KANSAS

Sebelius reportedly weighing Senate run

Departing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who took withering criticism over the botched rollout of Obamacare, is considering a run for the U.S. Senate in Kansas, the New York Times reported.

Sebelius, a two-term Kansas governor, is weighing overtures from Democrats who want her to run for the seat occupied by Republican Pat Roberts, the Times said, citing unidentified Democrats. It quoted one person said to have spoken directly with Sebelius as saying that she was thinking about the idea, but it was too soon to say how serious she was about it.

The Times said Democrats urging her to run view her as their best hope against Roberts, 77, who has served four terms. Her chances could improve if he loses a primary to a more conservative candidate, radiologist Milton Wolf, who is backed by the tea party movement. - Reuters

CALIFORNIA

Fire trucks collide

Two fire trucks answering a call collided at an intersection in a Los Angeles suburb Wednesday afternoon, sending one careening into a Chinese restaurant and leaving 14 people injured, including five firefighters. Most of the injuries were described as minor, but one of the injured was in critical condition, authorities said. The crash left one truck embedded in the restaurant in Monterey Park, about 15 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. - AP

WASHINGTON

Mudslide toll at 39

The death toll from the mudslide that hit the Washington town of Oso last month has risen to 39 with the identification of three more bodies, officials said Wednesday. It was unclear if those three were among seven still listed as missing Wednesday from the March 22 landslide that buried dozens of homes 55 miles northeast of Seattle. - AP