NATION IN BRIEF
1 Killed, 20 Injured In Ala. Car-Bus Crash
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A car going the wrong way on a divided highway collided head-on with a Greyhound bus early Saturday, killing the car’s driver and injuring 20 others, police said. Panicked passengers crawled out the bus windows after the crash.
The bus driver had tried to evade the oncoming car, police said. Heather Marie Thomas, 23, was driving south in a northbound lane of Interstate 85, a police spokesman said. Police said they did not know why the car was in the wrong lane or whether alcohol was involved.
After the crash, panic erupted in the bus because the door was jammed shut and the car was smoking, raising a threat of fire, passenger Clint Cannon said.
“They were handing babies out the windows,” Cannon said. “It was a frenzy.”
The bus, carrying 49 passengers and two drivers, was traveling from Houston to Atlanta, a Greyhound spokeswoman said.
Lawyer, 2 Ex-Judges Convicted of Bribery
JACKSON, Miss. — A prominent lawyer and two former judges he was accused of lavishing gifts and money upon in exchange for favorable rulings were convicted of bribery.
Paul Minor, who amassed a fortune from asbestos, tobacco, medical malpractice and car safety litigation, was found guilty of 11 counts against him, including racketeering. He faces up to 95 years in prison.
The jury found former circuit judge John Whitfield and former chancellor Wes Teel guilty of bribery and mail fraud. Whitfield could get a 50-year prison term, and Teel could get 25 years.
All three had pleaded not guilty. Their attorneys vowed to appeal. K MONTGOMERY, Ala. — At least 25 bombers being escorted by the Tuskegee Airmen over Europe during World War II were shot down by enemy aircraft, according to a new report from the Air Force. The report by Daniel Haulman, historian at the Air Force Historical Research Agency, rebuts the legend that the famed black aviators never lost a plane to fire from enemy aircraft. Haulman said he based his paper on aftermission reports filed by both the bomber units and Tuskegee fighter groups, as well as on missing air crew records and witness testimony. K SAN ANTONIO — Former Texas attorney general Dan Morales has been released from a halfway house after getting about six months trimmed off his four-year federal prison sentence for good behavior, authorities said. Morales pleaded guilty in 2003 to mail fraud and filing a false income tax return. K LOS ANGELES — Two Illinois teenagers face the prospect of criminal charges after confessing to sparking a 150-acre brush fire that blackened the sky over the famed Hollywood sign with smoke and threatened an apartment complex, police said. The 16- and 17-year-olds were vacationing in California with their parents. K ATLANTA — Three people were shot during an attempted robbery at a shopping mall, police said. One person was critically wounded. K NEW YORK — Bello Nock, the daredevil clown star of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, called on New Yorkers to return his lost foot-high, six-inch-wide bicycle. The orange-haired clown forgot it after putting on an impromptu show for a passing camera crew. He said his trademark bike “is not something I can go buy in a store.”
— From News Services
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is offering $1,000 for the return of Bello Nock’s bike, lost in New York.