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Emergency Services Responding To ‘Incident’ In Christchurch, New Zealand

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WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand police said on Tuesday they were responding to an incident in Christchurch, where 50 people were killed in attacks by a lone gunman on two mosques in March, and asked people to avoid the area.


Police declined to comment on the nature of the incident in the Phillipstown area of the city on New Zealand’s South Island and gave no further details.

A spokesman for the St John Ambulance service said an ambulance was on standby at the scene at the request of police but had not treated any patients.

The New Zealand Herald said police were called due to threats of an explosive device and residents were evacuated from nearby homes.

A police spokeswoman declined to comment on the Herald report of a potential bomb threat.

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Helicopter Crashes Into Manhattan Skyscraper, Kills Sole Person On Board

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The Fire Department said it was deploying over 100 emergency workers to the scene in Midtown Manhattan. Credit:James Estrin/The New York Times

A helicopter crashed onto the rooftop of a 51-story building in Midtown Manhattan on Monday afternoon and burst into flames.


Only one person was aboard the aircraft when it crashed on the roof of 787 Seventh Avenue at 51st Street at 1:43 p.m, city officials said. That person was reported to have been killed, according to two city officials.

A police official characterized the incident as a “hard landing.’’

The Fire Department said it was deploying over 100 emergency workers to the scene.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who was at the scene, said there was no indication of terrorism. He said the helicopter seemed to have made an emergency landing.

Mr. Cuomo acknowledged that the initial reports of the accident unsettled New Yorkers. “If you’re a New Yorker, you have a level of P.T.S.D., right, from 9/11,’’ Mr. Cuomo said. “I remember that morning all too well.”

Andrew Heath, 37, was working on the fifth floor of the building where the helicopter crashed.

“We heard an explosion — it sounded like a manhole cover had exploded,’’ he said. “I heard and felt it. It was like a thud. I was wondering if a really heavy truck was driving by, but it was a little too much.’’

The site of the accident, the AXA Equitable Center, is an office tower that is more than 750-feet tall. It was built in 1985.

(Reporting by New York Times)

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One Killed In Vehicle Accident, Injuring Over A Dozen Cadets Near U.S. Military Academy

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(Reuters) – At least two people were killed on Thursday morning in a vehicle accident involving more than a dozen cadets near the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York, CBS News reported, citing unnamed sources.


The accident occurred in the vicinity of Camp Natural Bridge, a summer training site for cadets, the academy said on Twitter.

The report did not identify the dead or say if they were West Point cadets.

Representatives for the military academy could not be immediately reached for further comment.

At least 20 cadets were involved in the crash, which occurred around 7:30 a.m. EDT (1130 GMT) and at least one was airlifted to a hospital with serious injuries, NBC News reported.

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Missouri’s Only Abortion Clinic Will Remain Open, Judge Rules

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — A judge has issued an order allowing Missouri’s only abortion clinic to continue providing the service.


St. Louis Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer ruled Friday, just hours before the St. Louis Planned Parenthood clinic’s license to perform abortions was set to expire. He issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting Missouri from allowing the license to lapse.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services had declined to renew the license. It cited concerns with “failed abortions,” compromised patient safety and legal violations at the clinic. Agency officials also wanted to interview additional physicians at the clinic.

Planned Parenthood officials had said that if the license lapsed, Missouri would become the first state without an abortion clinic since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 decision legalizing abortion nationwide.

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