Four more victims of a catastrophic dive boat fire have been located on the ocean floor off Southern California, bringing the known death toll to eight. The Coast Guard said 39 people were aboard the Conception, which was on a three-day scuba diving excursion to the Channel Islands. Six crew members and 33 passengers were on board when the fire broke out around 3 a.m. Monday and quickly engulfed the boat.
Hurricane Dorian unleashed massive flooding across the Bahamas on Monday, pummeling the islands with so much wind and water that authorities urged people to find floatation devices and grab hammers to break out of their attics if necessary. At least five deaths were blamed on the storm. Forecasters warned that Dorian could generate a storm surge as high as 23 feet (7 meters).
The Taliban claimed responsibility for a car bomb explosion that rocked the Afghan capital Kabul on Monday, killing at least five people and wounding dozens more and shaking windows and doors in houses several kilometers away from the blast. The explosion came as a senior U.S. diplomat was visiting Kabul to brief Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on a draft peace accord reached with the insurgents that could see thousands of U.S. troops withdrawn from Afghanistan.
Hong Kong’s embattled leader Carrie Lam has said that she has never offered to step down, a day after an audio recording emerged of her saying she would quit if she had “a choice”. “For a chief executive to have caused this huge havoc to Hong Kong is unforgivable. If I have a choice, the first thing [I would do] is to quit, having made a deep apology,” Lam is heard saying in the recording.
The shooter who opened fire after a routine traffic stop Saturday in West Texas, killing 7 people and injuring 22 more, was fired just hours before the deadly shootings. Seth Aaron Ator, 36, who lived in the Odessa area, had been fired from his job at Journey Oilfield Services after a disagreement. Federal law enforcement officials say Ator called a national tip line on Saturday just before his encounter with troopers.