Safety board deliberating cause of deadly airplane crash

WASHINGTON - Safety investigators studying a deadly plane crash in Kentucky considered whether changes are needed in airport markings and cockpit maps but said the accident also points to the dangers of a distracted crew.

The National Transportation Safety Board was deliberating Thursday the cause of the crash of Comair Flight 5191, which killed 49 of 50 people on board last summer after the jet tried to depart from the wrong runway - a general aviation strip too short for a proper takeoff.

Jury convicts 3 former officers in beating case

MILWAUKEE - Three white former police officers were convicted Thursday of beating a biracial man outside a party and violating his civil rights, but a suspended officer was acquitted in the case.

Federal prosecutors said the four were part of a group of off-duty officers who beat Frank Jude Jr. in October 2004 outside a housewarming party for one of the officers.

The jury that included one black man convicted fired officers Jon Bartlett, 35, Daniel Masarik, 27, and Andrew Spengler, 28, of violating Jude's civil rights and conspiring to assault him while acting as officers.

Judge voids anti-immigration measure

HAZLETON, Pa. - A federal judge on Thursday struck down Hazleton's tough anti-immigration law, ruling unconstitutional a measure that has been copied around the country.

The city's Illegal Immigration Relief Act sought to impose fines on landlords who rent to illegal immigrants and deny business permits to companies that give them jobs. Another measure would have required tenants to register with City Hall and pay for a rental permit.

U.S. District Judge James Munley voided the law Thursday based on testimony from a nine-day trial held in March.

TB patient released from hospital

DENVER - The tuberculosis patient who created an international health scare when he flew to Europe for his wedding was released from a hospital Thursday after successfully completing inpatient treatment, officials said.

Andrew Speaker, an Atlanta attorney who had a multidrug-resistant strain of TB, underwent surgery July 17 to remove a diseased portion of his right lung.