3 killed when plane slams into residence
A small plane en route to an FAA safety conference crashed into a house in a modest Jackson neighborhood late Tuesday, killing all three pilots aboard, authorities said. A resident of the home escaped with minor injuries. The Piper PA-32 single-engine plane had just taken off from the Hawkins Field Airport when it began to falter. A police officer who saw the plane go down said it was sputtering as if out of fuel, and the plane's owner said it struck several trees as it went down. Hinds County coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart confirmed three people died in the crash. She said dental records or DNA would be needed to confirm their identities.
Woman guilty in fatal day care fire
A Texas woman was convicted of murder Tuesday in the death of one of four children who died in a fire at her home day care after she left them alone with hot oil on the stove. Neighbors said they could hear children crying inside but couldn't reach them. The fire last year killed 16-month-old Elias Castillo and three other children. Three more were seriously injured. Jurors found Jessica Tata, 24, guilty of one count of felony murder after deliberating for about six hours over two days. She faces a sentence of up to life in prison.
BBC to begin disciplinary action
The BBC reported Tuesday that disciplinary action was beginning against unidentified news personnel linked to a scandal over reporting of child abuse that wrongly implicated a senior Conservative Party politician. The disciplinary action against the news executives followed the publication late Monday of a report by Ken MacQuarrie, the director of BBC Scotland, into a program by Newsnight falsely implicating Alistair McAlpine in sexual abuse at a children's home in North Wales in the 1970s and 1980s.
Fatal blast inquiry looks at appliances
Investigators in the explosion that killed two people and decimated a neighborhood believe natural gas was involved and are focusing on appliances as they search for a cause, a city official said Tuesday. Indianapolis Homeland Security director Gary Coons made the announcement after the National Transportation Safety Board said investigators had found no leaks in the gas main or pipes leading into the house that exploded. The explosion Saturday leveled two homes and left dozens more uninhabitable.
Church says no to birth control rule
A top Roman Catholic bishop says the church will never comply with the Obama administration mandate to provide birth control coverage in health insurance. Cardinal Timothy Dolan says the bishops will continue to challenge the requirement in legislatures and in court.