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NATION: 4 Amish kids die in buggy flip

4 Amish kids die in buggy flip

MAYFIELD, Ky. — A horse-drawn buggy carrying an Amish family home from dinner and using a community telephone toppled in a rain-swollen creek in rural Kentucky, killing four children who were swept away in the swift-moving water, authorities said Friday.

The group was traveling in a downpour in the dark Thursday about 8:30 p.m. CST when the buggy flipped just a mile from their house. The buggy was crossing a creek that is normally a trickle, but often floods during heavy rains.

Those killed were a 5-month-old, a 5-year-old, a 7-year-old and an 11-year-old girl. Three of the children were siblings and one was a cousin. Their names have not been released.

Two adults and three other children escaped. The horse that was pulling the buggy also survived.

Oil prices settle higher, gas jumps

NEW YORK — With Libya still in chaos and little information available about the status of its oil fields and ports, oil prices rose on Friday and finished about 13 percent higher for the past week.

The surge in oil, which peaked at $103.41 per barrel for benchmark crude on Thursday, hit drivers across the U.S., where gas pump prices are already the highest ever for this time of year. A gallon of regular shot up 11.6 cents in the past three days to a national average of $3.29, according to AAA, Wright Express and Oil Price Information Service. That includes a spike of nearly 6 cents on Friday, the largest one-day increase since Sept. 14, 2008.

Driver charged in fatal school crash

CERES, Calif. — Police on Friday arrested the driver accused of running a stop sign and plowing into a group of middle school students in Central California.

Police took 45-year-old Larry Dale Duke into custody more than two weeks after the crash that killed one girl and injured three others. Duke is being held on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.

Ceres police said they planned to arrest Duke earlier Friday, but he did not show up at the Ceres Police Department. Police arrested Duke at his cousin’s home without incident an hour later.

Witnesses told authorities that Duke crashed into the girls as they walked to Mae Hensley Junior High School on the morning of Feb. 9.

2 arrested in casino heist

LAS VEGAS — Police searched Friday for a man suspected of donning a fedora, fake mustache and sunglasses in a stickup that netted $32,000 in chips from a Las Vegas casino.

It was the second grab-and-run heist in Sin City in two months. In December, a bandit snatched $1.5 million in chips from a craps table at the Bellagio casino then fled on a motorcycle.

Police do not believe the holdups were connected or were linked to organized crime.

Police said Steven Gao, 45, took a taxi to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino on Thursday then grabbed the chips from a Pai Gow poker table. He also pointed a gun at a card dealer who tried to stop him before escaping in the same cab, robbery Lt. Ray Steiber said.

Police arrested cab driver Hiroyuki Yamaguchi, 61, within hours of the robbery.

“He had knowledge of what was to occur,” Steiber said.

Man uses TV ad to propose

MEDINA, Ohio — An Ohio man has used a TV commercial to make a pitch for marriage, delivering an on-air proposal to his girlfriend.

David Jones told Dee Horton to watch a midday newscast on Cleveland’s WJW-TV because he said he was going to appear in an ad playing a superhero.

Horton and co-workers tuned in Thursday at a hair salon in suburban Medina but saw Jones in a message asking, ‘‘How about you and I show the world what true love is all about?’’ He pulled out a ring and proposed.

The TV stations had cameras in the salon as Jones popped out in person. The couple embraced as his bride-to-be said yes.

Terror suspect in federal court

LUBBOCK, Texas — A college student from Saudi Arabia accused of buying chemicals online as part of a plan to blow up key U.S. targets, including the home of former President George W. Bush, appeared in federal court in Texas on Friday.

Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari was arrested Wednesday and charged with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.

Rod Hobson, his attorney, declined to comment as he left the courtroom.