Facing a charge of premeditated murder and a mandatory life sentence if convicted, double amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius said in a courtroom on Tuesday that he did not intend to shoot his girlfriend when he opened fire on his bathroom door, according to The New York Times.
The prosectuor, Gerrie Nel, said that Pistorius rose from his bed, walked to his bathroom door, and shot four bullets through it with the intention of hitting his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius offered a different... Read More
Peter Root and Mary Thompson, a British couple attempting to cycle around the world, were struck and killed by a pickup truck in Bangkok, Thailand, last week, according to local police. The pair left Great Britain in July 2011, traveling through Europe, the Middle East, and much of Asia.
The truck’s driver has been released on bail, but he faces up to 10 years in prison on charges of causing death by dangerous driving.
Thai Police Lt. Col. Supachai Luangsukcharoen said Monday that inv... Read More
A 20-year-old Australian man has been rescued after spending 33 hours crawling through the desert. He was the only survivor of a car crash that killed his 19-year-old friend.
Police say both men, who have yet to be identified, were employed as cattle workers near the remote Queensland town of Winton. They had driven into town to go to the local bar and were on their way home when they crashed. The younger of the two, who had been driving, died at the scene.
The lone survivor set out on foot,... Read More
The 2013 FIS Alpine Ski World Cup has been full of surprises for U.S. Skiing, ranging from devastating injuries earlier this month to medal domination late last week. At the weekend's close, the U.S. team was the first non-European nation to come away with the most golds at Worlds.
On Friday, Ted Ligety zoomed down the slopes and into the halls of skiing legend after becoming the first man in 45 years to win three world titles. Ligety won the super-G and then took an unexpected gold in the su... Read More
This is a pretty realistic vision for the end of the world, right? A giant meteorite streaked across the Central Russian sky this morning and exploded over the Ural Mountains, injuring close to 1,000 people. (Quick astronomy lesson: If it burned up in the atmosphere, it’d be called a “meteor.” When the debris actually reaches Earth, it’s a “meteorite.”) Most importantly, no one died.
The meteorite exploded 50 miles west of Chelyabinsk (thankfully, since mor... Read More