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Three American high school students received minor injuries Monday morning after their school bus was involved in an accident on the outskirts of London, a Navy spokeswoman said.

The injured were among seven American students headed to Department of Defense Dependents Schools’ London Central High School when the bus collided with a car as the bus was making a right turn across oncoming traffic in the Gerrards Corner area.

The three students and a British bus monitor, who also was injured, were taken to local hospitals, according to Lt. Cmdr. Lisa Braun, Navy Region Europe spokeswoman. They have since been released.

The driver of the car, who was alone in the vehicle, was also taken to the hospital.

Braun said that British Ministry of Defence police are investigating the accident.

Swiffer vacuum recall

The Army and Air Force Exchange Service in Europe this week reminded store managers not to sell a battery-powered vacuum cleaner recalled by its manufacturer in November because of a potential to overheat.

AAFES issued the reminder after a report that one of the vacuums, the Swiffer Sweep+Vac, had been sold in a Mannheim base exchange in January, AAFES spokeswoman Debbie Byerly said.

On Nov. 26, the Proctor & Gamble Co. voluntarily recalled the product for its potential in some cases to overheat. On Dec. 2, AAFES passed the recall notice on to store managers, Byerly said.

Byerly said she could not confirm if more Sweep+Vac cleaners had been sold by AAFES after Dec. 2. Customers can return the vacuum to the AAFES store where they purchased it for a full refund, she said.

Scholarship increase

STUTTGART, Germany — The Stuttgart chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association has more than doubled the amount of its annual scholarship, chapter representatives announced this month.

The Stuttgart AFCEA said it will give away $10,000 in scholarship money this spring. The scholarship is given to students who submit extracurricular projects relating to communications, electronics or computer technology.

The AFCEA has several chapters connected to U.S. military communities in Europe, and dozens across the continent.

The deadline for Stuttgart-area students to submit projects to this year’s contest is April 1, said local organizer Andrea Bowers.


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