Biblical booklet stops bullet for bus driver
A biblical booklet in a shirt pocket apparently helped a bus driver survive a shooting, and authorities were looking Tuesday for three suspects. The driver for the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority told Dayton police he was standing outside the bus Monday morning when the men shot at him three times, with one bullet hitting his leg. He also was stabbed in the arm. Rickey Wagoner, 49, of Trotwood told police he fought back, grabbed the gun and the men ran away. Police said in their report that two small-caliber bullets hit the booklet called The Message, which has Bible verses in contemporary language, and were found lodged inside the book.
Pot of gold
Couple walking dog uncovers gold
A Northern California couple out walking their dog on their Gold Country property stumbled across a modern-day bonanza: $10 million in rare, mint-condition gold coins buried in the shadow of an old tree. Nearly all of the 1,427 coins, dating from 1847 to 1894, are in uncirculated, mint condition, said David Hall, co-founder of Professional Coin Grading Service of Santa Ana, which recently authenticated them. Although the face value of the gold pieces only adds up to about $27,000, some of them are so rare that coin experts say they could fetch nearly $1 million apiece.
Cleaning woman tosses away art
A cleaning woman in southern Italy has unwittingly thrown away contemporary artworks that were supposed to be part of an exhibition. Lorenzo Roca, head of the cleaning company, said the woman "was just doing her job" when she thought two artworks were part of trash left behind before the show opened last week in Bari.
Compiled from wire services and other sources.