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Barns Green: Two dead after car hit by train on crossing

Two people have died after a car was struck by a train at a level crossing in West Sussex. Emergency services were called to Barns Green level crossing, in Horsham, at 08:47 GMT. The two who died were the driver and passenger in the car. No-one on the train was hurt. Southern said rail services would be affected for the rest of the day, with buses replacing trains between Horsham and Pulborough. Officers from British Transport Police (BTP) attended alongside Sussex Police and paramedics. BTP said the two people were…

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News: Scores feared dead following Russian plane crash

As many as 71 people are feared dead following a plane crash on the outskirts of Moscow. A aircraft, an An-148, took off from Domodedovo airport in the Russian capital before disappearing from radar screens. It came down near the village of Argunovo, some 85 kilometres south-east of Moscow. The aircraft was operated by Saratov Airlines, with all on-board believed dead. The plane was en route to the city of Orsk in the Urals, near the border with Kazakhstan. Saratov Airlines is based in Saratov, nearly 1,000 kilometres south-east of…

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Rose McGowan's former manager Jill Messick found dead

Jill Messick, Hollywood producer and former manager of actress Rose McGowan, has died in Los Angeles, aged 50. Messick represented McGowan in 1997, when the actress alleged she was raped by Harvey Weinstein – which he denies. McGowan has previously said she was not supported by her management at the time of the alleged attack. Messick’s family confirmed she took her own life on Wednesday, adding that she was used as “collateral damage” in the Weinstein case. This was after Weinstein’s lawyer Ben Brafman published an email from Messick to…

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Woodlands View care home fire: One dead, one critical

One man has died and another resident is critically injured after a fire at a care home, believed to have been caused by an oxygen cylinder explosion. Emergency crews were called to the blaze at Woodlands View care home in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, at 16:30 GMT on Saturday. Hertfordshire Fire Service said a resident, in his 80s, in the room where the fire started had died in hospital. One is in a critical condition and five others are being assessed in hospital. A Hertfordshire County Council spokeswoman said: “There appears to…

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Wendell Castle, The Man Who Made Furniture Dance, Dead at 85

Wendell Castle—artist, craftsman, and educator—once explained that while form is paramount, “the function must be there. . . . A chair which is beautiful but cannot be sat in is nothing.”  As Castle told Newsweek in 1968, “I’m trying to get furniture off its legs and to be itself.” The furniture maker who once appeared on To Tell the Truth, and would go on to become a giant of the craft and design world, passed away on January 20 at age 85.   Smithsonian visitors familiar with the collections on view…

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Glee actor Mark Salling, 35, found dead

US actor Mark Salling, who had pleaded guilty to possessing child sex abuse images, has been found dead in an apparent suicide, US media say. Reports say the actor, known for his role in the TV series Glee, was found dead near his home in Los Angeles. The 35-year-old was expected to get between four and seven years in prison after investigators found thousands of images on his laptop and hard drive. He played football player Noah “Puck” Puckerman on Glee from 2009 to 2015. He entered into a plea…

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