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Five die in Russian hotel after boiling water floods basement

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By Alexander Marrow

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Five people, including one child, were killed in the Russian city of Perm on Monday when a hot water pipe exploded in the night and flooded a basement hotel room with boiling water.

At least three other people were taken to hospital with burns after the incident in the Mini Hotel Caramel, which is located in the basement of a residential building, the region’s investigative committee said.

A doctor treating the victims, Andrei Babikov, said a 33-year-old woman had burns covering 35% of her body. Two men aged 28 and 35 were in a less serious condition.

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Steam comes out from a door of the Mini Hotel Caramel after a hot water pipe exploded in the night and flooded a basement hotel room with boiling water, in Perm
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5 people missing after fishing boat sinks off Alaska

Five people were reported missing after a crabbing vessel sank off the coast of the Alaskan peninsula Tuesday night.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, two other people were rescued since the Fishing Vessel Scandies Rose sank near Sutwik Island in the Gulf of Alaska,

A mayday call was heard around 10 p.m. local time, according to Seattle FOX affiliate Q13.

Winds of 40 mph made for unstable sailing conditions Tuesday evening, including 15- to 20-foot waves and decreased visibility.

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“We are conducting an extensive search in a 300-square-mile area to locate the five missing persons from the Scandies Rose,” Lt. Wade Arnold, Coast Guard command duty officer at the 17th District command center, said in a statement.

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Drug Cartels Muscle Into Mexican Town Packed With Americans

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By Andrea Navarro

San Miguel de Allende oozes old Mexico charm.

There are the cobblestone streets, the colonial-era buildings and wrought-iron balconies, the neo-Gothic steeples soaring high above the pink-sandstone church anchoring a corner of the main plaza. Travel and Leisure magazine has twice named it the best city in the world, a ratification of how beloved it is with tourists and retirees from the U.S., Canada and beyond.

But lately, San Miguel has been attracting a very different sort of crowd: the drug cartels. And the moment they arrived and began pushing cocaine and imposing their brutal brand of property tax, the murders began.

A restaurateur died in a hail of gunfire in front of horrified customers after he refused to pay extortion demands. The son of the owner of a construction-materials business was killed on his way to work.  A tortilla shop owner in the nearby town of Celaya was gunned down along with two of her employees. And a fruit vendor, a convenience store operator, another restaurateur and three cantina owners closed their doors after shakedown-visits and, it would appear, are lying low.

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Hares in Ireland being sucked into plane engines near Dublin Airport, reports say

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Hares straying too close to the runways at Dublin Airport in Ireland are being sucked up into the engines of taxiing planes, reports said.

There have been 54 incidents of animals being “ingested” by plane engines since Jan. 1 of this year, The Irish Post reported, citing data from the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA).

Hare obstructions reportedly were considered even more dangerous than bird strikes since the remains of the fluffy animals could spread over a large area of the engine. The splatter then could attract flocks of birds, causing further problems, according to the Post’s reporting.

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To prevent hares, like the one pictured above, from being sucked up into plane engines, Dublin Airport has taken proactive steps to manage wildlife living near its runways. (iStock, File)
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‘Dramatic change’ in weather could bring snow to NYC this week

By Natalie Musumeci

Get ready to break out those parkas.

Temperatures in the Big Apple are expected to dip this week, bringing a bone-chilling cold front and the possibility of a light snowfall Thursday night into Friday, the latest forecasts show.

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“It’s going to be a dramatic change,” AccuWeather senior meteorologist Paul Walker told The Post Monday, adding that there will be a 20-degree drop in daytime highs throughout the week and “nighttime lows are going to be a lot colder.”

Walker noted, “Thursday night is when the real cold” is predicted to strike the northeast, as a high-pressure storm system moves in from western Canada.

Meteorologists predict a high of 54 degrees for Thursday and a low of 34 with a chance of snow by the nighttime.

“There is a possibility that we could see a rain mixed in with some snow Thursday night as the front comes through,” Walker said.

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Each month, writer and photographer Elyssa Goodman curates an excellent selection of writers for the Miss Manhattan Reading Series, one of the only such literary events in the city to focus exclusively on nonfiction. The November edition features When Brooklyn Was Queer author Hugh Ryan, who recently curated an exhibition of the same name for Brooklyn Historical Society, writer and translator Carina del Valle Schorske, Eater’s associate restaurant editor Monica Burton, and arts and culture writer Khalid El Khatib.

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Some airports in Florida are reopening as Hurrican Dorian moves north toward the Carolinas.

Palm Beach International Airport reopened Wednesday morning, with the first flight landing around 8 a.m., coming in from Atlanta.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport reopened noon on Tuesday. However, while the airport itself has resumed operation, travelers have been reminded to check with their airlines about specific flights.

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Alaska villagers pay airfare in effort to keep out drugs

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Residents of a small Alaska city purchased a one-way airplane ticket for a woman believed to be dealing drugs as a way of fighting the spread of narcotics there, a report said.

About 40 Galena residents gathered at the airport last week and sent a representative to an arriving plane to tell a woman they believed to be a methamphetamine dealer that they would pay her $210 airfare to leave, The Anchorage Daily News reportedSaturday.

The woman chose to remain on the plane and take a departing flight after being told she would be closely watched if she remained.

Drug dealers are known to residents of the 475-member community 270 miles (435 kilometers) west of Fairbanks, said Mayor Nolan Aloysius. Nonetheless, community members encounter legal difficulties in stopping their activities.

The city is served by one police officer and a state trooper, who were both off-duty the day of the encounter, the newspaper reported.

The airport intervention followed a recent town hall meeting at which residents vowed to confront people believed to be drug dealers attempting to enter the area. When a resident of another community phoned Galena to alert them to the woman’s arrival, residents acted.

“People started calling, texting each other, and word went out fast,” Aloysius said. “Everyone took time from their jobs, ran over to the airport and made their presence known.”

A woman held a hand-written sign saying, “No drug dealers allowed.” A man wore black clothes and led a dog on a leash to look the part of a drug agent, demonstrators said.

“This was a general feeling of accomplishment and people were proud to be part of it,” Aloysius said.

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Information from: Anchorage Daily News, http://www.adn.com

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