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1 student dies after bus flips

A bus carrying students and their chaperones home from a band trip to Chicago rolled over on a Minnesota highway Saturday, killing one student and injuring the dozens of others on board, authorities said.

The bus was traveling west on Interstate 94 about 30 miles northwest of Minneapolis when it rolled shortly before 6 a.m. and slid into a ditch, said State Patrol dispatcher Tom Aspling. He said 47 people were on board.

The cause of the crash near Albertville wasn’t immediately determined. The weather at the time was dry.

The bus was one of two carrying students from Pelican Rapids High School, according to the western Minnesota school’s Web site.

One person died, said Tim Burke, a spokesman for Allina Hospitals and Clinics. The students and their chaperones were taken to several hospitals.

3 collegians die in Wisconsin fire

A smoky house fire near a University of Wisconsin campus killed three students early Saturday, even though neighbors said they heard alarms going off.

Rescuers found two women and a man in second-floor bedrooms near the University of Wisconsin-Stout, and they were pronounced dead at a hospital, authorities said.

The smoke detectors were working, and neighbors called police when they heard the alarms, Menomonie Police Chief Dennis Beety said. Police don’t know why the three victims didn’t wake up and leave.

“There was a bottle of alcohol and the top was off of it,” Beety said. “But that’s no indication they were drinking at the time.”

The university identified the victims as April C. Englund, 21, of West St. Paul, Minn.; Amanda Jean Rief, 20, of Chaska, Minn.; and Scott A. Hams, 23, of Hayward. All three appeared to have died of smoke inhalation.

China-bound cams confiscated by feds

Two men trying to board a plane to China with nearly a dozen sensitive infrared cameras in their luggage were arrested Saturday in Los Angeles, a federal official said.

Federal agents stopped the pair on the jetway as they were preparing to board the flight to Beijing.

The men had been in the United States for about a week, said Rick Weir, assistant special agent in charge of the L.A. office of the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security.

Yong Guo Zhi, a Chinese national, and Tah Wei Chao, a naturalized U.S. citizen, were arrested for investigation of trying to take thermal-imaging cameras with potential military use to China without the proper export licenses, Weir said.

Microsoft delivers deadline to Yahoo

Microsoft set the clock ticking for Yahoo to accept its $41 billion buyout offer in a letter to the Internet pioneer’s board Saturday, warning that if a deal wasn’t reached by April 26 the software maker would launch a hostile takeover at a less attractive price.

“If we have not concluded an agreement within the next three weeks, we will be compelled to take our case directly to your shareholders, including the initiation of a proxy contest to elect an alternative slate of directors for the Yahoo board,” Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer wrote.

“If we are forced to take an offer directly to your shareholders, that action will have an undesirable impact on the value of your company from our perspective which will be reflected in the terms of our proposal,” he wrote.

Yahoo formally rejected the bid in February, saying it undervalues the company.

410,000 Passats being recalled by VW

Volkswagen Group of America Inc. says it’s voluntarily recalling about 410,000 gasoline-powered Passats because of potential problems including damage to a heat shield.

Volkswagen announced the recall Friday, saying no accidents or injuries have been recorded related to the 1999 to 2005 model year Passats.

Some Passats with an automatic transmission may have an underbody heat shield that could be subject to damage. And some with 1.8T engines have a fuel line that requires potential replacement.

Also, some all-wheel-drive Passats will be inspected for potential fuel tank ventilation valve damage.

Volkswagen plans to notify owners of the recall but says drivers who smell fuel should take the vehicle to a Volkswagen dealer or authorized shop.

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