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5 killed in Manhattan blaze, including 3 children

Japan Instant stardom One-month-old twin pandas are held by zookeepers during their first appearance before the public at Adventure World in Shirahama in central Japan on Saturday. The female, left, and male cubs were born Sept. 13.

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Japan Instant stardom One-month-old twin pandas are held by zookeepers during their first appearance before the public at Adventure World in Shirahama in central Japan on Saturday. The female, left, and male cubs were born Sept. 13.

FRESNO, Calif.

Small plane flies into side of truck

The pilot of a single-engine plane walked away from a crash Saturday night after he flew into the side of a furniture truck while trying to land at Sierra Sky Park. There were no injuries. Damage to the plane looked extensive, and the roof of the cargo area of the Mor Furniture truck was sheared off. Debris from the accident was scattered for hundreds of feet. The plane hit the ground about 25 feet short of the 2,900-foot runway. Fresno Fire Battalion Chief Chuck Tobias said the pilot of the Tomahawk plane told investigators he was lined up for landing and thought he was at a good altitude when he hit the truck. A Federal Aviation Administration Web site shows 40 aircraft are based at the park.

New York

3 kids among 5 killed in Manhattan blaze

A family of five, including three children as young as 15 months, died in a blaze Saturday that filled an apartment with thick black smoke and kept the victims from escaping through the front door, fire officials said. A 10-year-old boy who survived was in critical condition after the fire in a public housing complex in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood. The cause of the fire was under investigation. But the Fire Department said the apartment's smoke detector had been unplugged and the battery removed. The smoke detector was inspected six months ago and was working, the New York City Housing Authority said.

CLAY TOWNSHIP, Mich.

Boat smashes into dock, killing 3

Authorities say a jet boat that was spotted zipping across a Michigan river smashed into a dock, killing three people and seriously injuring a fourth. Killed in the accident Friday evening were boat owner Brian Karasinski, Scott Gearhart and Barbara Gearhart. The owner's wife, Lorraine Karasinski, was hospitalized in serious condition Saturday. Lt. William J. Krul said containers of alcohol were found aboard the craft. Toxicology reports are pending.

ST. HELENA, Calif.

Wildfire threatens Napa homes, wineries

Hundreds of firefighters are battling a fast-growing wildfire that is threatening homes and wineries in California's Napa Valley. Fire officials said the blaze had burned 300 acres in the rugged hills just outside the wine country town of St. Helena. The fire was about 40 percent contained Saturday.

KABUL, Afghanistan

Pressured by U.S., Karzai adds to Cabinet

Nudged by the United States and its coalition partners to shake up his government and curb high-level corruption, President Hamid Karzai named as his interior minister on Saturday a former official of Afghanistan's communist-era secret police. The appointment of Mohammed Hanif Atmar, 40, was part of a Cabinet reshuffle that a spokesman for Karzai described as aimed at bringing "positive changes in good governance." The changes included new ministers in four other portfolios in the 26-member Cabinet.

Mogadishu, Somalia

Armed pirates seize a massive tanker

Armed pirates hijacked a massive tanker as world powers on Saturday headed toward the Somali coast to end a two-week standoff aboard a ship laden with tanks and weapons, officials said. The latest ship to be seized, a Greek vessel flying a Panamanian flag, was traveling from Southeast Asia to Europe, said Noel Choong, head of the International Maritime Bureau's piracy reporting center in Kuala Lumpur. There were no further details on the ship, which was seized Friday.

MOSCOW

Russia claims record flight by its missile

Russian officials say a submarine-launched ballistic missile has made a record flight, hitting a target 7,100 miles away in the middle of the Pacific Ocean for the first time. President Dmitry Medvedev witnessed the test, part of naval exercises being staged in the northern Barents Sea. Russian TV showed what it said was the Sineva missile launching from the submarine Tula.

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