6 Killed as Van Hits Truck

On Pennsylvania Turnpike

BEDFORD, Pa. -- Six people were killed early yesterday when their van crossed a Pennsylvania Turnpike divider and plowed into a tractor-trailer.

A seventh van passenger was in critical condition, and the truck driver was hospitalized with "moderate injuries," state police Cpl. John Cypress said.

The van was traveling westbound 84 miles southeast of Pittsburgh when its driver lost control and crossed an opening into the eastbound lane, Cypress said. Three people were thrown from the van as it collided with the truck and burst into flames.

The victims' identities were not released.

Measures Put Parents on Notice

CARSON CITY, Nev. -- The Legislature last weekend approved bills requiring adults to tell police if they witness child abuse and ensuring that parents can spank their children and erase official records of such incidents if they are not deemed to be abuse.

Under the witness bill, most family members would be exempt, except if a parent was abusing a child. In such cases the other parent would be required to report the abuse to police. The maximum penalty would be six months in jail.

Supporters of the spanking bill said parents need to know they won't be locked up for disciplining their children, but critics argued that a record is vital to identifying abusive parents.

Critics focused on a provision that would allow official records to be destroyed if the parent's action falls short of the legal description of "physical injury," which includes a sprain, dislocation, fracture, temporary disfigurement and internal injury.

Columbine Students to Claim Items

LITTLETON, Colo. -- Counselors will aid Columbine High School students this week as they return for the first time since the shootings to retrieve belongings.

Teachers and students left backpacks, books and purses behind as they fled in panic when two students opened fire on April 20, killing 15. Students have been assigned times on Tuesday and will be escorted in groups of 15.

Some areas remain off-limits. Except for some items held as evidence, belongings left in the commons area outside the cafeteria, where the attack began, or the library, where most of the deaths occurred, will be picked up in the auditorium.

"It's going to be hard because that was my last day in there as a senior," said Emily Stepp. "Most kids' last day in their school is happy."