CALIFORNIA / Alcohol cited in fatal crash
A woman driving an SUV that was struck by a Greyhound bus in a crash last week was under the influence of alcohol, the California Highway Patrol said Monday. Friends and relatives said Sylvia Lopez Garay, 18, had been to a dance party before the crash, which killed six people and injured nearly two dozen bus passengers. Preliminary investigations show she made an abrupt left turn across two lanes of Highway 99 in Fresno, and hit the center divider, flipping the Chevy Trailblazer on its side, officials say. The bus then plowed into the SUV and went down an embankment, officials say. The coroner found no trace of drugs or alcohol in the bus driver, who died.
NATIONWIDE / Fingerprinting debate
The federal government is rapidly expanding a program to identify illegal immigrants using fingerprints from arrests. With its potential to round up and deport so many immigrants nationwide, the program may end up having a bigger impact than Arizona's new immigration law. Colorado is the latest to debate the program, called Secure Communities, and immigrant groups told its governor in a letter last week that the initiative will make crime victims reluctant to cooperate with police. Since 2007, 467 jurisdictions in 26 states have joined the program. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has said it plans to have it in every jail in the country by 2013.
KENTUCKY / Pelosi lobbies lawmakers
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Monday urged state lawmakers to lobby for House-passed initiatives endangered in the Senate, while Mitch McConnell, the Senate GOP leader from Kentucky, said congressional Democrats were out of touch with voters. The two leaders spoke at the annual meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures. Pelosi credited last year's $787-billion stimulus with creating or saving up to 3.6 million jobs so far. Later McConnell said the stimulus "hasn't kept us from losing another 2 1/2 million jobs" with unemployment at 9.5 percent.