Nine killed in sightseeing plane crash
All nine people aboard a sightseeing plane died in a crash in southeast Alaska, authorities said, but stormy weather was preventing the immediate recovery of the bodies. Rain and wind forced an end to recovery efforts Thursday night in the rugged terrain about 20 miles northeast of Ketchikan. Officials will mount a recovery attempt again Friday. There was no immediate indication of why the DeHavilland DHC-3 Otter turboprop crashed. It was found against the granite rock face of a cliff 800 feet above Ella Lake.
Christie expected to announce bid Tuesday
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will officially join the crowded 2016 Republican presidential field Tuesday, two people with knowledge of his plans said. Christie, 52, will cap months of speculation with an announcement in his hometown of Livingston, N.J., said the people, who asked for anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak before his speech. The Republican will join a field that includes more than a dozen candidates vying for the party's nomination in 2016.
Missing Clinton e-mails raise questions
The State Department said that 15 e-mails sent or received by Hillary Rodham Clinton were missing from records that she has turned over, raising new questions about whether she deleted work-related e-mails from the private account she used exclusively while in office. The State Department's statement is likely to increase pressure on the House speaker, John Boehner of Ohio, from fellow Republicans to subpoena the server in Clinton's home that housed the account.
Guard said he was unwitting aide in escape
A prison guard charged in connection with the escape of two killers admitted providing them with tools, paint, frozen hamburger and even access to a catwalk electrical box, but claims he never knew they planned to bust out, authorities say. Gene Palmer, 57, is the second Clinton Correctional Facility employee to be charged since Richard Matt and David Sweat cut their way out of the maximum-security prison in far northern New York on June 6. Prison tailor shop instructor Joyce Mitchell, 51, is charged with helping them break out. But in contrast to the allegations against Mitchell, Palmer said he was an unwitting helper. "I did not realize at the time that the assistance provided to Matt or Sweat made their escape easier," he told authorities.
Death toll rises to 1,000 in heat wave
The death toll reached 1,000 in the southern Pakistan port city of Karachi as residents grappled with a devastating heat wave that has crippled life and overwhelmed its health system. Searing temperatures, which have been as high as 113 degrees, fell below 100 on Thursday, but a sense of panic and crisis persisted in the city, the country's financial and commercial capital as well as the capital of Sindh Province. The heat wave has sent more than 14,000 people to hospitals across Karachi.