Barges hit Miss. bridge at Vicksburg; river closed Hunger strike spreads at Gitmo Student won't take off NRA shirt Van rolls during pursuit; 5 dead
VICKSBURG, Miss. -- The Coast Guard says the Mississippi River is closed at Vicksburg because barges hit a railroad bridge there and about 30 barges broke free from their tow.
Petty Officer Ryan Tippets says 15 barges have been recovered. He says two sank and crews are working to round up the rest. He couldn't say when the bridge might reopen.
The barges were carrying coal and grain, Tippets said.
MIAMI -- The U.S. military says just over half of the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay are on hunger strike.
A military spokesman says 84 prisoners have been classified as hunger strikers at the U.S. military base in Cuba. The prison's population is 166.
Army Lt. Col. Samuel House said 16 of the 84 prisoners are being force-fed and five have been hospitalized. He said none of the hospitalized men have life-threatening conditions.
About a week after a clash between guards and prisoners, the hunger strike is steadily growing. On Tuesday, the number of hunger strikers was 45. By Friday, 63 prisoners had joined.
Prisoners have been on a hunger strike since early February to protest conditions and their indefinite confinement.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A West Virginia student was charged with causing a disruption at a middle school when he refused to remove a T-shirt that displayed the National Rifle Association's logo and hunting rifle.
Jared Marcum, 14, said the shirt did not violate Logan Middle School's dress code policy.
"I was surprised. It shocked me that the school didn't know their own dress code and their own policy. I figured they would have known not to call me out on that shirt because there was nothing wrong with it," Marcum said in a telephone interview.
Marcum's stepfather, Allen Lardieri, said the youth was waiting in line in the school cafeteria Thursday when a teacher ordered the eighth-grader to remove the T-shirt or to turn it inside out.
Marcum said was sent to the office where he again refused the order.
"When the police came, I was still talking and telling them that this was wrong, that they cannot do this, it's not against any school policy. The officer, he told me to sit down and be quiet. I said, 'No, I'm exercising my right to free speech.' I said it calmly," he said.
Police charged him with disrupting an educational process and obstructing an officer, he said.
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Authorities say five people died after the van they were traveling in rolled over in southern Arizona as it was being pursued by Border Patrol agents.
Rural/Metro Fire spokesman Willie Treatch says 22 people were in the van at the time it rolled over Saturday night in between Tucson and Benson, Ariz.
Seventeen other people were taken to hospitals for treatment. Their injuries are unknown.
Treatch says he didn't know the circumstances of the vehicle pursuit by the Border Patrol.