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The single-engine plane that crashed in Butte, Mont., Sunday, killing all 14 people aboard, passed through a layer of air conducive to icing on the wings, much as happened during a fatal commuter flight to Buffalo, N.Y., recently, according to weather data.

Lovelle Mixon, the parolee who shot and killed three Oakland, Calif., police officers and left one "brain dead" in a weekend rampage, was tentatively linked by DNA evidence to a February rape, a police spokesman confirmed Monday.

On Tuesday's 20th anniversary of the worst oil spill in US history, 21,000 of 11 million gallons of crude that flowed from the Exxon Valdez tanker still lingers in Alaska's Prince William Sound, researchers said

During a third and final spacewalk, shuttle Discovery astronauts were unable Monday to free an equipment storage platform accidentally jammed to the side of the International Space Station the day before. They did manage, however, to install the final pair of solar wings needed to power the station. Repair work to the platform will now fall to station residents or the next shuttle visitors. Discovery's scheduled landing is Saturday.

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