Man dies after setting himself on fire on a Japanese bullet train

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A man riding one of Japan’s high-speed bullet trains set himself on fire Tuesday, killing himself and another passenger as the coach filled with smoke, Japanese officials and media reports said.

At least nine others were injured, one seriously, mostly from smoke inhalation, Odawara Fire Department official Ikutaro Torii said.

A Kanagawa prefecture police official confirmed the death of a female passenger and said the man who lit the fire is also apparently dead, but the extent of his burns is delaying formal confirmation.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to release the information. National broadcaster NHK and other media reported the deaths of the male and female passengers. Read more…

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‘Lord of the Rings’ actor Christopher Lee dies at 93

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LONDON — Christopher Lee, best known for playing Count Dracula and for his role as Saruman in the Lord of the Rings franchise, has died in London. He was 93

The actor died on Sunday morning at a central London hospital, according to multiple reports on Thursday.

Lee played roles as diverse as Count Dooku in the Star Wars franchise to Dr. Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and had a TV and film career that stretched back to the 1940s. Read more…

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