France recognizes new Syrian group
France on Tuesday became the first Western country to formally recognize Syria’s newly formed opposition coalition as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people.
The U.S. also recognized the leadership body announced in Qatar on Sunday as a legitimate representative but stopped short of describing it as a sole representative, saying the group must first demonstrate its ability to represent Syrians inside the country.
“We look forward to supporting the national coalition as it charts a course for the end of Assad’s bloody rule and marks the start, we believe, of a peaceful, just and democratic future for the people of Syria,” said U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner in Washington.
hPlane crashes in Miss. neighborhood
Authorities say all three people aboard a plane were killed when it crashed into a house in a Jackson, Miss., neighborhood.
The Piper PA-32 single-engine plane went down Tuesday evening in a neighborhood of modest, single-family homes near Hawkins Field Airport.
Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart confirmed three people died.
She said dental records or DNA would be needed to confirm their identities.
A hospital spokesman said one patient from the scene was in good condition at University of Mississippi Medical Center. He would not give details citing privacy laws.
The weather in Jackson was partly cloudy in the 40s.
A New York woman who spent more than 13 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of killing her teenage daughter has reached a $2.7 million settlement with the state, her attorney said Tuesday.
Lynn DeJac Peters, whose conviction was overturned in 2007 on the basis of DNA evidence, initially sought more than $10 million in a written demand in 2009 but lowered the amount as time went on.
Earlier this year, she accused the state of dragging its feet on her wrongful imprisonment claim, hoping to wear her down.
Investigators look at appliances in blast
Investigators in the Indianapolis explosion that killed two people and decimated a neighborhood believe natural gas was involved and are focusing on appliances as they search for a cause, a city official said Tuesday.
Indianapolis Homeland Security Director Gary Coons made the announcement after the National Transportation Safety Board said investigators had found no leaks in the gas main or pipes leading into the house that exploded.
The explosion Saturday leveled two homes and left dozens more uninhabitable.