LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. pulled sets of baby bibs Wednesday from its stores nationwide after the bibs tested positive for high levels of lead, a store official said. The bibs, sold under the Baby Connection brand name, came in packs of two to seven bibs, with embroidered prints or images of Sesame Street characters. Some were sold as long ago as 2004. The bibs were made by Hamco Inc. exclusively for the Bentonville-based retailer. Mia Masten, a Chicago- based spokeswoman for Wal-Mart, said the vinyl portion of the bibs exceeded the lead levels set by Illinois for children's products. She said the company had worked with the Illinois attorney general's office to pull the items and later decided to expand the recall nationwide. Masten said about 60,000 of the bib bundles were sold in Illinois without any reported injuries.
Officials: 51 civilians killed in Afghanistan
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KABUL, Afghanistan - Regional officials said Wednesday that 51 villagers, some of them women and children, were killed in recent fighting in western Afghanistan. The U.S.-led coalition said it had no reports of civilian deaths. The governor of southern Kandahar province also reported some civilians may have been killed during a clash there Tuesday night that left 13 dead, including two women. Afghan President Hamid Karzai repeated his demands that more be done to prevent civilian casualties during military operations, saying he has been meeting regularly with officials of coalition and NATO forces trying to solve the problem. "The intention is very good in these operations to fight terrorism. Sometimes mistakes have been made as well, but five years on, it is very difficult for us to continue to accept civilian casualties," Karzai told reporters. "We can no longer accept civilian casualties the way they occur," he added. "It is not understandable anymore."
Several middle school students hit by SUV
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BELMONT, Calif. - A sport utility vehicle jumped a curb outside a middle school Wednesday afternoon, plowed into a group of children waiting for a bus and rammed into a tree, trapping several students underneath, police said. Hospital officials said that 13 children and the SUV's driver were taken to hospitals, and that at least two children were seriously injured. Parents and staff at Ralston Middle School used a jack and their collective muscle to lift the SUV and rescue the trapped children, said Belmont police Lt. Dan DeSmidt. Witnesses said the 2004 Honda Pilot was in the parking lot of Ralston Middle School when it hit the students. "You don't think. You just react," said head custodian and track coach Andre Edwards, who said he pulled out a bleeding but conscious student from under the SUV. Five to seven children were hit, and the others hospitalized were injured or shaken up as they tried to escape the oncoming car, DeSmidt said. The male driver of the SUV was at the school in Belmont, about 25 miles south of San Francisco, to pick up a student, DeSmidt said. He did not know the driver's relationship to the child.