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NATION: Mom: Jogger hit by plane was coming home

Mom: Jogger hit by plane was coming home

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- The mother of a man hit and killed by a small plane as he jogged on a South Carolina beach said he was on a business trip and looking forward to heading home for his daughter's third birthday.

Authorities in Hilton Head said Robert Gary Jones of Georgia died instantly when the plane hit him as it made an emergency landing. It had lost its propeller and the pilot's vision was blocked by oil on the windshield.

Jones apparently did not see or hear the plane. His mom, Pauline Jones of Florida, said he was excited to be going home today to see his wife and two children and celebrate his daughter's birthday.

Montana man spends four days stuck in snow

KALISPELL, Mont. -- A 67-year-old Montana musician who spent four days in his car stuck on a remote mountain road said he wrote a goodbye letter and was preparing himself for death when he was rescued.

''I accepted that I was gone because I'm not in the best of health,'' Louis Rogers said Monday, a day after his rescue.

Rogers left Montana's Flathead region Thursday to make a trip to Calder, Idaho. He decided to take the remote Gold Creek Road, which was plowed for several miles, but then conditions started to deteriorate.

About nine miles in, the road got too snowy for Rogers' Cadillac so he decided to turn around -- and got stuck in a snowbank.

Rogers has health problems, including diabetes and a history of heart problems, so he decided to wait for help. He melted snow to drink and occasionally turned the car on to run the heater at night.

One night, he flashed his headlights at an airplane and believes he got the pilot's attention, ''but nothing came of it.''

AG: Mass. dentist used paper clips in root canals

FALL RIVER, Mass. -- A former Massachusetts dentist is accused of placing paper clips instead of stainless steel posts inside the teeth of root canal patients while billing Medicaid for the more expensive parts.

The state attorney general announced Tuesday that a grand jury indicted former Fall River dentist Michael Clair last week. The charges include assault and battery, larceny, submitting false claims to Medicaid and illegally prescribing drugs.

Prosecutors said Clair was suspended by Medicaid in 2002. He allegedly hired other dentists for his clinic and filed claims under their numbers between August 2003 and June 2005. He's also accused of illegally prescribing drugs to staffers who returned medications to him.

Woman who drove into lake is sentenced

MORRILTON, Ark. -- A woman who drove into a lake after a late-night party, killing her three young sons, pleaded guilty Tuesday to three counts of child endangerment after tearfully telling the court she had been drinking alcohol that night.

Conway County Circuit Judge Jerry Don Ramey sentenced Amber Turley, 27, to three two-year prison terms, to run concurrently. She will also be on probation for four years after her release.

Turley sobbed as she addressed the court.

''I had a few drinks earlier in the night and drove my children,'' she said.

She said she drank alcohol at a party before getting into the car for the drive home in the early morning hours of April 19 last year. Witnesses also told investigators that she smoked marijuana at the party.

Northeast slowly dries out from windy storms

WAYNE, N.J. -- The powerful nor'easter had moved out at sea, but flooding lingered Tuesday in many Northeast communities.

Many places from the mid-Atlantic to New England were still inundated with water, with tens of thousands of people lacking electricity and hundreds still in emergency shelters -- some for a fourth day.

Brazen Conn. warehouse heist nets $75M in pills

HARTFORD, Conn. -- In a Hollywood-style heist, thieves cut a hole in the roof of a warehouse, rappelled inside and scored one of the biggest hauls of its kind -- not diamonds, gold bullion or Old World art, but about $75 million in antidepressants and other prescription drugs.

The pills -- stolen from the pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly & Co. in quantities big enough to fill a tractor-trailer -- appear destined for the black market overseas.

''This is like the Brink's pill heist,'' said Erik Gordon, a University of Michigan business professor who studies the health care industry. ''This one will enter the folklore.''

The thieves apparently scaled the brick exterior of the warehouse in an industrial park in Enfield during a blustery rainstorm.