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A plane from Laos' state-run airline crashed in bad weather in the Southeast Asian nation, apparently killing 49 people from 11 countries, the government said. The Lao government said it was dispatching rescuers to the scene of Wednesday's crash, but the Australian government said it was told no survivors were expected. The Ministry of Public Works and Transport, which operates Lao Airlines, said 44 passengers and five crew members were on Flight QV301 from the capital, Vientiane, to Pakse in the country's south.

Arlington, Va.

Cemetery to allow small mementos

Arlington National Cemetery is relaxing its policies to allow family members of those buried in its section for those who died in Iraq and Afghanistan to leave behind small mementos and photos to honor those soldiers, a spokeswoman said Wednesday. Section 60 is the part of the cemetery that is home to most of those killed in recent fighting. Families in that section had been leaving stones, photos and other mementos at their loved ones' gravesites, even though cemetery policy strictly regulates such impromptu memorials. Responding to complaints, cemetery staff cleaned out some of those memorials recently. Then families who had left the mementos complained about their removal.


Bias alleged in Navy sex case

One of two midshipman facing court-martial in the alleged sexual assault of a classmate asked a federal judge Wednesday to remove the U.S. Naval Academy's superintendent from the case, saying he is biased against the defendants. Joshua Tate, 21, of Nashville filed a motion in federal court in Baltimore asking U.S. District Judge Ellen Hollander to take the case away from Vice Adm. Michael Miller, the academy's superintendent. It is the second time Hollander has been asked to intervene in the case. Miller last week referred Tate and Eric Graham, 21, of Eight Mile, Ala., to face court-martial over the recommendation of a military judge who presided over a preliminary proceeding known as an Article 32 hearing. Tate is charged with sexual assault, and Graham is charged with abusive sexual contact.


Demand for food aid rises in Britain

Demand for emergency food aid has spiked this year in Britain, a leading charity said Wednesday, suggesting low-income households' living standards are still sliding despite the end of the recession. The Trussell Trust, a Christian charity that operates food banks throughout the country, said that just under 356,000 people received three days of emergency food between April and September - about 10,000 more than their entire 2012-2013 financial year. Chris Mould, the trust's executive chairman, appealed to the government to launch an inquiry into the causes of hunger in the U.K.

Times wires