White, O’Brien to get awards
NEW YORK — Edmund White and Edna O’Brien are receiving lifetime achievement awards from PEN America.
The literary and human rights organization announced Tuesday that White has won the PEN/-Saul Bellow award for American fiction and the Irish-born O’Brien will be given the PEN/Nabokov award for international literature. White, 78, is known for such groundbreaking LGBT works as “A Boy’s Own Story” and “The Beautiful Room is Empty.” O’Brien, 87, has written the novels “The Country Girls” and “Time and Tide,” among numerous other books.
PEN will present the awards during a Feb. 20 ceremony in New York City.
‘Dancing’ bus crashes
AMES, Iowa — Officials say a bus carrying the touring cast and crew of “Dancing with the Stars” was involved in a large pileup during a snow storm in central Iowa, but no one on the bus was seriously hurt.
Iowa State University released a statement saying the Monday crash resulted in the cancellation of a performance of “Dancing with the Stars: Live! Light Up The Night,” on the campus in Ames. The university says some people on the bus suffered minor injuries.
The Iowa State Patrol says the bus was involved in a 19-vehicle pileup that killed one person along Interstate 80 near Grinnell, a city about 60 miles southeast of Ames.
Another pileup of between 50 and 70 vehicles along Interstate 35 near Ames also killed one person and critically injured several others.
The pileups occurred as a snow storm swept across the region and cut driver visibility.
The Associated Press