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Three feared dead in helicopter crash

on April 01, 2013 10:40 AM

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska State Troopers helicopter carrying a trooper, a pilot for the agency and a rescued snowmobiler crashed in the south-central part of the state, leaving all three aboard feared dead, a spokeswoman said Sunday night.

Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said the aircraft went down Saturday night, the wreckage spotted Sunday, and that no survivors have been found.

Peters said that though the three are feared dead, there still has been no confirmation of any fatalities.

Wreckage of the helicopter burned, but Peters said it was not known how the fire started or how long it lasted.

The trooper helicopter was on a mission to pick up a snowmobiler stranded near Larson Lake, seven miles east of Talkeetna in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

Egyptian TV satirist released

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s most popular television satirist, who every week skewers the Islamist president and hard-line clerics on his Jon Stewart-style show, was released on bail Sunday but could face charges of insulting the country’s leader and Islam.

Bassem Youssef is the most prominent critic of President Mohammed Morsi to be called in for questioning in recent weeks, in what the opposition says is a campaign to intimidate critics amid wave after wave of political unrest in deeply polarized Egypt.

Deputy chief prosecutor Hassan Yassin denied the nearly five-hour interrogation was part of an intimidation campaign and said his department was enforcing the law and seeking to establish some guidelines on freedom of expression.

Two die from H7N9 bird flu

BEIJING (AP) — Two Shanghai men have died from a lesser-known type of bird flu in the first known human deaths from the strain, and Chinese authorities said it wasn’t clear how they were infected but there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission.

A third person, a woman in the nearby province of Anhui, also contracted the H7N9 strain and was in critical condition, China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission said in a report on its website Sunday.

There was no sign that any of the three, who were infected over the past two months, had contracted the disease from each other, and no sign of infection in the 88 people who had closest contact with them, the medical agency said.

H7N9 bird flu is considered a low pathogenic strain that cannot easily be contracted by humans. The overwhelming majority of human deaths from bird flu have been caused by the more virulent H5N1, which decimated poultry stocks across Asia in 2003.

Building collapse death toll at 30

ZANZIBAR, Tanzania (AP) — Tanzania’s government says the death toll from a collapsed building in the country’s largest city rose to 30 early today.

Rescue workers have given up hopes of finding more survivors after the 16-story building in Dar es Salaam collapsed Friday morning.

Only 17 people were pulled out of the rubble alive Friday.

The building, which was about to be completed, did not have tenants. Most of those killed were laborers and people passing by. The dead included children who were playing soccer at a nearby playground.

Witnesses say many construction workers are still missing.

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