INDIANA BUS CRASH
UPDATE: 3 dead in Indianapolis bus crash
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities in Indianapolis say three people were killed and 26 others were taken to area hospitals after a bus carrying teenagers coming home from a church camp crashed on a busy thoroughfare.
Indianapolis Public Safety Director Tony Riggs says the dead include a husband and wife.
Witnesses say the bus came off an interstate at a high rate of speed this afternoon, struck a retaining wall as it tried to round a curve and overturned. WTHR-TV reports the bus driver told witnesses his brakes failed.
The Fire Department says crews had to free five people who were trapped inside after the crash. Four good Samaritans helped before first responders could arrive, including one man who helped pull the driver out.
The bus was carrying 40 passengers who are members of Colonial Hills Baptist Church in Indianapolis and were returning from a youth camp in Michigan. The Fire Department says those injured included children and adults.
UPDATE: Police: Gunman in Fla. standoff lived with mother in building
HIALEAH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a man living with his mother in a South Florida apartment complex set their unit on fire and went on a shooting rampage throughout the building, killing six people before being shot to death by police.
As the eight-hour standoff in Hialeah began to unfold Friday night, authorities and witnesses say horrified residents hunkered down in their homes, at times so close to the action they could feel the gunfire or hear negotiations between the gunman and police.
In the final hours of the eight-hour standoff, police say 42-year-old Pedro Vargas held two people hostage at gunpoint for up to three hours in their apartment until a SWAT team entered and killed him. The hostages were not hurt.
HUDSON RIVER BOAT ACCIDENT
Manslaughter charge filed in Hudson River crash
PIERMONT, N.Y. (AP) — The driver of a speedboat that slammed into a construction barge on New York's Hudson River -- hurling a bride-to-be and her fiance's best man into the water -- has been charged with vehicular manslaughter.
Authorities say 35-year-old Jojo John of Nyack was also charged with three counts of vehicular assault at his hospital bedside as he recovers from Friday night's crash.
Rockland County Sheriff's Department Chief William Barbera says John's bail was set at $250,000. He says the man will be transported to jail after he's released from the hospital. Barbera says John is suspected of operating the boat while intoxicated.
Earlier today, authorities pulled a woman's body from the water that matches the description of 30-year-old Lindsey Stewart. The bride-to-be was hurled into the water after the accident near the Tappan Zee Bridge, north of New York City.
Stewart, of Piermont, N.Y., worked for an insurance company. She was set to be married Aug. 10. Her fiance, art teacher Brian Bond, was among four others injured in the crash.
Rescuers are still trying to locate one other passenger, her fiance's best man, 30-year-old Mark Lennon.
Officials say the groom-to-be and three others were hospitalized.
NORTH CAROLINA FLOODING
Heavy rains cause flash flooding in North Carolina
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A series of thunderstorms moving across western North Carolina has triggered major flash flooding, inundating roads, apartments and parts of several counties.
The Charlotte Observer reports that Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright is telling residents to stay indoors and away from flooded roads and washed-out bridges.
No injuries have been reported.
Parts of Catawba and surrounding counties were under water Saturday. Catawba County officials say some of the worst flash flooding in decades followed a nearly stationary weather system that dumped more than 12 inches of rain.
Several miles of Interstate 85 in Cabarrus County was closed for a short time Saturday due to high water.
It is at least the fourth major flash flooding event in the Charlotte region in the past month.
GAS WELL LEAK
Rig for relief well being positioned at gas leak
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal authorities say a rig is being positioned to drill a relief well for a gas leak in the Gulf of Mexico, and a permit is in the final stages of review.
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said Saturday that it's reviewing Walter Oil & Gas Corporation's permit to drill the relief well off the Louisiana coast.
The relief well could intercept the leaking well and seal it with drilling mud and cement.
The leak is from a gas rig that blew wild Tuesday morning. Spewing gas ignited that night, burning the rig owned by Hercules Offshore Inc.
Authorities believe that sand and sediment clogged the well late Wednesday, shutting off the gas flow in what is referred to as a "bridge over."
Kerry says Egypt is at 'pivotal moment' in history
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry says Egypt is at "a pivotal moment" more than two years since the uprising ousted the longtime President Hosni Mubarak.
Kerry says the "final verdict" of the revolution that brought Mohammed Morsi to power as Egypt's first democratically elected leader before the military recently toppled him "will be forever impacted by what happens right now."
Kerry says Egyptian officials "have a moral and legal obligation" to respect the right of peaceful assembly and freedom of expression. He says the continued violence sets back efforts of "reconciliation and democratization," and affects regional stability.
Egypt's health ministry says security forces fought with Morsi's supporters Saturday and at least 65 protesters were killed.
Kerry says the U.S. is urging "an independent and impartial inquiry" and says political leaders must help their country "take a step back from the brink."
Obama praises sacrifices of Korean War veterans
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is urging Americans to take time from their "hurried lives" to listen to the heroic stories of Korean War veterans.
Obama spoke today at the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, making the 60th anniversary of the war's end.
The president said when the conflict ended, many Americans were tired of war desired to forget and "move on." But he says the war's veterans "deserve better."
The 1950-1953 war involved North Korean and Chinese troops against U.S.-led United Nations and South Korean forces. It ended on July 27, 1953 — 60 years ago Saturday — with the signing of an armistice.
But a formal peace treaty was never signed, leaving the Korean Peninsula in a technical state of war and divided at the 38th parallel between its communist north and democratic south.
At least 2.5 million people were killed in the fighting.
UPDATE: Organizers estimate 2 million in Rio for pope
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Organizers estimate that some 2 million people have come out to Copacabana beach for the final evening of World Youth day with Pope Francis.
Francis headed into the final hours of his first international trip riding a remarkable wave of popularity: Rio's mayor estimated that as many as 3 million people might turn out for his final Mass on Sunday, and by the time Francis' open-sided car reached the stage for Saturday night's vigil service, the back seat was piled high with soccer jerseys, flags and flowers tossed to him by adoring pilgrims lining the route.
The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said organizers had estimated 2 million people were on hand for the vigil. That's twice as many as there were at the last World Youth Day vigil in Madrid in 2011.
TERESA HEINZ KERRY-HOSPITALIZED
John Kerry's wife leaves Boston rehab hospital
BOSTON (AP) — The wife of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has walked out of a Boston rehabilitation hospital after successful treatment for a seizure she experienced earlier this month.
State Department spokesman Glen Johnson said Saturday that doctors expect 74-year-old Teresa Heinz Kerry to complete her recovery at home after some out-patient treatment. She suffered a seizure at the couple's home in Nantucket on July 7.
Johnson previously said the cause of the seizure had not been determined but doctors had ruled out a brain tumor, heart attack or stroke.
Kerry thanked members of the State Department Diplomatic Security Service who first responded when his wife fell ill. She was transferred to two hospitals and ultimately to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital for recovery.
The family does not plan to additional comment.
Obama: Next Fed head should consider average Joes
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says his next Fed chairman should take ordinary people into account when setting monetary policy.
Obama tells The New York Times in an interview on the paper's website Saturday that he wants someone who won't just work abstractly to keep inflation in check and maintain stability in the markets. He says he wants the next Fed chairman to also promote policies that will help make ordinary people's lives better.
The president began a series of speeches this week promoting ideas for easing the burdens on the middle class.
Obama is considering replacements for Ben Bernanke, whose term as Fed chairman expires early next year.
Former Obama economic adviser Larry Summers and Janet Yellen, the Fed's current vice chair, are among the leading candidates for the job.
BURNING MAN-CROWD SIZE
NEW: Burning Man fest gets OK for larger crowd in Nev.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The largest outdoor arts festival in North America is about to become bigger.
Federal land managers have issued Burning Man organizers a four-year special recreation permit that allows a peak population of 68,000 on the northern Nevada desert this year.
Last year, the crowd at the offbeat art and music festival on the Black Rock Desert peaked at more than 53,000 — well below the previous population cap of 60,900.
Gene Seidlitz of the Bureau of Land Management says the agency is requiring organizers to comply with over 60 conditions related to issues such as security, public safety, resource management and cleanup.
He says the agency is confident that sufficient requirements are in place to protect the desert's environment and to ensure public safety.