CALIFORNIA BUS CRASH KILLS 13
A tour bus returning from a casino slammed into the rear of a tractor-trailer on Sunday near Palm Springs, California, killing 13 people and injuring 31 others, according to state police. The bus driver was among those killed and the truck driver was injured, California Highway Patrol Division Chief Jim Abele said at a press conference. Injuries range from minor to moderate, he said. "The speed of the bus was so significant that when it hit the back of the big rig... the trailer itself entered about 15 feet into the bus," Abele added. The 1996 MCI bus, operated by USA Holiday, was returning to Los Angeles from the Red Earth Casino near the Salton Sea, according to Abele.