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PILOT UNRESPONSIVE

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Shadowed by two U.S. fighter jets, a small plane with its windows frosted and its pilot slumped over flew a ghostly 1,700-mile (2,735-kilometer) journey down the Atlantic Coast and beyond before finally crashing in the waters off Jamaica. By David McFadden and Joan Lowy.

UNITED STATES-SOMALIA STRIKE

WASHINGTON — U.S. airstrikes earlier this week has killed the leader of the al-Shabab terrorist group in Somalia, the Pentagon says. By Robert Burns and Lolita C. Baldor.

UNITED STATES-IRAN-PLANE

WASHINGTON — A commercial aircraft chartered by the U.S.-led military coalition in Afghanistan for a flight to the Persian Gulf city of Dubai is re-routed to Iran, apparently because of a mix-up over its flight plan, U.S. officials say. By Matthew Lee and Robert Burns.

EBOLA-AMERICANS

OMAHA, Nebraska — An American doctor who became infected with Ebola while working in Liberia is sick but in stable condition and communicating with his caregivers at the Nebraska Medical Center, officials says. By Margery A. Beck. AP Photos.

OBAMA-IMMIGRATION

WASHINGTON — Leaving his timing uncertain, President Barack Obama lays out ambitious objectives for immigration steps he intends to take on his own and said he had already received some recommendations from the Homeland Security and Justice departments for executive action he could implement without Congress. By Jim Kuhnhenn and Erica Werner. AP Photos.

JOAN RIVERS-DEATH INVESTIGATION

NEW YORK — Further tests are needed to pinpoint comedian Joan Rivers' cause of death, the New York City medical examiner says. AP Photos.

FLIGHT RETURNS-CHILD CUSTODY

CHANTILLY, Virginia — A Fairfax woman has been charged with international kidnapping after authorities forced a China-bound flight she boarded with her 4-year-old son to return to Washington Dulles International Airport.

UNITED STATES-IRAQ-CONGRESS

WASHINGTON — The senior Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee is pushing legislation authorizing the president to use military force against Islamic state militants in Iraq, Syria and wherever else they threaten U.S. interests. By Donna Cassata.

CENTRAL PARK JOGGER

NEW YORK — A federal judge has signed off on New York City's $41 million settlement with the five men who were wrongly convicted in the vicious 1989 rape and beating of a Central Park jogger.

COLOMBIA-VENEZUELA DEPORTED

BOGOTA, Colombia — Colombia has deported two Venezuelan student activists, drawing criticism on both sides of the border by groups who fear they'll be unjustly prosecuted for their political views. By Joshua Goodman and Ricardo Nunes. SENT at 590 words.

IMMIGRATION COURT BACKLOG

WASHINGTON — The backlog of pending deportation cases in U.S. immigration courts has risen to nearly 400,000 amid a crush of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children and families caught crossing the Mexican border illegally this year, according an analysis of court data. By Alicia A. Caldwell.

HAITI-ABUSE ALLEGATIONS

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — A U.S. man who founded a boys' orphanage in Haiti nearly two decades ago was arrested following abuse allegations, authorities said. By Danica Coto. SENT at 540 words.

BUSINESS:

MEXICO-NEW AIRPORT

MEXICO CITY — Building a $9.2 billion airport in the capital will help rehabilitate the surrounding area and it will not negatively impact the environment, as critics are charging, a top Mexican official says. By E. Eduardo Castillo. SENT at 440 words.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:

ARGENTINA-CERATI FUNERAL

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Hundreds of tearful fans crowded outside a Buenos Aires cemetery as close friends and relatives of Gustavo Cerati said their final good-bye to the Argentine rock star. By Almudena Calatrava.