Flight delays worst in 13 years
n WASHINGTON - U.S. airline delays are at their highest level in at least 13 years, and analysts say fliers can expect more of the same for the rest of the summer.
The Department of Transportation on Monday said the industry's on-time performance in the first six months of the year was its worst since 1995, the earliest period for which the agency has comparable data. In June, nearly a third of domestic flights on major U.S. airlines were late.
1 dead, 12 injured after van rolls on Maine interstate
n ARGYLE TOWNSHIP, Maine - A summer camp's van pulling a trailer loaded with canoes overturned on a highway Monday, killing a 16-year-old boy and injuring 12 other people, authorities said. Two people were in critical condition.
The boy died at the scene, said Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.
The van from Camp Serene Springs in Bethel, N.Y., was carrying 11 campers and two counselors for a trip to Maine so campers could canoe the Penobscot River and hike Mount Katahdin. The campers were all boys from ages 14 to 18.
Wreckage of medical plane found; 5 dead
n ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A medical plane crashed overnight, killing all five on board, including a young girl en route to a hospital, authorities said. A search helicopter found the wreckage early Monday.
Tracy Smith and her daughter, 15-month-old Lilly Smith, were among those killed, said Peter Olson, a spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety. Lilly was the patient, but it's unknown why she was being taken to a hospital.
Bridge to be replaced by the end of next year
n MINNEAPOLIS - A plan to replace the bridge that collapsed into the Mississippi River last week is on the fastest of fast tracks: State officials want the span open by the end of next year, and contractors interested in the job must contact the state by dawn Wednesday.
State officials have an ambitious schedule to award contracts to replace the bridge next month, even as search crews remained stymied in their efforts to recover at least eight missing victims from the depths of the Mississippi River. Five people are confirmed dead.