BUS DRIVER SPEED­ING AND HAD USED PHONE

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chat­tanooga, tenn.» The 24year-old driver in a school bus crash that killed six chil­dren was trav­el­ing about 20 mph over the 30 mph limit, po­lice tes­ti­fied Thurs­day. John­thony Walker also was us­ing a cell­phone in the bus be­fore the crash, Of­fi­cer Joe War­ren said. He es­ti­mated Walker was driv­ing 48 to 52 mph and never hit the brake.

Po­lice filed pre­lim­i­nary charges of ve­hic­u­lar homi­cide, reck­less driv­ing and reck­less en­dan­ger­ment. A sixth ve­hic­u­lar homi­cide count will be added.

The vic­tims were 6 to 10 years old. Two chil­dren re­main hos­pi­tal­ized, Of­fi­cer Adam Cavitt tes­ti­fied.

Af­ter 61-year ban, pin­ball is le­gal again B Mayor

kokomo, ind.» Greg Good­night bid farewell to a 61-year-old pro­hi­bi­tion against pin­ball Tues­day. The Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil voted to re­peal the law, part of an ef­fort to elim­i­nate out­moded codes and ob­scure reg­u­la­tions. Good­night signed the doc­u­ment over­turn­ing the ban atop a Fly­ing Aces pin­ball ma­chine in a record store. Au­thor­i­ties did not en­force the ban in re­cent me­mory, and some busi­ness own­ers were sur­prised to learn they had been of­fer­ing an il­licit pin­ball sup­ply.

GOP bids to limit next guv’s power

B raleigh, n.c.» The Repub­li­can­dom­i­nated leg­is­la­ture took ex­traor­di­nary steps Thurs­day to re­duce the pow­ers of a Demo­cratic gov­er­nor­elect, de­fy­ing rau­cous protests and threat­ened le­gal chal­lenges days be­fore he takes of­fice.

GOP law­mak­ers ig­nored pro­test­ers dis­rupt­ing House and Se­nate floor de­bate and ad­vanced leg­is­la­tion on the sec­ond day of their sur­prise ses­sion, which Democrats an­grily called a power grab to weaken Roy Cooper once he be­comes gov­er­nor Jan. 1.

Cooper beat Repub­li­can Gov. Pat McCrory by 10,000 votes and vowed to fight GOP ini­tia­tives of re­cent years, par­tic­u­larly a law McCrory signed in March lim­it­ing LGBT rights.

GOP law­mak­ers sought to scale back the team Cooper can bring into of­fice, re­quire their ap­proval for top ad­min­is­tra­tors at state agen­cies and erase the gov­er­nor’s abil­ity to shape elec­tion boards statewide.

Rare plant named af­ter Hen­drix

B san diego» Cal­i­for­nia re­searchers have named a newly dis­cov­ered rare plant af­ter Jimi Hen­drix. The plant, found in Baja Cal­i­for­nia, Mex­ico, has been chris­tened Dud­leya hen­drixii, or “Hen­drix’s live­for­ever.” Live­fore­vers are a kind of suc­cu­lent with enor­mous life­spans.

This one is a stalky plant less than a foot tall with pink­ish-white flowers that dies in sum­mer and re­sprouts in fall.

Gun-friendly Lib­erty Uni­ver­sity to open on-cam­pus shoot­ing range

B lynch­burg, va.» Lib­erty Uni­ver­sity is plan­ning to open a sta­teof-the-art shoot­ing range on cam­pus next fall as part of the con­ser­va­tive Evan­gel­i­cal Chris­tian School’s com­mit­ment to pro­mot­ing gun own­er­ship and firearm sports.

Uni­ver­sity pres­i­dent Jerry Fal­well Jr. said that Lib­erty’s new com­plex will fea­ture pis­tol, ri­fle and shot­gun fa­cil­i­ties as well as an archery range.

Traces of ex­plo­sives found on vic­tims of Paris flight B

cairo» Traces of ex­plo­sives have been found on some of the vic­tims of an EgyptAir flight from Paris that crashed in the Mediter­ranean Sea in May, Egypt’s gov­ern­ment said Thurs­day.

Grand jury in­dicts pizze­ria gun­man on three charges B

wash­ing­ton» A man in­spired by an in­ter­net con­spir­acy the­ory to fire an as­sault weapon in­side a pizza restau­rant has been in­dicted on three charges by a grand jury.

The U.S. At­tor­ney’s Of­fice in the na­tion’s cap­i­tal says 28-year-old Edgar Mad­di­son Welch of Sal­is­bury, N.C., will be pros­e­cuted on charges of in­ter­state trans­porta­tion of a firearm and am­mu­ni­tion, as­sault with a dan­ger­ous weapon and pos­ses­sion of a firearm dur­ing the com­mis­sion of a crime of vi­o­lence.

Florida agency paid Pit­bull $1 mil­lion for “Sexy Beaches” pro­mo­tion B

tal­la­has­see, fla.» Rap­per Pit­bull re­leased his $1 mil­lion con­tract with Florida’s tourism mar­ket­ing agency via Twit­ter on Thurs­day, two days af­ter a law­maker sued to find out de­tails of the agree­ment that in­cluded pro­duc­tion of a video for the song “Sexy Beaches.”

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