NATION IN BRIEF: Family identifies victim of Texas plane crash

The Associated Press. Investigators walk through a destroyed mid-level floor of a building Saturday in Austin, Texas. The family of an IRS worker who died in the crash identified him as Vernon Hunter.

The Associated Press. Investigators walk through a destroyed mid-level floor of a building Saturday in Austin, Texas. The family of an IRS worker who died in the crash identified him as Vernon Hunter.

AUSTIN, Texas -- A longtime Internal Revenue Service employee died this week when a pilot harboring a grudge against the agency flew his plane into a building in Austin, Texas, his family said Saturday.

Authorities investigating the crash have positively identified the remains of Vernon Hunter, 68, said family spokesman Larry McDonald. Hunter had been missing and presumed dead since Thursday, when software engineer Andrew Joseph Stack III slammed his plane into the building where Hunter worked as a manager for the IRS.

Hunter's son Ken said he assumed the worst after not hearing from his father within an hour of the crash, which set fire to the black-glass building that houses offices where nearly 200 IRS employees work. Stack was the only other person to die in the crash, which also injured 13.

Woman, 2 boys drown in Ill. lake covered in ice

WATERLOO, Ill. -- Authorities in southern Illinois said a mother, her 7-year-old son and his 6-year-old friend appear to have fallen through the ice and drowned in a lake in St. Clair County.

Officials identified the victims as 40-year-old Kathy Baxmeyer; her son, Kadin; and his friend Steven ''Austin'' Baum. Authorities said the bodies were recovered from the lake early Saturday.

Authorities said they began investigating after receiving a report that the 6-year-old boy was missing. Officials said they searched the lake at the Baxmeyer's residence after finding boots and gloves nearby.

School official in Webcam spy case gets defense

PHILADELPHIA -- A suburban Philadelphia school district accused of secretly switching on laptop computer Webcams inside students' homes said it never used Webcam images to monitor or discipline students and believes one of its administrators has been ''unfairly portrayed and unjustly attacked.''

The Lower Merion School District, in response to a suit filed by a student, has acknowledged that Webcams were remotely activated 42 times in the past 14 months, but only to find missing, lost or stolen laptops -- which the district noted would include ''a loaner computer that, against regulations, might be taken off campus.''

''Despite some reports to the contrary, be assured that the security-tracking software has been completely disabled,'' Superintendent Christopher W. McGinley said in a statement on the district's Web site late Friday. Officials vowed a comprehensive review that McGinley said should result in stronger privacy policies.

Judge sets stage for trials over Sept. 11 illnesses

NEW YORK -- A federal judge has picked 12 ground zero responders whose cases will be the first to go to trial over illnesses caused by ash and dust from the World Trade Center following the terrorist attack.

More than 9,000 people who played a role in the massive rescue and recovery operation after 9/11 have filed lawsuits against New York City, claiming they developed a wide variety of health problems after being exposed to soot at the site.

U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein on Friday announced the select few that will go first, and perhaps serve as bellwethers for resolving the rest.

First lady takes obesity campaign to Philly school

PHILADELPHIA -- First lady Michelle Obama says too many people across the country don't have a grocery store nearby where they can get fresh food.

Obama visited the Fairhill Elementary School in North Philadelphia on Friday afternoon as part of her campaign to curb childhood obesity.

She announced plans for more than $400 million in funding to help bring healthy food retailers to underserved communities.

NAACP elects Brock, 44, as youngest board chairman

NEW YORK -- The NAACP elected a health care executive as its youngest board chairman Saturday, continuing a youth movement for the nation's oldest civil rights organization.

Roslyn M. Brock, 44, was chosen to succeed Julian Bond. She had been vice chairman since 2001 and a member of the NAACP for 25 years.

Brock works for Bon Secours Health Systems in Maryland as vice president for advocacy and government relations, and spent 10 years working on health issues for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. She joins Benjamin Todd Jealous, the 37-year-old CEO of the NAACP, as leader of the 500,000-member organization.