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SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Russian investigators say they're not ruling anything out including terrorism as they look into the crash of a Russian military plane on Sunday morning. The Tu-154 transport carrying 92 people to Syria went down into the Black Sea shortly after takeoff from Sochi, Russia. A massive search and recovery effort is now underway. The passengers included dozens of singers from the Alexandrov Ensemble, Russia's world-famous military choir.

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insists there is nothing wrong with his controversial policy of building Jewish settlements in occupied areas that the Palestinians, with overwhelming world support, claim for their state. But Friday's rebuke in the U.N. Security Council is a stark reminder that the rest of the world considers it a crime. Netanyahu is very critical of the Obama Administration for letting the resolution pass Friday by abstaining.

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A former Fort Bragg soldier who killed four women and raped others more than 25 years ago is again heading for execution. The Fayetteville Observer reports Ronald Gray last week lost a battle to keep in place a federal court's order issued eight years ago blocking his execution. The former Army cook's death sentence would be the first for the U.S. military since 1961.

FAIRFIELD, Maine (AP) — Authorities in central Maine say a man set his estranged wife's house on fire during the middle of the night before fatally stabbing himself in front of responding police officers. Police in Fairfield say shortly after midnight Saturday, 63-year-old Terry Whitney went to his estranged wife's home, shut off the power, and set fire to his truck and the house. His wife called police and escaped uninjured.

LONDON (AP) — The music world is mourning the loss of George Michael, who died suddenly at his home in Goring, England, His publicist says he hadn't been ill. Michael, who was 53, rocketed to stardom with WHAM! and went on to enjoy a long and celebrated solo career., Michael's drug use and taste for risky sex brought him into frequent brushes with the law, most famously in 1998 when he was arrested for public lewdness in Los Angeles.

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