February 2, 2009 in Nation/World

In brief: Arizona bus crash site combed for clues


Federal investigators on Sunday closely examined a stretch of rural Arizona highway near Hoover Dam looking for clues to the cause of a tour bus crash that killed seven Chinese tourists.

The bus crashed Friday on a straight stretch of U.S. 93, about 70 miles southeast of Las Vegas.

Along with the seven people killed, 10 others were injured.

National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson said the investigators also plan to interview the 48-year-old bus driver, who was in fair condition at a Las Vegas hospital, and the surviving passengers.

Five people remained hospitalized Sunday at University Medical Center in Las Vegas. Two were in critical condition.

Elyria, Ohio

Eight-year-old girl shot by brother, 10

Authorities say an 8-year-old girl from northeast Ohio was shot in the head after struggling over a pistol with her 10-year-old brother.

Elyria police Lt. A.D. Eichenlaub said Najia Boone was critically wounded when the weapon went off Sunday. Eichenlaub said the siblings were struggling over the .22-caliber pistol in an upstairs bedroom of the family’s home.

A nursing supervisor at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland said Boone was in critical condition on Sunday night. Police say the child’s brother had taken the weapon from a relative’s home on Saturday.

PECOS, Texas

Riot at prison is second in months

Law enforcement authorities in West Texas say they are trying to restore order at a privately run federal prison where a riot broke out, the second disturbance in as many months.

Texas Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Tela Mange said the riot at the Reeves County Detention Center in Pecos was continuing Sunday, a day after it started.

It wasn’t immediately clear how many inmates were involved. The facility, about 430 miles west of Dallas, holds more than 2,400 inmates.


Jenny’s number can now be yours

After five years fielding thousands of calls to one of rock ’n’ roll’s most celebrated phone numbers, disc jockey Spencer Potter is hanging up on Jenny.

Her seven digits are familiar to anyone who paid attention to pop music in the early 1980s: 867-5309, immortalized by the band Tommy Tutone.

Potter and his roommates requested the number on a lark for their home phone in northern New Jersey. They got it, along with about 30 to 40 calls a day.

The 28-year-old Potter says he’s selling his business, A Blast Entertainment, and moving to New York. The business and the phone number are for sale on eBay, where the high bid was about $1,000 by Sunday morning.

From wire reports

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