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Fiery crash ... Dramatic exchange ... Asking for forgiveness



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ORLAND, Calif. (AP) — Humboldt State University says students involved in a deadly crash between a bus and a FedEx truck came from a number of high schools in Southern California. The students were headed to the University's Arcata campus for a tour of the school when the FedEx vehicle crossed the median on Interstate 5 near Orland yesterday and slammed into the bus. Both vehicles burst into flames. One student says some 40 kids escaped the bus through a kicked out window. But authorities say both drivers and eight other people on the bus were killed.

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — A dramatic exchange today in the murder trial of Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius. Chief prosecutor Gerrie (HEHR'-ee) Nel insists that Pistorius intentionally killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, and during cross-examination told Pistorius, "she was standing behind the toilet door talking to you when you shot her." Pistorius answered, "that's not true." Nel says the "only reasonable explanation" for the Valentine's Day 2013 shooting is that Pistorius killed the model after a fight. Pistorius argues he thought he was shooting at an intruder.

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's deputy prime minister has escaped an assassination attempt. An Iraqi lawmaker says militants dressed as soldiers opened fire on Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq's convoy in the Abu Graib area today. Three of al-Mutlaq's guards were wounded and the attackers fled the scene.

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is asking for forgiveness from people who were sexually abused by priests. Francis was speaking today to members of the International Catholic Child Bureau, a French Catholic network of organizations that aim to protect children's rights. Francis says he feels "called to take it upon" himself to ask forgiveness for the evil that some priests have committed against children. The pope also says the church doesn't want to "take a step back in dealing with this problem and the sanctions that must be imposed."

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City man claims that a credit reporting agency falsely reported he had no financial history because his first name is God. God Gazarov of Brooklyn says in a lawsuit that Equifax has refused to correct its system to recognize his name as legitimate. According to the New York Post, an Equifax customer service representative even suggested that Gazarov change his first name to resolve the issue. Gazarov, who is Russian, is named after his grandfather.

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