2 dead, 1 hurt in helicopter crash

SARASOTA, Fla. - A helicopter carrying three people shooting video for a boating magazine crashed in the Gulf of Mexico near Sarasota on Tuesday, killing two of the people aboard.

The helicopter went down in about 20 feet of water about 10 a.m., said Sarasota County Fire Department Assistant Chief Paul Dezzi.

Shortly before the crash, the helicopter had been flying close to a boat that the crew was videotaping, but it wasn't clear what caused it to go down, sheriff's Lt. Chuck Lesaltato said.

Woman who killed husband seeks custody of kids

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The woman who killed her minister husband with a shotgun is seeking custody of her three daughters, or at least frequent visits.

A petition filed in Carroll County Chancery Court argues that Mary Winkler's continued separation from the girls - ages 2, 8 and 10 - is 'unconscionable and detrimental' to the children.

Carroll County Chancellor Ron Harmon set a hearing for next week on her motion.

Jury finds for ex-officers in suit against mayor, city

DETROIT - A jury ruled in favor of two former Detroit police officers Tuesday, awarding them $6.5 million in a whistleblower lawsuit that churned out allegations of misdeeds by the mayor's staff and extramarital affairs by the mayor himself.

Gary Brown and Harold Nelthrope had sued the mayor and the city, saying city officials made them suffer after they raised questions about alleged wrongdoing within Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's security unit.

The Wayne County Circuit Court jury found after a 15-day trial that Kilpatrick and the city had violated the state's Whistleblower Protection Act in the case.

Authorities looking at hate crime charges in attack

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Authorities said Tuesday they are considering hate crime charges in the case of a woman who was tortured while being held captive for at least a week, and they are investigating the possibility that she was lured by a man she met on the Internet.

The victim was repeatedly called a racial slur while her captors sexually abused, beat and stabbed her, her mother said.

Six people, all white, including a mother and son and a mother and daughter, were arrested in connection with the alleged abduction of the 20-year-old black woman.

Hebrew classes given OK to resume

LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A charter school may resume teaching in Hebrew, three weeks after the lessons were halted over concerns the Jewish faith was seeping into public classrooms, the school board voted Tuesday.

Broward County board members said close monitoring of the country's first Hebrew-language charter school is still necessary, but that its administrators had cleared up major concerns.

Sheriff sentenced in drug scandal

ROANOKE, Va. - The former sheriff of a struggling rural county was sentenced Tuesday to eight months in prison for lying to authorities about a scheme to resell drugs and guns seized from criminals.

Former Henry County Sheriff H. Franklin Cassell was also fined $15,000 and ordered to serve two years probation.

Cassell pleaded guilty in May to making false statements to federal investigators who were looking into the allegations of corruption within his department. He could have faced up to five years in prison, though federal sentencing guidelines suggested six to 12 months.

Authorities confirm remains are those of 2 missing kids

SUGAR CREEK, Mo. - Human remains found in a shallow grave near the Missouri River are those of two missing children last seen when their father picked them up for a weekend visit in 2004, authorities confirmed Tuesday.

Tom Gentry, spokesman for the Independence police department, said authorities used dental records to confirm that the remains, found Sunday, were those of Sam and Lindsey Porter.

The children were 7 and 8 years old when their father, Dan Porter, picked them up from his estranged wife for a weekend visit starting June 5, 2004.

Experts doubt Fossett is alive

RENO, Nev. - As the search for Steve Fossett dragged into its ninth day Tuesday, experts said they doubted the millionaire adventurer could have survived more than a week in the rugged desert since his plane vanished.

While the resourceful aviator could scratch water, food and shelter from the desolate Nevada landscape, experts said his first order of business would have been signaling rescuers.