CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.—A bus carrying dozens of elementary school students crashed in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Monday, killing an undetermined number of people and sending 23 to a local hospital with injuries, police said. The students were in kindergarten through fifth grade, a spokesman for the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office said. That would make them roughly ages 5 to 10. The bus carried 35 students, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported, citing Chattanooga Fire Department Assistant Chief Tracy Arnold.
Sunoco Logistics Partners LP said it would buy Energy Transfer Partners LP in a deal valued at $19.93 billion to create the second-largest master limited partnership by enterprise value. ETP is the main company behind the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, which has been delayed since September, when federal regulators decided to re-review permitting for the pipeline to cross land owned by the federal government.
WASHINGTON—An actor from the hit Broadway musical "Hamilton" who angered Donald Trump when he appealed on-stage for Vice President-elect Mike Pence to ensure the incoming administration respected all Americans said on Monday, Nov. 21, he would not apologize for the remarks.
BERLIN—Angela Merkel announced on Sunday, Nov. 20, she wants to run for a fourth term as German chancellor in next year's election, a sign of stability after Britain's vote to leave the European Union and the election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. president. Despite a voter backlash over her open-door migrant policy, the 62-year old conservative said she would stand again in the September election, ending months of speculation over her decision.
WASHINGTON—U.S. Vice President-elect Mike Pence said on Sunday, Nov. 20, he was not offended by rare and pointed comments made to him by a cast member of "Hamilton" after he attended the hit Broadway show. "I wasn't offended," Pence said on "Fox News Sunday," declining to ask for an apology as President-elect Donald Trump had demanded.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla—A U.S. weather satellite that will "revolutionize" forecasting was scheduled for launch from Florida's Cape Canaveral on Saturday, Nov. 19, promising to deliver continuous high-definition views of hurricanes and other storms over the Western Hemisphere. The detailed view provided by the satellite is expected to sharpen hurricane forecasts, provide more advanced warning of floods and better tracking of wildfires, plumes and volcanic ash clouds.
SAN SALVADOR—Voluntary rescue worker Jazmin Hernandez has vivid memories of the day she responded to an emergency call involving a policeman shot dead by gang members in an El Salvadoran slum. It was the first time the 16-year-old had seen violence up-close in her home country, where a turf war between the notorious gangs Barrio 18 and Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) has pushed murder rates to record levels. "When we arrived he was still alive, but we couldn't do anything and he died because he had so many bullets in his body," she said.
Spanking and hitting children to discipline them has become much less common in recent decades as more parents choose non-physical approaches like "time-outs" instead, a U.S. study suggests. Since 1988, the proportion of middle-income mothers who think physical punishment is appropriate has dropped from 46 percent to 21 percent, the study found. Over that same time, the share of mothers endorsing time-outs surged from 41 percent to 81 percent.
Facebook Inc, facing withering criticism for failing to stem a flood of phony news articles in the run-up to the U.S. presidential election, is taking a series of steps to weed out hoaxes and other types of false information, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post Friday evening, Nov. 19.
WASHINGTON—The election of Donald Trump as president has done nothing to change the Federal Reserve's plans for a rate increase "relatively soon," Fed Chair Janet Yellen said on Thursday, Nov. 17, in Congressional testimony that included a pledge to serve out her term.