Central Illinois Authorities Report 3 Dead in Plane Crash

Springfield, IL (AP) Three people were killed when a small plane crashed in a field southeast of Springfield, Illinois. The Sangamon County Sheriff’s Department says the pilot of the twin-engine Piper Aerostar reported having trouble with the plane’s instruments prior to the crash. Springfield Airport Authority executive director Mark Hanna says the plane went down…

Israel Headed for Clash With ICC Over West Bank Settlements

Jerusalem, Israel (AP) Israel appears to be heading for a showdown with the international community over its half-century-old settlement enterprise in the West Bank. Emboldened by a supportive White House, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced plans to move ahead with the potentially explosive annexation of large parts of the occupied West Bank, including its…

Bryant’s Helicopter Flew in Fog That Grounded Other Choppers

Calabasas, CA (AP) The helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant and eight others that crashed outside Los Angeles was flying in foggy conditions considered dangerous enough that local police agencies grounded their choppers. Bryant’s helicopter plunged into a rugged hillside Sunday with an impact that scattered debris over an area the size of a football field and…