A private jet that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean shortly after takeoff from Fort Lauderdale airport on Tuesday with four people on board had recently been inspected and had no known prior mechanical issues, according to the medical evacuation company that leased the plane. The Learjet, headed for the resort island of Cozumel, off the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico, went down about a mile offshore shortly after 8 p.m. (0100 GMT Wednesday), according to the U.S. Coast Guard. "Within three minutes after takeoff, the pilot informed the tower 'we have a problem.' Shortly thereafter, he declared 'Mayday,'" said Alberto Carson with San Diego-based Air Evac International (AEI) which leased the plane. Mexico's Communications and Transport Ministry said in a statement that there were four people on board the plane - two pilots and two passengers.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Imagine the ideal designer dog. It would be smart, healthy and hypoallergenic. It would have the yap bred out and longevity bred in. And, most important, it would never lose its puppy face.
DALLAS (AP) — Help yourself to some nuts this holiday season: Regular nut eaters were less likely to die of cancer or heart disease — in fact, were less likely to die of any cause — during a 30-year Harvard study.
By Victoria Cavaliere NEW YORK (Reuters) - An undercover New York detective pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to gang assault in connection with an attack on an SUV driver who was chased for several miles along a Manhattan highway by a group of motorcycle riders. Detective Wojciech Braszczok, 32, arrived in state Supreme Court in Manhattan with his face completely obscured by a wool scarf and left the building the same way. Braszczok is one of 11 motorcyclists charged in a 14 count indictment with pursuing a sport utility vehicle on September 29 driven by a man traveling with his wife and 2-year-old daughter. Riders surrounded the car, smashed the vehicle's windows and dragged the driver Alexian Lien, 33, from the car and beat him in a videotaped incident that went viral on the Internet.
By Richard Weizel FAIRFIELD, Connecticut (Reuters) - John and Ann Betar eloped on November 25, 1932, fleeing their close-knit Syrian neighborhood in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and driving as fast as they could to Harrison, New York, to avoid Ann's father's plans to marry her off to a man 20 years older. Now, as their 81st wedding anniversary approaches on Monday, the couple, named on Valentine's Day by Worldwide Marriage Encounter as 2013's "longest married couple" in America, can only laugh as they look back on the commotion they caused. "Everyone was hopping mad, and my wife's aunt consoled my father-in-law by telling him not to worry, the marriage won't last," chuckled John Betar, now 102 and still driving "though not quite as fast as the day we got married." Ann Betar, 98, said she "had no choice but to elope because my father was set on me marrying a much older man, and I was 17. "That's why she married me, she loved that car," joked John Betar, as he sat on a couch holding his wife's hand in the waterfront house they have shared since 1964.
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Two San Diego city councilmen, a Republican backed by the downtown establishment and a Democrat seeking to become the city's first Hispanic mayor, will compete in a runoff election early next year to replace disgraced former Mayor Bob Filner. The stage for a runoff between Republican front-runner Kevin Faulconer and Democrat David Alvarez was firmly set on Wednesday when a second Democrat, Nathan Fletcher, conceded defeat in a special mayoral election and threw his support to Alvarez.
WASHINGTON (AP) — For decades, the wartime service of 96-year-old Edmond Harjo and other American Indian "code talkers" was something that wasn't even officially acknowledged, let alone publically recognized.
NEW CITY, N.Y. (AP) — The man accused of crashing a powerboat into a barge on the Hudson River, killing a bride-to-be and her fiance's best man, told rescuers he'd been "drinking all day," a prosecutor said Wednesday.
A federal panel has left intact height limits that govern construction in Washington, but raised the prospect for penthouses and high-rise buildings in some parts of the U.S. capital. The recommendation by the National Capital Planning Commission, announced late on Tuesday, comes after months of debate and public meetings over the century-old federal rules that have largely banned high-rise structures in the District. The result is a distinctive low-lying skyline that showcases historic monuments and distinctive landmarks such as the U.S. Capitol, National Cathedral and the Old Post Office. The tallest structure is the Washington Monument, which stands at the center of the Mall and is about 555 feet high.
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — The home where Colton Marshall and his family lived is gone — one of 1,000 damaged or destroyed Sunday when a powerful tornado plowed through his central Illinois town of Washington.