Tourist bus crashes
in Utah; 4 dead, 15 injured
SALT LAKE CITY | A bus carrying Chinese-speaking tourists crashed on the way to a national park in Utah, killing four people and critically injuring as many as 15 others, authorities said Friday.
It appears the driver might have swerved on a two-lane highway leading to Bryce Canyon National Park and then tried to overcorrect, sending the tour bus rolling into a guardrail, Garfield County Sheriff Danny Perkins said.
The driver survived and was talking with investigators, Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Nick Street said. The driver didn’t appear to be intoxicated, but authorities were still investigating, he said.
The crash happened near a highway rest stop about 7 miles from the entrance to the park known for its narrow red rock spires. There was some wind, but it was not strong enough to cause problems, Street said.
urged Ukraine to investigate Biden’s son
WASHINGTON | President Donald Trump allegedly urged the new leader of Ukraine this summer to investigate the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, a person familiar with the matter said Friday. Democrats condemned what they saw as a clear effort to damage a political rival, now at the heart of an explosive whistleblower complaint against Trump.
The president defended himself Friday against the intelligence official’s complaint, angrily declaring it came from a “partisan whistleblower,” though he also said he didn’t know who had made it. The complaint was based on a series of events, one of which was a July 25 call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, according to a two people familiar with the matter. The people were not authorized to discuss the issue by name and were granted anonymity.
Hurricane Lorena threatens Mexico’s Baja
CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico | Residents and tourists hunkered down in homes, shelters and hotels as Hurricane Lorena menaced Mexico’s resort-studded Baja California Peninsula on Friday, threatening damaging winds, flash floods and life-imperiling surf.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center reported that the storm’s eye was near the southern end of the Baja California Peninsula in the evening, and said Lorena’s future track was “highly uncertain.”
The hurricane center said Lorena’s maximum sustained winds had increased to 85 mph and its center was about 60 miles north-northeast of Cabo San Lucas. After stalling, it was moving again toward the northwest at 5 mph.
De Blasio drops 2020 presidential bid
NEW YORK | New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ended his campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination on Friday after struggling to gain traction in a sprawling field of candidates.
Announcing his decision in an MSNBC interview, de Blasio did not throw his support behind any candidate but said he would support the eventual Democratic nominee “with energy.”
“I feel like I’ve contributed all I can to this primary election, and it’s clearly not my time,” de Blasio told the hosts of “Morning Joe.”
— From wire reports