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Boulder marks site of 9/1 1 plane crash

SHANKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) -- The western Pennsylvania site where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed after passengers confronted hijacking terrorists during the Sept. 11 attacks almost a decade ago is being marked by a gigantic boulder.

National Park Service superintendent Keith Newlin said victims' relatives approved the idea. He said the 17-ton boulder was recently moved into place by a stone company that's building the entrance road at the memorial in Shanksville. He told Somerset's Daily American newspaper he suggested a smaller rock but the company's foreman said the victims deserve the big boulder.

Word of the boulder came as more than two dozen relatives of victims gathered Saturday with park and memorial officials for the ceremonial planting of the first three of 40 sweet gum trees to honor the victims.

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Conservatives favor Cain as GOP candidate

DENVER (AP) -- Conservatives meeting in Denver have handed Georgia businessman Herman Cain a wide victory in a straw poll of Republican presidential candidates.

Cain spoke to the Western Conservative Summit moments before the poll Sunday and drew the crowd to its feet with his life story and biting criticisms of President Obama.

With 508 people voting, 48 percent chose Cain as their favored presidential candidate. Second place, with 13 percent, went to Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who has not formally announced his presidential campaign but addressed about 1,000 people at the conference Friday.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who addressed the group Friday, got 10 percent. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney also got 10 percent. Nine other Republicans split the rest of the votes.

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4 die as float plane collides with another

TRAPPER CREEK, Alaska (AP) -- Two single-engine float planes collided as they flew near an Alaska lake and one of them crashed and burned, killing the four people aboard, authorities said. Authorities withheld the identities of the victims.

The Cessna 180 was destroyed by the impact and fire, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor told the Associated Press.

The crash occurred around Amber Lake near Trapper Creek, 80 miles north of Anchorage.

The second plane in Saturday's crash, a Cessna 206, sustained significant damage but was able to return to Anchorage International Airport and make an emergency landing.

Pilot Kevin Earp, 56, of Eagle River, was alone in the aircraft and uninjured, state police said in a news release.