By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - A construction crew on Friday accidentally ruptured a natural gas transmission line in Fresno, California, sparking an explosion and fire that injured up to 15 people, four of them critically, officials said. The 12-inch (30-cm) pipeline, belonging to Pacific Gas & Electric Corp , was struck by a backhoe near state Highway 99, unleashing a fireball that injured members of the construction team and a jail inmate crew nearby, Fresno Fire Department spokesman Peter Martinez said. One worker in critical condition was flown to hospital by helicopter, and 13 or 14 others were taken to hospitals for evaluation and treatment of injuries after the pipeline was ruptured at about 2:30 p.m., Martinez added. Four of the injured were taken to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, and two more were taken to the burn unit there, said hospital spokeswoman Mary Lisa Russell, adding that four were in critical condition and two serious.
These events -- are they fact or fiction? Reality collides with make-believe in "El Fiscal," a Spanish-language political-fiction thriller that hit bookstore shelves last week and is based on the real-life death of Alberto Nisman, the Argentine prosecutor who died suspiciously in January while pursuing a case against President Cristina Kirchner. The novel, which Argentina's Emece publishing house says was "written at a frenetic pace" so that it could appear just three months after Nisman's death, tells the story of the last hours in the life of fictitious prosecutor Antonio Lerman and the events leading up to his demise. "'El Fiscal' is an electrifying political fiction thriller, in the same vein as John le Carre spy novels and classic film noir," Emece said on its website.
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Officers kill knife-wielding man near St. Louis, police say
(Reuters) - A 23-year-old African-American man who barricaded himself in his mother's house in a St. Louis suburb was shot and killed by police when he rushed at them with a knife in one hand and a Bible in the other, authorities said on Saturday. The St. Louis County police chief described the encounter as one that left his officers with no choice but to open fire. One prominent case was in another St. Louis suburb, Ferguson. Unlike those two cases, the latest shooting followed a tense, three-hour standoff in Jennings, which is located between Ferguson and St. Louis.
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