Small jet crash kills at least 8

OWATONNA, Minn. - A small jet crashed in strong thunderstorms Thursday while preparing to land at a regional airport in Minnesota, killing at least eight people, including several casino and construction executives.

Sheriff Gary Ringhofer said there were at most nine people aboard the Raytheon Hawker 800, which went down at a regional airport about 60 miles south of the Twin Cities. He said investigators were looking into whether there was a passenger who is unaccounted for.

Seven people were dead at the scene. One died later at a hospital.

Atlantic City Mayor Scott Evans told The Associated Press that those on board included two high-ranking executives from Revel Entertainment, which is building a $2 billion hotel-casino project in Atlantic City.

Man convicted of taped slaying

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - A Missouri jury has found a 44-year-old man guilty of murder in the videotaped slaying of a 41-year-old woman.

Jurors deliberated for less than four hours Thursday before finding Richard D. Davis guilty of first-degree murder in the May 2006 killing of Marsha Spicer.

Prosecutors said Davis and his girlfriend, Dena Riley, videotaped the slaying to fulfill his violent sexual fantasies. During the trial, jurors were shown graphic videotape that Davis had made of Spicer's death.

Prosecutors said Davis held Spicer down while his girlfriend smothered her by sitting on her face. Riley is scheduled to go to trial next year in that killing.

The two also are charged in the April 2006 suffocation of 36-year-old Michelle Huff-Ricci.

Bond denied in frozen body case

MOBILE, Ala. - A judge denied bond Thursday for a part-time evangelist charged with murder in the death of his wife, a mother of eight whose body was kept in a freezer for at least three years.

Arletha Hopkins, 36, apparently was killed in 2004, but the cause of death remains under investigation, Assistant District Attorney Ashley Rich said.

Anthony Hopkins, 37, was returned to jail after a brief court appearance. Hopkins did not speak during the hearing and his trial attorney will be appointed later.

The father of the six youngest children, Hopkins also is charged with rape, sodomy, sexual abuse and incest in a related case involving a female relative who is pregnant with his baby, authorities said.

Cops: Thief got stuck under bin

DILLON, S.C. - A suspected thief trying to steal $10 worth of copper got himself into a stinky situation when he was trapped under a trash bin at a county landfill for 12 hours, sheriff's deputies said.

Deputies said Gibson Cook, 56, broke into the landfill, then got stuck as he tried to crawl under the large container. Landfill workers found him about 12 hours later with his legs sticking out from under the bin. Emergency workers had to inflate air bags so they could lift the bin to free him.

Cook was charged with trespassing and petit larceny, deputy Wayne Kirby said. He was waiting for a bond hearing and it was unclear if he had an attorney.

'He's one of our local petty thieves,' Kirby said. 'But he has never been in a jam like this.'

Police probe bank shooting

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Authorities surrounded a bank in southern Florida after reports of a shooting Thursday.

The shooting happened at a Wachovia bank in Homestead.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokeswoman Christina Armand said one person was taken to a hospital. No other details were released.

Bush advisers can be subpoenaed

WASHINGTON - A federal judge on Thursday rejected President Bush's contention that senior White House advisers are immune from subpoenas, siding with Congress' power to investigate the executive branch and handing a victory to Democrats probing the dismissal of nine federal prosecutors.

The unprecedented ruling undercut three presidential confidants who have defied congressional subpoenas for information that Bush says is protected by executive privilege. Democrats swiftly announced they would schedule hearings in September, at the height of election season.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House could soon vote on a contempt citation against one of the three officials, Karl Rove.