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One twin missing in California bus, truck collision
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Friday, 11 April 2014 13:20

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California family is desperately trying to locate one of two identical twins whose bus was involved in a deadly crash that killed 10 people.

Miguel Serrato says his sister 17-year-old Marisa Serrato has been missing since Thursday evening after a FedEx tractor-trailer slammed into the bus carrying 44 high school students headed to tour Humboldt State University.

The other twin, Marisol Serrato, was on a different bus that wasn't involved in the crash and made it safely to the school Friday.

Marisol was accepted to the school, while Marisa was waitlisted. The two Norte Vista High School seniors decided to check out the campus.

The 23-year-old Miguel Serrato says the family hasn't slept since learning about the crash on the news at their father's 65th birthday celebration.


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Military dog that saved patrol retires with honors
Written by TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press   
Friday, 11 April 2014 13:17

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Staff Sgt. Shannon Hutto thought his bomb sniffing dog Eddie was just being lazy when he wouldn't move from a certain spot one hot day in Afghanistan in 2012.

But Hutto then saw what Eddie smelled: a homemade bomb, partially buried in the dirt. It was six inches from Hutto's foot.

"It was a high stress moment," Hutto said.

A short time later, Eddie sniffed out another improvised explosive placed on a bridge the patrol unit was about to cross.

Eddie saved Hutto's life, the lives of a dozen patrol members and countless people in the village.

For his service, Eddie retired Friday with full military honors. The ceremony was held at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, and a few dozen soldiers turned out to cheer Eddie on.

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10 killed as bus, truck carrying students collide
Written by CHANNING JOSEPH, Associated Press FENIT NIRAPPIL, Associated Press   
Friday, 11 April 2014 08:02
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Rescuers tend to walking wounded after a fiery crash involving several vehicles, Thursday, April 10, 2014, just north of Orland, Calif., that left at least nine dead. Authorities said it is not yet clear what caused the crash but that it involved a tour bus, a FedEx truck and a Nissan Altima. (AP Photo/The Chico Enterprise-Record, Dan Reidel)

ORLAND, Calif. (AP) — The long bus ride north from Los Angeles for a group of high school students who planned to visit Humboldt State University had been fun: The hours whizzed by as they watched movies, chatted up new friends, and jammed to hip-hop on the radio.

Steven Clavijo, 18, a senior at West Ranch High in Santa Clarita, was looking forward to his visit to Humboldt, where he planned to enroll. Just as Clavijo was trying to catch a nap Thursday afternoon, he said he felt the big vehicle begin to shake from left to right and then he heard a loud boom.

"We knew we were in major trouble," he said.

A FedEx tractor-trailer had crossed a grassy freeway median and slammed into the bus. Ten people were killed in the fiery crash, including both drivers, authorities said.

Many of the more than 40 students on board escaped through a window that someone had kicked open, Clavijo said, running for their lives to the other side of Interstate 5 before hearing an explosion and seeing the bus burst into flame.

As he jumped out of the window, Clavijo said, he dropped his glasses and scraped his knee.

Last Updated on Friday, 11 April 2014 09:04
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Carter, Dole wives to aid White House troop effort
Written by DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press   
Friday, 11 April 2014 08:36

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama and Jill Biden are offering relief to millions of people who care for wounded service members and veterans.

At the White House on Friday, the first lady and the wife of Vice President Joe Biden are announcing new steps by private and public sector organizations to help ease the heavy burden on what many say is a vital but largely invisible workforce.

They are being joined by former first lady Rosalynn Carter and former Sen. Elizabeth Dole. Carter has a longstanding interest in family caregiving. Dole's husband, Republican former Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas, lives with lasting wounds from World War II.

Three groups — the Military Officers Association of America, USAA Bank and the American Bar Association — are working on a website to provide caregivers with legal and financial assistance. Easter Seals is expanding its caregiver training program. The Chamber of Commerce will help caregivers get more flexibility in the workplace so they can better balance the demands at work and at home.

"All of these new commitments are a big deal, but they're really just the tip of the iceberg," Mrs. Obama and Jill Biden wrote in an opinion article published Friday on the website for Military Spouse Magazine.

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Judge says flashing headlights is free speech
Written by JEFF BARNARD, Associated Press   
Friday, 11 April 2014 06:37

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Hauling a truckload of logs to a Southern Oregon mill last fall, Chris Hill noticed a sheriff's deputy behind him and flashed his lights to warn a UPS driver coming the other way.

The deputy pulled over Hill on U.S. Highway 140 in White City and handed him a $260 ticket for improperly using his headlights, saying another deputy had seen the flashing lights from behind the UPS truck and alerted him to stop the log truck because of the signaling.

Outraged, Hill decided to fight the ticket, and on Wednesday, a Jackson County Justice Court judge dismissed the citation, finding that motorists flashing their headlights amounts to speech protected by the Oregon Constitution.

Judge Joseph Carter determined the law covering the use of high beams was valid, but was unconstitutional as it was applied by the deputy.

"The citation was clearly given to punish the Defendant for that expression," the judge wrote. "The government certainly can and should enforce the traffic laws for the safety of all drivers on the road. However, the government cannot enforce the traffic laws, or any other laws, to punish drivers for their expressive conduct."

Last Updated on Friday, 11 April 2014 06:43
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