May 16th, 2012
03:11 AM ET

Part of Russian plane's flight recorder found in Indonesia

Indonesian authorities said Wednesday that they had found part of the flight recorder of the Russian passenger jet that crashed into the side of a volcano during a demonstration flight last week, killing 45 people.

Searchers retrieved the cockpit voice recorder, which records communication between pilots and air traffic controllers, but have so far been unable to locate the flight data recorder, said Vice Marshal Daryatmo, head of the National Search and Rescue Agency.

He said the voice recorder would be brought to Jakarta for analysis.

Rescue workers found no survivors from the Sukhoi Superjet 100, Russia's newest passenger plane, which slammed into Mount Salak after disappearing from radar screens on May 9.

Most of the wreckage of the plane is on a steep slope at an altitude of 6,000 feet, making it difficult to reach.

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May 16th, 2012
01:20 AM ET

Infected student makes progress; ups and downs forecast

The doctors for Aimee Copeland are promising a "roller coaster ride of highs and lows" in the coming weeks and months as she struggles against a rare "flesh-eating" bacteria, her father said.

"Each day we claim some small victory," Andy Copeland wrote Tuesday evening in his blog that details his daughter's battle. "We don't have to see physical progress, we seem to take comfort from simple words, silly actions and quiet moments."

Aimee Copeland, who has been on life support since May 4, is in intensive care at Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Georgia.

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May 16th, 2012
12:36 AM ET

Long-awaited Mladic war crimes trial begins Wednesday

Ratko Mladic, who is accused of orchestrating a horrific campaign of ethnic cleansing during the bloody civil war that ripped apart Yugoslavia, goes on trial Wednesday at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands.

Prosecutors say Mladic's campaign included the massacre of 8,000 Muslims in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica.

The 70-year-old former Bosnian Serb general has been indicted on 11 counts of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in the 1992-95 war.

On Monday, his lawyers filed a petition to delay his trial by six months, contending the prosecution failed to share evidence in a timely manner and that the presiding Dutch judge was biased because of his role in other trials of Serbs.

The court, however, said the trial is set to open as scheduled on Wednesday morning.

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May 16th, 2012
12:16 AM ET

U.S. says it's ready to receive Chen but waiting on China

The United States says it has taken all the necessary steps on its side to admit Chen Guangcheng, the Chinese human rights activist who ignited a diplomatic frenzy when he escaped house arrest last month.

"We are ready when he and his government are ready," said Victoria Nuland, the U.S. State Department spokeswoman, on Tuesday. "We have been for more than a week now in terms of his visa to come pursue his studies."

China has said that Chen can apply to study abroad. But for the time being, he remains in the Beijing hospital room in which he has been staying since he left the refuge of the U.S. Embassy two weeks ago, awaiting his travel documents.

The U.S. authorities have completed all the processing for Chen, his wife and two children to travel to the United States, where Chen has been invited to study by New York University, Nuland said at a regular briefing.

"He is continuing to work with his government," she said. "Our information is that those conversations, contacts, and processing continue."

Nuland's comments came on the same day that U.S. lawmakers listened to Chen describing reprisals that he said his relatives continue to suffer at the hands of the authorities in China.

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May 16th, 2012
12:16 AM ET

Autopsy results on 'Swamp People' star Mitchell Guist expected soon

Autopsy results on Mitchell Guist, a star of the reality TV show "Swamp People," should be ready Wednesday, a local sheriff in Louisiana said.

A cause of death has not yet been determined.

Guist, 47, was working to build a houseboat when he appeared to have a seizure and fell backwards in his boat, said Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack.

He was with another person on the Intercoastal Waterway, about 75 miles from New Orleans, at the time of his collapse.

That person, who did not want to be identified, got Guist back to a boat landing, performed CPR and called his wife, who in turn called 911, said the sheriff.

Guist was transferred to the Teche Regional Medical Center in Morgan City, where he was pronounced dead Monday.

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