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IOWA CITY | A jury convicted a former University of Iowa football player Thursday of assault, a simple misdemeanor, related to an October 2007 sexual encounter with a female athlete.

Jurors returned their verdict against Cedric Everson at the Johnson County courthouse after 10 hours of deliberations, which started Tuesday. Mr. Everson, 21, faces up to 30 days in jail when he is sentenced.

The jury did not find him guilty of the more serious charge of third-degree sexual abuse, which would have carried up to 10 years in prison.


School bus, plow collide; 22 kids, driver hurt

SAVANNAH | A school bus carrying fifth- and sixth-graders slammed into the back of a town snowplow on a central New York road, injuring 22 children and the bus driver, authorities said Thursday.

Wayne County sheriff’s officials said two of the most seriously injured children were sitting in the front seat on the right side of the bus when it hit the plow around 7:50 a.m. Thursday at an intersection in the rural town of Savannah.

The front end of the Clyde-Savannah Central School District bus was heavily damaged, crumpled as far back as the windshield and the front door.

The two students, one of them an 11-year-old boy and the other a girl, were trapped for about 30 minutes. The bus driver was trapped for about an hour, Chief Deputy Bob Hetzke said.


Bank forecloses on socialite’s estate

RICHMOND | Already having lost her winery business to foreclosure, socialite and vintner Patricia Kluge now faces losing the grand country estate where she once held lavish parties for prominent guests.

Bank of America filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Charlottesville this month alleging that Mrs. Kluge defaulted on three loans worth nearly $23 million on Albemarle House, the 23,500-square-foot brick Georgian home and its grounds. The bank also seeks interest, fees and other expenses.

The foreclosure comes shortly after Mrs. Kluge and her husband, William Moses, lost their Kluge Estate Winery & Vineyard after defaulting on nearly $35 million in loans during their effort to build a national wine business in a tough economy. Farm Credit Bank owns the 900-acre operation after there were no takers at a December auction.

From wire dispatches and staff reports