Rescuers reach plane crash site
Rescuers on Tuesday reached the site in eastern Indonesia where a passenger plane slammed into a mountain over the weekend, killing all 54 people on board, and found that the aircraft had been destroyed, officials said. More than 70 rescuers reached the crash site after being hindered by rugged, forested terrain and bad weather, said Henry Bambang Soelistyo, the National Search and Rescue Agency chief. The flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder — the plane's "black boxes" — were found in good condition, Soelistyo said. The data they contain could help explain what caused the Trigana Air Service plane to crash Sunday.
Teen victims at yosemite named
Two young campers killed by a falling tree limb in Yosemite National Park have been identified as 14-year-old boys from Orange County in Southern California. The Mariposa County Sheriff's Office identified the boys as Justin Lee of Irvine and Dragon Kim of Tustin. It appears the boys were crushed to death, Assistant Coroner Andrea Stewart said. They died immediately, she said.
Greece sells off airport rights
Greece has agreed to sell to a German company the rights to operate 14 regional airports. The deal is the first in a wave of privatizations the government had until recently opposed but needs to make to qualify for bailout loans. The decision, which was published in the government gazette overnight Monday to Tuesday, would hand over the airports, including several on popular tourist island destinations, to Fraport AG, which runs Frankfurt Airport, among others across the world. The concession is worth $1.37 billion.
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$30M The market value of 470 tons of contraband cheese Russian authorities they have discovered in a "large-scale fraud."