Prosecutors done questioning key witness in ex-coal CEO case


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — After a key government witness spent days helping defense lawyers paint a former coal boss as safety-minded, prosecutors reined their witness in Friday by directing him to testify about dozens of serious mine safety violations he agreed could have been avoided by hiring more miners or permitting more time to tend to safety tasks.

  • Written by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press

Egypt says Russian aircraft crashes in Sinai, no survivors

CAIRO (AP) — A Russian aircraft carrying 224 people crashed Saturday in a remote mountainous region in the Sinai Peninsula about 20 minutes after taking off from a Red Sea resort popular with Russian tourists, Egypt's Ministry of Civil Aviation said.

  • Written by MERRIT KENNEDY, Associated Press

Fire at Philippines market kills 15 vendors, children

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A pre-dawn fire in the southern Philippines raced through public market stalls, killing 15 vendors, including six children, who were sleeping there to be up early for the weekend crowds, police said.

  • Written by JIM GOMEZ, Associated Press

Man charged in St. Louis area black church fires

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities charged A 35-year-old black St. Louis man with arson for two of the seven church fires in a predominantly African-American part of the St. Louis region, and federal investigators said there is no evidence of a hate crime.

  • Written by JIM SALTER, Associated Press