Student hit, killed by school bus

WARWICK, R.I. - A 15-year-old girl was struck and killed Friday by a school bus carrying students on their way to a suburban Providence high school, the police said.

The Warwick school superintendent said the girl, whose name has not been released, was wearing headphones when she was struck while crossing the street.

She apparently did not hear a car horn warning her of the collision, officials said.

The teen was hit at about 7 a.m. as the bus turned left at an intersection near Pilgrim High School, where she was a student.

Warwick police are still investigating, along with the state medical examiner's office.

Agency sorry for racial newsletter

DOVER, Del. - Delaware's Transportation Secretary has apologized after a department newsletter on diversity offended minority employees by spelling out many of the slurs that it advised workers not to use.

Carolann Wicks said the Diversity Spotlight newsletter tried to directly address workplace issues by letting employees know what's not acceptable.

The newsletter published a racial epithet often directed at blacks and derogatory terms for homosexuals and Asians, advising people not to use the words. And it specified offensive phrases not to use with lesbian, gay and transgender co-workers, as well as Asian, Hispanic and older employees.

Alleged frauders receive new trial

WASHINGTON - Federal prosecutors are going to try again to convict a former naval officer and his wife of defrauding a fund for the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.

The prosecutors spent a month trying to convict retired Cmdr. Charles Coughlin and his wife Sabrina in the case. But jurors could not reach a unanimous decision on most of the counts and a judge declared a mistrial.

The judge on Friday set a new trial date of June 8.

The Coughlins, of Severna Park, Md., were accused of stealing just over $330,000. Prosecutors said the couple filed a false claim saying that an injury Coughlin got three years earlier during home renovations was from the terrorist attack.

Police tie man, 72, to serial killings

On Thursday, the Los Angeles Police Department announced it had solved Elizabeth McKeown's murder case. The suspect, they said, was likely responsible for the murders of as many as 30 women, dating to the mid-1950s, which would make him the most prolific killer in city history.

'I was crying,' Manchester said of his reaction when he learned John Floyd Thomas Jr., 72, had been arrested. 'It was remarkable that they caught him.'

Thomas, an insurance claims adjuster, is charged with two killings after cold-case detectives matched his DNA to the McKeown murder and to the 1972 strangling of Ethel Sokoloff, 68, who was sexually assaulted.

The LAPD said it also has partial DNA matches to two other killings, and he is a suspect in three killings in Inglewood. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is looking at him in at least two other cases.

Blind man falls in elevator shaft

NEW YORK - A blind man fell to his death in an elevator shaft inside a building with a history of elevator violations, and authorities on Friday were investigating whether malfunctioning doors played a role.

The body of 67-year-old Sheldon Scott was discovered Thursday night inside a 10-story apartment building in the Bronx where he lived with his wife. No foul play was suspected.

Scott's wife reported him missing Thursday afternoon, about four hours after he left their third-floor apartment to go to the bank. Officers who searched the building later found him in the elevator shaft. Police said Scott was legally blind.

Immigrants rally for policy reform

MIAMI - Immigrants and their families began gathering at rallies across the country Friday to push for changes to U.S. immigration policy, but as a swine flu outbreak continued to spread, attendance at some events was smaller than what organizers had hoped.

The area hardest hit by the swine flu is Mexico, also the native home of many rally participants. There were no immediate reports of canceled events, but Juan Pablo Chavez, a Tampa-based community organizer for the Florida Immigration Coalition, said he and others were monitoring the situation and in close contact with state health care officials.

Organizers are seeking to channel the political muscle Hispanics showed last fall in support of then-presidential candidate Barack Obama.