KINGMAN, Ariz. – A commercial tour bus carrying a dozen people drifted off an Arizona highway on Sunday and rolled several times, killing two people and injuring several others, authorities said.
The crash happened around 8 a.m. near the community of Meadview on the southeastern side of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, said Mohave County sheriff’s spokeswoman Trish Carter.
The bus was headed from Las Vegas to the western rim of the Grand Canyon. The 12 people on board included the driver, who suffered minor injuries and has been cooperating with investigators.
Carter said several passengers suffered serious injuries and were flown to hospitals in Las Vegas and nearby Kingman. The passengers’ names were not immediately released, but Carter said they may be tourists from another country.
Climber dies in 1,000-foot fall
ESTES PARK, Colo. – The body of a 54-year-old Colorado climber killed in a fall at Rocky Mountain National Park has been flown out of the backcountry.
The National Park Service said James Charles Patrick, of Littleton, was climbing a glacier with two companions shortly before noon on Saturday when he fell more than 1,000 feet to his death.
Patrick carried the rope used by all three, which left the other two stuck on the mountainside. They called for help with a cell phone.
Rangers reached the two with ropes after about four hours, and the climbers made it out safely from the glacier near Taylor and Powell peaks.
IHOP suing church for trademark violation
LOS ANGELES – IHOP has served up a federal lawsuit against a church, alleging International House of Prayer is violating its trademark.
The suit asks International House of Prayer to stop using “IHOP” and similar phrases, and seeks to have the court give the Web address ihop.org to the restaurant chain.
Officials at the church, based in Kansas City, Mo., declined to comment. In a statement, church officials said they were aware of the lawsuit and were reviewing the claims.
“It is certainly not our intent to harm International House of Prayer,” said International House of Pancakes spokesman Patrick Lenow. “We do think there is confusion out there. A simple Google search supports that.”
In addition to protecting the trademark, Lenow said the company does not want to leave its customers with the impression that it supports a particular church or faith.
“We support freedom of religion, and we wouldn’t want improper use of our name to support one faith over the others,” he said.
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