Pilot, his 3 kids among 5 killed in plane crash

Protests in Spain: A man holds up giant scissors as tens of thousands protested Spain’s austerity measures in Madrid on Saturday. Anti-austerity protests also took place in neighboring Portugal, including its capital, Lisbon, and 40 other cities.

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Protests in Spain: A man holds up giant scissors as tens of thousands protested Spain’s austerity measures in Madrid on Saturday. Anti-austerity protests also took place in neighboring Portugal, including its capital, Lisbon, and 40 other cities.

SPRINGFIELD, MO.

Pilot, his 3 kids among 5 killed in small plane crash

A small plane crashed early Saturday in southwest Missouri, killing the pilot, his three children and a businesswoman. Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesman Jason Pace said the single-engine 2002 Cirrus SR22 went down about 12:30 a.m. northwest of the town of Willard, leaving all five people on board dead.

Keith Holloway, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board, said he couldn't provide any details about the investigation, but that the agency's preliminary report may be available within two weeks. The Federal Aviation Administration didn't immediately return a phone call for comment.

Pace identified those killed as Robin Melton, 46, of Ozark, and John Lambert, 44, and his children, Joshua Lambert, 10, McKinley Lambert, 15, and Grayson Lambert, 16, all of Springfield. Pace didn't know the relationship between Melton and Lambert. He said John Lambert was the plane's pilot.

NEW YORK

Money laundering inquiry targets banks

Regulators are investigating whether several major U.S. banks failed to monitor transactions properly, allowing criminals to launder money, according to a New York Times story. The newspaper cited officials who it said spoke on the condition of anonymity. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the federal agency that oversees the biggest banks, is leading the money-laundering investigation, according to the newspaper. The report said the OCC could soon take action against JPMorgan Chase & Co., and that it is also investigating Bank of America Corp. The OCC didn't immediately comment. JPMorgan and Bank of America declined to comment.

SAN ANTONIO, Texas

Woman to lead Air Force basic training

The Air Force has chosen a woman to lead its basic training unit where dozens of female recruits have alleged they were sexually assaulted or harassed by male instructors in the past year. The Air Force announced Saturday that Col. Deborah Liddick will take command of the 737th Training Group at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio next week. Her appointment comes amid a sex scandal that has rocked one of the nation's busiest military training centers and caught the attention of Congress. Six male instructors have been charged with crimes ranging from rape to adultery. Liddick is scheduled to take command Friday.

Elsewhere

TOKYO: Powerful Typhoon Sanba passed over southwestern Japan today, leaving tens of thousands of homes without power and bringing transportation to the region by sea and air to a standstill.

CARACAS, Venezuela: Venezuela and Bolivia on Saturday rejected a report by the United States that accuses the South American countries of failing to meet their obligations in fighting the drug trade.

Times wires

Pilot, his 3 kids among 5 killed in plane crash 09/15/12 [Last modified: Saturday, September 15, 2012 11:03pm]

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