ORLAND, Calif. (AP) — The California Highway Patrol says it does not yet know what caused a FedEx tractor-trailer to veer across a grassy highway median and slam into a bus, killing 10 people. A spokesman says investigators will try to determine whether the FedEx driver fell asleep, experienced mechanical failure or lost control because of a separate collision on the southbound side of the freeway. They will also look at roadway and weather conditions. The bus was carrying more than 40 high school students on their way to visit Humboldt State University when it was struck by the FedEx tractor-trailer. The two drivers were among those killed.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Safety advocates say rules to make crashed buses easier for passengers to escape have not been implemented despite a recommendation from accident investigators 15 years ago. The National Transportation Safety Board recommended in February 1999 that federal regulators issue new standards for large buses so that after an accident passengers can easily open windows and emergency exits.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Some off-the-cuff remarks today from Pope Francis are the latest sign that he has become sensitized to the gravity of the church's abuses scandal. The pontiff said today that he took personal responsibility for what he described as the "evil" of priests who raped and molested children. Francis asked forgiveness from victims, and said the church must do more to protect the young.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama paid just over $98,000 in taxes on income of nearly half a million dollars last year. The couple's 2013 income tax returns were posted on the White House website four days before the tax filing deadline. The 42-page return shows the president and first lady reported donating more than 12 percent of their adjusted gross income to 32 different charities. Their largest charitable gift was nearly $9,000 to the Fisher House Foundation. Fisher House supports military families.
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A landslide expert says the odds are low for a catastrophic collapse of an unstable hillside in the northwest Wyoming resort town of Jackson. The specialist gives less than a 5 percent chance that the hillside will completely fail. As a result, authorities in Jackson have downgraded their evacuation order for some businesses below the hill. A restaurant and pharmacy remain closed, and about 60 nearby residents are still being kept from returning to their homes.