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Dramatic videos show Colombian tourist boat sinking in deadly ferry incident

Video emerged Sunday of a multistory Colombian tourist boat with about 160 people aboard capsizing and sinking in the Guatape reservoir near Medellin.

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Ceremony marks 80th anniversary of Hindenburg disaster

Herb Morrison’s words and emotions remain powerful 80 years later.

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The Chicago radio announcer described the final moments of the Hindenburg, the German airship that burst into flames over the Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey as it began its descent on May 6, 1937. Thirty-five of the 97 people on board and one person on the ground were killed."Oh, the humanity!" Morrison said, making broadcast history as he described the disaster.

For the first time in five years, the public on Saturday night will have access to the site where the Hindenburg crashed, NJ.com reported. Observers will get a one-hour window beginning at 5:30 p.m. to visit the site, Carl Jablonski, president of the Navy Lakehurst Historical Society, told NJ.com.

A ceremony honoring the who died as a result of the crash will start at 6:30 p.m. The featured speaker at the event will be Horst Schirmer, who flew on the Hindenburg when he was 5 years old.

Schirmer's father, Max, designed the aeronautics for the airship. Schirmer, now 85, rode in the 805-foot-long zeppelin during test flights in Germany a year before the Lakehurst disaster.

Col. Frederick D. Thaden, the commander of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, and Jablonski will also offer remarks at the ceremony.

The ceremony will include a reading of the names of all 36 people who died — 13 passengers, 22 crew members, and one ground worker — and wreaths will be presented in honor of the fallen troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

An exact cause of the disaster is still unknown, although a theory is a spark ignited the blaze after a guide wire snapped.

"A small flame became a big flame," Jablonski said.

It only took 34 seconds for the flames to spread from the rear to the front of the airship, Jablonski said. 

The images of the Hindenburg going up in flames would be seen by people throughout the country. The disaster was the first ever to be captured on film and the first motion picture to go viral after the footage was distributed in newsreels and played in movie theaters all over the world, USA Today reported.

Morrison's words were not heard live, nor were they initially linked to the film shot by newsreel crews, Fox News reported.

Ron Simon, the senior curator at New York City's Paley Center for Media, says it was one of the first moments in media history that had a broadcaster reacting to something totally unexpected.

"It was one of the real moments in media history that had a broadcaster reacting to something totally unexpected," Simon told The Associated Press.

Morrison's voice was being recorded on a transcription disc as he described the airship's arrival, Simon said. The disc was running slowly, so his voice sounded higher when played back, the AP reported.

"It's burst into flames!" he shouted. "It's fire, and it's crashing!"

For about 40 minutes, Morrison described the final moments, pausing when emotions got the best of him, and interviewed witnesses. But his report wasn't heard until the next day.

Werner Doehner, 88, the last survivor from the ill-fated flight, was 8 years old when he and his parents, brother and sister boarded the Hindenburg on their way home from a vacation in Germany, People reported.

“Suddenly the air was on fire,” Doehner told the AP in a telephone interview this week.

“[M]y mother took my brother and threw him out,” Doehner said. “She grabbed me and fell back and then threw me out. She tried to get my sister, but she was too heavy, and my mother decided to get out by the time the zeppelin was nearly on the ground.”

“I remember lying on the ground, and my brother told me to get up and to get out of there,” he said.

Doehner stayed in the hospital for three months before going to a hospital in New York City in August for skin grafts and was discharged in January 1938, People reported.

75-year-old woman, son survive flying through tornado in bathtub, report says

As deadly storms slammed Southern states on Saturday, a twister reportedly tore into a home, tossing a 75-year-old woman and her son into the air as they huddled in a bathtub.

Miraculously, the pair survived.

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According to KSLA, Rickey Williams and his mother, Charlesletta, of Smithland, Texas, said their perilous ride began that evening after they watched a weather report about a possible tornado in the area.

"I don't know what it was is, but it started, 'Woo woo, woo,'" Charlesletta told KSLA.

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Williams said he and his mother hurried to the bathroom, where they took refuge in the tub just before the tornado struck their home. 

"The whole house started shaking," Williams told KSLA. "I heard, like, a 'poof,' and I knew the roof came off."

Then they were lifted into the air, spinning, Williams said.

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Moments later, when they came down, it "felt like someone placed us on the ground," Williams told KSLA.

Mary Taylor, Charlesletta's daughter, believes a higher power was at work.

"God was watching over her," Taylor said.

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Deadly Mexico fireworks explosion: 5 things to know

A deadly explosion rocked the busy San Pablito fireworks market Tuesday afternoon in Tultepec, Mexico, killing dozens as smoke filled the sky.

Here's what we know so far:

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1. At least 33 people were killed and dozens injured in the blast, The Associated Press reported. Ten children reportedly were hospitalized.

2. Investigators have not revealed the cause of the explosion. "We are going to identify who is responsible," Avila said.

3. The market was well-stocked for the holidays. "We are obviously in the high season," Tultepec Mayor Armando Portuguez Fuentes said, according to the AP. "There was more product than usual because we are a few days away from Christmas, a few days away from New Year's, and those are the days when the products made here are consumed the most."

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4. This isn't the first time the market has been hit by an explosion. In 2005, a blast ripped through the market, destroying "hundreds of stalls," the AP reported. A similar explosion occurred in 2006.

5. The explosion was captured on video. Watch footage from the scene below:

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98-year-old man helps clean up yards after Hurricane Matthew

He may be close to 100, but that doesn’t stop Bill Wheeler from being an active member of society.

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The Georgia man has been using his tractors to grind up debris in his neighbors’ yards left over from Hurricane Matthew.

The 98-year-old told WJCL-TV that he is giving back after they helped him.

"I love them and I think they love me. I could say a lot more but that's about it," Wheeler told WJCL-TV. "They are wonderful people, you just don't know. I get choked up. They're great people."

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Gayla Bennett, Wheeler's neighbor, said she feels lucky to know him.

"For him to come out and mow his lawn and then our next door neighbor's, and now he's out here on our yard, and he's still going!" said Bennett. "If I could be like him when I'm that old, I'll be happy. He's amazing."

Wheeler said he's happy to do the work and happy to help his neighbors.

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"First of all, I want to do it. I want to do. I wouldn't have it any other way," Wheeler said. "The young people learn from the old people, but anyway, I love it. I love to be outdoors. The good Lord blessed me, so I'll give a little back."

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Hurricane Matthew: Home Depot activates disaster-response center to send supplies

Tractor-trailers loaded with supplies for areas struck by Hurricane Matthew are being dispatched from metro Atlanta.

Home Depot has activated its disaster-response command center at its headquarters in Cobb County, Georgia.

The command center opened at 1 p.m. Wednesday, and depending on the weather along the Florida and Georgia coasts, it could stay open around the clock.

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Across three large conference rooms on an upper floor of the corporate headquarters in Cobb County, hundreds of eyes and ears are glued to the weather forecast.

"This morning, as we got an update on the storm's path, we quickly decided to activate our disaster-response command center," Home Depot's Stephen Holmes told WSB-TV’s Berndt Petersen.

The command center is tracking Hurricane Matthew and rushing supplies to the Florida and Georgia coasts.

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About 350 employees are ordering tractor-trailer loads of plywood, generators, tarps and batteries, and arranging delivery to hundreds of the company's warehouse stores across the two states.

The center can run 24 hours a day if necessary. It has done this before when hurricanes made landfall either on the Atlantic or Gulf coasts.

But right now, the plan is to operate for at least the next two or three days. And that plan is in full swing.

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“The trucks are rolling from Atlanta, from our Hurricane Distribution Center in Lakeland, Florida – feeding the stores.

"We also have a distribution center in the Northeast to make sure if we need to move product there, we can do that, as well," Holmes told Petersen.

The company says that right now, the key areas where supplies are being rushed are south Florida and Savannah.

What's open? Orlando theme parks respond as Hurricane Matthew shifts toward Florida

Orlando's WFTV is gathering information on Orlando theme parks ahead of the possible arrival of Hurricane Matthew.

  • According to Disney’s website, “Walt Disney World Resort is currently operating under normal conditions as we continue to monitor Hurricane Matthew. Recent forecasts indicate that there could be rain and wind in the Central Florida area as early as Thursday evening.” 

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  • Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground is closed through Sunday. Thursday and Friday performances of Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue and Mickey's Backyard BBQ are canceled.
  • Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Theme Park is canceled for Thursday. For rebooking, refunds and other options, call 407-566-4985, option 5, from 9 a.m.-11 p.m. ET.
  • Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park is closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park is open Thursday, but the Learn to Surf experience is closed. The park will be closed Friday.
  • Disney's Polynesian Village Resort has canceled Spirit of Aloha dinner shows for Thursday and Friday.
  • La Vida Health Club at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort; Senses – A Disney Spa at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort; and Ship Shape Massage, Salon and Fitness at Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resorts will be closed from noon Thursday through Saturday evening.
  • Characters in Flight at Disney Springs is closed through Sunday.
  • The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex has canceled the 2016 Disney Cross Country Classic and Baseball Canada's games and practice sessions for Friday and Saturday. Baseball Canada's Thursday game has been rescheduled from 1 p.m. to 10 a.m.

>> PHOTOS: Hurricane Matthew

  • SeaWorld and Discovery Cove will be open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday closed Friday. SeaWorld will be open from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday with normal Spooktacular activities from noon-7 p.m. Please check the website for up-to-date information. Aquatica Orlando will be closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Universal Studios representative said the park is “currently planning to remain open as scheduled through the week. We are obviously monitoring the weather and will always make the safety of our guests and team members our top priority.” Please check the website for up-to-date information.

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  • LEGOLAND Florida Resort will operate as scheduled Thursday, but LEGOLAND Florida Theme Park may close early due to the approach of Hurricane Matthew. The theme park will remain closed Friday, but LEGOLAND Hotel will be open to admit arriving guests. They expect to operate as scheduled Saturday but will continue to monitor the storm’s projected path and make adjustments as necessary.
  • Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will be closed Thursday and Friday. Visitor Complex officials anticipate reopening at 9 a.m. Saturday after a thorough assessment of the property has been completed.

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

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