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The Washington Post Sunday - - National News -

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

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Rin­gling Bros. and Bar­num & Bai­ley Cir­cus is of­fer­ing $1,000 for the re­turn of Bello Nock’s bike, lost in New York.

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