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Kansas crash leaves 6 dead

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Garden City, Kan. A car apparently ran a stop sign before smashing into a tractor-trailer Tuesday afternoon in southwest Kansas, killing six people, including four children, authorities said.

A dispatcher at the Kansas Highway Patrol said the accident occurred sometime after 1 p.m. All the people killed were riding in the car. No names were released.

The truck’s driver was taken to a hospital, but there was no immediate word on his condition.

King memorial gets a start

Washington The Senate approved $10 million to help begin groundbreaking for a memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. on the National Mall here — the first monument there to a person of color.

The $100 million memorial to King is to be built on a four-acre site next to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. Construction is scheduled to begin in November 2006, provided sufficient fund-raising progress is made by the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation. The group has already raised almost $40 million in private funding for the memorial to the slain civil rights leader.

“I have come to appreciate how Martin Luther King Jr., sought to help our nation overcome racial barriers, bigotry, hatred, and injustice, and how he helped to inspire and guide a most important, most powerful, and most transforming social movement,” said Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., the sponsor of the measure.

Historian, novelist Foote dead at 88

Memphis, Tenn. Novelist and Civil War historian Shelby Foote, who became a national celebrity explaining the war to America on Ken Burns’ 1990 PBS documentary, has died at 88.

Foote died Monday night, said his widow, Gwyn.

The Mississippi native and longtime Memphis resident wrote a stirring, three-volume, 3,000-page history of the Civil War, as well as six novels.

Early in his career, Foote took up the habit of writing by hand with an old-fashioned dipped pen, and he continued that practice throughout his life. Foote said writing by hand helped him slow down to a manageable pace and was more personal than using a typewriter.

My, my, my … what a big girl

Milwaukee Weighing in at 13 pounds, 12 ounces, Delaney Jessica Buzzell isn’t your average newborn. Her parents have even dubbed her the “Big Enchilada.”

The baby headed home Tuesday after being delivered by Caesarean section on June 23 — a surprising three weeks early.

Her family isn’t quite sure what to make of her weight. The father is 6-foot-2 and the mother is 5-foot-7, and nurse Judy Nadolski described them as “regular-sized.”

The child weighs near double the average newborn. And according to the National Center for Health Statistics, less than 1 percent of babies weigh more than 11 pounds at birth.

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