U.S., Mexican officials DIE in crash
The wreckage of a plane carrying Mexican and U.S. officials checking on border-area flooding was found Wednesday in a mountainous area two days after it disappeared, and officials said all four people aboard were killed. The dead included the leaders of the U.S. and Mexican sections of the International Boundary Waters Commission, the executive director of an El Paso-area government council and the pilot. The cause of the crash isn't known. Killed were IBWC leaders Carlos Marin of El Paso and Arturo Herrera of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Also on board were Jake Brisbin Jr. of the Rio Grande Council of Government and Matthew Peter Juneau, the pilot of the chartered Cessna 421.
Ousted Thai leader's relative takes reins
The ruling party closed ranks Wednesday and elected Somchai Wongsawat, 61, brother-in-law of the ousted leader Thaksin Shinawatra, as Thailand's fourth prime minister in two years. Angry protesters scorned parliament's choice as Thaksin's puppet and bolstered their occupation of the prime minister's office compound and the seat of government. Wongsawat has long experience as a judge and senior bureaucrat, but his marriage to Thaksin's younger sister will ensure that protests continue.
SAN FRANCISCO: The Berkeley City Council is eliminating the biggest obstacles to making homes more energy-efficient: the up-front cost. It will give city-backed loans to property owners who install rooftop solar-power systems. The loans, about $22,000 apiece, would be paid off over 20 years as part of the owners' property-tax bills.
MINNEAPOLIS: The Interstate 35W bridge over the Mississippi River, which collapsed a little more than a year ago, killing 13 people, is bridge is scheduled to reopen today.