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NATION: 15th person dies after bus crash

15th person dies after bus crash

NEW YORK -- A 15th person died Monday from the horrifying crash of a gamblers' tour bus, and police were examining surveillance video from a Connecticut casino to retrace the driver's actions before the fatal ride.

New York State Police Investigator Joseph Becerra said the video was from inside and outside the Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville, Conn.

"We're trying to recreate his whereabouts while he was there," Becerra said. He said police hoped to see video from the time the bus arrived Friday night to its departure early Saturday.

The investigation continued to focus on the driver, Ophadell Williams, whose story that his tour bus was clipped by a tractor-trailer has been contradicted by passenger and witnesses who saw him driving erratically before Saturday's crash on Interstate 95. The bus, taking gamblers back to Manhattan's Chinatown after a few hours at the casino, was sheared in half by a sign pole after overturning on the highway.

Pirates get life in Virginia prison

NORFOLK, Va. -- Five Somali men convicted of piracy for attacking a U.S. Navy ship off Africa's coast were sentenced to life in prison on Monday, although several of them said through an interpreter they wanted to appeal.

The men were also sentenced to serve an additional 80 years in prison on other charges related to the attack on the USS Nicholas.

Defense lawyers had argued the men were innocent fishermen who had been abducted by pirates and forced to fire their weapons at the ship.

Oil prices hover at $100 a barrel

NEW YORK -- The devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan will temporarily take pressure off of tightening global oil supplies as the world's third-largest oil consumer works to rebuild its shaken economy, energy analysts said Monday.

But the disaster won't curb its energy appetite for long. Analysts say Japan will likely boost imports of coal, natural gas, diesel and other refined fuels in coming weeks.

"Demand for petroleum products is going to soar," analyst and trader Stephen Schork said.

Benchmark West Texas Intermediate for April delivery added 3 cents to settle at $101.19 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It dropped below $99 earlier in the session.

Worker dies at launch pad

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A space shuttle worker fell to his death Monday at the launch pad, the first fatality there in decades, NASA officials said.

Medics rushed to the pad, but were unable to revive him. He was identified as James Vanover, an engineer for United Space Alliance, a NASA contractor. Neither the company nor NASA released any details, including where he was working on the pad when the accident occurred Monday morning.

The chief executive officer of United Space Alliance, Virginia Barnes, said the company is providing full support to the accident investigation.

''Until that investigation is complete, it would be inappropriate to provide further comment on the details,'' she said in a statement.

NASA spokesman Allard Beutel said work on space shuttle Endeavour was suspended for the day.

1 dead, 1 rescued from Utah canyon

HANKSVILLE, Utah -- Authorities said a 70-year-old Colorado man was killed in a climbing accident, but his 57-year-old brother was rescued after being stranded for at least three days on a ledge in a remote Utah canyon.

Louis Cicotello was an artist and taught at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs.

David Cicotello, of Tennessee, was rescued by helicopter before noon Saturday from the slot canyon where there was no radio communication.

Wayne County sheriff's officials told the Salt Lake Tribune that rescuers began looking for the men in No Man's Canyon near Hanksville on Friday, after family members reported them missing.

Post office and union reach deal

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Postal Service and the American Postal Workers Union said Monday they have reached tentative agreement on a contract.

If ratified by union membership, the deal would run through May 20, 2015, and cover about 205,000 postal employees. The union said the agreement calls for raises totaling 3.5 percent in three steps and protects jobs. In separate negotiations the post office and the National Rural Letter Carriers Association are still talking.