaev shot himself in the throat in a botched suicide attempt during his last stand with armed police. However, last night ABC and NBC news reported that the alleged bomber was answering questions put to him by FBI interrogators.They have been desperate to question the student to find out if anyone else was involved in last week’s deadly attacks which killed three and injured 176.US senator Dan Coats, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said that Dzhokhar, who is under armed guard in B

Kim Jong-il ate hippos, snakes and spiders washed down with Bordeaux wine

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Kim Jong-il ate hippos, snakes and spiders washed down with Bordeaux wine Jong-il, who died in 2011, also banned his family from wearing perfume or aftershave because he hated the smell North Korean leader Kim Jong Il Tyrant Kim Jong-il liked to feast on hippos, snakes and spiders, his personal sushi chef has claimed. Kenji Fujimoto said: "There were a lot of strange requests. Snake was one. They got someone else to cook that. I only work with seafood. "Hippopotamus was very good and tasted like chicken. He wanted to eat spiders one day." Mr Fujimoto, who fled the country in 2001, said that the North Korean leader also enjoyed drinking Bordeaux wine and Johnnie Walker whisky and Cognac. Jong-il, who died in 2011, also banned his family from wearing perfume or aftershave because he hated the smell. Mr Fujimoto also revealed that son Kim Jong-un loves The Beatles and dreams of looking like Hollywood muscleman Jean-Claude Damme. He told The Sun: "He started buyi

Boston bomber's wife found out husband was a suspect while watching the TV

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Boston bomber's wife found out husband was a suspect while watching the TV Katherine Russell Tsarnaev left for work as normal on the day she last saw him alive and did not suspect anything was wrong Brothers: Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev The wife of one of the Boston bombers found out he was a suspect - while watching the TV.Katherine Russell Tsarnaev left for work as normal on the day she last saw husband Tamerlan alive and did not suspect anything was wrong.Her lawyer Amato DeLuca said today that she had not seen much of him in recent days as she was working long hours while he cared for their toddler daughter.And he revealed that she learned her husband was a suspect by seeing it on television.Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and his brother, Dzhokhar, 19, two ethnic Chechen brothers from southern Russia, are accused of planting two bombs near the marathon finish line last Monday, killing three and injuring more than 180.Their motive remains unclear.Ms Russell Tsarnaev did not spe

TV news presenter swears just FIVE SECONDS into his debut broadcast

TV news presenter swears just FIVE SECONDS into his debut broadcast It's the one thing that keeps news broadcasters awake at night besides being faced with a difficult interviewee.But swearing within FIVE SECONDS of your first live appearance as a new presenter for a television network has got to be an all-time record.A.J Clemente suffered the humiliating blooper as he prepared to shoot his debut television broadcast for North Dakota's KFYR network.Without realising he was being recorded, the nervous presenter cursed "f***ing s***" under his breath as he composed himself for his big moment.His co-anchor Van Tieu looked visibly anxious as she tried to ignore the gaffe and continued announcing Mr Clemente's introduction to the show.ithout realising he was being recorded, the nervous presenter cursed "f***ing s***" under his breath as he composed himself for his big moment.His co-anchor Van Tieu looked visibly anxious as she tried to ignore the gaffe and c

Boston bomber: Watch Dzhokhar Tsarnaev perform robot dance moves and wrestle with friends in new video

Boston bomber: Watch Dzhokhar Tsarnaev perform robot dance moves and wrestle with friends in new video The film was taken in a basement during the friends' high school years at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School The 19-year-old performs robotic dance moves and wrestles with a mate in front of the camera. The film was taken in a basement during the friends' high school years at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. Yushun Tsou posted the video online with the words "this was the Jahar I knew", a reference to Tsarnaev's nickname. Mr Tsou, who refers to Tsarnaev as a "friend and team-mate", has told of his shock at bombings - and the involvement of his pal. Dzhokhar and his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev are accused of planting two bombs near the marathon finish line last Monday, killing three and injuring more than 180.

I Touch Myself singer Chrissy Amphlett dies aged 53 after breast cancer battle

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I Touch Myself singer Chrissy Amphlett dies aged 53 after breast cancer battle She rose to international fame in the early 1990s as the raunchy lead singer of Australian rock band Divinyls Exceptional bravery: Chrissy Amphlett I TOUCH Myself singer Chrissy Amphlett died yesterday aged 53 after battling breast cancer and multiple sclerosis.The ex-singer of Australian band the Divinyls went “in her sleep” surrounded by friends and family at home in New York, her musician husband Charley Drayton said.The band released six albums between 1982 and 1996, peaking in 1991 with I Touch Myself which reached No 1 in Australia, No 4 in the United States and No 10 in Britain.The statement from her family, released yesterday, said: "Our beloved Chrissy peacefully passed this afternoon."Christine Joy Amphlett succumbed to the effects of breast cancer and multiple sclerosis, diseases she vigorously fought with exceptional bravery and dignity. "She passed gently, in her sleep, surr

Is this Bigfoot's foot? Experts baffled by mysterious five-toed foot found in forest

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Is this Bigfoot's foot? Experts baffled by mysterious five-toed foot found in forest The decomposing foot was discovered in a forest last month but medical experts are still baffled as to which creature it came from Lakeville Police Department A big foot has been discovered in woods - sparking speculation it could belong to a Bigfoot. Two boys found the decomposing foot in Massachusetts last month and handed it in to cops who sent it off to be identified.Medical experts have since tested it but say more examinations are needed to identify the mystery creature.However, despite having five toes and resembling a large human foot, they have ruled out that possibility.Local police chief Frank Alvilhiera suggested it might be a bear's paw but admitted: “It will take some time before we hear any official results.". Bigfoot - also known as Sasquatch or the abominable snowman - is the name given to a creature some people believe inhabit forests of North America.Most famously

Boston bomber's brainwashed wife: The all-American girl who married a killer

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Boston bomber's brainwashed wife: The all-American girl who married a killer Tamerlan ­looked after their girl Zahara, three, while his wife worked 80 hours a week as a home carer for the elderly and disabled Convert: Katherine Russell Tsarnaev The FBI were last night waiting to question the “all-American girl” who became terrorist Tamerlan ­Tsarnaev’s wife over what she knew of his deadly mission.Federal agents contacted the lawyer of Muslim convert Katherine Russell, 24.Pals said she was “brainwashed” by the dead bomber into leaving college, getting married and having a child at 21. Tsarnaev looked after their girl Zahara, three, while his wife worked 80 hours a week as a home carer for the elderly and disabled.The eldest of three girls to mum Judith, a nurse, and dad Warren, a doctor, Katherine grew up in Rhode Island, New England.A friend said: “She was this all-American girl who was ­brainwashed by her husband. Nobody understands what happened to her.”

Seven Americans killed were killed at Afghanistan plane crash

Seven Americans killed were killed at Afghanistan plane crash has been identified they were 6 from Mich., 1 from Ky. Building model planes and working on real ones comprised Gary Stockdale’s passion, filling the family’s basement with models in his youth, jumping into aviation as a career at age 16 — and later working at two Detroit area airports. The 51-year-old Stockdale also knew the dangers of flying, his older brother told The Associated Press Tuesday. “He always said it was dangerous,” said Glenn Stockdale, 55. “He would always say ‘you either will die in a car crash or a ball of flame in a plane.’” Gary Stockdale was one of seven Americans killed when their National Air Cargo plane crashed Monday near an Air Force base in Afghanistan. Six of the victims were from Michigan and a seventh was from Kentucky, said Shirley Kaufman, National Air Cargo vice president. Those killed include pilots Brad Hasler of Trenton, Mich. and Jeremy Lipka of Brooklyn, Mich.; first officers Jamie B

Golfer drowns as he fetches lost ball out of a lake: Tragedy on sunshine break to resort

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Golfer drowns as he fetches lost ball out of a lake: Tragedy on sunshine break to resort The non-swimmer was dragged out alive but died moments later despite desperate attempts to resuscitate him Popular: Golfer Thomas Ross Northpix A Britsh golfer has drowned after falling into a Spanish lake while looking for his lost ball.Non-swimmer Thomas Ross, 73, was dragged out alive but died moments later despite desperate attempts to resuscitate him.The retired electrician, who was on a golfing holiday with six friends, is believed to have lost his balance and toppled into the lake at the fifth hole.A postmortem was being held to determine whether heart problems may have contributed to his death at the Dunas de Donana Golf Club near Huelva in southwest Spain.Pals of Mr Ross, from Nairn in Scotland, told of their devastation today. Course: Dunas de Donana Golf Club Daily Record Yvonne Forgan, secretary at his local Nairn Dunbar Golf Club, said: “We only heard about it this morning. It’s a

Krystle Campbell funeral: Emotional scenes as first Boston bomb victim is laid to rest

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Krystle Campbell funeral: Emotional scenes as first Boston bomb victim is laid to rest As Krystle Campbell’s coffin was driven slowly to the church accompanied by 23 police outriders, firefighters formed a guard of honour The eldest victim of the Boston Marathon bombing was laid to rest today as thousands of mourners lined the streets to say an emotional goodbye.As Krystle Campbell’s coffin was driven slowly to the church accompanied by 23 police outriders, firefighters stood to attention to form a guard of honour.Many, including some of Boston’s most hardened cops, were left with tears in their eyes as the 29-year-old made her final journey before being buried.Krystle, who had gone to Copley Square with a friend to watch the runners cross the finishing line, was described as “vibrant, loving, beautiful and too young to die”.The restaurant manager’s service was held in her home town of Medford, five miles north west of Boston. She was later buried at the city’s Oak Grove cemetery.

Texas fertiliser explosion: Dozens of pets abandoned in chaos are reunited with owners

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Texas fertiliser explosion: Dozens of pets abandoned in chaos are reunited with owners Volunteers rescued 60 animals, mostly dogs, which were roaming the evacuation zone but have now been taken home A plume of smoke rises from a fertilizer plant fire in West, Texas AP / Andy Bartee Dozens of pets abandoned in the chaos of the Texas fertiliser explosion have been reunited with their owners.Volunteers have rescued 60 animals, mostly dogs, which were roaming the evacuation zone.olice then used Facebook and Twitter to match the animals to their homes.Animal rescue worker Michelle Nemec said: “We’ve had some quick reunions. Social media has made it so fantastic.”Wednesday’s explosion killed 14 people and injured 200 in the town of West, near Waco.The exclusion zone remained in place for many households today.As well as dogs, a bearded dragon lizard, cats, rabbits, caged birds and a guinea pig were recovered.Many were said to be “shell shocked”.Student Mary Jane McElrath, 17, had two do

Argentina meteor video: Fireball explodes in sky for unplanned light show at music festival

Argentina meteor video: Fireball explodes in sky for unplanned light show at music festival A fan filming the show on a mobile phone managed to capture the moment the meteor exploded in the skies above the stageFans at an outdoor gig were treated to some spectacular unplanned pyrotechnics when a meteor lit up the sky.Folk band Los Tekis were on stage on Sunday night when the meteor fell towards earth and burst into a dazzling light show.A fan filming the show in northern Argentina on a mobile phone managed to capture the moment in the skies above the stage.According to some witnesses, at first some concert-goers thought they someone thrown a flare into the sky.Meteors are small particles from the solar system that burn from friction when entering the atmosphere.Several thousand meteors of fireball magnitude occur each day, most of them unseen over the oceans or hidden by daylight.

Richie Havens dies aged 72: Woodstock Festival folk singer has heart attack

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Richie Havens dies aged 72: Woodstock Festival folk singer has heart attack Richie was famous for his distinctive guitar and singing style and his cover version of Bob Dylan's Just Like A Woman Missed: Folk musician Richie Havens Richie Havens, the folk singer who opened the legendary 1969 Woodstock festival, has died of a heart attack aged 72.His family said he died at home in Jersey and added: "Beyond his music, those who have met Havens will remember his compassionate nature.”His website said he had kidney surgery years ago and that he never recovered enough to perform concerts like he used to.Richie was famous for his distinctive guitar and singing style and his cover version of Bob Dylan's Just Like A Woman.His performance at the three-day Woodstock, where headliners included Jimi Hendrix, was a turning point in his career.He was the first act on stage, performing for nearly three hours. His performance of Freedom - based on the spiritual Sometimes I Feel Like A

War heroes buried nearly 100 years on in a corner of a foreign field that is forever England

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War heroes buried nearly 100 years on in a corner of a foreign field that is forever England The bodies of the WWI soldiers were found in a field four years ago but were finally laid to rest with full military honours today For nearly 100 years they were listed as missing in action. But today two British war heroes were finally laid to rest with full military honours. The bodies of First World War soldiers Lieutenant John Pritchard and Private Christopher Elphick, of The Honourable Artillery Company (HAC), were found by a French farmer in his field just four years ago. And thanks to jewellery they were both wearing they were not only identified, but living relatives tracked down. Lt Pritchard and Pte Elphick were buried at Ecoust-St Mein near Arras in France, just two miles from where they fell in Bullecourt next to the Hindenburg Line. Relatives of both men, who were killed on May 15, 1917, during an enemy attack while serving with the HAC’s 2nd Battalion, travelled across the C