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Concert stage collapse kills 1, injures 3

TORONTO (AP) -- A massive stage collapse hours before a Radiohead concert was to begin Saturday left one person dead and three others injured, officials said.

Authorities said a man who was trapped under the rubble was pronounced dead at the scene, another was hospitalized with a head injury and two others were treated at the scene at the Downsview Park venue. The sold-out concert was canceled.

Police said crew members were setting up the stage when it collapsed.


Carlotta downgraded to tropical depression

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) -- Carlotta was downgraded to a tropical depression on Saturday as the system weakened after killing two young sisters in its march across southern Mexico.

The National Weather Service's National Hurricane Center in Miami said the Mexican government had discontinued all watches and warnings for Carlotta, which reached hurricane strength on Friday.

Carlotta pushed northward toward the resort city of Acapulco after making landfall Friday near the beach town of Puerto Escondido in the southernmost part of Oaxaca state, where it toppled trees and shook hotels.

Civil protection service spokeswoman Cynthia Tovar said two sisters, ages 13 and 7, died in Pluma Hidalgo when a mudslide collapsed their home. The storm also washed out some coastal roads, leaving dozens of communities unreachable by land. Thousands throughout Oaxaca lost electricity and cellphone service.

Carlotta did not reach Acapulco as a hurricane. Instead it moved inland and weakened.


Space mission carries first female astronaut

JIUQUAN, China (AP) -- China launched its most ambitious space mission yet on Saturday, carrying its first female astronaut and two male colleagues who will dock with an orbiting module and work on board for more than a week.

The Shenzhou 9 capsule lifted off at 6:37 p.m. from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on the edge of the Gobi Desert. All systems functioned normally and, just over 10 minutes later, it opened its solar panels and entered orbit.

Female astronaut Liu Yang, 33, and two male crew members -- mission commander Jing Haipeng, 45, and newcomer Liu Wang, 43 -- are to dock the spacecraft with a prototype space lab launched last year in a key step toward building a permanent space station. They are expected to reach the space lab Monday.

Two of the astronauts will live and work inside the module to test its life-support systems while the third will remain in the capsule to deal with any unexpected emergencies.


Winslet among three honored by queen

LONDON (AP) -- Kate Winslet has been honored by Queen Elizabeth II for her titanic contribution to the arts.

The actress, who won a best actress Academy Award in 2009 for "The Reader" and made her breakthrough as the feisty Rose in 1997 blockbuster "Titanic," has been named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, or CBE, in the queen's Birthday Honors List, published Saturday.

Winslet said the honor made her "very proud to be a Brit."

Actor and director Kenneth Branagh was made a knight and will be known as Sir Kenneth. A respected Shakespearean actor whose films as a director range from "Henry V" and "Hamlet" to the comic-book fantasy "Thor," Branagh said he felt "humble, elated, and incredibly lucky" to get the honor.

Songwriter and philanthropist Richard Stilgoe, who wrote lyrics for Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Cats," "Starlight Express" and "The Phantom of the Opera," also was awarded a knighthood.