MISSOURI / Fiery crash kills stunt pilot
A Kansas City air show has abruptly ended after a fiery crash that killed a stunt pilot. Aviation Department spokesman Joe McBride said the pilot couldn't pull out of a maneuver Saturday and crashed the biplane into the grass at a downtown airport airfield. McBride said it's the first fatal crash at the annual Kansas City Aviation Expo Air Show. No spectators were injured. Witnesses told the Kansas City Star that the red Horizon Hobbit plane was performing loops, then couldn't pull up from a downward spiral. They said the plane hit the ground and burst into flames. Event officials identified the pilot as Bryan Jensen. Spectators were asked to leave Wheeler Downtown Airport after the crash. The event is expected to resume Sunday.
WASHINGTON / Oil pipeline protesters held
Dozens of environmentalist protesters have been arrested outside the White House on the first day of a planned two-week protest over a proposed oil pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast. U.S. Park Police spokesman David Schlosser told WJLA-TV that 65 people were arrested Saturday. The protesters want President Barack Obama to deny a permit for the 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas to refineries in Houston and Port Arthur, Texas. Gus Speth, co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council, told The Wall Street Journal the pipeline would continue the nation's reliance on fossil fuels. TransCanada said its pipeline would provide jobs and needed oil.
MICHIGAN / Trying for dodgeball record
Hundreds of people have participated in a dodgeball game that organizers hope will land Detroit a world record. "Dodgeball in the D" was held Saturday at Belle Isle park northeast of downtown. Sponsors and founders of the event wanted to draw 5,000 people. Final numbers were not available Saturday. According to the Guinness World Records website, the current mark of 2,136 was set earlier this year in Rochester, N.Y.