2 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, March 24, 2006
Crash in Chile kills 12 Americans
Bus was returning
from cruise ship when
it plunged off highway
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) - A tour
bus swerved to avoid an approaching
truck and tumbled 300 feet down a
mountainside in northern Chile, kill-
ing 12 American tourists and injuring
two others, U.S. and Chilean officials
Two Chileans also were hospital-
ized, said Juan Carlos Poli, a city hall
spokesman in the Pacific port city of
The tourists were returning to
Celebrity Cruises' ship Millennium
from an excursion to Lauca National
Park when the bus plunged off the
rugged highway Wednesday near
Arica, 1,250 miles north of Santiago,
Poli said the bus, which had a
capacity of 16 passengers, "was total-
Poli also said the injured Ameri-
cans were "conscious and have been
able to talk to doctors," although he
added their were concerns because of
The victims were all in their 60s
and 70s, authorities said.
Celebrity Cruises President Dan
Hanrahan told reporters in Miami
the victims were part of a 64-member
B'nai B'rith group on vacation, but
their identities were not being released
"out of respect for the families."
Of the injured tourists, one broke a
leg and the other broke a hand, said
Mauricio Lynn of Jackson Memorial
Hospital in Miami. Both men were
in stable condition but were being
observed at a hospital as a precaution.
U.S. Embassy spokesman John
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica
One dies in fire on Caribbean cruise ship
A fire apparently started by a cigarette raced through cabins on a cruise ship in
the Caribbean early yesterday, killing an American and injuring 11 other people,
The Star Princess was en route from Grand Cayman to Jamaica when the blaze
started at about 3 a.m., according to a statement from Princess Cruises, which is
owned by Miami-based Carnival Corp. About 150 cabins were damaged before
crew members extinguished the flames.
The American died after suffering cardiac arrest, Princess spokeswoman Julie
Benson said without releasing the victim's name.
A company statement said two passengers suffered "significant smoke inhala-
tion injuries" and nine others had "minor complications." The injured were being
treated in the ship's medical center, the company said.
Horace Peterkin, president of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association, toured
the scorched ship after it docked in Jamaica and said crew members told him the
fire apparently started on a cabin balcony. A cigarette was suspected of causing the
fire, Peterkin told The Associated Press.
Bush urges 'civil debate' on immigration
As Congress prepares for a showdown over immigration policy, President Bush urged
lawmakers yesterday to have a "civil debate" that respects people of all backgrounds.
"Ours is a nation of law and ours is a nation of immigrants, and we believe
that we can have rational, important immigration policy that's based upon law and
reflects our deep desire to be a compassionate and decent nation," Bush said.
He urged a serious debate on the issues at a time when advocates on both sides
have been playing to voters' gut emotions.
"When we discuss this debate, it must be done in a civil way," Bush said during
a meeting with groups pushing for changes to immigration laws. "It must be done
in a way that brings dignity to the process. It must be done in a way that doesn't pit
people against another."
Bush wants Congress to create a worker program under which participants could
gain legal status for a specific time and then be required to return home.
Melting ice could spur rise in sea level
The Earth is already shaking beneath melting ice as rising temperatures threaten
to shrink polar glaciers and raise sea levels around the world.
By the end of this century, Arctic readings could rise to levels not seen in 130,000
years - when the oceans were several feet higher than now, according to new
research appearing in today's issue of the journal Science.
Even now, giant glaciers lubricated by melting water have begun causing earthquakes
in Greenland as they lurch toward the ocean, other scientists report in the same journal.
"Although the focus of our work is polar, the implications are global," Otto-
Bliesner said. "These ice sheets have melted before and sea levels rose.
Civil rights leader criticized for Wal-Mart work
At the grand opening of a Wal-Mart in a black suburb of Atlanta, civil rights leader
Andrew Young danced with store clerks, bouncing to the song "We Are Family."
He also posed with a $1 million check from the company - a donation for a
memorial to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to be built on the National Mall in
Young took part in the pep rally in his new position as a paid corporate cheer-
leader for Wal-Mart - a role that has perplexed some of his longtime civil rights
colleagues, who have all but accused him of going over to the enemy.
Activists for the poor have long complained that Wal-Mart skimps on wages and
health benefits, forces employees to work off the clock, and kills off mom-and-pop
Coroner's office empolyees carry the body of a victim of the tourist bus crash at the forensic Institute in Arica, Chile yesterday.
Twelve elderly American tourists were killed Wednesday when a bus plunged off the rugged highway near Arica.
Vance said consular officers were
being sent to Arica.
The Millennium was docked in
Arica. It had been scheduled to
leave for Peru early yesterday, but
the departure was delayed until the
evening to allow guests to make
other arrangements if they wished,
Hanrahan said. The ship was car-
rying 1,536 guests and 920 crew
The accident occurred 25 miles
northeast of Arica on the road lead-
ing deep into the high Andes Moun-
tains, connecting the coast with the
Bolivian capital of La Paz.
The cruise line said it was offer-
ing to fly family members of vic-
tims to Chile and sending a special
assistance team to the ship to help
its guests and crew.
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