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Mo. school bus crash kills two

GRAY SUMMIT, Mo. —Two buses packed with members of a high school marching band slammed into a freeway wreck that happened right in front of them on Thursday, crushing a pickup and killing its driver — the son of a political hopeful — as well as one of the students.

Dozens of other students from the John F. Hodge High School in St. James were taken to hospitals for treatment after the crash, which happened on a highway near Gray Summit, about 40 miles west of St. Louis. Most of the injuries were minor, and only two students remained hospitalized Thursday evening.

The students were traveling to Six Flags amusement park about 10 miles from the crash site.

Shooter explained why he killed eight

HARTFORD, Conn. —A black man who went on a shooting rampage at a beer distributor calmly told a 911 operator that it was "a racist place" and that he "handled the problem" but wished he had shot more people.

Omar Thornton called 911 after shooting 10 co-workers — eight fatally — on Tuesday morning at Hartford Distributors Inc. He introduced himself as "the shooter over in Manchester" and said he was hiding in the building, but he would not say where.

"You probably want to know the reason why I shot this place up," he said, his voice steady. "This place is a racist place. They're treating me bad over here. And treat all other black employees bad over here, too. So I took it to my own hands and handled the problem. I wish I could have got more of the people."

Thornton, 34, went on his rampage moments after he was forced to resign when confronted with video evidence that he had been stealing and reselling beer.

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