FATAL PLANE CRASH-KANSAS
Traveling Calif. minister, pilot die in Kan. crash
DERBY, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a traveling California minister and his pilot are dead after a small-Texas bound plane crashed soon after taking off from a Kansas airport.
Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter identified the victims as 72-year-old Edward Dufresne (doo-FRAYN') and the pilot, 49-year-old Mitchell Morgan.
He says witnesses reported seeing debris falling from the twin-engine Cessna before it crashed around 10:15 a.m. Friday in a field about 20 miles southeast of Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Tony Molinaro says the plane was bound for New Braunfels, Texas. According to the itinerary on his website, Dufresne spoke Thursday night at a Wichita church and was scheduled to speak at a Schertz, Texas, church Friday night.
Dufresne ran the World Harvest Church in Murrieta, about 80 miles southeast of Los Angeles.
Fire damages residential Los Angeles high-rise
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officials say eight people, including a child in critical condition, have been taken to hospitals after a fire in a residential high-rise in Los Angeles.
Fire spokesman Brian Humphrey said Friday the injured people included three firefighters — two with leg burns and one with an ear burn.
Other injuries involved smoke exposure.
The blaze was reported at 11:43 a.m. in a unit on the 11th floor of the 25-story Barrington Plaza on Wilshire Boulevard.
Heavy smoke and flames poured from the building as more than 200 firefighters responded.
The blaze was declared out in 71 minutes but firefighters continued to search the building.
Humphrey says some residents didn't evacuate.
The tower has about 700 people in nearly 400 units. Many weren't home.
PIPE BOMBS PLEA
Calif. man pleads guilty to possessing pipe bombs
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A California man has pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of pipe bombs after several were found in his car at a New Mexico border inspection.
Prosecutors say 28-year-old Lloyd Jonathon Fry entered his plea Thursday in a federal court in Las Cruces.
Fry, of Hollywood, was relocating to Ohio when he was arrested May 27 at a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint west of Alamogordo.
Agents say they found four pipe bombs, a loaded pistol with a 30-round magazine and about four pounds of marijuana in his vehicle and small trailer.
In court, Fry admitted that the pipe bombs weren't registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.
Prosecutors say Fry faces up to 10 years in prison when he's sentenced. His sentencing hearing hasn't been scheduled yet.
Man accused of casino cheating extradited to Calif
EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — A well-known professional gambler accused of cheating at cards at a San Diego-area casino has been extradited from Nevada to California.
The San Diego County district attorney's office says 62-year-old Archie Karas won more than $8,000 in July by marking blackjack cards at the Barona Casino. He was arrested at his Las Vegas home in September.
Karas is a high-stakes gambler known for a winning streak from 1992 to 1995 that earned him $40 million at Las Vegas tables before he gambled it away.
Prosecutors said Friday that he faces nearly four years in prison if convicted.
Ramirez, Jay not in lineups for Game 6 of NLCS
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Hanley Ramirez was not in the Los Angeles Dodgers starting lineup for Game 6 of the NL championship series, hindered by a rib injury sustained when he was hit by a pitch in the series opener.
Jon Jay, slumping at the field and at the plate, was not in the St. Louis Cardinals' batting order Friday night. St. Louis leads the best-of-seven series 3-2.
Manager Don Mattingly had been optimistic a day earlier that Ramirez would be ready. Nick Punto was down to bat eighth and play shortstop for the Dodgers.
Shane Robinson got his first start of the postseason in place of Jay, batting seventh and playing center field.
Penske sweeps front row as Helio chases Dixon
FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Penske Racing swept the first three spots in qualifying for the season finale at Auto Club Speedway, where Helio Castroneves is chasing Scott Dixon in the race for the IndyCar championship.
Will Power won the pole for Saturday night's race and Castroneves was second. AJ Allmendinger, brought in by team owner Roger Penske to aid Castroneves' title bid, qualified third.
But in snatching the pole away from his teammate, Power grabbed a point that could have gone to Castroneves. He trails Dixon by 25 points heading into the final race.
Dixon qualified seventh.
Both Castroneves and Dixon made engine changes before the weekend and will take 10-spot penalties on the starting grid. It means both will have to drive through early traffic in their championship race.
Chargers guard Rinehart ruled out for Jaguars
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Chargers left guard Chad Rinehart has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the winless Jacksonville Jaguars and inside linebacker Donald Butler is doubtful.
Neither Rinehart (toe) nor Butler (groin) was able to play in Monday's victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
Rinehart will be replaced by rookie Johnnie Troutman, who was called for two false start penalties on Monday.
Andrew Gachkar would likely start in Butler's place, although Reggie Walker would also see snaps at the position.
Signs point to wide receiver Eddie Royal not being able to play after he hurt his toe on Monday.
The Chargers (3-3) are attempting to get above the .500 mark for the first time this season before entering their bye week.