NEWS OF THE DAY

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1 Bus scare: A Grey­hound bus pas­sen­ger got be­hind the wheel and steered the bus to safety Fri­day af­ter the driver be­gan pass­ing out on a Utah high­way. Everette El­liott, 49, took over as the driver suf­fered a med­i­cal prob­lem on In­ter­state 15 south of Salt Lake City, the Utah High­way Pa­trol said. He brought the bus to a stop along the side of the high­way. About 20 peo­ple were on board and no one was se­ri­ously hurt. The driver, a 30year-old man, was taken to a hos­pi­tal. “He was go­ing from side to side,” El­liott said. The bus drifted into the me­dian of the high­way and ca­reened off a wall back onto the high­way. That’s when El­liott grabbed the wheel and safely brought the bus to a stop. “My adren­a­line was pump­ing,” he said.

2 Jus­tice in­jured: Ruth Bader Gins­burg re­turned to her home Fri­day af­ter be­ing re­leased from the hos­pi­tal for treat­ment of bro­ken ribs she suf­fered in a fall at the Supreme Court. Court spokes­woman Kathy Ar­berg said Gins­burg, 85, was “do­ing well” and work­ing from home. The jus­tice fell in her of­fice on Wed­nes­day evening and went to Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal in Wash­ing­ton early Thurs­day af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dis­com­fort overnight. Gins­burg broke two ribs in a fall in 2012. She had two prior bouts with cancer and had a stent im­planted to open a blocked artery in 2014.

3 Mo­lesta­tion case: The body of a man who was on trial for child mo­lesta­tion was found in a park in Ma­con, Ga., of­fi­cials said Fri­day. Jer­maine Bernard An­thony, 39, was present when his trial started Mon­day, but missed court ses­sions Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day. Ge­or­gia law doesn’t re­quire a de­fen­dant to be present once a trial has be­gun, and An­thony had posted bail. The jury was de­lib­er­at­ing his fate when his body was found Thurs­day. The Ma­con Tele­graph re­ported that he killed him­self with a gun­shot to the head.

4 Hate crime plea: A South­ern Cal­i­for­nia man on Fri­day pleaded not guilty to charges he mur­dered a gay Univer­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia stu­dent in a hate crime. Sa­muel Woodward, 21, en­tered the plea Fri­day dur­ing a hear­ing in Santa Ana. He is be­ing held with­out bail. Woodward is charged in the Jan­uary stab­bing death of col­lege sopho­more Blaze Bern­stein. Bern­stein went miss­ing af­ter go­ing with Woodward to a park in Lake For­est. His body was later found in a shal­low grave in the park. Pros­e­cu­tors have said DNA ev­i­dence links Woodward to the crime and his cell phone con­tained anti-gay, anti-Semitic and white hate group ma­te­ri­als.

5 Prin­ci­pal ac­cused: An el­e­men­tary school prin­ci­pal in Land O’Lakes, Fla., is ac­cused of steal­ing $900 from a men­tally dis­abled 9-yearold. Ed­ward John Aber­nathy, 50, was ar­rested Thurs­day. Sher­iff ’s deputies were told the child brought $2,100 of his par­ents’ money to school in Oc­to­ber. Teach­ers told deputies they found the cash and locked it in the prin­ci­pal’s of­fice. A probe showed Aber­nathy gave the stu­dent’s mother only $1,200 when she went to col­lect.

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