Seven die in SUV crash
An out-of-control SUV barreled across several lanes of traffic on a highway overpass Sunday, then plunged more than 50 feet off the side of the road and landed in a ravine on the grounds of the nationís largest city zoo, killing all seven people aboard, including three children, authorities said. The SUV apparently flipped over a 4-foot-high iron fence before landing upside-down on the Bronx Zoo property. The cause of the crash was unclear. The victims were three girls, ages 3 to 10, an 84-year-old man and three women, ages 80, 45 and 39, police said. The 45-year-old woman was driving. The victims' names weren't immediately released.
Closer scrutiny for tents
St. Louis officials are expected to more closely scrutinize the large tents commonly set up near downtown stadiums after one of the temporary structures collapsed in high winds Saturday, resulting in the death of an Illinois man and dozens of injuries after a baseball game. Sam Dotson, a spokesman for Mayor Francis Slay, said itís unclear whether adequate regulations were in place and being followed Saturday or whether people simply did not pay attention to severe weather warnings. The fast-moving storm ripped a large beer tent at Kilroyís Sports Bar from its moorings and sent it and debris hurtling through the air about 80 minutes after the St. Louis Cardinals game. Seventeen people in the tent were taken to hospitals and up to 100 of the 200 gathered were treated at the scene.
Navy, utility near deal
The U.S. Navy is nearing a first-time agreement to curb electricity use at its sprawling San Diego-area bases if power runs short in Southern California this summer, a deal intended to diminish the threat of blackouts while the troubled San Onofre nuclear plant remains offline. The Navy is San Diego Gas & Electricís largest customer, and the utility has been working on an agreement under which the Navy would temporarily reduce its energy consumption if regional supplies become scarce. In exchange, the Navy would receive a break on electricity rates.
Compiled from wire reports.