Nation & World news in brief | June 5, 2012

4th teen dies after graduation day crash

4th teen dies after graduation day crash

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BRUNSWICK, Ohio — An 18-year-old high school senior has died of injuries suffered in a weekend car crash just hours before his graduation, raising the death toll to four students. A fifth student was injured.

A car carrying Kevin Fox and four other teenagers went airborne, crashed and flipped over onto its roof at a railroad crossing early Sunday.

The Lorain County coroner said Monday that the cause of death of the three other students killed in the crash was multiple trauma with head and neck injuries. Coroner Dr. Stephen Evans said no evidence was found of drug or alcohol use.

Fox and 18-year-old driver Jeffrey Chaya had been scheduled to graduate from Brunswick High School on Sunday afternoon.

Chaya was among those killed.

Clinton: Romney would be ‘calamitous’ for U.S.

NEW YORK — Former President Bill Clinton warned Monday that a Mitt Romney presidency would be “calamitous” for the nation and the world, going further than even President Barack Obama in depicting the consequences of a return to Republican rule of the White House.

With Obama standing thoughtfully to one side, Clinton slammed Romney by name, an apparent rebuttal to his own comments last week that were widely seen as flattering to Romney’s background in business.

Clinton said Obama had earned a second term because of his steering of the economy through a “miserable situation” and “the alternative would be, in my opinion, calamitous for our country and the world.”

Clinton’s take came as he helped raise at least $3.6 million for Obama at three New York fundraisers. The two have patched over a personal rift from the 2008 campaign when Obama defeated Hillary Rodham Clinton in a bitter Democratic primary. But Clinton caused some heartburn in Obama’s campaign last week by remarking that Romney had a “sterling” business record — an assertion that undercut Democrats’ criticism of Romney’s decisions at the private equity firm Bain Capital.

Wisconsin recall battle finally goes to voters

MADISON, Wis. — The battle over Gov. Scott Walker’s agenda has attracted millions of dollars from out of state, campaign volunteers from across the country and months of concentrated attention from the two major political parties.

But on Tuesday, the only voices that matter will be those of Wisconsin voters deciding whether to keep Walker or fire him and hand his job to the Milwaukee mayor.

After more than a year in the national spotlight, both sides are preparing for a razor-thin margin.

Polls show Walker, a Republican just 17 months into his term, with a small lead over Democrat Tom Barrett.

“Now it’s our turn to speak,” an exuberant Barrett told campaign workers Monday in Portage. “We the people of the state of Wisconsin are going to reclaim our future.”

During Monday’s first campaign stop, Walker said he expects a close race, too, and he’s focused on turning out voters who supported his efforts to take on public-employee unions.

In Nigeria, search
for dead from
plane crash goes on

LAGOS, Nigeria — Emergency crews wearing masks to protect them from the acrid smoke and the stench of the dead searched for bodies in a smoldering, shattered neighborhood near the Lagos airport Monday after the crash of an airliner killed all 153 people on board and an unknown number on the ground.

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Apartment buildings, small businesses and roadside shops were smashed to bricks and rubble Sunday when the Dana Air MD-83 plowed into the area about five miles short of Lagos’ Murtala Muhammed International Airport.

By wire sources