Passenger lands plane in Fla. after pilot dies

FORT MYERS, Fla - A passenger landed a twin-engine plane in Florida after the pilot died in flight with a total of six people on board.

Federal Aviation Administration officials said the pilot died after takeoff from an airport in Naples on Sunday.

The passenger who took over is licensed for single-engine planes but isn't certified to fly the larger King Air craft.

An air traffic controller helped the passenger down by calling a friend in Connecticut who knows the King Air plane and relaying instructions. The plane landed safely at Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers.

The plane had been headed to Jackson, Miss. The names of the pilot and passengers have not been released.

Ex-stepdad of slain girl pleads to porn charge

SAN ANTONIO - The former stepfather of a 12-year-old girl who was kidnapped and slain in Vermont last year pleaded guilty to transportation of child pornography.

The plea by Raymond Gagnon was accepted by U.S. District Judge Xavier Rodriguez in San Antonio on Monday. Gagnon faces five to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced in July.

Authorities searched Gagnon's home in Texas after his former stepdaughter, Brooke Bennett, disappeared in Vermont last summer. She was found dead a week later. Authorities said she had been drugged and raped.

Her uncle, Michael Jacques, a convicted sex offender, has been charged in the killing.

Second Okla. town to have student-mayor

OKLAHOMA CITY - A second Oklahoma college student will have to split his time running to classes and running a town.

Oklahoma State University junior Nathan Bates was sworn in Monday as mayor of Stillwater, a town of 42,000 residents about 50 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.

The 27-year-old health education major received 1,308 votes last week to edge incumbent Roger McMillian's 1,281 votes.

Bates said his victory was 'certainly unexpected, but not unappreciated.'

John Tyler Hammons, a 20-year-old Northeastern State University student finishing his first year as mayor of Muskogee, said time management is the key to successfully juggling both roles.

Family moves to seal photos of chimp victim

STAMFORD, Conn. - Attorneys for a Connecticut woman mauled by a chimpanzee asked a judge Monday to seal photos of the victim from the public.

Matt Newman, an attorney for the conservator of Charla Nash, said Nash's right to privacy overrides the public's right to see her injuries. The photos will be evidence in Nash's $50 million lawsuit against chimp owner Sandra Herold.

'They're extremely graphic, naturally,' Newman said of the photos. 'There is an overriding privacy concern with regard to the family members of Ms. Nash and in particular her daughter.'

Nash lost her hands, nose, lips and eyelids in the Feb. 16 attack.

Michigan boy falls to his death from window

ALLENDALE TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Authorities said a 4-year-old Michigan boy died after falling from the same second-story window his brother fell from several years ago.

The Ottawa County sheriff's office told WGHN radio in Grand Haven on Monday that Trenton LaMadline fell about 15 feet onto the driveway Saturday evening.

The child was taken to a hospital in Grand Rapids and died Sunday.

Sheriff's Lt. Mark Bennett told WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids that then-2-year-old Preston LaMadline suffered brain injuries after falling from the same window in May 2006. Child Protective Services but found no evidence of abuse.

Stocks rein in losses ahead of earnings flurry

NEW YORK - Stocks are ending mixed ahead of a flurry of earnings and economic reports that could determine whether the bets investors made in the past month on a stabilizing economy will pay off.

Trading volume was light, which can skew the market's moves.

The Dow was down 26 points, or 0.3 percent, at 8,057.