Bus rolls after overnight snow near Denver

Saturday, February 11, 2006

WESTMINSTER, Colo. -- About 30 people -- including children -- were on board a bus when it rolled onto its side on a highway in a Denver suburb Friday after an overnight snowstorm. At least some of the passengers were injured. Television helicopter video showed the bus on its side on the shoulder of U.S. 36 between Denver and Boulder, along with a damaged delivery truck and a car. It was not immediately clear whether the other vehicles were involved in the bus crash, or if weather was a factor. Westminster police spokesman Tim Read told KDVR-TV in Denver he did not know how many were hurt or the extent of their injuries.

Families mark anniversary of submarine collision

HONOLULU -- The families of three people killed when a Navy submarine collided with a Japanese fishing boat five years ago gathered at a park overlooking the Pacific and draped a lei at a memorial honoring the nine victims. Loved ones bowed their heads for a moment of silence at 1:43 p.m. Thursday, the same time the USS Greeneville hit the Ehime Maru on Feb. 9, 2001. "It's been five years, but it feels like it was yesterday," Takako Segawa, the daughter of the boat's radio operator, said at a brief ceremony at the Ehime Maru Memorial at Kakaako Waterfront Park. "I feel like maybe he's just at sea and he'll come home." The victims' families tossed flower petals and chocolate into the ocean in an offering to Takeshi Mizuguchi, the only one of the nine whose body was not found.

20-year-old indicted in hospital computer attack

SEATTLE -- A 20-year-old man faces charges of exposing a virus in a hospital -- a computer virus. Christopher Maxwell of Vacaville, Calif., was summoned to appear in federal court in Seattle on Feb. 25, following a computer attack that crippled Northwest Hospital's computers, shutting down its intensive care unit and disabling doctors' pagers, prosecutors said Friday. At least 13,000 computers were infected in the January 2005 attack on the hospital, a 187-bed not-for-profit facility in Seattle, prosecutors said. They said lives were endangered, and computer repairs cost about $150,000. Prosecutors said the three conspirators used a "botnet" attack -- a program that lets hackers infect and control a computer network -- to install unwanted Internet advertising software, a job that earned them about $100,000.

FDA may extend registry deadline for Accutane

WASHINGTON -- The tens of thousands of Americans who take Accutane to treat their severe acne may gain additional time to register with a program designed to limit use of the birth defect-causing drug by pregnant women, health officials said Friday. Doctors and patients, along with wholesalers and pharmacies, are supposed to be registered and activated in the computerized iPledge system by March 1 if they want to sell, prescribe or take the acne drug isotretinoin. Isotretinoin is sold as Accutane and in three generic versions: Amnesteem, Claravis and Sotret. But glitches in the program, as well as the slow progress in registering patients and others, have led to calls for a delay by the American Academy of Dermatology Association and others. The ongoing problems with implementing the new Medicare prescription drug benefit may be complicating the debut of the registry as well, officials said.

Coroner in Pa. pleads not guilty to fraud, theft

PITTSBURGH -- A coroner who consulted on the death cases of Elvis Presley and JonBenet Ramsey pleaded not guilty Friday to federal charges alleging he used his government staff for private gain. Dr. Cyril Wecht was arraigned on 84 counts including mail fraud, wire fraud, theft of honest services and theft from the Allegheny County coroner's office. An indictment issued Jan. 20 accuses Wecht of using government employees or resources to run private errands and do laboratory work for his private company between 1996 and December 2005. Prosecutors also say Wecht bilked his private clients by overcharging them and using fake travel agency bills to cover his tracks. Wecht, 74, has denied doing private work on county time. He resigned from his government job after the indictment.

-- From wire reports

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