Head-on train crash leaves 10 dead, at least 33 injured

A head-on train crash in eastern Germany killed 10 people and injured at least 33 others, local firefighters said today, and police feared the death toll could rise.

A passenger and a cargo train crashed head-on near Hordorf village, close to Saxony-Anhalt’s state capital Magdeburg, and several cars of the train carrying some 45 passengers derailed and overturned, a spokesman for the district’s firefighters said.

Rescue operations were still under way early today, and police had no immediate information as to what could have caused the accident late Saturday. The accident happened about 125 miles southwest of Berlin.


Impressionist David Frye dies at home at age 77

Comic David Frye, whose impressions of Presidents Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson and other prominent political figures vaulted him to popularity in the 1960s and 1970s, has died in Las Vegas, his family confirmed Saturday. He was 77.

Frye died at his home Monday of cardiopulmonary arrest, Clark County Coroner Mike Murphy said.

Frye performed at colleges and nightclubs across the country as well as on television programs such as the “Ed Sullivan Show” and “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.”

He reached the height of his popularity doing exaggerated impressions of Nixon, with his shoulders hunched and face bowed down. He also imitated figures such as Hubert Humphrey, George Wallace, William F. Buckley, Walter Cronkite, Kirk Douglas and Howard Cosell.


Soccer announcers’ remarks about women spark debate

Dinosaurs. Stone-age. Prehistoric. Those were just some of the choice words applied to two of British soccer’s leading TV personalities after they made sexist remarks that cost them their jobs and stirred a national debate on the status of women in a male-dominated game.

Andy Gray and Richard Keys, who have been the faces of Premier League soccer on Sky Sports for two decades, made off-air derogatory comments about a female match official and a team executive, along with sexually suggestive remarks about other women.

Gray was fired Tuesday and Keys resigned Wednesday in a media scandal that shed light on the prejudice that still haunts some levels of British soccer – even though women are making great strides.

Their defenders claimed the two men had engaged in the type of “banter” that goes on in locker rooms and pubs across the country.

Both men issued public apologies Wednesday, though they seemed as intent on defending themselves as offering contrition.


Air Force chaplains learning to focus on individual beliefs

A Colorado theology school is teaching Air Force chaplains to consider the religious beliefs of servicemen and women to better help them cope with post-traumatic stress.

The goal is to build trust so a chaplain can encourage service members to draw on their individual concepts of God and spirituality, said Carrie Doehring, an associate professor of pastoral care at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver.

Doehring helped develop the one-year program for the Air Force, which wanted another way for its chaplains to respond to the stress of deployments amid two protracted wars.

Doehring said she believes it’s the only U.S. program of its kind.

One student graduated last year and four are enrolled this year.

“This is incredibly helpful when dealing with trauma survivors,” the graduate, Air Force Chaplain Dallas Little, said in an e-mail to The Associated Press.

Little, a captain, is deployed in southwest Asia but said he couldn’t disclose where. He said trying to understand a service member’s religious views builds acceptance more quickly, and that person is more likely to relate the traumatic experience to Little so he can help.

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