Explosion at school injures eight workers

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. —Eight workers were injured in an explosion Sunday at a middle school in southeastern Virginia.

Newport News Police spokesman Lou Thurston says the workers suffered varying injuries in Sunday morning's blast at Crittenden Middle School.

They were employees of T.R. Driscoll Inc. of Lumberton, N.C., a contracting company that had been doing repair work at the school for about five weeks.

The cause of the blast is being investigated, but police say it appears to be related to the repair work.

Five of the workers were taken to nearby trauma centers, while three were taken to emergency rooms.

Minivan carrying 15 crashes, killing five

NEW ORLEANS — A minivan packed with 13 children and two adults was likely overweight and not designed to carry so many, police said Sunday, a day after the vehicle crashed on a highway, killing five.

State police said the minivan likely blew a tire and rolled Saturday on Interstate 10 near Baton Rouge. None of the children was wearing a seat belt and all were thrown from the vehicle, state police said.

Four children ages 2 to 14 were killed, along with the driver. State police spokesman Russell Graham did not have updates on the conditions of the injured children, and their names were not released.

Graham said the van didn't have enough seat belts for everyone. The driver and the other adult were wearing them, according to state police.

Graham said the weight of the minivan "was probably more than it needed to be" and that it likely wasn't built to carry that many people.

President-elect in Uruguay is ex-guerrilla

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — A plain-talking former leader of leftist guerrillas who once sought power through kidnappings and bombings is now the president-elect of Uruguay.

Jose Mujica won more than 50 percent of the votes cast in a run-off election Sunday, according to exit polls by the South American country's three leading pollsters, giving the center-left Broad Front coalition five more years in power.

Former President Luis A. Lacalle of the center-right National Party conceded defeat. He trailed with about 45 percent of the votes, exit polls by Cifra, Factum and Equipos Mori said.