California Balcony Collapse Kills 5 Irish Students

A fourth-floor balcony of a California apartment building collapsed Tuesday, killing five Irish students and leaving eight other people with serious injuries during a 21st birthday party, officials said. All five of the dead in the college town of Berkeley were in the U.S. on temporary work visas, Irish Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan said in Dublin. Police were working with fire and building officials to determine what caused the accident. No information was available on the identities of the victims. Irish President Michael D. Higgins said in a statement that he had "heard with the greatest sadness of the terrible loss of life of young Irish people and the critical injury of others in Berkeley, California today. My heart goes out to the families and loved ones of all those involved."