National Briefs: Teen is killed in flight quest

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INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana teenager who was attempting to set a record for an around-the-world flight was killed when his plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean, and crews were searching Wednesday for his father, who was also on board.

Family spokeswoman Annie Hayat said the plane flown by Haris Suleman, 17, went down Tuesday night, shortly after leaving Pago Pago in American Samoa and bound for Honolulu. Ms. Hayat said the body of Haris Suleman had been recovered, but crews were still looking for Babar Suleman.

The teenager’s sister, Hiba Suleman, said the trip had been a dream of her father’s for years and that her brother was also excited about it. Haris Suleman had recently obtained his pilot’s license and instrument rating, which authorized him to fly an aircraft over oceans, and planned to be the pilot in command except in an emergency.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the single-engine Hawker Beechcraft plane crashed into the ocean Tuesday night under unknown circumstances.

Highway bill OK’d

WASHINGTON — The Senate agreed Wednesday on an $11 billion measure to temporarily fix a multibillion-dollar shortfall in federal highway and transit programs, setting up a vote next week on several alternatives.

But senators will likely end up simply adopting a measure that passed the Republican-controlled House by a sweeping bipartisan vote last week, which would send it directly to President Barack Obama for his signature.

The House bill would provide enough money to keep the federal Highway Trust Fund solvent through May 2015. The fund pays for transportation programs nationwide. The money would come from pension law changes, customs fees and a fund to repair leaking underground fuel storage tanks.

Senate hopefuls clash

ATHENS, Ga. — New Republican nominee David Perdue and Democratic opponent Michelle Nunn used the first day of the general election campaign to retool the “outsider” arguments they’ve used to reach this point in a race that will help determine who controls the Senate for the final years of the Obama administration.

Their first targets: each other’s private-sector experience.

Mr. Perdue was a journeyman corporate CEO; Ms. Nunn is a nonprofit executive on leave. Neither has held public office, making Georgia’s Senate race the only one in the country to feature two self-styled “outsiders” who now must find other distinctions to capitalize on voter discontent.

Ex-charity chief sentenced

NEW YORK — The politically connected former CEO of a prominent New York City charity was sentenced to prison Wednesday for helping to steal more than $9 million from the anti-poverty organization.

William Rapfogel, who once headed the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, will serve a term of 40 months to 10 years in a case that rattled New York’s political circles.

StubHub fraud revealed

NEW YORK — An international cybercrime ring was able to take over StubHub user accounts to steal identifying information and use victims’ credit cards to purchase tickets to concerts and sporting events, authorities announced Wednesday.

Six people were indicted in connection with the scheme to defraud users on the popular online ticket marketplace. According to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, the proceeds were transferred through a global network of accomplices in the United States, Britain, Russia and Canada.

— Compiled from news services



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