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• Witnesses heard engine backfire before Wisconsin plane crash
CHETEK, Wis. (AP) — Witnesses described hearing an engine backfire before a small plane crashed in Wisconsin last month, killing the teenage pilot and seriously injuring a passenger, according to a preliminary investigative report.The National T

• The Latest: Arizona fire grows, more evacuations ordered
PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on wildfires burning in the Western U.S. (all times local):1:10 p.m.Fire officials say a wildfire in Arizona has grown to 32 square miles (83 square kilometers) and forced more evacuations.Spokeswoman Tiff

• Financial adviser sentenced to four years for bilking NBA's Tim Duncan
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - A wine industry businessman and financial manager was sentenced to four years in prison on Wednesday for defrauding millions of dollars from former National Basketball Association star Tim Duncan.

• Olympian skier Tom Corcoran dies, founded popular ski resort
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Tom Corcoran, an Olympic skier who founded the Waterville Valley ski resort in New Hampshire that became popular among racers and celebrities, has died. He was 85.Former assistant Jan Stearns said Corcoran died Tuesday at hi

• ABC, meat producer settle in $1.9B 'pink slime' libel suit
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — ABC and a South Dakota meat producer announced a settlement Wednesday in a $1.9 billion lawsuit against the network over its reports on a beef product that critics dubbed "pink slime."The terms of the settlement includin

• Arizona wildfire forces thousands of people from their homes
PHOENIX (AP) — A wildfire burning Wednesday through a dense Arizona forest has forced thousands of people from their homes, closed a major road and created a huge plume of smoke over the same area devastated by a blaze that killed 19 firefighters four

• Father showing sons handgun accidentally shoots daughter
HOBART, Ind. (AP) — A northwestern Indiana man said he was showing a handgun to his sons and telling them to never play with it "because it can kill someone" when he accidentally shot and killed his 9-year-old daughter, according to court records.<

• Film academy invites Leslie Jones, Dwayne Johnson, Riz Ahmed
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The film academy is inviting 774 new members to join its ranks, including actors Leslie Jones, Dwayne Johnson, Riz Ahmed, Chris Pratt and Anna Faris.The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed its latest invitees

• Man sentenced for money laundering in massive hacking scheme
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A Pakistani man has been sentenced to four years in prison for laundering nearly $20 million as part of an international computer and telephone hacking scheme.Muhammad Sohail Qasmani, formerly of Bangkok, Thailand, had pleade

• Cop accused of helping gang is arrested after skipping town
FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey police officer who skipped out on his trial on charges he helped gang members in investigations was arrested Wednesday in North Carolina.Asbury Park patrolman Keith German, who is accused of tipping off gang me

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