Pilot's actions scrutinized in deadly crash

CLARENCE, N.Y. - Investigators have located key components that might help reveal what the pilot did to try to save Flight 3407 during its final desperate seconds, when the plane plunged to the ground so suddenly that sending a mayday was impossible, an investigator said Monday.

After a seemingly routine flight, the airplane endured a 26-second plunge before smashing into a house in icy weather about six miles from Buffalo Niagara International Airport on Thursday night, killing 49 people on the plane and one on the ground.

SC sheriff: No pot charge for Michael Phelps

COLUMBIA, S.C. - A South Carolina sheriff said Monday he was not going to charge swimmer Michael Phelps after a photo of the 14-time gold medalist showed him smoking from a marijuana pipe.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said during a news conference that he didn't have enough physical evidence to charge the swimmer, but he defended his investigation.

'Michael Phelps is truly an American hero ... but even with his star status, he is still obligated to obey the laws of our state,' Lott said.

Burris: Feds' questions didn't prompt admissions

CHICAGO - Sen. Roland Burris insisted Monday that a newly released affidavit outlining contacts with ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich's brother and other advisers was voluntary and not the result of contact from federal agents investigating the former governor.

'It was done because we promised the (impeachment) committee we would supplement information in case we missed anything,' Burris said Monday.

Fire guts Fla. trailer where girl was killed

HOMOSASSA, Fla. - A suspicious fire burned down a mobile home where 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford was raped and buried alive four years ago this month, authorities said Monday.

A fire late Sunday gutted the vacant trailer where Couey, a repeat sex offender, used to live in a wooded neighborhood of mobile homes about 60 miles north of Tampa.

Firefighters deemed the blaze suspicious.