News Briefs

Kelly Ireland and AP

BOSNIA FLOODS TRIGGER LANDSLIDES, UNEARTH MINES
BRCKO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) – Floodwaters triggered more than 3,000 landslides across the Balkans on Sunday, laying waste to entire towns and villages and disturbing land mines leftover from the region’s 1990s war, along with warning signs that marked the unexploded weapons. The Balkans’ worst flooding since record keeping began forced tens of thousands of people from their homes and threatened to inundate Serbia’s main power plant, which supplies electricity to a third of the country and most of the capital, Belgrade.

 

AT&T AGREES TO BUY DIRECTV IN $48.5B DEAL
DALLAS (AP) – AT&T Inc. on Sunday agreed to buy satellite TV provider DirecTV for $48.5 billion, or $95 per share, a move that gives telecommunications company a larger base of video subscribers and increases its ability to compete against rivals. AT&T currently offers a high-speed Internet plan in a bundle with DirecTV television service. The acquisition would help it further reap the benefits of that alliance. AT&T could also use the deal to improve its Internet service by pushing its existing U-verse TV subscribers into DirecTV’s video-over-satellite service, freeing up bandwidth on its telecommunications network.

 

McRoberts Creek Wildfire In Palmer

On May 14, a wildfire took hold off the Plumley-Maud Trail in Palmer, Alaska around 10 p.m. The wildfire ensued burning around 21-acres in the McRoberts Creek area. State and Mat-Su Borough firefighters were able to contain the fire on Thursday night and continued working on putting it out completely into Friday. The cause of the fire was from an escaped campfire and an investigation is ensuing. Burn permits are required in Alaska for all open burning, with few exceptions, from April 1 – August 31. Burn permits have currently been suspended in the Mat-Su and Anchorage area due to high danger from winds.

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WOMAN FALLS IN ELEVATOR SHAFT AT FENWAY PARK IN BOSTON

Boston Fire Department said that on Friday May 16 that the elevator shaft on the fourth floor of Fenway Park opened when a woman fell in and obtained serious injuries. She fell down the shaft and landed on the roof of the elevator below some 20-30 feet. Firefighters retrieved the woman by standing on a chair in the elevator and reaching her through the roof. The reason behind the shaft opening is still unknown and the Boston Police Department is currently investigating and the woman is being treated in the hospital.