Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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6 killed in police chase crash

EDNA, Texas - An SUV crammed with at least 15 people rolled over during a police chase in South Texas early today, leaving at least six people dead and seven more injured, police said.

Police are trying to determine who was driving the 2003 Ford Explorer when it crashed in Edna, about 90 miles southwest of Houston. Two people who ran from the scene were tracked down and detained, police Chief Clinton Wooldridge said.

Authorities are trying to identify the victims, some of whom came from Honduras and Guatemala, Chief Wooldridge said. He had no information on their legal status, but said the vehicle seemed to have been adapted to fit in many passengers, hinting at the possibility of a people-trafficking operation.

"Officers noted that the rear seat in the vehicle had been folded down and the middle seat had previously been removed, apparently to create more room in the vehicle," Chief Wooldridge said.

Officers tried to stop the SUV for a traffic violation but the vehicle sped away and police gave chase. As the vehicle veered onto Highway 59, the driver seemed to overcorrect and the SUV flipped several times, police said.

Case proceeds in encouraged suicide

The controversial case against Michelle Carter can go ahead, a judge ruled this week.

Ms. Carter, 18, is facing involuntary manslaughter charges in a Massachusetts juvenile court over the suicide of her boyfriend.

According to prosecutors, Ms. Carter relentlessly pressured Conrad Roy III to kill himself in the days before his July 12, 2014, death. She allegedly calmed his fears; helped him research suicide methods; cajoled him to go through with his plans when he got cold feet and lied to police, family and friends in order to enable the 18-year-old's final act.

Sales of new homes rise

WASHINGTON - Buoyed by steady job gains and low mortgage rates, Americans purchased new homes in August at the fastest pace in more than seven years.

The Commerce Department said new-home sales surged 5. …

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