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   Wind may be to blame for a partial building collapse in south St. Louis Thursday morning.  

   Officials with the St. Louis Fire Department say no one was inside the two-story brick warehouse at Ohio and Victor when part of a wall fell.  Bricks rained into the street, but no one was injured.  

   The building has been vacant for some time, and neighbors had complained to the city the building began leaning toward the street following recent high winds.  

   Fox 2 News reports that the city's collapse task force has taken over the scene and will supervise the demolition of the structure.

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NEW YORK (AP) - An explosion has leveled two New York City apartment buildings, killing two people and injuring 17 others.
 
The New York Police Department says two females died in the East Harlem blast. No other information is available.
 
A utility company says a resident in a nearby building reported smelling gas shortly before the explosion Wednesday morning.
 
Con Edison spokesman Bob McGee says a resident from a building adjacent to the two that collapsed reported that he smelled gas inside his apartment, but thought the odor could be coming from outside.
 
He would not speculate on whether a gas leak caused the explosion.
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   Storms that swept across the Midwest left at least six people dead and unleashed powerful winds that flattened neighborhoods, flipped over cars and uprooted trees.

   The National Weather Service has confirmed preliminary EF-4 tornado damage about 50 miles east of St. Louis near New Minden, Illinois -- where two people were killed.  

   Washington, a town of 16,000 about 170 miles north of St. Louis, appeared to have the most severe damage.  State Trooper Dustin Pierce says the tornado there cut a path about an eighth of a mile wide from one side of town to the other. Entire blocks of Washington were leveled.  One person was killed.  The National Guard has been called in to police the damaged neighborhoods.

   Three others died in Massac County in far southern Illinois.

   It wasn't tornadoes, but straight line winds that  brought down trees and power lines on the Missouri side of the St. Louis metro area. 

   Two empty buildings reportedly toppled in the City of St. Louis.

   In Wentzville, Heritage Primary Elementary school will open Monday, despite having parts of its roof blown off. The students will reportedly be moved to different classrooms.  

   The wind is being blamed for several interstate accidents, including one involving an overturned semi that closed the Poplar Street Bridge for several hours and an eight-car pile up along the I-70 depressed section downtown.  

 

   Crews are still working to clear downed trees, power lines and other debris from some St. Louis area roads.  Drivers are urged to use caution this morning as traffic signals remain out at some intersections and some streets may still be littered with debris.

  The power is still out for many in the St. Louis area as well.  At the height of the storm, Ameren was reporting more than 50,000 metro-area customers were affected.  Ameren opened an emergency operations center Sunday afternoon and crews have been working all day to restore power.  

   At 3:00 a.m, more than 6,700 Ameren Missouri customers and just over 2,500 metro-east customers were still in the dark.

Stay with KTRS on-air, online and on your mobile phone for continuing coverage on the aftermath of these severe storms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SAVAR, Bangladesh (AP) — Rescue workers today brought another 19 survivors out of the rubble of a collapsed building in Bangladesh where at least 340 people died. They vow to keep working despite fading hopes.

Meanwhile, police have detained five people in connection with the collapse of the shoddily-constructed building that housed garment factories.

Among those taken into custody is the wife of the building owner, who is on the run, in an attempt to force him to surrender. Violent public protests continued sporadically.

A fire official says there are still more trapped survivors.

Rescuers passed bottles of water and small cylinders of oxygen up a ladder leaning against the side of the building to be given to possible survivors inside.

A military spokesman says 2,419 survivors are accounted for, including the latest 19.

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