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Man Sets Fire to 3 Cars While Trying to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

The incident was captured on video

A New York man was hospitalized Tuesday after he accidentally set three cars on fire while attempting to remove bed bugs from a rental vehicle.

The man doused the interior of his car with rubbing alcohol, hoping that would kill the insects, according to CBS New York. He then lit a cigarette while seated in the car, causing the car’s interior to catch fire before the flames spread to two other parked vehicles in a lot in Eastport, New York.

Video of the scene shows the vehicles engulfed in flames.

The 44-year-old man was hospitalized with first- and second-degree burns.


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Teen Surfing Star Killed by Shark Left His Mom a Note

A graffiti reading "Shark's area" has been written on an information board, on April 14, 2015 off Saint-Leu, on the western coast of the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion, two days after a 13-year-old Elio Canestri was attacked and killed by a shark.
Richard Bouhet—AFP/Getty Images A graffiti reading "Shark's area" has been written on an information board, on April 14, 2015 off Saint-Leu, on the western coast of the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion, two days after a 13-year-old Elio Canestri was attacked and killed by a shark.

"Don't worry, Mom"

The 13-year-old surfing champion who died in a shark attack reportedly left a note for his mother saying that he would not go in the water unless there were spotters watching the ocean for the predators.

“Don’t worry, Mom,” Elio Canestri wrote. “I’m going surfing. If there’s no security, I won’t surf.”

After revealing the note, Canestri’s grieving father Giovanni told French broadcaster RTL that his son had “always been very careful” in the waters off the coast of the Indian Ocean island of Reunion where they live. Elio was with six other people on Sunday when he was fatally…

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Family Killed When Concrete Slab From Washington Bridge Fell on Truck

Workers with the Bonney Lake Public Works Department set up signs on April 13, 2015 in Bonney Lake, Wash.
David Montesino—AP Workers with the Bonney Lake Public Works Department set up signs on April 13, 2015 in Bonney Lake, Wash.

Bridge was under construction at the time

A couple in their 20s and their baby son were killed when a concrete slab from a sidewalk construction project fell from a bridge onto their truck in Washington state, police said Monday night.

Police in Bonney Lake, about 15 miles southeast of Tacoma, said a contractor was working on a section of the permanent bridge barrier on State Route 410 when the entire approximately 80- to 100-foot section detached and fell Monday morning.

“It was immediately clear to all the first responders that arrived on scene that it was an unsurvivable event,” Bonney Lake Police Officer Todd Green said.

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TIME Crime

Toddler Falls Into Cheetah Pit After Parents Reportedly Dangle Him Over Railing

The zoo is considering pressing charges for child endangerment

A 2-year-old fell into a cheetah exhibit at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on Saturday after his parents reportedly held him over the railing.

“Unfortunately we have a number of eyewitness accounts that point to the strong likelihood that the child was dangled over the railing,” the zoo’s executive director, Dr. Christopher Kuhar, told an ABC affiliate. A fire department official said the mother was seen holding two children at the time of the accident.

The zoo is considering filing child endangerment charges against the parents, CNN reports.

While the toddler suffered leg injuries following the 10- to 12-foot fall, the cheetahs made no attempt to come in contact with either the boy or parents, who entered the cheetah pit after he fell.

“I think they were just curious as to what was going on and why somebody was in the pen with them because it’s not every day that somebody is just in the pen with them,” zoo visitor Terra Lurie told a local NBC affiliate.

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TIME Accident

Man Dies in Disney World Speedway Lamborghini Crash

Disney Lamborghini Fatality
AP This aerial image taken from a video provided by WFTV shows the scene after a deadly crash at the Exotic Driving Experience at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. on April 12, 2015.

Walt Disney World offered "deepest sympathies to those involved in today's tragic accident"

What was billed as an “Exotic Driving Experience” at Walt Disney World’s Speedway turned out to be anything but a fantasy ride.

A Lamborghini lost control and crashed into the park’s guardrail Sunday afternoon, killing a passenger and leaving the driver, 24, with minor injuries, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Gary Terry, the 36-year-old deceased, was reportedly an operations manager at the track.

The Exotic Driving Experience allows people to pay anywhere from $99 to $439 to ride in a sports car. “How Fast can you go in a ‪#‎Ferrari‬ ‪#‎Lamborghini‬ or ‪#‎Porsche‬?” reads a post on the ride’s Facebook page.

“On behalf of everyone in the organization, it is with a very heavy heart that we extend our deepest sympathies to those involved in today’s tragic accident in Orlando,” Petty Holdings, the attraction’s operator, said in a statement.

A Walt Disney World Resort spokesperson told the Sentinel that the park offers “deepest sympathies” to those involved in the crash.

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4 People Have Died in a Florida Plane Crash

The small Piper PA-31 aircraft was attempting to make an emergency landing for unknown reasons

Four people aboard a small Fort Lauderdale–bound plane died Sunday when the aircraft crashed and incinerated in a nature preserve near Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport.

The Piper PA-31 aircraft, which had departed from Orlando, was attempting to make an emergency landing for unknown reasons, and plunged into the ground from an altitude of 8,000 ft., killing the four people on the plane, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

“It nosedived right into the floor. It sounded like a semitruck hit a wall, it was so loud,” eyewitness Bobby Bemis told NBC Miami.

The plane was soon engulfed in flames in a wooded area north of the airport, prompting Florida fire teams to rush to the scene.

“Our crews made an aggressive attack on the fire, extinguished the fire within minutes,” Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue’s Chantal Botting told the Sun-Sentinel.

Names of the victims have not been released yet. No ground injuries were reported and the airport remains open.


3 Ways to Avoid Costly Rental Car Insurance

airport sign for car rental companies
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When you rent a car, you will be asked if you want car rental insurance. You might already have it — but it may have gaps. Here's how to figure it out.

I’ve been rear-ended in a rental car by a hit-and-run driver. And on my last business trip, the rental agent almost foisted a car with a scratched-up bumper on me. (Thankfully, I remembered to inspect the vehicle before I left the lot and asked for a different one.) So I know firsthand the importance of making sure you have adequate coverage when you rent a car. Without it, you could face enormous bills and a damaged credit rating if you can’t pay them.

But I am also frugal, so there is often a tug-of-war going on in my head when I rent a car: do I pay for the rental car company’s coverage or not? Purchasing it can literally double the cost of a car rental. Sometimes the coverage is even more expensive than the daily rental rate.

Fortunately there are some good alternatives for those who want to be protected and save money.

1. Your Own Car Insurance

If you own a car, then you (hopefully) have car insurance, and this is probably your first line of defense. You want to make sure you are adequately covered in four areas:

Loss of use: If you wreck a rental car, the rental agency will charge for the days that car is unavailable to other customers. My own auto insurance does not provide this coverage, so I use a credit card that fills this gap. (More on that in a moment.)

Collision/Comprehensive: Collision coverage typically covers damage to the vehicle if you are involved in an accident, while comprehensive coverage often pays for damage to the car due to theft, vandalism, flood, fire etc. Remember, your current deductible will apply. (Using the right credit card to pay for the rental can be helpful, since it may cover your deductible.)

Liability: This generally covers damage to another vehicle(s) and/or medical bills to others injured in an accident you caused. If you have an umbrella policy, that coverage may provide additional protection.

Medical/ Personal Accident Coverage: Does your personal auto insurance offer coverage for medical bills sustained in an accident, and will that extend to a rental car? Do you have good medical insurance? (Note, consumers who are injured in an accident sometimes find their own medical insurer balks at paying those medical bills.)

2. Your Credit Card Coverage

Many credit cards offer rental car coverage. This insurance is usually secondary to your personal auto policy, and that the claim will first be filed with your own insurer. (A few credit cards automatically include primary coverage.) But it may cover deductibles or expenses that your personal auto insurance doesn’t, such as loss of use. However, you’ll need to be aware of exclusions, which may include rentals in some foreign countries, certain types of vehicles such as pickup trucks or full-sized vans, or travel on unpaved roads. Full-time students may also be excluded from coverage.

Like most third-party coverage, it typically covers expenses related to the rental car but not to other cars you damage or people or property you damage in an accident. For example, when I reviewed the coverage offered by the credit card I use most often, I noticed the following are not covered:

  • Damage to any vehicle other than the rental car;
  • Damage to any property other than the rental car, owner’s property, or items not permanently attached to the rental vehicle;
  • The injury of anyone or anything.

Perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind here is that you need to read the details about what is and isn’t covered before you get to the rental car counter.

If you’re thinking about getting a new credit card that provides rental car coverage, keep in mind that your credit score will be a factor in whether you’re approved. You can check your credit scores for free on Credit.com to see where you stand.

3. Private Third-Party Coverage

If you purchase travel insurance, you can often add rental car coverage for a small additional fee, says Damian Tysdal, publisher of TravelInsuranceReview.net. But, as with credit card coverage, it usually doesn’t cover everything. “It is really just for collision and loss of use,” he says. “It won’t cover a car you hit, or harm to others.”

You can also purchase coverage through a third party, even if you don’t buy travel insurance. For example, American Express cardholders can buy “Premium Rental Car Coverage” for most rentals for a flat fee of $19.95 or $24.95 per rental (not per day). It is primary coverage, and there is no deductible. It also provides additional coverage for accidental death and secondary coverage for medical expenses, and covers vehicles the basic automatic coverage doesn’t (such as luxury vehicles and SUVs).

Other third-party services such as Protect Your Bubble, offers rental car coverage for $7.99 per day and covers rental car damage and theft, and personal effects protection, with no deductible. However, like other third-party coverage, it doesn’t include additional liability coverage or personal accident insurance so you’ll want to make sure you are adequately covered there through your own insurance policy or find out whether that coverage is available through your rental agency.

“If you are looking for the best coverage, look to your personal auto insurance,” says Tysdal. If you don’t own a car or have minimal coverage on your vehicle, you may need to piece together the best coverage you can from the options available.

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Family of 8 Killed by Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Maryland

Eight Dead In Home
Juliet Linderman—AP Lloyd Edwards, left, and Bonnie Edwards, the stepfather and mother of Rodney Todd stand outside the home where Todd and his seven children found dead Monday, April 6, 2015, in Princess Anne, Md.

Relatives say the family was using a generator for power

A father and his seven children found dead inside a Maryland home were poisoned by carbon monoxide from a generator they were using because they could not keep up with their electricity bills, relatives and a friend said.

Rodney Todd Sr., 36, and his seven kids, aged 6 to 16, were found by officers in the southern Maryland peninsula town of Princess Anne on Monday, police said.

Todd’s mother and stepfather, Bonnie and Lloyd Edwards, told The Associated Press that a utility firm had cut off his electricity because of an outstanding bill.

“To keep his seven children warm, [Todd] bought a generator,” Lloyd Edwards told the AP. “It went out and the carbon monoxide consumed them.”

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Three Members of Metal Band Wormreich Reportedly Killed in a Tour-Van Crash

Deadly Van Crash
Bob Andres — AP Investigators work at the scene where three people died on April 6, 2015, when a van carrying members of two heavy-metal bands crashed near the town of Commerce, Ga.

The black metal outfit was en route to play a gig in Atlanta

A local NBC affiliate reports that three members of the group Wormreich were killed early on Monday morning after their tour van crashed near Interstate 85, approximately 65 miles north of Atlanta. Eight other passengers remain hospitalized.

The accident occurred during the final leg of the band’s four-state tour, according to the group’s Facebook page.

Officials say the driver of the van, which was carrying 12 people including members of the band Khaotika that was touring with Wormreich, lost control of the 15-seat passenger vehicle and rolled down an embankment before slamming into a tree.

Monday night’s show with fellow heavy-metal group Kult ov Azazel was subsequently scraped.

Two of the passengers remain in critical condition.


TIME Accident

A Bee Swarm in Florida Has Left Three Men Hospitalized

Honey bees
Kerstin Klaassen—Getty Images

The men were trying to get honey from a hive that may have contained up to 30,000 insects

Three men were swarmed by enraged bees and stung repeatedly outside of Tampa on Sunday, while trying to get honey from a wild hive. They were subsequently hospitalized, WTSP reports.

“They were covered in bees, their beards, their hair, their clothes — bees were everywhere,” a neighbor told WTSP.

Pasco County fire rescue fended the swarm off with a hose, but a local woman was also stung while leaving her home and officials are cautioning residents of New Port Richey to remain vigilant in case the bees return.

There could have been as many as 30,000 bees in the hive.


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