Search-and-rescue efforts continue after a Learjet carrying two pilots, a doctor and nurse back to Mexico crashed into the Atlantic. They had just dropped off a patient in South Florida. In a distress call, the pilot tells the air traffic control tower, "We have an engine failure," and he requests permission to return to the runway. "We're going to do a 180 and we're going to land," he says. A few minutes later, in response to the tower's instructions, the pilot says, "Mayday, mayday, mayday."
A fourth-grade teacher in Florida has returned to the classroom after a suspension for requiring one of her students, a Jehovah's Witness, to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance on 9/11. The child's parents complained to the school on Sept. 12 that she had physically forced the student to put his hand on his heart during the previous day's pledge. The student told officials that the teacher repeated her actions during the pledge Sept. 12 in spite of his protests about his religion.
Haiti's prime minister has reached a settlement in his defamation case against a Haitian-American journalist, and attorneys for both sides claimed victory. Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe and his former business partner, Patrice Baker, originally sued Leo Joseph in September 2012 in Miami federal court over his reporting in the New York-based Haiti-Observateur. They claimed Joseph knew his reporting about the Haitian government's acquisition of a telecommunications company included false and defamatory statements about Lamothe and Baker. The settlement requires Joseph to publish a sworn declaration from a source he cited in his reporting on the telecom.