UVALDE, Texas

12 from church die in crash

A state trooper says all 12 people killed when a small church bus and a pickup truck collided in Texas were senior adults who were returning from a three-day church retreat. Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Conrad Hein also says two people in the church vehicle were hospitalized after surviving the crash Wednesday in northern Uvalde County about 75 miles west of San Antonio. The lone person in the pickup also was injured. Hein says the bus carrying members of First Baptist Church of New Braunfels, Texas, was a 2004 Turtle Top.

ATLANTA

Parents sue sword maker

The parents of a Kentucky teenager say the steel blade of a samurai sword broke off its handle and flew in the air as he played with friends, piercing the boy’s forehead and leaving him in a coma for weeks. In a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday in Atlanta, Michael and Nicole Ballinger say their son Tristan, then 15, and his friends were taking turns last November throwing a plastic water bottle in the air and swinging the sword at it outside their home in La Grange, Ky. During one swing of the sword, its 27-inch blade broke off and flew as far as 20 feet before it became impaled in the head of the teenager, according to the lawsuit. The defendant, Top Swords LLC of Dallas, Georgia, did not respond Wednesday to a request for comment.

SHAWNEE, Okla.

Officer dies; man charged

Prosecutors have charged a 35-year-old man with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a 22-year-old police officer during a traffic stop. Court records show Byron James Shepard of Okemah was charged Wednesday in Pottawatomie County in the shooting of Tecumseh police officer Justin Terney, who died Monday after being shot Sunday. Court records don’t list an attorney for Shepard. Officials say Terney stopped a vehicle in which Shepard was a passenger and learned he had a warrant for his arrest. Shepard fled on foot and Terney pursued him before the two exchanged gunfire.

WASHINGTON

Census question withdrawn

The U.S. Census Bureau said Wednesday that it mistakenly proposed counting LGBTQ Americans and has since “corrected” the proposal to remove the gender and sexuality category. Gay rights groups quickly declared that it was another sign that President Donald Trump was reneging on a promise to protect them. The statement came a day after the agency sent Congress its proposals for the subjects to ask Americans about categorizing themselves in the 2020 Census and an annual survey. The proposal “inadvertently listed sexual orientation and gender identity as a proposed topic in the appendix,” the agency said.

Compiled from wire reports