Search continues for missing crew
in ship sinking ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Coast Guard searched by air and sea Monday for a crew member missing from a fishing vessel that sank off Alaska's Aleutian Islands, killing the captain and three crew members. Forty-two crew members were rescued, some plucked directly from the frigid water.
The Seattle-based Alaska Ranger started taking on water shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday after losing control of its rudder 120 miles west of Dutch Harbor, which is on Unalaska Island.
The missing crew member was identified Monday as Satashi Konno of Japan.
Wife, 4 kids of indicted bank exec found dead in IowaIOWA CITY, Iowa - A woman and her four children were found dead in their home Monday morning, and police later found a sixth body in a burning, wrecked van owned by the woman's husband - a former bank executive who had been charged with embezzlement.
Iowa City police said they were all but certain that the body in the van was that of the husband, Steven Sueppel. A lockdown for city schools and an alert for the University of Iowa were lifted after the body was found.
Police Sgt. Troy Kelsay wouldn't release the names of the victims, but he confirmed they were Sueppel's wife and children, ages 3, 5, 7 and 10.
Chinese-born engineer sentenced in export case
SANTA ANA, Calif. - A Chinese-born engineer convicted of conspiracy to export U.S. defense technology to China was sentenced Monday to 24 1/2 years in federal prison by a judge who said the defendant betrayed his adopted country.
Chi Mak, 67, a naturalized U.S. citizen who worked on naval propulsion systems, was also convicted of acting as an unregistered foreign agent, attempting to violate export control laws and making false statements to the FBI.
Mak, who worked for Anaheim-based naval defense contractor Power Paragon, was arrested in late 2005 after FBI agents stopped his brother and sister-in-law as they boarded a flight to Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China.
Investigators said they found three encrypted CDs in the couple's luggage that contained documents on a submarine propulsion system, a solid-state power switch for ships and a PowerPoint presentation on the future of power electronics.
New evacuations ordered near Ark. meat plant
BOONEVILLE, Ark. - Authorities fighting a blaze that destroyed a meat plant ordered new evacuations Monday over fears that new fires could erupt amid the smoldering debris.
An explosion Sunday destroyed much of the Cargill Meat Solutions plant, which employs about 800 people and produced about 2 million pounds of frozen ground beef patties and steaks a week. No one was hurt, but residents of this west Arkansas town of 4,000 were worried about losing a major economic lifeline.
Emergency crews Monday cleared homes and businesses within a half-mile of the plant over worries that an anhydrous ammonia tank might catch fire, the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management said.
5 whalers to plead guilty in rogue huntSEATTLE - Five members of the Makah Tribe who killed a gray whale during a rogue hunt off Washington state's northwest coast have agreed to plead guilty to federal charges, their lawyer said Monday.
Defense attorney Jack Fiander said the government agreed not to recommend jail time as part of the deal. Each defendant was scheduled to plead guilty later Monday in U.S. District Court to one misdemeanor count of violating the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
Fiander said the men still believe they were acting within their tribal rights when they harpooned and shot the whale Sept. 8 in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Ala. mayor charged in stabbing of man at Florida motel
SAMSON, Ala. - A south Alabama mayor will remain in office as he awaits trial in Florida on charges of beating and stabbing a man he allegedly found with his wife at a Panhandle motel, an aide said Monday.
Clay King, in his third term as mayor of Samson, was accused of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon in an attack on Stephen Hunter Oates, 44, of Chancellor, Ala., police Lt. Bill Chapman of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., said.
River floods areas in Arkansas town
DES ARC, Ark. - Muddy water rose to the middle of front doors Monday as a historic flood crest rolled southward on the White River through communities in the state's eastern prairie.
The river, swollen by storms that devastated large parts of the Midwest, had risen about 7 feet in four days, with a crest of 33.5 feet expected this afternoon, the National Weather Service estimated.