50 VEHICLES CRASH IN CHAIN REACTION
painesville, ohio» About 50 vehicles, including a Greyhound bus, were involved in chain-reaction crashes and pileups in snowy conditions.
The Lake County sheriff’s office said at least 19 people were injured in a Thursday afternoon crash in Painesville.
Bus passenger Greg Carmichael told Fox 8 News that he was heading home to Buffalo, N.Y.
He said that about an hour into the ride, the weather conditions worsened and a truck hit the bus from behind on Interstate 90, causing a domino-effect crash.
He said several people on the bus were seriously injured.
Roads in the area were closed while police investigated.
Ohio House passes abortion ban.
The Republican-controlled Ohio House voted to pass a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks.
The House voted 64-29 on Thursday night to approve the bill, which will be added to legislation already on its way to Republican Gov. John Kasich that would prohibit abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. Similar 20-week bans are on the books in 17 states.
South Korean president faces possible last day in power
B seoul, south korea» President Park Geun-hye entered what could be her last day in power Friday, as lawmakers geared up for what is widely expected to be a successful impeachment vote amid a corruption scandal that has left her isolated and loathed. Park in recent weeks has faced millions of South Koreans who have taken to the streets in anger over what prosecutors say was collusion with a longtime friend to extort money from companies and to give that confidante extraordinary sway over government decisions.
Second officer shot in Georgia dies after suspect found dead.
A second Georgia police officer died Thursday, a day after being shot alongside a fellow officer who was a lifelong friend, and the hunt for the suspected gunman ended when a SWAT team found the fugitive dead — apparently by his own hand — inside a home where he was hiding.
Officer Jody Smith initially clung to life after being gravely wounded Wednesday when the university officer went to help his friend, Americus Officer Nicholas Smarr, respond to a domestic dispute call at an apartment in rural Americus, about 130 miles south of Atlanta.
Russia says Aleppo combat suspended; residents say no letup.
Russia said the Syrian army was suspending combat operations in Aleppo late Thursday to allow for the evacuation of civilians from besieged rebel-held neighborhoods, but residents and fighters reported no let-up in the bombing and shelling campaign on the opposition’s ever-shrinking enclave. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said military experts and diplomats would meet Saturday in Geneva to work out details of the rebels’ exit from Aleppo’s eastern neighborhoods.
Attorney says Roof’s mom had heart attack during trial
B charleston, s.c.» Dylann Roof ’s mother suffered a heart attack not long after prosecutors described how her son planned a cold and calculated killing of nine black church members in a racially motivated attack, the white man’s attorney said in court documents Thursday. Roof ’s mother collapsed and said “I’m sorry” several times on Wednesday as family members and court security came to help her during the opening of her son’s federal death penalty trial. Roof ’s attorney mentioned the heart attack in court documents asking for a mistrial.
Conjoined twins separated in successful surgery B
palo alto, calif.» Conjoined twins Eva and Erika Sandoval have become two separate toddlers following a 17hour marathon surgery and are recovering “quite well,” officials said Thursday. The 2-year-old Sacramento-area girls were born conjoined from the chest down and shared a bladder, liver, parts of their digestive system and a third leg.
Their parents said each girl has retained portions of the organs they shared. Each girl still has one leg, and surgeons told the newspaper both would likely need a prosthetic leg. The third limb was used for skin grafts to cover surgical wounds.