Voice of America News reports that at least five people were killed after a cargo ship slammed into a port facility in the northern Italian coastal city of Genoa. The port’s control tower was toppled in the accident, which occurred late Tuesday night as the Italian-flagged Jolly Nero was departing.
Texas-born, country music superstar George Jones passed away Friday morning at the age of 81 years. He had been admitted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee with a high fever and irregular blood pressure.
Fans remember Jones’ bigger hits which included “He Stopped Loving Her Today” and “She Thinks I Still Care.” Jones received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.
After suffering from a stroke, Margaret Thatcher, former British Prime Minister, died at the age of 87 years.
The Prime Minister’s office announced that Thatcher’s funeral will be at St. Paul’s Cathedral, with full military honors. The funeral will be followed by a private cremation.
President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela died Tuesday afternoon after battling with cancer, according to an announcement by the government.
Chávez died at the age of 58.
A federal prosecutor says there are no plans to press charges against disgraced American cyclist Lance Armstrong, who lied under oath about using performance-enhancing drugs.
U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte, who was the lead federal investigator in the Armstrong case, said Tuesday Armstrong’s recent television confession that he did, in fact, use drugs does not change his view.
Writing for VOA, Jeff Seldin reports that “U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to make immigration reform a priority in his State of the Union Address. But already, talk of tackling this controversial issue is gaining momentum.”
“There are an estimated 11-million illegal immigrants in the United States with more still hoping to cross the border.”
Multiple fatalities in Connecticut elementary school shooting. Early reports indicate that there are multiple fatalities, including the gunman. Sources say that nearly 30 are dead, including up to 22 small children.
A teacher, injured in the shooting, has been taken to the hospital. Several have been admitted to Danbury hospital.
Some parents are still waiting to pick their children up.
Other sources indicate that the gunman may be the father of an enrolled student who was having a confrontation with the principal.
A body was discovered at a nearby residence that may be a parent of the shooter.
Authorities said that at least three people have died as a result of being shot early Friday at a New Jersey supermarket. The shooter may be among the dead, according to sources.
The shooting took place inside the Pathmark supermarket in Old Bridge while the store was closed.
Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has chosen Congressman Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate.
The Romney campaign confirmed the pick this morning.
Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has waived his preliminary hearing. This decision will move him toward a trial on various charges of child sex abuse.