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American Scene: Truck-driving student injures 9 at intersection
HEMET — A high school student in a pickup truck ran into a group of teenagers who were crossing a street outside a California high school Wednesday, leaving nine people injured, including the driver, officials said.
The accident occurred shortly after school ended for the day at Hemet High School, Riverside County fire officials said. Three people were in critical condition, five more were taken to hospitals with minor injuries, and one refused treatment.
The driver, a student at the school, ran into a group of eight people who were headed toward the student parking lot, Principal Emily Shaw said.
“The kids were in the crosswalk doing everything right,” she said.
Sept. 11 memorial marks 10 years since cleanup
NEW YORK — The National September 11 Memorial and Museum on Wednesday marked the 10th anniversary of the end of cleanup operations at the site with a tribute to recovery workers and first responders.
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and former Gov. George Pataki attended the evening event at the World Trade Center site.
“It looks peaceful, the extreme opposite of what I saw when I first came down,” said Jaye Markwell, a Connecticut volunteer with the Salvation Army who helped deliver food during the cleanup effort.
After the attacks, an army of workers spent months clearing the site. The formal end of that operation was May 30, 2002.
Planned Parenthood plans anti-Romney ad for TV
NEW YORK — Planned Parenthood is launching a TV ad campaign in three battleground states suggesting that women’s rights would suffer if Republican Mitt Romney is elected president. The political arm of the women’s health care organization has endorsed President Obama for re-election.
The group announced Wednesday that it would spend $1.4 million to air its ad in Florida, Iowa and Virginia, as well as in Washington, D.C.
The ad quotes Mr. Romney saying he would “get rid” of Planned Parenthood. When he made the comment earlier this year, aides said he was talking about eliminating federal funding.
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