Ten people were killed and 15 injured Monday afternoon when a man drove a van down a Toronto sidewalk, authorities said.
The suspected driver of the vehicle, identified as 25-year-old Alex Minassian, is in custody, though authorities have yet to identify a motive. The incident occurred down a busy stretch of Yonge Street in Toronto's North York neighborhood. Toronto Deputy Police Chief Peter Yuen told reporters that authorities would be on the scene for "days," and that the investigation would be "complex."
An eyewitness told BBC News that she saw a white car plow through pedestrians. "So many people [were] shouting, 'Stop the car,' but he didn't," the woman said. "He just [kept] moving." Kimberly Alters
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Authorities in Philadelphia are investigating the suspicious death of former National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster's father, H.R. McMaster Sr., several people told 6 ABC News.
The elder McMaster, 84, died April 13 at a nursing home where he was recuperating from a stroke. 6 ABC News reports that investigators are looking into allegations that McMaster fell and hit his head, then was put in a chair and died without receiving proper care. McMaster's family was also reportedly told by some staff members at the facility that records related to his death had been falsified.
The nursing home, Cathedral Village, told 6 ABC News on Wednesday that on the day McMaster died, they notified the Department of Health and started an investigation into the allegations. The Pennsylvania attorney general's office called the incident "tragic," and said its investigation is in the "very early stages." Catherine Garcia
The passenger who died Tuesday after she was nearly sucked out of a window on a Southwest Airlines jet has been identified as Jennifer Riordan, a mother of two from Albuquerque.
Riordan was a vice president of community relations at a Wells Fargo in Albuquerque, The Associated Press reports, as well as a board member of Junior Achievement of New Mexico, New Mexico First, The Catholic Foundation, and Annunciation Catholic School. In a statement, Wells Fargo called Riordan "a well-known leader who was loved and respected."
The plane was headed to Dallas from New York City when it blew an engine, sending shrapnel into a window and shattering it. Passenger Eric Zilbert told AP that Riordan was outside of the plane "from her waist above," and other witnesses said two male passengers helped get her back inside. She was given CPR while passengers attempted to plug the hole in the window before the plane made an emergency landing in Philadelphia. Zilbert said they were "very lucky to have such a skilled pilot and crew to see us through it. The plane was steady as a rock after it happened. I didn't have any fearing that it was out of control." Catherine Garcia
The Larry Nassar scandal continues to disgust.
The former doctor for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University was sentenced in February to 40 to 125 years in prison for sexual abuse of patients over decades. But Kaylee Lorincz, an 18-year-old survivor who testified during Nassar's sentencing, revealed Friday that MSU's interim president secretly offered her a settlement in the case, The Associated Press reported.
Lorincz says she was signing up to speak at Friday's board of trustees meeting a few weeks ago when interim President John Engler and his special counsel offered her $250,000 to settle. Lorincz's attorney wasn't with her.
Lorincz revealed Engler's attempt at a secret deal during Friday's meeting, confronting university brass about the move. Engler had told her that another victim, Rachael Denhollander, had considered a settlement amount, Lorincz said. But when Lorincz asked Denhollander about the purported offer, Denhollander denied ever talking to Engler, Lorincz said.
"I felt like I was being bullied into saying something and that if Rachael gave him a settlement amount, it was okay for me to do it, too," Lorincz said. Read more at The Associated Press. Kathryn Krawczyk
Firefighters, police officers, urban search-and-rescue crews, and swift-water rescuers in Los Angeles are searching for a 13-year-old boy who plummeted 25 feet into a drainage pipe Sunday at Griffith Park.
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Jesse Hernandez, 13, was at the park for his family's annual Easter picnic. Hernandez and his cousins entered an abandoned maintenance building and were jumping on wooden planks when one broke, the Los Angeles Times reports, sending Hernandez down a 4-foot-wide drainage pipe that feeds into the L.A. River. "That place is a maze," Los Angeles Police Sgt. Bruno La Hoz told the Times. "We don't know where the drain pipe goes to."
Officials are stationed at different drains, in the hopes that Hernandez will come out of a pipe, and are trying to determine if Hernandez may be stuck in a chamber in the system. Because the drainage area has various depths of water moving at about 15 mph, it's too dangerous for rescuers to enter on their own, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department said. The search will continue through the night, with Hernandez's family keeping vigil in Griffith Park. "We called, sent text messages — it rings but it goes to voicemail," family friend Dominique Barraza told the Times. "He's too young. It's just too crazy. I still can't believe it." Catherine Garcia
As a fire spread through the Winter Cherry shopping mall in Kemerovo, Siberia, on Sunday, a security guard turned off the public address system and some people trying to escape couldn't open fire exits because they had been illegally blocked, Russian investigators announced Monday.
Authorities said at least 64 people died in the blaze, which swept through the upper levels of the mall, and 13 people remain hospitalized. The fire broke out near a movie theater and children's play area, and authorities are worried that dozens of kids are among the dead. This is the deadliest fire to take place in Russia since 2009, and officials said they believed most victims will have to be identified through DNA testing.
The cause remains unknown, but four people have been detained in connection with the fire, including two employees of the company that services the mall's fire alarm, Reuters reports. Authorities said they also want to interview the mall's owner and detain the security guard who turned off the public address system. In an interview with the Russian website Meduza, Alexander Lillevyali said his three young daughters were at the movies, and one called to say smoke was filling the theater and they couldn't escape because the doors were locked. The sisters all died in the fire. Catherine Garcia
Authorities in Siberia say at least 37 people died in a fire that swept through a mall in the city of Kemerovo on Sunday, Russian news agencies are reporting.
More than 100 people were evacuated from the mall, which houses shops, restaurants, and movie theaters. Video showed people jumping out of windows to safety, and black smoke billowing from the building. Authorities said they do not yet know what caused the fire to break out. Kemerovo is 2,200 miles east of Moscow.
Update 5:15 a.m. ET: Russian Emergency Situations Minister Vladimir Puchkov said the confirmed death toll from the Winter Cherry mall fire is up to 64, and that some of the dead were recovered from the mall's cinema. He did not say how many of the victims are children, but survivors said the mall was packed with parents and their kids celebrating the start of a school recess. Catherine Garcia
A Cirque du Soleil aerialist died Saturday after he fell 20 feet during a performance of the show Volta in Tampa, the company announced Sunday.
Yann Arnaud, 38, of France later died at the hospital. A husband and father of two, Arnaud had been performing with Cirque du Soleil for 15 years and was one of the most experienced members. Daniel Lamarre, president and chief executive of Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, told Reuters he was "very surprised" by Arnaud's death, and he couldn't describe how badly everyone at Cirque du Soleil felt. "It's terrible," he said.
Authorities said Arnaud was performing an aerial strap act on the double rings, and he fell after one of his hands slipped. In the 34-year history of the company, this is the third death of a Cirque performer. The incident is now under investigation by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Catherine Garcia