Utah State University

Van Accident Kills 8

TREMONTON, Utah -- A Utah State University van overturned Monday on Interstate 84 about 65 miles north of Salt Lake City, killing eight students and injuring three, authorities said.

The van's 11 occupants -- all male agriculture students at Utah State -- were ejected as the vehicle rolled four times, apparently after the van's left rear tire blew as it tried to pass another vehicle. Speed was a contributing factor in the accident, said Lt. Ed Michaud of the state highway patrol.

The students were on a trip to look at agricultural equipment in Tooele, about 85 miles southwest of the Logan campus, a university spokesman said.

Port Authority Is Faulted

In '93 Trade Center Attack

NEW YORK -- The Port Authority failed to take steps to prevent the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center because it was inconvenient and expensive, a lawyer said Monday during a trial to determine whether the agency is liable for damages.

The Port Authority's own security officials warned that the garage was a likely attack site, said lawyer David J. Dean, who represents survivors and families of the casualties.

Terrorists detonated 1,200 pounds of explosives left in a rented van in a public parking garage under the 16-acre trade center's 110-story twin towers on Feb. 26, 1993. The blast killed six people and injured more than 1,000.

A Port Authority lawyer said the attack was unforeseeable. Marc Kasowitz said agency executives were never warned that an attack was coming by way of the garage. They were told only that such an attack was "possible," he said.

* NEW YORK -- Victor Piazza, 55, who was fired after his bosses found child pornography on his computer, returned to the nail polish factory where he worked and shot three people before turning the gun on himself, police said. Two co-owners of the factory were in stable condition and an office manager was in critical condition.

* SANTA ANA, Calif. -- A state inmate accused of masterminding a terrorism plot against U.S. military sites appeared before a federal judge who entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf. Kevin James, 29, was ordered held without bail on charges of conspiracy to levy war against the United States through terrorism and conspiracy to possess and discharge firearms in furtherance of crimes of violence. His trial was set for Nov. 22.

* MINEOLA, N.Y. -- A former superintendent of Roslyn School District pleaded guilty to grand larceny for embezzling millions of taxpayer dollars to finance his lavish lifestyle, including European trips on the supersonic Concorde. Frank Tassone, 58, was booed by about 50 residents as he entered the courtroom. He will be sentenced to four to 12 years in prison and pay back about $2 million.

* BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- Four peace activists who spilled their blood on an American flag to protest the war in Iraq were convicted of damaging governmental property. Daniel Burns, 45; Peter DeMott, 58; and sisters Teresa Grady, 39, and Clare Grady, 46, splattered their blood on the windows and walls, posters, pictures and an American flag at an Army and Marine Corps recruiting station near Ithaca.

* CHICAGO -- Eleven priests suspected of sexual misconduct with minors more than 20 years ago have been barred from clerical work, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago said. The men's names were not released.

-- From News Services

Patrol trooper Jim Miller investigates the crash of a Utah State University van.