Five Die in Plane Crash

Near Apartment Building

SAN ANTONIO -- Five people were killed Sunday when a small airplane crashed near an apartment complex for seniors, authorities said. There were no survivors aboard the plane.

The victims included the pilot and a pair of fathers traveling with their sons, said John Clabes, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration. The aircraft was trying to make an instrument landing in rainy conditions with poor visibility.

The Piper Navajo owned by Dash Air Charter Inc. of San Antonio was on approach to San Antonio International Airport shortly after 5 p.m., Clabes said. The pilot had filed a flight plan in Dodge City, Kan., Clabes said.

4 Adopted Boys Starved

Themselves, Parents Say

NEW YORK -- A couple charged with starving their four adopted sons contends the boys starved themselves, telling a magazine the oldest boy lied to authorities about conditions in the family's home.

Raymond and Vanessa Jackson broke their 13-month silence to talk with New York magazine. They are awaiting trial on charges of aggravated assault and child endangerment.

Prosecutors learned about the family in October 2003 after Bruce Jackson was found foraging through a neighbor's trash in Collingswood, N.J. At 19, he stood just four feet tall and weighed 45 pounds. His three younger brothers were even smaller.

Raymond Jackson, 51, said the teenager misled investigators.

"I know Bruce loves us," he told the magazine for this week's issue. "I know he does. But sometimes I think about how my life is completely turned around. And it's because he told a lie. He told a lie on me. He told a lie on us."

President of N.J. Senate

Becomes Acting Governor

WEST ORANGE, N.J. -- State Senate President Richard J. Codey took the oath of office as New Jersey's acting governor on Sunday, a role he will assume Tuesday after Gov. James E. McGreevey's resignation becomes official.

The transfer of power ends a transition that began with McGreevey's disclosure in August that he would resign because of a gay sex scandal. Codey, 57, a Democrat, opted for a private swearing-in ceremony in deference to the circumstances of McGreevey's departure, aides said.

* BOSTON -- The owner of a Boston business news radio station sent federal securities regulators a tape in which he admitted buying the station with millions of dollars he stole from client deposits with his investment-management business, the Securities and Exchange Commission alleges. After sending the tape by delivery service, WBIX-AM owner Bradford C. Bleidt, 50, attempted suicide, station spokesman George Regan told the Associated Press. He remained in critical condition Sunday at a Boston hospital, Regan said.

-- From News Services