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California gas pipeline explosion, fire injure up to 15 people

A firefighter watches the blaze after a gas line exploded near FresnoBy 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.


Singer Sam Hunt rising in both country and pop worlds

In this Monday, Nov. 23, 2014 photo, country singer Sam Hunt poses for a portrait in New York. (Photo by Scott Gries/Invision/AP)NEW YORK (AP) — Rising country star Sam Hunt may be finding success on the pop charts, but don't fret — he won't pull a Taylor Swift.


Amazon tribe's antibiotic resistance concerns experts

A Yanomami family eats at Irotatheri community in Amazonas state, southern Venezuela, on September 7, 2012A remote tribe in the Venezuelan Amazon appears to be resistant to modern antibiotics, even though its members have had barely any contact with the outside world, researchers said Friday. The modern era of antibiotics began in the 1940s when penicillin quickly became a popular drug.


Officers shoot and kill man with knife in St. Louis suburb, police say
(Reuters) - A 23-year-old man who barricaded himself in his mother's house in a St. Louis suburb and spoke of a "black revolution" was shot and killed by police when he rushed at them with a knife, authorities said on Saturday. His death follows a string of police shootings around the United States, many involving African Americans, that have raised questions about the use of force by law enforcement. St. Louis County police did not say whether the man was black and could not immediately be reached for comment. In November, a Missouri grand jury's decision to bring no charges against an officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson triggered a wave of protests from coast to coast.
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