Driver who said book blocked bullet fights firing

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A white bus driver who told authorities a religious book in his shirt pocket blocked bullets as he was attacked by three black men is appealing his firing from his southwestern Ohio job.

The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority's executive director said last month that bus driver Rickey Wagoner was fired after the agency concluded Wagoner fabricated the story and violated RTA standards.

Dayton police say Wagoner's account of being attacked outside his bus in February wasn't supported by evidence and testing. The FBI also said its investigation of the case as a potential hate crime found no evidence.

The Dayton Daily News ( ) reports that RTA Executive Director Mark Donaghy (DAHN'-uh-gee) says Wagoner is seeking reinstatement to his job.

Wagoner's attorney didn't return a call for comment.