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NASA receives failed device from Gulf oil rig

NEW ORLEANS — A Coast Guard official says the 300-ton device that failed to stop the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill after a rig exploded has arrived at a NASA facility in Louisiana for analysis.

Lt. Suzanne Kerver told the Associated Press that the barge carrying the blowout preventer reached the New Orleans facility around 3:30 p.m. CDT on Saturday.

A week ago, the device was lifted from a mile beneath the sea and secured to the deck of the Helix Q4000. It was later transferred to a barge.

Government investigators plan to analyze it to determine why it failed. It is considered a key piece of evidence in ongoing investigations.

Double-decker bus crash kills 4 in N.Y.

SALINA, N.Y. —A double-decker bus that may have made a wrong turn off the highway slammed into a low railroad bridge in the pre-dawn darkness Saturday in a wreck that killed four passengers and critically injured others, authorities said.

The Megabus was carrying 28 people, including the driver, when it rammed the bridge around 2:30 a.m. on the Onondaga Lake Parkway in Salina, a suburb of Syracuse in central New York.

The bus lay on its side after the crash. Three passengers and the driver remained hospitalized Saturday afternoon. Twenty passengers, including seven Canadian residents, were treated and released, said Don Carmichael, a senior vice president at Coach USA, which operates Megabus.

The bus struck the bridge between two large signs warning that the clearance was 10 feet, 9 inches, photographs from WSYR-TV showed. The top level of the bus was obliterated in the front.

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