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Russian aircraft buzzes U.S. Navy ship in Black Sea in “provocative” act

Russian aircraft buzzes U.S. Navy ship in Black Sea in “provocative” act

By Tashauna Thompson

WASHINGTON, DC (BNO NEWS) — A Russian attack aircraft repeatedly flew near a U.S. Navy ship in international waters in the Black Sea over the weekend, the Pentagon said on Monday, describing it as an act that was both “unprofessi…

Michael Phelps coming out of retirement, to compete in Arena Grand Prix

Michael Phelps coming out of retirement, to compete in Arena Grand Prix

By Tashauna Thompson

PHOENIX, ARIZONA (BNO NEWS) — Olympic gold medalist and world record holder Michael Phelps will be coming out of retirement this month and will compete in the upcoming Arena Grand Prix, event organizers announced Monday.

USA Swimming said Phelps, 28, will be swimming competitively for the first time since winning six medals – four of them gold – at the 2012 London Olympic Games. He will be competing along with other swimming stars such as Ryan Lochte and Katie Ledecky.

Phelps first announced his retirement just before the 2012 games. According to USA TODAY, Phelps’ longtime coach, Bow Bowman, said he and Phelps decided months ago on competing in the Arena Grand Prix, which is taking place in Mesa, Arizona, from April 24 through April 26.

“As of today, I definitely expect him to swim,” Bowman told USA TODAY on Monday after USA Swimming announced Phelps’ participation. The 22-time Olympic medalist was entered in the 100-meter butterfly and 100-meter freestyle events.

Phelps’ participation in Mesa is expected to be his first step towards competing in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. He rejoined the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s drug testing pool last year and regained his eligibility for competition in March.

“We’re looking forward to it. I think it’ll be great for the sport to have Michael compete again,” Bowman was quoted as saying by USA TODAY. “We really don’t have any expectations for what might happen. We just want to have some fun with it and see how it goes.”

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Gunman kills 3 at Jewish locations in Kansas on eve of Passover

Gunman kills 3 at Jewish locations in Kansas on eve of Passover

OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS (BNO NEWS) — Three people were killed Sunday when a gunman opened fire at a Jewish community center and a nearby Jewish retirement center in Kansas, U.S. authorities said. A suspect – said to have shouted anti-Semitic slurs – was…

Utah woman arrested after 7 babies found dead in garage

Utah woman arrested after 7 babies found dead in garage

PLEASANT GROVE, UTAH (BNO NEWS) — A U.S. woman has been arrested on six counts of murder after police discovered the bodies of seven infants at her home in northern Utah, authorities said on Sunday. It is believed the infants, including one thought to…

10 dead, dozens injured in California bus crash

10 dead, dozens injured in California bus crash

By Tashauna Thompson

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA (BNO NEWS) — A truck collided head-on with a charter bus transporting high school students in northern California on late Thursday afternoon, killing 10 people and injuring at least 30 others, authorities confirmed on Friday.

The accident occurred at 5:40 p.m. local time Thursday when a FedEx truck collided with a charter bus on Interstate 5 near Orland, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP). The charter bus, which was carrying 44 prospective students for Humboldt State University, was en-route to the school’s spring preview event that was scheduled for Friday.

Upon arrival at the scene, emergency responders found the bus fully engulfed in flames.

Authorities confirmed nine people were killed at the scene of the crash, including the drivers of both the bus and the FedEx truck. A tenth victim who was airlifted to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento later died of his or her injuries, CHP said.

The last of the deceased was removed from the scene on Friday morning. Glenn County Sheriff Larry Jones said positive identification of the deceased may be difficult due to the nature of the sustained burn injuries, prompting the request of medical and dental records.

A total of 31 victims were transported to seven different hospitals in the area with injuries varying from critical to moderate. Witnesses said one of the victims was on fire when he or she fled the bus and was transported to a local hospital with severe burns.

The northbound side of Interstate 5 was closed immediately after Friday’s accident. Emergency responders also set up a mass casualty triage along the southbound side of the freeway to provide immediate care.

Bruce Carpenter, Commander of the CHP’s Willows area, thanked all emergency workers for their prompt response to the incident. “This really was a group effort, there were so many agencies involved, we all worked very well together and the scene was handled very well,” he said.

Investigators believe the FedEx big rig driver may have tried to avoid a Nissan Altima – which was also involved in the crash – when it came in contact with the bus. Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) arrived at the scene on Friday morning to investigate the cause of the accident alongside CHP.

FedEx Corp. Chairman and CEO Frederick W. Smith said he learned “with great sadness” of the accident involving a FedEx Freight vehicle. “First and foremost, I want to express my deepest personal sympathies and the condolences of over 300,000 other FedEx team members to everyone involved in this accident, including the families of the students and others who lost their lives and those who were injured and the families and friends of the FedEx Freight driver who died in the crash,” he said.

Smith added: “It will take some time to fully understand exactly how this accident occurred and why. In the meantime, I want everyone to know that we at FedEx are committed to providing every resource necessary to assist investigators in their efforts to understand what happened.”

The vehicles involved in the incident were removed on Friday as officials continued processing any remaining evidence left at the scene. The southbound lanes of Interstate 5 reopened on Friday while the northbound lanes remained closed, though they were expected to reopen later in the day.

Two other buses that were also transporting students to Humboldt State University were not involved in the accident and made it safely to HSU. The school said it sent its deepest condolences to the friends and families of those affected, adding: “We are doing everything possible to provide support and assistance.”

Superintendent John Deasy of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) said 19 students from 16 schools were on the bus tour to Humboldt State University. “At this time, we know that there have been 10 fatalities, including five students. However, we do not know if those students attended LAUSD schools,” Deasy said. “Students from throughout Southern California were participating.”

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U.S. prosecutor’s father rescued days after kidnapping in North Carolina

U.S. prosecutor’s father rescued days after kidnapping in North Carolina

By Heidi Pullyard

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA (BNO NEWS) — A North Carolina man whose daughter has prosecuted gang members and drug cases was rescued in Atlanta on late Wednesday, days after he was kidnapped from his home in an “elaborate kidnapping pl…

U.S. discount franchise Family Dollar to cut jobs, close 370 stores

U.S. discount franchise Family Dollar to cut jobs, close 370 stores

By Heidi Pullyard

MATTHEWS, NORTH CAROLINA (BNO NEWS) — The discount store franchise Family Dollar will cut jobs and close approximately 370 underperforming stores across the United States due to a decrease in sales, the company announced on Thursday…

Texas executes Mexican national in defiance of world court ruling

Texas executes Mexican national in defiance of world court ruling

HUNTSVILLE, TEXAS (BNO NEWS) — A Mexican national convicted of rape and murder was executed in Texas on late Wednesday despite a 2004 ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) that found he had been improperly denied representation from Mexic…

Teen arrested after stabbing 24 at Pennsylvania high school

Teen arrested after stabbing 24 at Pennsylvania high school

HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA (BNO NEWS) — A teenage boy armed with two knives went on a stabbing spree at a Pennsylvania high school on Wednesday morning, injuring more than 20 people in one of the worst such incidents in the United States in recent years…

‘Games of Thrones’ renewed for two more seasons

‘Games of Thrones’ renewed for two more seasons

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (BNO NEWS) — The popular HBO fantasy series “Game of Thrones” has been renewed for a fifth and sixth season, the premium cable network announced on Tuesday, two days after the series’ season four debut scored the highest number…