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The injury toll was reduced by one Thursday when highway patrol investigators determined no adult was hurt. Highway patrol spokesman Darren Meyer tells the (Riverside) Press-Enterprise that reports of a 60-year-old woman being injured were unfounded.

Although three students were initially listed in critical condition, Mr. Meyer says each now has a good prognosis.

There were claims of mechanical trouble, so Mr. Meyer says the highway patrol’s major accident investigation team will inspect the 1994 truck that struck a group of students in a crosswalk. An 18-year-old student was behind the wheel.

Investigators are also reviewing surveillance video from cameras in the area.


Judge says no to halt of sea lion killings

PORTLAND — A federal judge has rejected a request to halt the killing of California sea lions that eat protected salmon at Oregon’s Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River.

The Humane Society of the United States wanted to stop the lethal injections while its lawsuit against the practice works its way through the courts.

Judge Michael Simon has said the request faced difficult tests in such legal circumstances. The Oregonian reports he ruled Wednesday it didn’t pass the tests.

Eleven California sea lions were trapped and killed this spring. Another was sent to an aquarium. The rest have largely returned to their oceanic breeding grounds after the spring fish run.

Judge Simon has said he wants to rule on the lawsuit itself before the sea lions return next year.

• From wire dispatches and staff reports