Monday, October 24
FATAL TOUR BUS CRASH
UPDATE: Tour bus crash in California kills 13, killed 31
DESERT HOT SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in Palm Springs, California, say a tour bus slammed into the back of a semi-truck early Sunday, killing 13 people and injuring 31 others.
The California Highway Patrol says the bus was traveling so fast that the tractor trailer entered about 15 feet into the bus.
The bus was returning home to Los Angeles from a casino.
Police searching for female robber they say shot 12-year-old
MIAMI (AP) — Police are searching for a woman they say shot three people, including a 12-year-old boy in Miami.
Authorities say the three victims were walking near a park Saturday night when they were stopped by a car. Authorities say a female passenger got out with a gun and demanded their belongings.
Police say the victims complied, but that the female suspect still fired several shots.
Police say the three victims ran down the streets before the boy collapsed. He was shot in the chest. A woman was also hit and a man was grazed. They were all taken to the hospital. The boy is in critical condition, but no other details were released.
Man charged with stabbing person during church service
WEDGEFIELD, S.C. (AP) — A 65-year-old South Carolina man is charged with stabbing the person sitting in front of him in church.
Local media outlets report Billy Lewis of Wedgefield, about 35 miles east of Columbia, is charged with attempted murder for stabbing a man during services Sunday at St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Authorities have not identified the victim. He was airlifted to a hospital in Columbia with severe injuries.
Witnesses told Sumter County Sheriff's deputies that Lewis stood about 9:30 a.m. and began stabbing the man in front of him in the back and head for no apparent reason. A nurse attending the service helped the victim until emergency responders arrived.
Deputies say Lewis has a history of mental health issues, but that hasn't included violence.
MISSING TEEN-STORM DRAIN
Police think body found in river is missing teen
NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire police say they believe the body pulled out of a Massachusetts river belongs to a teenager who had been reported missing.
Nashua Police Department officials say based on their initial investigation, clothing description and body condition, they believe it to be 16-year-old Jacob Goulet, of Nashua.
A Massachusetts State Police helicopter discovered a body in the Merrimack River, in Tyngsboro, Sunday morning. Search teams recovered the body from the river later Sunday.
Goulet's parents had reported him missing Saturday, saying they hadn't seen him since the night before. Police had received a citizen report Friday night about some personal items found near an open storm drain. Authorities believe he fell down the drain during heavy rain.
Police say a positive identification of the body is pending.
Average gasoline price down 4 cents to $2.25 a gallon
CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average price of gasoline in the U.S. has dropped four cents over the past two weeks to $2.25 for regular grade.
Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday it's the first time the price dropped in 11 weeks. Part of the reason is seasonally lower gasoline demand.
The Lundberg Survey found the average price of midgrade gasoline was $2.54 a gallon while premium was $2.75.
The highest average price for regular gas in the contiguous U.S. was $2.78 in San Francisco. The lowest was $1.95 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The average price for diesel was $2.45, up three cents from two weeks ago.
Trump says US abandons Latin American friends
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump is accusing the United States of "abandoning our friends" across Latin America as he campaigns in southwestern Florida.
The GOP nominee has embraced an "America First" approach to foreign policy and denounced nation building.
But at a rally in Naples, Florida, on Sunday evening, Trump is advocating for "standing up against the oppression of the Castro regime in Cuba and standing in solidarity with freedom-loving people in Venezuela."
He says that, "all across Latina America people are living in oppression" and claims the "Obama-Clinton administration has abandoned our friends in Latin America and delivered only poverty and joblessness for Hispanic Americans right here at home."
Trump had first expressed support for Obama's efforts to normalize relations with Cuba but has since threatened to rip up the deal unless certain conditions are met.
Trump is currently trailing Clinton by large margins with Hispanic voters.
Clinton says policy plan list a 'woman thing'
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Hillary Clinton is campaigning for Democratic candidates in North Carolina.
She's also chalking up her lengthy list of policy proposals to her penchant for planning.
At a rally in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sunday, Clinton joked, "Maybe it's kind of a woman thing. We make lists. We make our lists, then we try to figure out what we're going to get done and cross it off."
Earlier in the day, at a church in Durham, Clinton said: "I've got plans for everything. You know how we women are."
Clinton likes to note that she's put all her plans in a book. She says it's called "Stronger Together" and she penned it with running mate Tim Kaine.
Judge to mull disbanding polygamous towns' police agency
PHOENIX (AP) — A court hearing beginning Monday will explore the federal government's bid to disband the shared police department for two polygamous towns in Arizona and Utah that were found to have discriminated against nonbelievers.
The four-day hearing in Phoenix will examine remedies that U.S. District Judge H. Russel Holland could order in response to a jury's finding seven months ago that nonbelievers were denied police protection, building permits and water hookups in adjacent Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale, Utah.
Jurors concluded officers treated nonbelievers inequitably, arrested them without having probable cause and made unreasonable searches of their property.
The towns vigorously oppose the request to disband the police department.
PENNSYLVANIA ATTORNEY GENERAL
Former Pennsylvania attorney general seeks to avoid jail
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Supporters of Democrat Kathleen Kane once hoped the ambitious lawyer might reach the U.S. Senate.
But the one-term Pennsylvania attorney general instead will learn Monday whether she's going to jail in a perjury and obstruction case that stemmed from a political feud.
The case is being heard in Montgomery County, where former President Bill Clinton stumped for her in 2012.
Kane's lawyers say she has been punished enough after losing her career, law license and reputation. They will ask for probation or house arrest so she can raise her teenage sons.
But Democratic District Attorney Kevin Steele calls the case "egregious" and will seek jail time.
A jury this summer found Kane leaked grand jury material to the press to embarrass a rival and then lied about it under oath.
Police hunting for 230 escaped drug addicts in Vietnam
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A Vietnamese official says 230 drug addicts are still at large after a mass escape from a rehabilitation center in southern Vietnam.
Ho Van Loc, deputy director of labor department in Dong Nai province, said the breakout Sunday was started by two inmates and eventually 562 inmates escaped.
Police have so far recaptured 332 of them and are searching for the others, he said.
The center holds 1,481 inmates.
Officials have said that rehabilitation programs in Vietnam — which combine education, communist ideology and physical labor for one to two years — have a high failure rate, with more than 90 percent of the addicts relapsing within five years.
There are an estimated 200,000 drug addicts in Vietnam, many of them heroin users.
HUMOR PRIZE-BILL MURRAY
Bill Murray receives prize at Kennedy Center
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bill Murray accepted a bust of Mark Twain for his lifetime achievement in comedy — and immediately handed it to the audience to be passed around.
Murray was honored Sunday night at the Kennedy Center by more than a dozen of his co-stars and collaborators, including David Letterman, Sigourney Weaver and his older brother, Brian Doyle-Murray.
Murray thanked his brother for helping him get his start in improvisational theater, saying, "My brother had more guts than anyone I ever knew." Murray then added, "He's been waiting a long time to hear that."
Performers introduced clips from Murray's movies and appearances on "Saturday Night Live," and the evening was also a roast of sorts, with jokes about Murray's well-known tendencies to turn down roles and not return phone calls.
LEANING TOWER OF SAN FRANCISCO
Tilting, sinking San Francisco high-rise raises alarm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The 58-story Millennium Tower has gained notoriety in recent weeks as the leaning tower of San Francisco.
It's not just leaning. It's sinking, too. And engineers hired to assess the problem say it shows no immediate sign of stopping.
The luxury high-rise is home to former football star Joe Montana and a long list of the city's well-heeled.
In a city prone to earthquakes, the skyscraper's structural problems have raised alarm. City officials, owners of the building's high-end apartments, its developers and politicians are arguing over who is to blame.
Meanwhile, key questions remain over why the building is still sinking and if it can be fixed.