Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Flooding Kills at Least 324 in Rainy India

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Flooding Kills at Least 324 in Rainy India

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NEW DELHI - The idyllic tourist destination of Kerala, India, is experiencing some of its worst floods in nearly a century, with torrential rains in recent days killing at least 324 people, state officials said, and shuttering the state's major infrastructure.

Scores of the state's residents were injured in landslides and authorities said nearly 220,000 more have been displaced since heavy rains began battering the southern Indian state last week.

Officials said the rains were the heaviest there since 1924.

Floodwaters had risen high enough Friday to lap at the engines of jets parked on the runway of Kerala's main international airport in Kochi, and authorities ordered it closed until Aug. 26, further complicating relief efforts.

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MIAMI - Calling his mass shooting "85 seconds of evil," a federal judge Friday sentenced Esteban Santiago to life in prison for killing five travelers and injuring six other people at a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., airport last year.

U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom read off the names of all 11 victims and described their lives before imposing five consecutive life sentences for those who were murdered along with an additional 120 years in prison for those wounded in the shooting massacre at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Jan. 6, 2017. Santiago, who had flown from Anchorage, Alaska, to Fort Lauderdale, carried out the attack in one minute and 25 seconds before surrendering to a Broward County deputy sheriff at the airport. …

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