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Suicide Bomber kills 5 Americans in Afghanistan

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A suicide car bomb killed five Americans and one Afghanistan doctor in Afghanistan Saturday, said the Las Angeles Times.

Three of the Americans were soldiers and two were civilians. This attack was the deadliest single attack on American forces this year, The New York Times said.

The attack occurred the day Gen. Martin Dempsey, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, made an unexpected visit to Afghanistan, The New York Times said.

The suicide bomber detonated his car when an American convoy passed by, The New York Times said. The convoy, along with Afghan colleagues, was on their way to donate books to students in the provincial capital, the Las Angeles Times said.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the blast, but it's unclear as to whether the attack was aimed the coalition forces or the governor, who survived, The New York Times said.

Brooklyn teenager killed by New York Police

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Undercover officers shot and killed a 16-year-old boy in Brooklyn Saturday, after it appeared that he pointed a handgun at the officers, the Global Post said.

According to police, the undercover officers were patrolling in an unmarked car when they came upon a group of men and saw 16-year-old Kimani Gray separate himself from the crowd and adjust his waistband in a suspicious manner, The New York Times said.

Gray pointed .38 caliber revolver at the undercover officers as they got out of the car to question him, and both officers fired, hitting Gray, The New York Times said. Gray was pronounced dead at Kings County Hospital Center, The New York Times said.

Witnesses said they did not hear the undercover officers identify themselves, but they did hear them ask for Gray to show his hands, The New York Times and Global Post said.

A woman who identified herself has Gray's cousin said that Gray was attempting to pull up his pants, The New York Times said.

Gray did not fire the handgun, which was recovered at the scene, but it was loaded with four live rounds, The New York Times said.

Nineteen tourists were killed when a hot air balloon caught on fire and crashed to the ground in Egypt Tuesday.

The hot air balloon was carrying tourists on a sunrise flight over Luxor, an ancient city in Egypt. All of a sudden the hot air balloon started smoking and caught on fire, causing the balloon to fall about 1,000 feet before crashing to the ground, the Washington Post said.

"A farmer watched helplessly as tourists trying to escape the blazing gondola leaped to their deaths," the Washington Post said.

The nineteen tourists that were killed consisted of nine Chinese, four Japanese, two French, one Briton and one Hungarian, said The New York Times said. The only two survivors were a British tourist and the Egyptian pilot, who was badly burned, the Washington Post said.

This appears to be the deadliest hot air balloon accident on record, the Washington Post said. The accident has also led to accusations that authorities have let safety standards slip due to recent political turmoil, the Washington Post said.

The tragedy has raised concern among the nation on the effects it will have on the tourism industry, a vital industry for Egypt, the Washington Post said. The tourism industry had just started to pick up again, after recovering from the nation's unrest from the 2011 revolution, the Washington Post said. The tourism industry had also been greatly affected after the 1997 massacre of 58 tourists by Islamist Militants, The New York Times said.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation and hot air balloon flights have been suspended, said The New York Times and the Washington Post.

Daytona NASCAR crash injures several fans

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At least 33 Daytona NASCAR fans were injured when a car crash sent debris flying into the stands, the Wall Street Journal said.

Nineteen fans were taken to local hospitals and 14 were treated on site, the Wall Street Journal said. Two of the fans who arrived in critical condition are now in stable condition, the Wall Street Journal said.

The crash happened on the final lap near the finish line when multiple cars collided, sending Kyle Larson's car into the fence, the Chicago Tribune said.

Large chunks from the Larson's car went flying into the stands, the front end of the car was sheared off and the engine caught fire, the Wall Street Journal said.

The race, a prelude for the Daytona 500, took place at Daytona International Speedway.

Meteor explodes in Russia injuring several

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A large meteor exploded in Chelyabinsk, Russia sending a shockwave that shattered windows and injured about 1,200 people Thursday.

Most of the reported injuries were caused by broken glass, the Los Angeles Times said. 40 people remained in the hospital Saturday out of the 1,200 people who sought medical treatment for their injuries, the Washington Post said.

"The meteor, traveling at about 40,000 mph, unleashed the energy of 20 Hiroshima-size bombs as it detonated in the atmosphere," the Washington Post said.

Drivers observed burning streaks that lit up the sky, the Los Angeles Times said.

About 200,000 police and emergency workers have begun to try and get the city and region cleaned up, the Washington Post said.

The governor estimated the total damage to be about $33 million, but many officials believe the number will increase. He also announced that 200,000 square meters of glass needed to be replaced, which is about 50 acres worth, the Washington Post said.

Dmitry Rogozin, a deputy prime minister, pushed for implementation of a system that would protect against future meteors, asteroids and comets and their sonic booms, the Washington Post said.

The search for an ex- LAPD cop suspected of killing three people continues in the Big Bear Mountains of California.

Christopher Dorner, a former LAPD cop is suspected of hunting down LAPD officials and their families; he is suspected of killing three and wounding two, the Las Angeles Times said.

The search for Dorner continues on for the fourth day in the snow-covered mountains Sunday, The Seattle Times said.

Dorner disappeared one day after the LAPD chief ordered a review of the case that led to his dismissal. Dorner had made previous allegations about his career being undone by racist colleagues, The Seattle Times said.

Due to online threats that Dorner had allegedly made, police have provided protection to 50 families. Authorities believe that he has declared revenge against some of his former LAPD colleagues, blaming them for ending his career, The Seattle Times said.

U.S. woman found dead while vacationing in Istanbul

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A Staten Island Woman vacationing in Istanbul was found dead by Turkish officials Saturday.

Sarai Sierra, 33, was reported missing on Jan. 21 after never returning home from her trip to Istanbul. Sierra was supposed to go with a friend to Istanbul to practice photography, but her friend was unable to make the trip so Sierra decided to go alone, said The New York Times.

The state run Anatolian Agency reported that they found her body near the ruins of an old city wall in Istanbul, said the Chicago Tribune

Throughout the entire trip Sierra stayed in constant contact with her husband, children and father. Her family never got the sense that something was wrong until she didn't arrive home as scheduled, said The New York Times.

Sierra also regularly posted new photos from each travel on Instagram; her last post was on Jan. 20.

Officials are still investigating the incident, said the Chicago Tribune.

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