As specialist search and rescue teams continued to probe the wreckage of The Clutha pub, Chief Constable Stephen House confirmed that overnight 32 people were taken by ambulance to hospitals in following the crash.”Sadly at this time I can also confirm one fatality,” he told reporters. „We expect that number to increase over the coming hours.”House said specialist teams are working to make sure everyone is recovered from the scene, where revelers were packed into the pub to hear a local ska band when the helicopter crashed through the roof.Police couldn’t say whether people were still trapped inside the pub, but the hope is to find survivors, he said.”Highly trained firefighters from all over Scotland are carrying out rescue operations at the scene,” House said. „They are continuing to make the building safe to allow full examination of the scene to ensure that everyone is recovered.”View gallery.”Firefighters and rescue workers inspect the damage on the roof of the building at the site of a heli …Scotland’s leader Alex Salmond said it was a „black day for Glasgow and for Scotland.”Police and air-safety investigators have begun inquiries, but say it is too early to say why the Eurocopter EC135 T2 helicopter — carrying two police officers and a civilian pilot — came down.Authorities said they had made contact with people still inside The Clutha, where a ska band was performing when the helicopter came down. Search and rescue dogs were on the scene, along with more than 100 firefighters.The crash Friday at around 10:30 p.m. local time sent dozens of patrons fleeing through a cloud of dust. Witnesses spoke of people streaming out of the building covered in blood, with gashes and other injuries.As dawn broke, firefighters clambered on to the collapsed roof and pulled tarps over the wreckage of the helicopter. There was no word on the fate of those aboard.View gallery.”Police officers and firefighters inspect the damage of a helicopter crash, at a pub in Glasgow early …Grace MacLean, who was inside the pub at the time, said she heard a „whoosh” noise and then saw smoke.”The band were laughing, and we were all joking that the band had made the roof come down,” she told the BBC. „They carried on playing, and then it started to come down more, and someone started screaming, and then the whole pub just filled with dust. You couldn’t see anything, you couldn’t breathe.”Retired firefighter Edward Waltham said he ran into the pub to help rescuers, and found one man covered in dust and apparently badly injured.”My initial reaction for him from my experience was to try not to move him because he had been in a crush situation,” Waltham told BBC News. „But as we were lying there other people were literally being pulled out of the pub and more or less thrown on top of us.”People formed a human chain to help pass unconscious people out of the pub so that „inch by inch, we could get the people out,” said Labour Party spokesman Jim Murphy, who was in the area when the helicopter came down.View gallery.”Picture taken with permission from Jan Hollands Twitter feed JanHollands@Janney_h of the helicopter …”The helicopter was inside the pub. It’s a mess. I could only get a yard or two inside. I helped carry people out,” Murphy told Sky News. „I saw a pile of people clambering out of the pub in the dust. No smoke, no fire, just a huge amount of dust.”The twin-engined Eurocopter is widely used by police and ambulance services.In 2007, a Eurocopter EC135 T2 crashed in southern England. The pilot and his wife were unhurt, but the aircraft was badly damaged. Britain’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch said there had been a failure of the autotrim system which maintains the aircraft’s position. The agency recommended changes to correct the problem._____Cassandra Vinograd reported from London._____Follow Vinograd at http://twitter.com/CassVinogradView gallery.”Firefighters and rescuers inspect the damage on the building at the site of a helicopter crash, in G …View gallery.”Firefighters inspect the damage on the roof of the building at the site of a helicopter crash, in Gl …View gallery.”Firefighters and rescue workers inspect the damage at the site of a helicopter crash, in Glasgow ear …View gallery.”Picture taken with permission from Jan Hollands Twitter feed JanHollands@Janney_h of the helicopter …View gallery.”A firefighter inspects the damage at the site of a helicopter crash, in Glasgow early Saturday Nov. …View gallery.”Firefighters inspect the damage at the site of a helicopter crash, in Glasgow early Saturday Nov. 30 …
US veterans fill their own void delivering aid to Philippines Members of Team Rubicon, a disaster relief organization staffed by US veterans, are using their military skills in the Philippines — and finding the camaraderie they miss in the process.
By Jon Erdman Published: Nov 30, 2013, 6:57 AM EST weather.com
- Monday: Northwest, northern Great Basin, Montana
- Tuesday: California, rest of Great Basin, Wyoming
- Wednesday: Desert Southwest, northern and central Plains, Colorado, New Mexico
- Thursday-Friday: Upper Midwest, mid-Mississippi Valley, parts of Southern Plains
Keep in mind the coldest air will lag the arrival of the cold front as laid out in the timing above.Now, let’s lay out the magnitude of the cold by region.
- Pacific Northwest: Highs will be stuck in the 30s from Tuesday through much of next week in western Washington and western Oregon. Lows will be in the 20s, with some teens. Some daily record lows may be threatened.
- California: This will easily be the coldest air of the season, with highs barely reaching into the low 50s in the Bay Area and struggling to rise out of the upper 50s in L.A. and San Diego by mid-to-late week. Lows in the 20s are possible in the Central Valley. Some morning lows near or below freezing are also possible in parts of the high deserts of Southern California and interior parts of the Bay Area such as Santa Rosa and Napa by mid-to-late week. Some daily record lows may be threatened in Northern California.
- Great Basin: Highs in the 20s or low 30s will be common by mid-week. Lows in the teens, single digits, or locally subzero will settle in.
- Desert Southwest: Highs may not rise out of the 50s in Phoenix and may struggle to climb out of the 40s in Las Vegas by Thursday. A freeze is possible in the Vegas Valley late in the week.
- Northern/Central Rockies & Plains: Highs in the single digits and teens will spread from Montana Tuesday to the Northern Plains Wednesday and Thursday. A few spots may not rise above zero during the day. Subzero morning lows will spread from the northern Rockies into the Dakotas and northwest Minnesota by Thursday. A few spots, including Yellowstone National Park and Stanley, Idaho, could see temperatures drop into the twenties below zero.
Published: Nov 30, 2013, 9:20 AM EST Associated Press
Sharks INVADE CoastSYDNEY — A shark killed a teenager off Australia’s east coast Saturday in the nation’s second deadly attack this month, police said.Play Video
Zach Young, 19, was body boarding with three friends about 100 meters (330 feet) offshore at Riecks Point, near the northern New South Wales city of Coffs Harbour, when he was bitten on the legs, New South Wales police said in a statement.Young’s friends got him back to the beach, and bystanders tried in vain to save him before paramedics arrived, a New South Wales ambulance police spokeswoman said. Young had serious injuries to his legs and suffered cardiac arrest. Paramedics tried to resuscitate him, but he was pronounced dead a short time later.Beaches in the area were closed for 24 hours. There was no information immediately available on the type of shark involved.It was the second deadly attack in Australia this month. On Nov. 23, a 35-year-old surfer was fatally mauled by a shark off a beach near the Western Australia community of Gracetown. Three surfers have been killed in Gracetown in the past decade.Although sharks are common along Australia’s coastlines, fatal attacks are relatively rare. The country has averaged just more than one fatal attack per year over the past 50 years.MORE ON WEATHER.COM: Monster Shark Caught in California1 / 9
Published: Nov 29, 2013, 5:49 PM EST Associated Press 1 / 10The 2013 White House Christmas tree is an 18.5 foot Douglas Fir grown in Lehighton, Penn. (Image: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) The day after Thanksgiving means shopping, snoozing and pulling out the Christmas decorations for many Americans.(WATCH: Weekend Travel Forecast)The same was true Friday at the White House as the official White House Christmas tree arrived.Play VideoThanksgiving Travel Forecast: The ReturnMichelle Obama, daughters Malia and Sasha and the family’s two dogs have accepted an 18-and-a-half-foot Douglas fir as the official White House Christmas tree.The tree was presented to the first lady by Christopher Botek, a second-generation Christmas tree farmer from Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton, Pa.The tree was hauled up the driveway by horse-drawn wagon and is destined for the Blue Room. There it will stand tall as the main attraction of White House Christmas decorations.Mrs. Obama, holding the leash for dog Sunny, and her daughters walked around the wagon to inspect the fir.”It looks good. It looks beautiful,” she said, turning to ask Malia: „What do you think?””Love it. We’ll keep it,” replied Malia, who held the leash for Bo, the family’s other dog.”We will keep it,” Mrs. Obama said.(PHOTOS: What an ODD Thanksgiving Menu!)An army of volunteer decorators and White House staffers will participate in a weekend marathon of tree trimming, wreath hanging and other decorating to transform the building in time for a preview of the holiday decorations that’s set for next week.As in past years, many of the decorations will honor military families, who are getting a first look at the decorations on Wednesday.MORE ON WEATHER.COM: Christmas Lights1 / 15Winter Wonder