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2013-03-11T00:00:00Z Around the nationFrom Wire Reports From Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star
March 11, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Ohio

SUV veers off road, rolls, killing 6 teens

WARREN - A speeding sport utility vehicle taken without permission and carrying eight teenagers crashed into a guardrail Sunday morning and flipped over into a swampy pond in northeast Ohio, killing five boys and the young woman driving, the state highway patrol said.

The Honda Passport veered off the side of a road and overturned just south of the city of Warren, about 60 miles east of Cleveland, Lt. Anne Ralston said. Investigators say it came to rest upside down in the swamp and sank with five of the victims trapped inside. A sixth, who was thrown from the SUV during the crash, was found under it when the vehicle was taken out of the water.

The two boys who survived escaped from the submerged vehicle and ran a quarter-mile to a home to call 911, the highway patrol said.

State highway patrol Lt. Brian Holt said at an evening news conference that speed was a factor, although investigators were still trying to determine the speed at the time of the accident.

California

Disney's 'Oz' lands in top spot at box office

LOS ANGELES - "Oz the Great and the Powerful" clicked with moviegoers.

Disney's 3-D prequel to the classic L. Frank Baum tale "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" debuted in first place and earned $80.3 million at the weekend box office in the U.S. and Canada and $69.9 million overseas, according to studio estimates Sunday.

"Oz" tells the origin of the wizard (James Franco) with Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz as the trio of witches he encounters after crashing in the mystical realm of Oz.

The updated take on "Oz," which was directed by original "Spider-Man" trilogy mastermind Sam Raimi, was a gamble that looks like it will pay off for the Walt Disney Co. The film reportedly cost $200 million.

District of Columbia

Jeb Bush: Reporters are like 'crack addicts'

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Sunday likened political reporters to "crack addicts" and "heroin addicts" during a tour of morning talk shows that drew repeated questions about the still-distant 2016 presidential election.

Bush, capping a media-heavy week that sparked chatter about a presidential campaign for a third member of his family, tried to keep the conversation focused on his book "Immigration Wars." But as Bush wrapped up a conversation with NBC's David Gregory, he likened journalists and their questions about the 2016 campaign to drug addicts.

"Who's the hottest Florida politician right now? Is it you or Marco Rubio?" Gregory asked, referring to Rubio, a senator who is also a potential GOP contender. "Who are we more likely to see in the White House?"

"Man, you guys are crack addicts. You really are obsessed with all this politics," Bush replied.

The "Meet the Press" host interrupted, saying he'd been called a lot of things, but never a crack addict.

"OK, heroin addict. Is that better?" Bush said.

Pennsylvania

Police: Man made up hit-run to get ride home

BERWICK - Police in central Pennsylvania allege that a man fabricated a story about being the victim of a hit-and-run last month because he wanted a ride home.

The (Bloomsburg) Press Enterprise said the 18-year-old Beach Haven resident was walking along Route 11 in Salem Township at about 1 a.m. on Feb. 8 when he called for help.

Police said he told officers and ambulance personnel that he had been struck in the left leg by a pickup truck, but they could find no evidence of an injury.

Authorities allege that he eventually acknowledged having made up the story so he could get a ride. They said he will now face charges of causing a false alarm and disorderly conduct.

The Associated Press

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