National Briefs: Plane crash in Colo. kills 1

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DENVER -- A fiery plane crash at the Aspen airport Sunday afternoon killed a co-pilot and injured two others, one severely, Colorado authorities said.

Allen Kenitzer, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said the aircraft appeared to be a Bombardier Challenger 600, a midsized private jet.

The spokesman said the plane was headed from Tucson, Ariz., and crashed upon landing. Attempts by The Associated Press to reach airport officials in Colorado and Arizona were not immediately successful.

Tom Renwick, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Grand Junction, said snow showers were reported in the area Sunday afternoon, but not at the airport. He said it had been overcast all day with temperatures hovering around 10 degrees.

First lady extends trip

HONOLULU -- When President Barack Obama departed Hawaii on Saturday evening he left behind one notable thing -- his wife, Michelle.

Mrs. Obama will be staying on Oahu for several days to spend time with friends in advance of her upcoming 50th birthday. The extended visit to the Obamas' annual tropical getaway is part of the president's birthday gift to his wife, who turns 50 Jan. 17.

The Obamas' daughters, Sasha and Malia, joined Mr. Obama on Air Force One to return to Washington. The girls are scheduled to return to school today.

Pakistan gun deal spurned

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah -- Utah-based gun manufacturer Desert Tech has turned down a $15 million deal to supply Pakistan with precision rifles, citing concerns they could eventually be used against U.S. troops.

Mike Davis, sales manager at Desert Tech, said the company was on a short list for a contract with Pakistan, but spurned the opportunity because of unrest in Pakistan and ethical concerns.

Weapons sales to allies such as Pakistan are nothing new but they can be complicated, especially in a country with an al-Qaida presence. Desert Tech, formerly known as Desert Tactical Arms, has had military contracts with other countries but declined to reveal specifics.

Fatal road-rage incident

PHILADELPHIA -- A holiday traveler killed in an apparent road-rage shooting in Pennsylvania had reported some sort of road dispute with the pickup chasing him, state police said Sunday.

Timothy Davison, 28, of Maine had called 911 as he crossed from Maryland into Pennsylvania on Interstate 81 early Saturday.

Police believe the pickup driver rammed Mr. Davison's car into a grassy median, before the driver or perhaps a passenger shot him at about 2:10 a.m. The shooting occurred about 10 miles north of Hagerstown, Md.

Snowden penalty debated

WASHINGTON -- A debate over whether Edward Snowden deserves lenience or the strict treatment the Obama administration has demanded for divulging a vast array of national secrets drew sharply opposing views Sunday from two prominent senators.

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, a libertarian-minded Republican, said he disagreed with those who have argued for the most severe penalties for Mr. Snowden, a former National Security Agency contractor.

But a leading Democrat, Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, took a directly opposing view.

Both senators appeared on the ABC News program "This Week With George Stephanopoulos."

-- Compiled from news services


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