Drill breaks through in NZ mine rescue
GREYMOUTH, New Zealand — Rescuers have drilled through to the main tunnel at the New Zealand coal mine where 29 miners were caught in a methane-fueled explosion last week. They have not been heard from since.
The drill hole, reaching 530 feet, into the mine has broken through, causing ‘‘hot air and gases to rush up,’’ Pike River Coal Ltd. chairman John Dow said Wednesday.
Rescuers began immediately sampling gas rising from the hole, located near where some miners were working when the blast happened on Friday. Rescuers plan to put a video camera down the hole to look for signs of the missing miners.
Aruba: Bone not that of Holloway
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A jawbone found on an Aruba beach does not belong to missing Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway, prosecutors in the Dutch Caribbean island said Tuesday.
The jawbone is human, though it is unclear who it belongs to.
Dutch investigators compared the lone tooth on the bone with dental records supplied by Holloway’s family and ‘‘it can be ruled out that the bone fragment came from Natalee Holloway,’’ the prosecutors said.
The bone was found recently by a tourist on a beach.
US condemns North Korean attack on South
WASHINGTON — The White House said President Barack Obama was ‘‘outraged’’ Tuesday following North Korea’s artillery attack against the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong, the latest in a series of provocations that have reawakened concerns about the threat posed by the communist country and its reclusive leadership.
North Korea fired barrages of artillery onto a South Korean island near their disputed western border Tuesday, setting buildings ablaze and killing at least two marines after warning the South to halt military drills in the area,
South Korean officials said.
‘‘It’s an outrageous act,’’ Obama spokesman Bill Burton told reporters.
Gibbs said the White House ‘‘is in close and continuing contact’’ with the South Korean government.