Police say four killed in small-plane crash

Kentucky State Police said Friday night that four people were killed in a small-plane crash and a 7-year-old girl apparently survived and walked away from the wreckage.

Sgt. Dean Patterson of the Kentucky State Police said a disoriented girl walked to a home in Eddyville and reported that she had been involved in a plane crash. The resident called 911 and the girl was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Authorities found the aircraft a couple of hours later and confirmed that the pilot and three other passengers were killed.

Kathleen Bergen of the Federal Aviation Administration said air-traffic controllers lost contact with a Piper PA-34 as it was flying over Marshall County in the southwestern part of the state. The pilot had reported engine problems.

— Associated Press

Death penalty sought in airport shooting

Federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty for the man charged in a deadly shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport, according to court papers filed Friday.

Paul Ciancia acted intentionally in the killing of an airport screening officer and terrorized passengers as well as colleagues of the slain man, prosecutors said.

Ciancia, 24, has pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges in the killing of Gerardo Hernandez, 39, and the wounding of three other people at the airport Nov. 1, 2013. The New Jersey native is due in court Monday, and attorneys are expected to discuss a trial date.

— Associated Press

Fight over same-sex marriage at new level

Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter (R) has filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court appealing the legalization of same-sex marriage in Idaho, arguing that the state’s case is of national importance.

Same-sex marriage was legalized in Idaho on Oct. 15 when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit rejected Otter’s argument. Otter has since requested that the appeals court reconsider its decision.

— Associated Press