SALT LAKE CITY
Plane crash Investigators have few clues
Investigators had little more than ash and blackened shards of metal to sift through on Sunday as they tried to figure out what caused a twin-engine plane to crash shortly after taking off, killing all 10 people on board. "The aircraft was pretty much consumed by fire," said Keith Holloway, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board. "When there aren't identifiable pieces, sometimes we don't know right away what was working and what wasn't working." A preliminary crash report could be finished late this week or early next week, Holloway said Sunday, two days after nine members of a dermatology clinic and the pilot who was flying them died in eastern Utah. Two of the victims were adult children traveling with their fathers. Another was a 20-year-old woman who got engaged the night before.
Almanac predicts a cold winter
People worried about the high cost of keeping warm this winter will draw little comfort from the Farmers' Almanac, which predicts below-average temperatures for most of the United States. The 192-year-old publication claims an accuracy rate of 80 percent to 85 percent for its forecasts. The almanac's 2009 edition, which goes on sale Tuesday, says at least two-thirds of the country can expect colder-than-average temperatures this winter, with only the Far West and Southeast in line for near-normal readings. "This is going to be catastrophic for millions of people," said almanac editor Peter Geiger. The almanac predicts above-normal precipitation for the Southeast in January and February, and says Florida will get oppressive July heat and humidity. The almanac attributes its forecasts to reclusive prognosticator Caleb Weatherbee, who uses a secret formula based on sunspots, the position of the planets and the tidal action of the moon.