Two Pilots Are Killed

In N.J. Plane Collision

KINNELON, N.J. -- Two small planes collided Saturday morning in New Jersey, killing both pilots and sending one aircraft plunging into the back yard of a home, authorities said.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman had said a few hours after the crash that five people had been killed, but Luke Schiada of the National Transportation Safety Board said Saturday afternoon that the pilots were the only people in the planes. No one on the ground was injured, he said.

FAA spokeswoman Holly Baker said the erroneous report of five people killed had been relayed to the agency's operations center from "various sources."

* SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- A fast-moving fire ripped through a single-family house, killing six young people, including an infant, police said. Two adults escaped the fire, the cause of which was under investigation, Lt. Peter Frisoni Jr. said.

* PITTSBURGH -- FBI agents searched a car belonging to the bioterrorism expert whose homes were raided earlier this week by federal agents investigating the 2001 anthrax attacks. Agents examined the car at the Connellsville Airport, about 30 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, said Frank Cero, a lineman at the airport.

* NEW YORK -- Michael Gansas, the captain of the Staten Island ferry that crashed last year, killing 11 passengers, is considering a plea to reduce possible jail time, the New York Daily News and the New York Post reported, both citing unidentified sources.

* PORT ANGELES, Wash. -- A long-delayed project to remove two dams on the Olympic Peninsula's Elwha River received official approval Friday, clearing the way toward restoring one of the state's most productive salmon rivers. The city of Port Angeles, the National Park Service and members of the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe signed the agreement to begin work on the $182 million plan to restore the Elwha.

* DETROIT -- A Roman Catholic priest accused of fondling a 7-year-old was arraigned Friday on criminal sexual conduct charges. The Rev. Luis Javier de Alba Campos, 49, pleaded not guilty through an interpreter to two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. De Alba, a Mexican citizen, had been serving as pastor of St. Gabriel Parish in Detroit since February.

* SALT LAKE CITY -- A soldier wounded in a firefight in Afghanistan and the widow of another soldier killed in the battle are suing the estate of a suspected al Qaeda financier whose son was involved in the attack. The lawsuit alleges the late Ahmed Said Khadr failed to control his then-15-year-old son and prevent him from intentionally harming others in the July 2002 battle. Army Sgt. 1st Class Layne Morris of Utah lost his right eye in the attack; Sgt. 1st Class Christopher James Speer, 28, died of his injuries. Morris and Speer's widow, Tabitha Speer, filed the lawsuit Friday.

* SAN ANTONIO -- Four members of a South Texas family were shot to death Friday in what appears to be a murder-suicide, a sheriff said. A man, his common-law wife and their child were found dead Friday morning at a home in Poteet, about 30 miles south of San Antonio, officials said. A second child died after being airlifted to University Hospital in San Antonio, hospital officials said.

-- From News Services