AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo.

Leader speaks against racism

The leader of the Air Force Academy spoke on race relations to thousands of cadets after someone wrote racial slurs on message boards outside the dorm rooms of five black students. Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria warned students that he would not tolerate racism at the academy. “If you can’t treat someone with dignity and respect, get out,” he said Thursday. Air Force security personnel are investigating the incident after the slurs were discovered Tuesday. Racial slurs are illegal in the military and can bring charges of violating orders and conduct unbecoming an officer.

DENVER

Three killed in bear-car crash

Three people were killed and four seriously injured Friday morning when an SUV careened off Interstate 70 after it struck a bear. Seven people were in the vehicle that slid across the center median, crossing over lanes of traffic before it flew off I-70 about 3:30 a.m. near Rifle, Colo., the Colorado State Patrol said. Two people who were killed Friday morning were ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene, authorities told KDVR TV. Brizeyda Hernandez, 15, died at a Denver hospital, KDVR reported. The bear died and was taken by wildlife officials, the State Patrol said.

WAUKESHA, Wis.

Deal lets attackers avoid jail

The second of two girls charged with repeatedly stabbing a classmate to impress horror character Slender Man will plead guilty in a deal that will send her to a state mental hospital. The deal, announced in court Friday, means both girls, who were 12 at the time, will avoid prison time for the attack on Payton Leutner, who was also 12. Morgan Geyser, now 15, will be treated indefinitely at a mental hospital. Her co-defendant, Anissa Weier, faces at least three years in a mental hospital. Geyser stabbed Leutner 19 times while Weier urged her on, investigators said. Leutner survived.

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif.

Rock formation deemed safe

An analysis Friday found there was no more danger than usual of another giant rock fall after two huge slides, including one involving a slab of granite the size of a 36-story building, occurred this week on the famed El Capitan rock formation in Yosemite National Park. One person was killed and two injured in the successive rock falls on Wednesday and Thursday at the climbing mecca. “If we felt any area was unsafe we wouldn’t be allowing people in there,” Yosemite geologist Greg Stock said Friday.

Compiled from wire reports