- - Thursday, May 14, 2009

ARKANSAS

Missing stop sign cited in bus crash

LITTLE ROCK — A school bus driven by a substitute driver collided with a pickup truck at a rural intersection Wednesday morning, injuring several children, and a school official said a stolen stop sign was to blame.

Eighteen students from the bus were taken to hospitals, though no one was admitted. Three children in the pickup and its driver were treated for more substantial injuries. David Woolly, the Alma school district’s deputy superintendent, said one had a broken leg and another had a spleen injury.

“It was a serious accident, no doubt,” Mr. Woolly said. “This accident occurred because someone stole a stop sign.”

The bus had 45 students aboard and was two-thirds through its route when the collision occurred, he said. Children on the bus immediately called their parents to let them know what happened, and many parents were on the scene within minutes, he said.

FLORIDA

9 dead, 17 saved after boat sinks

MIAMI BEACH — At least nine people died after a boat apparently carrying Haitian migrants sank off the Florida coast, the Coast Guard said Wednesday.

Coast Guard Capt. James Fitton said 17 people had been rescued, but a search was under way for more. Authorities weren’t sure how many were aboard the boat, but they thought about 30 were dumped into the sea.

The sinking fits the profile of migrant smuggling, officials said, but they were not sure whether the boat capsized or crashed into something.

The boat apparently left Bimini in the Bahamas on Tuesday night. It was thought to have flipped about 2 a.m., but officials didn’t learn about it until another boater called more than 10 hours later. The boater reported pulling three people from the water and said about 25 others were awaiting rescue.

Capt. Fitton said all the survivors were expected to recover. Children and women, including one pregnant one, were among those aboard the vessel.

ILLINOIS

City council OKs baby bottle ban

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