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Two Dead, 181 Injured After Plane Crashes at San Francisco Airport

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- An Asiana Airlines passenger jet crashed at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday, killing two people and injuring 181 others.

San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White described it as a "fluid situation" and said that "not everyone has yet to be accounted for."  She initially said that "upwards of 60 people were unaccounted for," but officials later said everyone had been accounted for.

The two passengers who died were 16-year-old girls from China, the San Mateo County coroner's office confirms. Wang Linjia and Ye Mengyuan were part of a student group from at Jiangshan Middle School in China's eastern Zhejiang province, according to Chinese news media reports. They were reportedly heading here to the Bay Area  to attend a Summer program. Their bodies were found on the runway.

The injured were being cared for at several hospitals and at least 22 were in critical condition.

Asiana Airlines Flight 214 originated in Shanghai, China, and had a stopover in Seoul, South Korea, before it crash landed on the runway in San Francisco.  

The Boeing 777 was carrying 291 passengers, including an infant, plus at least 16 crew members, according to the airline.  An Asiana Airlines official in Seoul told ABC News that 141 Chinese, 77 South Koreans and 61 U.S. citizens were on board.

Stephanie Turner saw the Asiana Airlines flight crash and said she was sure that she "had just seen a lot of people die."

Turner said that when she saw the plane preparing to land on the runway, it looked as if it was approaching at a strange angle.

"As we saw the approaching Asiana flight coming in, I noticed right away that the angle was wrong, that it was tilted too far back," she said.  "The angle didn't manage to straighten out and the tail broke off."

"It looked like the plane had completely broken apart," Turner said.  "The flames and smoke were just billowing."

Aerials of the crash, provided by ABC News' San Francisco station KGO-TV, showed the plane's tail severed from its body, as well as the majority of the aircraft's roof completely charred away.  One of the plane's wings appears to have snapped upon impact.  Debris from the crash landing was scattered across the airport's runway 28.

The San Francisco International Airport closed at approximately 1:10 p.m. as a result of the crash, according to the FAA website.

Some of the injured were taken to San Francisco General Hospital.

"We have burns, fractures and internal injuries," said hospital spokeswoman Rachel Kagan.

She said the hospital had also put out a call for its Korean speaking staff and translators to come to work.

A video posted on YouTube showed gray smoke billowing from the plane, which was lying on the runway on its fuselage.  Chutes had been deployed from the plane's emergency exits.

Law enforcement officials told ABC News that the crash appeared to be an accident, but that they were investigating.  The National Transportation Safety Board immediately sent a team of investigators to the crash site.

Investigators plan to collect the cockpit voice and data recorders from the plane, NTSB Chairwoman Deborah Hersman said at a news conference.

Hersman said the NTSB is working with Boeing, the FAA, as well as the Korean Air and Accident Investigation Board to investigate the crash.

The Boeing 777 is one of the safest airplanes in use, ABC News aviation analyst John Nance said.

"These airplanes are over the water, over the ocean all the time and Asiana has been running them for many years very successfully," Nance said.

Boeing issued a statement to ABC News on the news of the crash.

"Boeing extends its concern for the safety of those on board Asiana Airlines Flight 214," the company said.  "Boeing is preparing to provide technical assistance to the National Transportation Safety Board as it investigates the accident."

The last Boeing 777 to crash was a British Airways jet en route from Beijing to London's Heathrow airport, which crash landed short of the runway in January 2008.  There were no fatalities, but 47 people on board sustained injuries.

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Michael Phelps Becomes Most Decorated Olympian

CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- American swimmer Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympian in history when he struck gold Tuesday in the men's 4x200-meter freestyle relay.

The medal is Phelps' 19th overall; fifteen have been gold.

Phelps breaks a record held for 48 years by Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina, who won nine Olympic gold medals and 18 medals in all – six each at the 1956 Melbourne games, the Rome 1960 games, and finally at Tokyo in 1964.

Latynina, now 77 years old, still holds the mark for individual medals (14) in Olympic history.

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Yacht Explosion Off New Jersey Coast

Eric Pearle/Getty Images(SANDY HOOK, N.J.) -- The Coast Guard is responding to a reported yacht explosion in the Atlantic Ocean about 17.5 miles east of Sandy Hook, N.J., where at least nine passengers have been injured.

The Coast Guard has declared a mass casualty incident and has requested multiple helicopters to assist with rescue.

Nine people have been reported to have second and third degree burns, and 21 people were on board.

The Coast Guard was notified at 4:20 p.m. of an explosion on board the yacht, the Blind Date, according to ABC News affiliate WABC-TV. Passengers reported that they had suffered "some kind of explosion on the boat," according to the United States Coast Guard. Authorities do not know the cause or scale of the explosion.

All of the boat's passengers were forced to abandon ship and are in life rafts. All of the passengers have been accounted for.

A private boat, the Erica, was nearby and is on-scene helping the victims while they wait for the Coast Guard to arrive. Two New York Police Department helicopters have responded to the scene. Two medevac landing zones are being set up on Sandy Hook and nearby Atlantic Highlands for ambulances to meet.

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Tornadoes Touch Down In Dallas-Fort Worth Area; Damage Reported

ABC News(DALLAS) -- At least two tornadoes touched down in the Dallas-Fort Worth area on Tuesday, carving a path of destruction before moving through northern Texas.

There was no immediate word of injuries.

At one point, live aerials from the scene showed what appeared to be a truck trailer being lifted off the ground and tossed some distance. Footage from ABC News affiliate WFAA showed rooftops flying off homes.

A tornado warning was issued early Tuesday afternoon for Dallas, Ellis, Johnson and Tarrant counties and remains in effect.

Lieutenant Tim Jones of the Johnson County Sheriff's Office told ABC News Radio that the twisters came with little warning.

“We had a tornado touch down in a rural area of our county,” he said. “Couple of homes have been hit. … Severe damage to those homes; severe damage to quite a few buildings.”

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Virginia Tech on High Alert After Report of 'Shots Fired'

Virginia TechUPDATE: The campus lockdown has been lifted, officials announced at an afternoon news conference.

(BLACKSBURG, Va.) – Two people, including a police officer, are dead after a shooting on the campus of Virginia Tech, and students are being urged to remain indoors as officials search for the gunman.

“Shortly after 12 p.m. today, a Virginia Tech Police officer stoped [sic] a vehicle on campus during a routine traffic stop in the Coliseum parking lot near McComas Hall,” campus spokesman Mark Owczarski said in a statement Thursday. It was during that traffic stop that the police officer was shot and killed, Owczarski said.

“Witnesses reported to police the shooter fled on foot heading toward the Cage, a parking lot near Duck Pond Drive. At that parking lot, a second person was found. That person is also deceased,” Owczarski said.

“Everyone should seek shelter or stay where you are," Virginia Tech's website said earlier Thursday.

The university’s website described the suspect as a “white male, gray sweat pants, gray hat w/neon green brim, maroon hoodie and backpack.”

“Status of the shooter is unknown,” Owczarski said. “The campus community should continue to shelter in place and visitors should not come to campus.”

On April 16, 2007, Virginia Tech student Seung-Hui Cho opened fire on the campus, killing 32 students and faculty before turning the gun on himself.

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Arrests at Texas Courthouse; Terror Links Investigated

Thinkstock/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) -- Federal agents are assisting local police in a "high priority" investigation in San Antonio, Texas, after three men were caught allegedly breaking into a courthouse overnight, officials said.

The men, who a senior FBI official said appear to be of Moroccan descent, were reportedly caught on surveillance camera forcing their way into the courthouse around 1 a.m.

In the course of their investigation, authorities uncovered pictures of courthouses and water systems from around the U.S. in the van used by the men, law enforcement officials said.  One FBI official said there did not appear to be an immediate threat to public safety.

An official with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, who is also assisting in the investigation, told ABC News that two of the men had names similar to two that appear on an FBI watchlist. So far, the suspects have not been cooperative, officials said.

Further updates to this story can be found here.

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Nevada IHOP Shooter 'Down,' Police Say

ABC News(CARSON CITY, Nev.) -- Police say a gunman who shot at least eight people Tuesday morning at the Carson City International House of Pancakes is "down," according to The Record-Courier.

Early reports indicate that three people are dead as a result of the shooting and that two were uniformed military members. The exact condition of the suspect was not immediately clear.

The shooting occurred just before 9 a.m. and prompted authorities to call in at least four helicopters and shut down a local highway.

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