A medical flight with probably four people on board crashed into the Atlantic Ocean late on Tuesday shortly after takeoff from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and two bodies have been recovered, a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman said. The plane, a Learjet headed for the Mexican resort city of Cozumel, went down several miles east of Fort Lauderdale shortly after 8 p.m. (0100 GMT Wednesday), Lieutenant Commander Gabe Somma said. The two passengers, a doctor and a nurse, worked for AirEvac International, according to a dispatcher for the air ambulance and transportation company who declined to be named. "We are on pins and needles awaiting further notification," he said, adding "this is a really difficult, emotional situation." Somma said the Coast Guard had received reports that four people were aboard the aircraft but said that he could not confirm the number.
EPPING, N.H. (AP) — Not many rock groups get discovered years after they disband. Even fewer stage comebacks spread over more than three decades. Yet that's the story of The Shaggs, which started as an obscure girl band in New Hampshire in the 1960s, broke up in the '70s, became a cult favorite in the '80s and inspired a musical that enjoyed an off-Broadway run last year.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A third of Texas' abortion clinics will stay closed after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to intervene in an ongoing legal dispute over a tough new law that Planned Parenthood claims unconstitutionally restricts women's rights.
BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — The fate of white supremacist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin was unclear as the scheduled time of his expected punishment in Missouri passed, with no decision yet made on a federal judge's stay of execution.
More older Americans than young adults so far have signed up for new insurance coverage under the state marketplaces created by President Barack Obama's healthcare law, according to early data from four states reporting details on their enrollment. Early data from Connecticut, Kentucky, Washington and Maryland show that so far more than 20 percent of the 23,500 combined enrollees in private insurance plans are 18 to 34 years old, ranging from about 19 percent in Kentucky and Connecticut to about 27 percent in Maryland. Additional demographic data is expected from California on Thursday. Health policy experts and actuaries said it was premature to draw any conclusions from the initial demographic data, with one likening it to "trying to call an election when you only have 10 percent of the returns." Still, Steven Schramm, managing director of Optumas, a strategy and actuarial firm that works with state Medicaid programs and exchanges, said 20 percent was surprising at this stage, given that healthcare advocates were expected to target more elderly Americans at first to make sure they got enrolled.
DALLAS (AP) — Today's kids can't keep up with their parents. An analysis of studies on millions of children around the world finds they don't run as fast or as far as their parents did when they were young.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Samsung Electronics, the world's largest mobile phone manufacturer, has proposed installing a built-in anti-theft measure known as a "kill switch" that would render stolen or lost phones inoperable, but San Francisco's top prosecutor says the nation's biggest carriers have rejected the idea.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Republican city councilman took a big lead Tuesday in an election to replace the disgraced Bob Filner as San Diego mayor, but early returns showed him falling short of the majority needed to avoid a runoff.