Three found dead in house in Idaho

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Three people were found slain in a home, and an Amber Alert was issued on Tuesday for two children - Shasta Groene, 8, and 9-year-old, Dillon - who live there, authorities said.

The dead were a woman believed to be the missing children's mother, a teenager believed to be their older brother and an unidentified adult man, sheriff's Capt. Ben Wolfinger said.

Jet from Italy to Boston diverted

BANGOR, Maine - An Alitalia jet headed to Boston was diverted to Maine on Tuesday because a passenger's name matched that of a person on the U.S. government's no-fly list, but the FBI later said the man was not a suspected terrorist.

Flight 618 from Milan, Italy, landed before 1 p.m. at Bangor International Airport, where the passenger and his luggage were removed.

Trial to start for pilots charged with drinking

MIAMI - Airport security worker Krishna Vega noticed the overpowering odor of alcohol on an America West pilot preparing to board a cross-country flight in July 2002.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Wednesday for the trial of former pilot Thomas Cloyd of Peoria, Ariz., and former co-pilot Christopher Hughes of Leander, Texas, on charges of operating an aircraft while drunk.

Senate approves highway bill

WASHINGTON - The Republican-controlled Senate brushed aside a presidential veto threat Tuesday and passed a $295 billion highway bill, arguing that massive spending on roads was necessary to fight congestion and unsafe roadways.

BP: Personnel failures led to Texas explosion

TEXAS CITY, Texas - ''Deeply disturbing'' staff errors led to the oil refinery explosion and fire that killed 15 workers, and some employees could be dismissed as a result, plant operators said Tuesday.

Chef's assistant: Sister never complained

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - A former Neverland chef's assistant testified Tuesday that the sister of Michael Jackson's accuser talked to him frequently during and after her and her family's visit to the singer's ranch and never complained of being treated badly.

- From wire reports