Bus Crash Injures Dozens

MARION, Ill. -- A tour bus taking people home from a charity event in Chicago ran off a highway in southern Illinois and rolled onto its side when the driver turned around to talk to a passenger, authorities said. Dozens were injured, none critically.

The bus was en route from Chicago to Holly Springs, Miss., with 48 people Sunday night when it struck a guardrail on Interstate 57, slid nearly 70 feet down an embankment and landed on its side, authorities said. The driver, Albert Miller, 68, of Rossville, Tenn., was cited for improper lane usage.

* PHOENIX -- Authorities lowered to five the death toll from a weekend crash of a stolen pickup truck crammed with undocumented immigrants. Authorities initially reported six deaths in the crash Saturday that caused an 11-car pileup, but one victim who apparently went into cardiac arrest while being transported to a hospital was resuscitated, police said.

* PLYMOUTH, Mass. -- A high school student whose tip about a planned Columbine-style massacre landed his friend in jail was arrested and charged with being a conspirator in the plot. Joseph T. Nee, 18, a senior at Marshfield High School whose father heads the main Boston police union, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit mass murder and promotion of anarchy. He was ordered held without bail pending a hearing Thursday.

* SARDIS, Ark. -- Storms with heavy rain and high winds moved through central Arkansas, damaging houses, injuring 10 people and leaving thousands without power.

* BOSTON -- A man was convicted of murdering his best friend's pregnant 14-year-old girlfriend by stabbing her, beating her with a rock and burying her alive. Lord Hampton, 25, faces an automatic life sentence without parole on two counts of murder in the 1999 slaying of Chauntae Jones and her unborn child. The jury reached the verdict six months after the girl's boyfriend, Kyle Bryant, was acquitted of the same counts.

* CHICAGO -- The American Medical Association praised a group that has been fighting obesity in children with yoga and dance workshops for kids and parents at a museum, free bike locks to encourage students to cycle to school and a food bank that offers fitness workouts along with hot meals for children. The Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children reaches tens of thousands of children, officials said.

* TULSA -- A jury rejected a claim that a Roman Catholic priest molested a boy more than 25 years ago. But the jury also decided the Rev. Paul Eichhoff was not slandered by his accuser, Kelly Kirk.

* FARGO, N.D. -- A Northwest Airlink commuter plane was evacuated before takeoff Monday morning after two passengers said they overheard someone say "bombs away" on a cell phone, police said. After a search and 41/2-hour delay, the plane was cleared to leave for Minneapolis-St. Paul.

* SALT LAKE CITY -- Salt Lake County Mayor Nancy Workman pleaded not guilty to felony charges of misusing public funds. She is accused of taking $17,000 in health department funds to place a bookkeeper at a Boys and Girls Club where her daughter was a top financial officer.

-- From News Services