LA PAZ, Bolivia – A battle among rival gangs in a prison in Bolivias eastern lowlands Friday left 30 people dead, many burned to death, as witnesses said inmates used propane gas tanks as flamethrowers. Among the dead was an 18-month-old infant.
The carnage in Palmasola maximum-security prison outside the regional capital of Santa Cruz also left 60 people injured, as inmates in one cell block attacked a neighboring cell block with knives, machetes and canisters of gas, said Interior Minister Carlos Romero.
Romero said the fight was over leadership and space in the prison. Inmates in one cell block knocked a hole in the wall separating the two groups, and opened the valves on the gas tanks, using them as flamethrowers, he said. The straw mattresses used by the inmates caught fire and the flames spread.
The victims were trapped in the fire, Romero said.
Palmasola is Bolivias largest prison, and officials say its the countrys worst episode of prison violence.
Army reservists hurt in NC bus crash
A chartered bus carrying U.S. Army reservists went off a road north of Charlotte, N.C., and overturned Friday, injuring at least 28 soldiers, authorities said.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol said the bus was carrying 45 soldiers around 3 p.m. when it crashed in Mooresville, which is about 25 miles north of Charlotte.
Police said the bus had slowed for turning traffic, slid to the right and ran off N.C. 150. The bus toppled onto its right side and came to rest in front of a storage facility.
Gun goes off in child’s backpack
No charges have been filed against a Tennessee kindergartner or his mother after a gun discharged inside the childs backpack in a school cafeteria, but the shooting has led to metal-detecting wands being provided to the districts elementary schools, officials said Friday.
Memphis police said the 5-year-old and his mother were released from custody late Thursday, hours after the gun went off as students were waiting for the opening bell in the Westside Elementary School cafeteria. No one was hurt, and school security officers quickly took control of the backpack.
Chemo decision sparks legal fight
An Ohio hospital is fighting to force a 10-year-old Amish girl with leukemia to resume chemotherapy after her parents decided to stop the treatments.
Akron Childrens Hospital is appealing a judges decision to block an attorney whos a registered nurse from taking over limited guardianship and making medical decisions for the girl.
The hospital believes the girl will die without chemotherapy and is obligated to make sure she receives proper care, said Robert McGregor, the hospitals chief medical officer.
The parents initially allowed chemotherapy treatment in May but stopped treatment in June. The parents said the effects on their daughter were horrible and that they were now relying on natural medicines, such as herbs and vitamins, The Medina Gazette reported.
Rallying teachers clog Mexico airport
Thousands of striking teachers strangled traffic and blocked access to Mexico Citys international airport Friday, flexing their muscles in a bid to block educational reforms intended to introduce teacher evaluations and reduce union power over hiring decisions.
Several thousand teachers blocked the main expressway leading to the airport; they had vowed to seize the terminal, but police were called in to block the march.
Travelers were forced to walk part of the way to the airport to catch their flights. Some fliers were ferried into the airport aboard federal police trucks once they reached police lines set up to prevent protesters from seizing the terminal.
1 arrest in gang rape of journalist in India
Police have arrested one man and are searching for four other suspects accused of gang raping a photojournalist working as an intern for a magazine in the latest attack on a woman to shock India.
The police released sketches of the four missing suspects after the arrested man confessed to the crime Thursday at an abandoned textile mill and named the others, Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh said at a news conference.
The rape follows the December assault in New Delhi of a female student who later died and an attack on a U.S. tourist in June.
The woman was attacked while she was with a male colleague, who was tied up and beaten, Singh said.