Nine dead in crash of small jet

A small plane clipped electrical lines and plowed into an apartment building in Akron before igniting in flames, authorities said. The Ohio State Highway Patrol said that there were no survivors among the nine people were on board. No one on the ground was hurt. The flight, which was preparing to land, had originated in Dayton. The 10-passenger plane's owner, Augusto Lewkowicz, said that it had "a very good crew" and called the crash "shocking."


Sticky gum wall is being cleaned

Crews are cleaning up Seattle's famed "gum wall" near Pike Place Market, where people have been sticking used chewing gum for 20 years. The wall is plastered with thousands of wads of gum. A contractor is using steam to remove it because pressure washing would have damaged the historic building.


Plane crash will mean tourism lull

As tens of thousands of Russian tourists leave Egypt's economically vital seaside resorts, a top Kremlin official warned that they won't return soon. Russia last week suspended all passenger flights to Egypt in the wake of the Oct. 31 airliner crash in the Sinai Peninsula that killed 224 people, most of them Russians. President Vladimir Putin's chief of staff, Sergei Ivanov, said the ban will last for at least several months.

Northern Ireland

Arrest made in 1972 massacre

Police arrested a 66-year-old man in connection with Bloody Sunday, the infamous massacre of unarmed civilian marchers by British soldiers in Londonderry on Jan. 30, 1972. It was the first time anyone has been arrested in the deaths. The former soldier's name was not released. He is believed to have been involved in three of the day's 13 killings.


Former Chancellor Schmidt dies at 96

Helmut Schmidt, the former West German chancellor who used personal dynamism, managerial brilliance and impatience to push his country into an assertive international role as the Cold War dragged into the 1970s, died at his home in Hamburg. He was 96. Schmidt was for decades one of West Germany's most popular politicians.


U.S. envoy appeals for political talks

The U.S. envoy to Africa's Great Lakes region urged Burundi's government and the opposition to start internationally mediated talks in order to end a political crisis. Tom Perriello said that the international community is closely watching events in Burundi, where at least 240 people have been killed since April.


Tear gas used in detainee rioting

Authorities used tear gas and force to quell rioting at a detention center on Christmas Island that began after an Iranian refugee being held there died over the weekend. Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said that detainees had built barricades and were threatening to use weapons. The unrest began after the refugee, Fazel Chegeni, escaped and federal police found his body at the base of a cliff.

News services