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Thursday, December 06, 2018 1:00 am

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Marines missing after planes crash

Associated Press

TOKYO – A Marine refueling plane and a fighter jet crashed into the Pacific Ocean off Japan's southwestern coast after a midair collision early today, and rescuers found one of the seven crew members in stable condition while searching for the others, officials said.

The U.S. Marine Corps said that the 2 a.m. crash involved an F/A-18 fighter jet and a KC-130 refueling aircraft during regular training after the planes took off from their base in Iwakuni, near Hiroshima in western Japan. The crash took place 200 miles off the coast.

More than 50,000 U.S. troops are based in Japan under the bilateral security pact.

2017 Marine crash blamed on lax care

Investigators say bad maintenance practices at a Georgia air force base missed a deteriorating propeller blade that broke off six years later as a U.S. Marine Corps transport plane cruised over Mississippi at 20,000 feet, causing the KC-130 to break into pieces and plunge into a soybean field, killing 15 Marines and a Navy corpsman.

The report on the causes of the July 10, 2017, crash, released Wednesday, slams “consistent production errors” at Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex in Georgia.

Canada arrests Chinese exec for US

Canadian authorities said Wednesday they have arrested the chief financial officer of China's Huawei Technologies for possible extradition to the United States. China demanded her immediate release.

Justice Department spokesman Ian McLeod said Meng Wanzhou was detained in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Saturday, the same day President Donald Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping to discuss the trade war after the close of the G-20 summit in Argentina.

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this year that U.S. authorities are investigating whether Huawei violated sanctions on Iran.

Death penalty sought for border agent

A U.S. Border Patrol agent who confessed to killing four sex workers told investigators he wanted to “clean up the streets” of his Texas border hometown, a prosecutor said Wednesday while announcing that a grand jury had indicted the man for capital murder.

Webb County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz said he will seek the death penalty for the September slayings and that evidence presented to the grand jury showed Juan David Ortiz, 35, killed the women “in a cold, callous and calculating way.” Ortiz has been held on murder charges since his Sept. 15 arrest in Laredo.