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TWO F-15S CRASH INTO GULF; A PILOT DIES

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE

An Air Force fighter pilot died Wednesday after his plane and another likely collided and crashed into the Gulf of Mexico during a training exercise.

The other pilot was rescued and is expected to survive.

Weather in the area was clear at the time of the crash.

No debris from the jets has been found, said Coast Guard Petty Officer James Harless.

The Air Force grounded all of its F-15s - nearly 700 - after the catastrophic failure of an F-15C during a routine training flight in Missouri in November. Most were back in service by January.

TALLAHASSEE

Senators suggest suit over FCAT

Lawmakers questioned why state education officials haven't sought compensation from a vendor for a flawed standardized test that was used in 2006 to help rate schools and decide which children were promoted.

Third-graders made what appeared to be astounding progress on the reading portion of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. A year later, the Education Department said scores were inflated because the exam was too easy.

"In the real world ... there are things that you can do like request a refund or sue them," said Sen. Alex Diaz de la Portilla, R-Miami.

Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, agreed the state should "look for satisfaction."

The state pays Harcourt Assessment about $5-million annually for its FCAT work.

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