Two Monorail Trains in

Seattle Clip Each Other

SEATTLE -- Two monorail trains clipped each other on a curve in the tracks Saturday evening in the heart of Seattle. Two people with minor injuries were taken to hospitals, a fire department official said.

Firefighters helped 84 passengers off the elevated train, a department spokeswoman said.

The two-train monorail system was built for the Seattle World's Fair in 1962 and has been popular with tourists. The one-mile line was shut down for more than six months last year, after a fire stranded about 100 riders. No one was seriously hurt.

Voters on Nov. 8 rejected a proposal to expand the system.

Air Force Sergeants Tie

Knot Via Teleconference

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The bride wore camouflage and combat boots. The groom, 7,000 miles away in Qatar, forgot the ring. But nothing could stop the wedding.

Staff Sgts. Courtney Reynolds, 26, and Christopher Bowden, 25, exchanged vows via teleconference Friday, kissing the video monitors when a chaplain pronounced them married.

"I always said I was going to be untraditional," said Reynolds, who wore a white veil over her uniform.

The couple had dated for five years, and with deployments threatening to keep them apart for several more months, they decided to marry over the phone.

Text-Messaging Blamed

For Fatal Road Accident

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. -- A 17-year-old driver will probably face misdemeanor charges after allegedly losing control of his car while text messaging and hitting a bicyclist.

The bicyclist, Jim R. Price of Highlands Ranch, died Friday, two days after the accident.

"We do not believe it was an intentional act, but it was inattentiveness to the roadway. The investigation showed that he was text-messaging on his cell phone" at the time of the accident, said Lt. Alan Stanton, spokesman for the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. Under Colorado law, the teenager could face as much as a year in prison.

* NASHVILLE -- A plane carrying White House Chief of Staff Andrew H. Card Jr. made an emergency landing Saturday after smoke began pouring into the cockpit, officials said. Card and 12 others on board were not injured when the Gulfstream IV jet bound for Washington landed in Nashville around 4 p.m., an airport spokeswoman said. The plane came from Texas, where Card met with President Bush at the Bush ranch, White House spokesman Ken Lisaius said. Card and his party continued their trip on another plane.

* YAKIMA, Wash. -- Two more jail escapees, one of them a murder suspect, were recaptured Saturday, but two others were still at large after nine inmates broke out of a maximum security area of the Yakima County Jail. The men broke through the ceiling of the four-story jail and used a rope made of bedsheets to climb down, authorities said. Five were recaptured before they could flee the jail grounds Friday, but four others got away.

-- From News Services