20 children killed when minibus hits truck in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A minibus carrying young students collided with a truck and burst into flames in South Africa on Friday, killing about 20 children. The victims were between 5 and 10 years old, said Russel Meiring, a spokesman for paramedic company ER24. He said several children survived after being pulled from the wreckage near Bronkhorstspruit, east of the capital, Pretoria.

Man, 2 daughters dead after 911 call, car fire, police shots

GRESHAM, Ore. (AP) -- The 911 call from a distraught Oregon mother came in shortly after midnight. The father of her two young daughters was armed and suicidal, and he had vanished with the girls early Wednesday after threatening to kill them. When an alert officer spotted the man's black Range Rover SUV in a gritty gas station parking lot outside Portland more than an hour later, the situation rapidly unraveled.

US reviews Ford recall of cars prone to overheating, fires

DETROIT (AP) -- The U.S. government's auto safety agency is reviewing a Ford Motor Co. recall of thousands of cars, SUVs and vans that can run low on coolant and potentially overheat and catch fire after the company proposed a remedy that doesn't fix the coolant problem. Ford notified the agency about the recall, which has caused 29 engine fires, in paperwork dated last week.