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NATION: Vintage plane flips on landing at Reagan Airport

Vintage plane flips on landing at Reagan Airport

ARLINGTON, Va. -- A World War II-era biplane flying into Reagan National Airport to promote a film premiere flipped over Tuesday during its landing, temporarily closing the airport's main runway. No one was injured.

The 1943 Boeing Stearman PT-17 was one of eight vintage planes that flew into Reagan to promote the opening of the 3-D film ''Legends of Flight'' at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.

The pilot and one passenger, Washington Post transportation reporter Ashley Halsey III, were on board when the accident occurred shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday.

GM pulls back on dealership cuts

DETROIT -- General Motors will keep open about 900 dealerships across the country that it had planned to close, a shift in corporate strategy that could preserve thousands of jobs.

The automaker will wind up with about 5,000 U.S. dealers in July, up from original plans for 4,100, Mark Reuss, GM's North America president, told The Associated Press. It had about 6,000 when it filed for bankruptcy last year.

US border agent shoots teenager

EL PASO, Texas -- A U.S. Border Patrol agent shot and killed a 15-year-old Mexican boy after a group trying to illegally enter the U.S. threw rocks at the agents at an international bridge near downtown El Paso, authorities said Tuesday.

The shooting, which happened Monday evening, drew sharp criticism from Mexico, where the government said Tuesday that ''the use of firearms to repel attacks with stones represents disproportionate use of force, particularly coming from authorities who have received specialized training.''

According to the FBI, Border Patrol agents were responding to a group of suspected illegal immigrants being smuggled into the U.S. near the Paso Del Norte bridge, across from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico about 6:30 p.m. Monday.

Climber dies on Mount McKinley

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- An experienced mountaineer from Belgium was killed on Mount McKinley when his climbing anchor apparently failed and he fell in a steep, rocky gully.

The accident occurred Monday afternoon on a technically challenging section of the Cassin Ridge on North America's highest mountain, the National Park Service said Tuesday.

Joris Van Reeth, 27, of Borgerhout, Belgium, was leading the way as he and his climbing partner were scaling the Japanese Couloir at about 13,000 feet. It appears that Van Reeth's anchor pulled loose and he fell about 100 feet.

Massey: Feds make mine unsafe

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Massey Energy Co. claimed Tuesday that a federal ventilation plan designed for coal mines with high levels of methane can reduce air flow in mines that produce less of the gas, potentially creating explosive buildups.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration required the plan at Massey's Upper Big Branch mine, where 29 men died in a suspected methane explosion April 5. The blast is the focus of civil and criminal investigations.

NY teen charged in second plot

RIVERHEAD, N.Y -- A teenager plotted with another to pull off a Columbine-style attack on his former high school, authorities on New York's Long Island said Tuesday -- the second time in three years he has been accused of such a plot.

Christopher Franko, who turned 18 on Tuesday, was ordered held without bail after his court-appointed attorney entered a not guilty plea to felony conspiracy. Franko and Dana Saltzman, 16, were arrested in early May on conspiracy, but a grand jury voted to upgrade the charges.

The teens were plotting to attack Connetquot High School this Thursday with shotguns and explosives, prosecutors said. Their plan was to kill security guards outside of the school, then go inside and shoot as many students as possible, Assistant District Attorney Glenn Kurtzrock said.