SANTOS, Brazil

Presidential candidate dies in small-plane crash

Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos died Wednesday when the small plane that was carrying him and several campaign officials plunged into a residential neighborhood in the port city of Santos.

All seven people aboard the plane died in the crash, Santos City Hall press officer Patricia Fagueiro said.


Senator won’t rule out run for president in 2016

Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker said Wednesday he isn’t ruling out joining the field of Republicans running for president in 2016, but any decision will wait until next year.

Corker would face fellow Republicans with much higher national profiles. He also hasn’t taken any clear steps to organize, fundraise or make appearances in early primary states.

He would have to mend ties with arch-conservatives, who could be uneasy over his reputation to work alongside Democrats on fiscal issues.

“There are times when I do wish I could have the kind of impact and create the kind of change and have the kind of vision for our country that think so many people here in Tennessee would like to see happen,” he said at a chamber of commerce appearance.

He is two years into his second term.


Teen charged with murder in shooting of his parents

A 16-year-old boy accused of killing his parents in their suburban Dallas home told his sister, “I did it,” a court officer testified.

The teen appeared in court Tuesday and remains in juvenile custody on murder charges.

The bodies of his 48-year-old father and his 49-year-old mother were discovered before dawn Monday at their Frisco home when police responded to a 911 call about shots fired. Police recovered a rifle with a flashlight taped to it.

According to testimony at Tuesday’s hearing, police found the teen and his older sister outside the home. The sister was visibly upset.

After the teen said, “I did it,” police officers heard his sister ask, “Was this your plan?” Collin County court officer Antonia Allen testified Tuesday, according to The Dallas Morning News. The officers did not hear a response and arrested the teen afterward.


Settlement of $48 million approved over sinkhole

A federal judge has granted final approval of a $48.1 million class-action settlement for Louisiana residents affected by a 37-acre sinkhole that opened two years ago has been swallowing land ever since.

U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey said Wednesday there were no objections to the settlement. It will compensate 269 people who lived in the Assumption Parish community of Bayou Corne.

Texas Brine was operating a salt mine that’s believed to have caused the sinkhole, which is now nearly 37 acres in size and about 271 feet deep.

– From news service reports

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