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27 feared dead as Indonesian plane crashes into sea

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27 feared dead as plane slams into the sea

Up to 27 people were believed to be dead after a passenger plane crashed into the sea in eastern Indonesia on Saturday, officials said, the latest in a long series of transportation accidents in the archipelago nation. The Chinese-made Xian MA60 propeller plane operated by Merpati Nusantara Airlines slammed into the sea with 21 passengers and six crew members aboard while trying to land amid rain and limited visibility in the remote province of West Papua in the afternoon, said Bambang Ervan, a spokesman for the Transportation Ministry. He said the plane crashed about 500 yards from the end of the runway. "Looking at the conditions there, we're not expecting any survivors," he said.


Protesters strut in show of support

Chanting "We love sluts!" and holding signs like "Jesus loves sluts," hundreds of protesters marched Saturday around the Boston Common as the city became the latest to join an international series of protests known as "SlutWalks." The protest movement, sparked by a Toronto police officer's remark that women could avoid being raped by not dressing like "sluts," came to Boston after advocates saw similar events — largely organized through Facebook and Twitter — pop up in Canada, England and some cities in the United States. Organizers said they expected about 30, but about 2,000 people — some dressed in lingerie with the words "slut" written across their stomachs — were in attendance.


Jindal releases birth certificate

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who was born in Baton Rouge to immigrant parents from India, released his birth certificate Friday, nine days after President Barack Obama released his own long-form birth certificate. Jindal's office said the document was released after questions were raised about whether his eligibility to run for office would be affected by a "birthright citizenship" bill introduced by fellow Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana. It would limit automatic U.S. citizenship to children whose parents were legal residents. Jindal's parents were permanent residents.


Man killed after dayslong standoff

New Hampshire's attorney general said a man holed up in his apartment with a child was killed Saturday. Michael Delaney said shots were fired early Saturday during the standoff in Manchester, the largest city in northern New England. He said neither the girl inside the apartment nor the responding officers were hurt. The man's name was not released. The standoff began Thursday night when police went to the building to check on the child's welfare and were met by a man who waved a handgun.


Two dead in crash of small plane

Two people died Saturday when a small plane crashed shortly after takeoff from an airport 40 miles north of Houston, officials said. The two are thought to be a father and adult daughter, but neither could be positively identified without an autopsy, said Trooper Erick Burse of the Texas Department of Public Safety. The fiery crash happened about 9 a.m. a half-mile north of the Lone Star Executive Airport in Conroe, from which the single-engine, kit-built Ravin 500 had just taken off.

Times wires

27 feared dead as Indonesian plane crashes into sea 05/07/11 [Last modified: Saturday, May 7, 2011 10:41pm]
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