Was the FedEx truck ablaze before the crash? A FedEx truck crossed a median and slammed head-on into a bus carrying students in Northern California, killing 10 people, authorities said Friday. The collision Thursday evening killed both drivers, five students and three chaperones, said Lt. Bruce Carpenter with the California Highway Patrol.
RED BLUFF, Calif. (AP) -- Federal investigators say they cannot corroborate a driver's claim that a FedEx tractor-trailer was already on fire before it careened across a freeway median, sideswiped her car and slammed into a bus carrying high school students, killing 10 people in a fiery wreck.
National Transportation Safety Board member Mark Rosekind says investigators are still looking for more witnesses to Thursday's crash. They also plan to conduct tests to determine if the truck driver inhaled smoke before the collision and search for evidence of a fire at the crash scene before the vehicles exploded into towering flames and billowing black smoke.
Investigators also found no signs that the truck driver attempted to brake before the crash. They found no tire marks as the truck careened across Interstate 5 and slammed into the bus taking the students to a tour of Humboldt State University in Northern California. Five students, three adult chaperones and both drivers died. Rosekind says the bus driver had relieved another driver whose shift ended during a stop in Sacramento.
BOSTON MARATHON-PUBLIC SAFETY
BOSTON (AP) -- Boston officials have announced improved public safety measures for the final two miles of the Boston Marathon on April 21, a year after two explosions near the finish line killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.
Mayor Martin Walsh and Police Commissioner William Evans on Saturday said more uniformed and undercover officers will be deployed along the marathon's Boston route.
Authorities also have installed more than 100 cameras along the Boston portion, together with 50 observation points that will help monitor the crowd.
Thirteen ambulances will be deployed, together with 140 emergency medical service workers on foot patrol, bicycles, utility vehicles and in medical tents.
Officials urge spectators to leave backpacks, strollers and other large items at home.
(AP) -- Federal land managers confirmed they released all 400 head of cattle rounded up on public land in southern Nevada from a rancher who has refused to recognize their authority.
The Bureau of Land Management took the action Saturday afternoon after hundreds of states' rights protesters, including militia and tea party members, showed up at corrals outside Mesquite to demand the animals' return to rancher Cliven Bundy.
The fight has widened into a debate about states' rights and federal land-use policy. The agency revoked Cliven Bundy's grazing rights after he stopped paying grazing fees and disregarded court orders to remove his animals.
The bureau issued a brief statement saying the cattle were released "due to escalating tensions."
The release also came only hours after the bureau announced an abrupt halt to the weeklong roundup because of safety concerns for its employees and the public.
BUCKET TRUCK-FATAL PLUNGE
BOURNE, Mass. (AP) -- Two Massachusetts workers are dead after their bucket truck apparently tipped over while they were in the basket more than 100 feet in the air at a Cape Cod site.
Bourne police confirmed the Saturday deaths at Cape Cod Aggregates Corp. near Scenic Highway. They didn't release the mens' names.
The Cape Cod Times reported the men were working for a contractor for an NStar utility project. They appeared to be working underneath high tension power lines, near utility poles, on sandy barren land.
Police Chief Dennis Woodside told the newspaper the two men were both in the bucket when the truck toppled over. He said they were killed instantly.
The Office of Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating. OSHA didn't immediately return a call for comment.
CHALLIS, Idaho (AP) -- A 4.9-magnitude earthquake shook central Idaho, flinging items off walls and scaring residents but otherwise producing no reported damage or injuries in the sparsely populated mountain area.
USGS geophysicist Dale Grant says the earthquake was "kind of an unusual occurrence" being the first one of its strength in the area since 2005. But he said even minor damage is unlikely because of the remote location. It struck 8 miles northwest of Challis, a town of around 1,000 less than 200 miles northeast of Boise.
Custer County sheriff's dispatcher Liz Preston says besides "things falling off walls and a lot of scared people," no one was hurt. She says the area has had some quakes lately, but this one felt "pretty big" compared with the others.
She says the office shook, including the windows and computers.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- NASA has ordered spacewalking repairs for a serious computer outage at the International Space Station.
A backup computer for some robotic systems failed Friday. The main computer is fine and the six-man crew is safe. But the malfunction puts next week's supply run in jeopardy.
Mission managers agreed Saturday that a spacewalk is needed to replace the bad computer. But officials want one more day before deciding whether the situation is safe enough in orbit to proceed with Monday's SpaceX launch as planned.
NASA says it will decide Sunday whether to delay the delivery mission. No date for the spacewalk has been set yet.
The SpaceX Dragon capsule is loaded with more than 2 tons of space station supplies at Cape Canaveral. The shipment is already a month late.
POLICE SHOOT SUSPECT
Police: NY officer fatally shot 86-year-old gunman
NEW YORK (AP) -- Police shot and killed an 86-year-old New York City man who they say killed his daughter then pointed a shotgun at officers.
Authorities say Jack Calvello called 911 Saturday and said he'd shot his daughter.
Police say Calvello refused to put down his gun when officers arrived at the scene and was shot once in the torso.
Officers found 65-year-old Carolann Matyka in the kitchen of the Queens home with a gunshot wound to the head.
Calvello and Matyka were both pronounced dead at a hospital.
Investigators recovered a loaded 12-gauge shotgun from the scene. A dog was also shot.
It wasn't immediately clear what sparked the incident.
HIGH SCHOOL STABBINGS
Stabbing rampage school to reopen Wednesday
MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) -- The high school where 21 students and a security guard were injured in a stabbing rampage last week will resume classes Wednesday, one week after the attacks.
Franklin Regional School District announced the reopening plans on its website Saturday.
Teachers will return to work Monday and students will be able to visit the school with their families on Tuesday.
Authorities say 16-year-old Alex Hribal attacked his fellow students at the suburban Pittsburgh school with a pair of kitchen knives. He faces four counts of attempted homicide and 21 counts of aggravated assault.
Four students remain hospitalized, all in critical condition. Hospital officials say one wounded student, a 14-year-old boy, was discharged Saturday afternoon.
Police say they don't yet have a motive for the rampage.
SMALL PLANE-EMERGENCY LANDING
Ohio police: Small plane lands on golf course
BATAVIA, Ohio (AP) -- The State Highway Patrol says a single-engine plane was forced to make an emergency landing on a golf course in southwest Ohio.
The patrol's Batavia post says the plane made the landing shortly before 11 a.m. Saturday on a fairway at the Stillmeadow Country Club in Clermont County.
A preliminary investigation indicates the plane experienced engine failure after taking off from the Clermont County Airport. Investigators say the plane hit a sand bunker before coming to a stop and rolled partially on its side on the green.
The patrol identified the two people on board as pilot Kenneth Howes and passenger and owner Karla Goodhouse, both of St. Clair, Illinois. No injuries were reported.
The Federal Aviation Administration also responded to the scene.