Nation/World Briefly: Hundreds rescued from overheated trains

  • Sun Jul 11th, 2010 10:16pm
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BERLIN — A grueling heat wave shut down the air conditioning in three high-tech trains in Germany, leaving dozens of passengers near collapse trapped in temperatures of up to 122 degrees Fahrenheit, authorities said Sunday.

At least 52 people needed medical treatment — eight of them were hospitalized — and about 1,000 people had to switch trains, the national railway system, Deutsche Bahn, said.

All three modern ICE trains — whose windows do not open — were headed west from Berlin on Saturday, Deutsche Bahn spokesman Juergen Kornmann said. While two lost their air conditioning fairly close to a station and could be emptied quickly, a third heated up some distance before reaching the city of Bielefeld.

Germany has gone through a severe heat wave with temperatures approaching 104 degrees Fahrenheit.

Mexico: Drug chief reported nabbed in resort city

Mexican marines on Saturday captured a suspected regional chief of a drug gang involved in a bloody turf war in the center and south of Mexico, Mexico’s navy announced Sunday. Gamaliel Aguirre Tavira, 35, was detained in Acapulco at a house at which marines found six rifles, five pistols, 41 magazines, 2,000 bullets, a grenade launcher and eight grenades.

West Bank: No direct talks with Israel now, Abbas says

The Palestinian president, who is under U.S. pressure to resume direct talks with Israel, said that doing so under current circumstances would be pointless. Mahmoud Abbas sounded determined not to return to the table unless Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commits to an internationally mandated settlement freeze and agrees to pick up talks where they left off under the Israeli leader’s predecessor in December 2008. Netanyahu insists negotiations should be held without any preconditions.

Connecticut: Driver whose car hit two houses dies

A Darien resident was killed when the person’s car went airborne early Sunday, crashed through a house, hit a tree and then ran into a second house, police said, noting that the driver was clearly exceeding the 25 mph speed limit. The resident’s identity was not released. No injuries were reported in the homes. The car flew through the unoccupied bedroom of one house, hit a tree and went into the kitchen of the second house.

California: Man arrested after child thrown in traffic

A 21-year-old man who Oakland police say threw a toddler in front of a moving car Saturday is in custody after being arrested by an off-duty police officer. Police say the officer saw the man shake the 18-month girl and throw her into oncoming traffic. The child was hit by a car, but police say she escaped serious injury. She was taken to a hospital, where her condition is unknown. After stopping to give aid to the little girl, the officer pursued the man, finding him scuffling with several motorists who had stopped to help.

Gas prices fall nearly 4 cents

The average price of regular gasoline in the United States has dropped 3.88 cents over a two-week period to $2.73, according to the national Lundberg Survey of fuel prices released Sunday in Caramillo. Jackson, Miss., had the lowest average price among cities surveyed at $2.43 a gallon for regular. San Francisco was the highest at $3.16.

12 arrested in alleged pot ring

Twelve members of a Southern California ring that illegally sold millions of dollars of pot through medical marijuana dispensaries are behind bars and facing federal charges, police said. Federal agents served two arrest warrants in Los Angeles County and five in San Diego.

Missouri: Girl who was abducted said to be OK

The father of a 4-year-old girl who was grabbed from her front yard last week and found 26 hours later says doctors did not find any physical evidence of an assault. David Maier said his daughter has been happy since her return home in Louisiana, north of St. Louis. Alisa Maier was grabbed from her yard last Monday night. Police found her Tuesday night wandering around at a car wash. The man who authorities said abducted Alisa fatally shot himself Wednesday when confronted by police. David Maier says his daughter has not talked about what happened during and that he and Alisa’a mother won’t press her for details.

From Herald news services