- - Tuesday, August 10, 2010

CALIFORNIA

Coach among 3 killed in crash

BISHOP | A California university mourned Tuesday after a fiery crash involving its cross-country team killed three people and left 16 injured — many of them student-athletes — in the eastern Sierra Nevada.

Four people remained hospitalized in extremely critical condition, California Highway Patrol Officer Dennis Cleland said. Two were airlifted to a medical center.

California Baptist University cheerleading coach Wendy Rice, 35, of Corona died when an out-of-control sport utility vehicle struck the van she was driving as the team headed to a high-altitude training camp in Mammoth on Monday night, the Riverside school said.

Two people in the SUV also died.

The university was closed Tuesday, and officials said a memorial service was being planned.

Mrs. Rice had been at the school for about four years and left a husband and two children.

CONNECTICUT

Lawsuit dismissed on Geronimo remains

NEW HAVEN | A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by descendants of the Apache warrior Geronimo, who claimed some of his remains were stolen in 1918 by a student society at Yale University.

The lawsuit was filed last year in Washington, D.C., by 20 descendants who want to rebury Geronimo near his New Mexico birthplace.

It claimed Skull and Bones members took some remains from a burial plot at Fort Sill, Okla., where Geronimo died in 1909.

Judge Richard Roberts last month granted a Justice Department motion to dismiss, saying the plaintiffs didn’t establish that the government had waived its right not to be sued without its consent.

He also dismissed the lawsuit against Yale and the society, saying the plaintiffs cited a law that applies only to American Indian cultural items excavated or discovered after 1990.

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