Church bus slides off road, killing one in California

PASADENA, Calif.

Church bus slides off road; 1 killed

Authorities say a bus carrying members of a Korean church home from a weekend retreat in Southern California slid off a mountain highway after colliding with another vehicle, killing one person. California Highway Patrol Officer Mario Lopez says the victim was one of 22 people on the bus late Monday morning when it collided with a Nissan Murano traveling in the opposite direction and slid 50 feet down a mountainside after hitting a power pole about 70 miles east of Los Angeles. The other bus passengers and the two occupants of the other vehicle were hospitalized.

Ivory Coast

Six killed in attack as army opens fire

Elite troops loyal to sitting President Laurent Gbagbo entered opposition neighborhoods in Ivory Coast's biggest city on Monday, throwing grenades, firing machine guns and attacking the population with rocket launchers, witnesses said. The attack happened as an African Union delegation arrived in a last-ditch effort to find a solution to the crisis that has gripped this nation since a contested election nearly three months ago. At least six people were killed during the Monday assault in Abidjan, including a 14-year-old boy. The crackdown happened in neighborhoods that support opposition leader Alassane Ouattara, who is the internationally recognized president of Ivory Coast.

Mali

36 die in stampede after religious event

The minister of interior security said in a statement that 36 people were killed in a stampede Monday following a religious ceremony. Sadio Gassame said the stampede occurred at Bamako's Modibo Keita Stadium during an event on Monday marking the Muslim holy period of Maouloud. The accident took place at the end of the ceremony as people were trying to leave and the crowd surged against a metal barrier.

Vietnam

164 drug addicts break out of rehab

More than 160 drug addicts overpowered guards and escaped from a detention and rehabilitation center in central Vietnam, and about 30 of them remain at large, an official said Monday. The 164 addicts escaped from the center in the coastal city of Danang on Saturday by overwhelming guards and charging through the facility's gates, center director Nguyen Hung Hiep said.

Somalia

Eight killed in suicide bomb attack

A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden car at a police station in the Somali capital Monday, killing at least eight people and wounding 35, a police officer said. The country's most dangerous militant group claimed responsibility. The attack came after a weekend of fierce battles that saw African Union troops discover and destroy a milelong trench used by insurgents to move fighters and ammunition in and out of the government-controlled area of Mogadishu. The AU said six al-Qaida-linked foreign fighters were killed during the fighting, which killed 16 people in total. Monday's target was a training station for government troops.

GULFPORT, Miss.

Dead dolphins wash ashore on gulf

Baby dolphins, some barely 3 feet in length, are washing up along the Mississippi and Alabama coastlines at 10 times the normal rate of stillborn and infant deaths, researchers are finding. The Biloxi Sun Herald has learned that 17 young dolphins, either aborted before they reached maturity or dead soon after birth, have been collected along the shorelines. This is the first birthing season for dolphins since the BP oil spill.

Norway

Filipino, government rebels in peace talks

Negotiators for the Philippines government and communist rebels agreed Monday on a road map for continued peace talks aimed at resolving one of Asia's longest-running conflicts by June 2012. Ending the first round of long-stalled peace negotiations in Norway, the two sides agreed to meet again in April and every two months after that. "Tonight finds us on the zigzag path to peace," government negotiator Alexander Padilla said. "But we have taken the first step." Rebel negotiator Luis Jalandoni said a cease-fire declared by both sides during the weeklong talks outside the Norwegian capital "served as a confidence builder" for the first formal peace negotiations in six years.

PORTLAND, Ore.

Snowboarder rescued on Mount Hood

A 27-year-old Virginia man who got lost while snowboarding on Mount Hood in Oregon has been rescued after spending a night when temperatures dipped into the low teens on the tallest mountain in the state. Julian Acree told KGW-TV in Portland he was cold but did not suffer any injuries and used pine needles to help stay warm overnight along the treeline. Acree said he was visiting friends in Oregon and decided to hike up an area of Mount Hood above Timberline Lodge and snowboard back down. Acree was able to call a friend on his cell phone Sunday afternoon, triggering a search before an Oregon Army National Guard helicopter crew lifted him to safety late Monday morning.

HICKORY, N.C.

Stepmother indicted in death of disabled girl

The stepmother of a 10-year-old disabled girl was indicted Monday on charges she killed the child. Prosecutor James Gaither Jr. said Monday that there was no credible evidence to suggest anyone else was involved in Zahra Baker's slaying. The stepmother, Elisa Baker, was charged with second-degree murder. Zahra, who used a prosthetic leg and hearing aids after being stricken with cancer, disappeared four months ago. Police found the girl's remains in locations around western North Carolina, and Baker told authorities that she had been dismembered, according to warrants.

Times wires

Church bus slides off road, killing one in California 02/21/11 [Last modified: Monday, February 21, 2011 11:13pm]

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