Local investigators have completed an initial probe into a circus accident in Providence, Rhode Island, that sent eight acrobats plummeting about 20 feet to the ground during a hair-hanging stunt and are turning over a broken clip and other material to federal workplace safety investigators, a fire official said Tuesday.
The carabiner clip was one of several pieces at the top of a chandelier-like apparatus that was suspending the acrobats during Sunday morning’s performance of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus.
It’s unclear why the 4- to 5-inch steel clip broke into three pieces, fire investigator Paul Doughty said.
Unidentified 9/11 remains to move
The unidentified remains of those killed at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11 are set to be moved to a repository at ground zero this weekend, renewing a more than decade-long debate among grieving family members about the best final resting place for their loved ones.
The remains will be moved on Saturday from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner on Manhattan’s East Side in a solemn procession led by police and fire department vehicles to the memorial site.
Vatican reveals data on sex abuse
The Vatican revealed Tuesday that over the past decade, it has defrocked 848 priests who raped or molested children and sanctioned 2,572 others with lesser penalties, providing the first ever breakdown of how it handled the more than 3,400 cases of abuse reported to the Holy See since 2004.
The Vatican’s U.N. ambassador in Geneva, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, released the figures. He insisted the Holy See was only obliged to abide by the torture treaty inside the tiny Vatican City State.
Holocaust art collector dies at 81
Cornelius Gurlitt, the German art collector who for decades kept a secret trove of masterpieces before agreeing to return works that once belonged to Jews under the Nazi regime, has died. He was 81.
He died Tuesday at his apartment in Munich.
The chance discovery of more than 1,400 modernist works in a 2012 raid by tax authorities at Gurlitt’s apartment unearthed paintings, sketches and prints long given up as lost or destroyed under Adolf Hitler’s rule.
Gurlitt inherited the collection with an estimated value of more than $1.4 billion, including works by Pablo Picasso, Henry Matisse and Paul Gauguin, from his father Hildebrand, one of four dealers authorized by the Nazis to sell confiscated art abroad.
Pistorius accused of sinister remark
Oscar Pistorius was accused of making a sinister remark to a friend of Reeva Steenkamp in the courtroom Tuesday during a break at his murder trial.
Pistorius denied the allegation that he said to the close friend of the girlfriend he killed: How can you sleep at night? The accusation by Kim Myers provided a bizarre twist during the trial of the world-famous double-amputee Olympian, who is facing 25 years to life in prison.