Bus crash in Utah kills nine, injures 20
MEXICAN HAT, Utah - A chartered bus taking skiers home to Arizona ran off a curvy road and rolled down an embankment in a crash that split open the vehicle's roof and threw some passengers 100 yards. Nine were killed and about 20 others injured.
The Arrow Stage Lines bus was southbound on State Route 163 when it failed to negotiate a curve Sunday night, went off the road and rolled over several times down the 41-foot slope, said Trooper Cameron Roden of the Utah Highway Patrol.
Although the road was described as wet from light rain, weather was not the 'main factor,' Roden said. 'The main thing we're looking at is the driver failed to negotiate the turn.'
Prosecutors review adult charge for boy accused of killing toddler
LAUDERHILL, Fla. - Prosecutors are reviewing whether a 12-year-old boy should be charged as an adult after police accused him of fatally beating his toddler cousin with a baseball bat for interrupting a cartoon show.
The boy, whose name was not released, was being held in juvenile custody in the death of 17-month-old Shaloh Joseph, who police said enraged the suspect by crying while he watched television.
The case has powerful similarities to that of Lionel Tate, another 12-year-old, whose killing of a playmate convulsed the legal system in the same county and set off a debate over Florida's tough juvenile laws.
Tate was accused in the 1999 murder of a 6-year-old girl. He was convicted as an adult and was believed to have been the youngest person ever sentenced to life in prison in the U.S.
Two men arrested in rural church arson sprees
PHENIX CITY, Ala. - Two men who authorities said dabbled in devil worship have been arrested in a rash of church arsons and vandalism in rural east Alabama, including scrawling on a Sunday school classroom wall: 'Teach children to worship Satan!!'
Geoffrey Parquette and James Clark, both 21, were arrested Sunday and entered not guilty pleas Monday.
Friends at least since high school, the two from the Smiths community in Lee County were arrested after a stolen cross was found in Parquette's home and his grandmother alerted authorities, according to church members briefed by investigators.
Pa. teacher charged with sending nude photos to student
CORAOPOLIS, Pa. - A high school gym teacher accused of sending nude photos of herself to a 14-year-old freshman at her school has admitted to having sex with the boy, police said Monday.
Beth Ann Chester, a 26-year-old health and physical education teacher at Moon Area High School in suburban Pittsburgh, was jailed on charges of sexual abuse of children, corruption of minors and related counts for sending the teen nude pictures and salacious text messages, authorities said.
Moon Township Police Chief Leo McCarthy said Monday that authorities planned to file other charges, including felony statutory sexual assault, after Chester confessed to having sex with the boy after a school event.
Death row inmate walks out of jail a free man
OTTAWA, Ohio - A British citizen who spent two decades on Ohio's death row was released from jail Monday after pleading no contest to three charges related to a fire that killed a 2-year-old girl.
Ken Richey, who once came within an hour of being executed, walked free for the first time since he was convicted of setting a northwest Ohio apartment fire that killed the toddler in 1986.
He spoke with a thick Scottish accent at an Applebee's restaurant, where he stopped to have a steak lunch with his family and attorneys.
'He's told me that for 15 years that when he gets out that's what he's going to get,' said his attorney, Ken Parsigian.
Prosecutors approved the deal after an appeals court overturned Richey's conviction and death sentence last year. The deal lets Richey, a dual U.S.-British citizen, go home to Scotland without admitting that he had anything to do with the fire.
Mobile home fire kills two adults, three children
ALVIN, Texas - A couple and their three children died early Monday when their mobile home caught fire in a rural trailer park south of Houston, authorities and neighbors said.
Brazoria County Fire Marshal Al Priselac said the fire appears to have started in a bedroom, but the exact cause was not immediately known.
The victims included a 33-year-old man, a 26-year-old woman and three children, ages 7, 4, 1, Priselac said.
- From wire reports