Yellowstone flight ends in crash, 8 deathsMESQUITE,...


Yellowstone flight ends in crash, 8 deaths

MESQUITE, Nev. -- A plane en route to Yellowstone National Park crashed yesterday morning shortly after the pilot reported engine trouble, killing all eight people aboard, including four Japanese executives.

The twin-engine Cessna 421, owned by Adventure Airlines, crashed about a mile from an airfield near Mesquite, where the pilot was diverted because of the engine problem shortly after takeoff.

Four airline employees were killed along with the tourists, said Mohave County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Tom Sheahan. KVBC-TV in Las Vegas reported that there were no survivors.

48-car pileup in L.A. tied to rain, blown tire


LOS ANGELES -- A freak rainstorm led to a multiple-vehicle pileup on a Los Angeles freeway yesterday that involved 48 cars and trucks and left 26 people hurt, police said.

Vehicles were scattered on a quarter-mile of roadway across the eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 eight miles west of downtown ** Los Angeles, California Highway Patrol Sgt. Bruce Clark said.

Paramedics set up a portable treatment center on the freeway, Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said. Three people were taken to a hospital with serious injuries, he said.

The pileup started when a car blew a tire, veered out of control and crashed through the dividing barrier onto the eastbound lanes, Sergeant Clark said. As other drivers braked to avoid the car, they skidded on the rain-slicked road.

3 Wendy's workers win right to wear braids


RICHMOND, Va. -- Three students have won the right to wear braids to work at Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers after a manager briefly banned the hairstyle as "prone to bugs and lice."

On their side, the students had the corporate logo, featuring a red-haired girl with braids, and Virginia health regulations, which recommend braids as a hair restraint for food handlers.

The students, all black women, have shoulder-length hair braided into more than 100 stiff strands in a style popular among black youths. The three called the ban racist, kept their hairdos and said they were willing to be dismissed.

The president of the franchise, which operates seven Wendy's restaurants in the Richmond area, reversed the manager's policy after an account of the dispute appeared in the Richmond Free Press. "We realized we had goofed up," said the president, Edward P. Anderson.

Retiree charged in St. George blaze


NEW YORK -- A 61-year-old retired Parks Department employee with a long criminal record was charged with setting the spectacular fire that destroyed a vacant section of a landmark hotel last weekend, police said yesterday.

Louis Foressie accidentally caused the blaze while using a torch look for copper material in an abandoned building next to the St. George Hotel in Brooklyn, police said. Police said he was searching for copper wire and tubing to rip out and sell.

The fire, battled by 500 firefighters, injured 32 people and forced the evacuation of nearly 1,000 others, police said.

Hall of Fame gets off to rocking start


CLEVELAND -- Bruce Springsteen, Chuck Berry and friends rocked the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last night in a concert to mark the long-awaited opening of the $92 million glass-and-steel shrine.

Mr. Springsteen and the E Street Band kicked off the show by joining Mr. Berry for a rendition of Mr. Berry's 1950s hit, "Johnny B Goode."

Sheryl Crow, Aretha Franklin, Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis also were scheduled to perform at Cleveland Stadium, next to the hall. More than 55,000 tickets were sold for the show, carried live on HBO.

The rock hall, nearly 10 years in the making, opened for the first time yesterday to cheering crowds.

From Wire Reports

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