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SUV crash kills women from 3 generations

WILSON, N.C. (AP) -- A New York City family returning from Disney World was devastated Saturday evening when women representing three generations were killed in a wreck on Interstate 95 in eastern North Carolina.

Trooper G.G. Barnes of the North Carolina Highway Patrol said early Sunday that a 22-year-old woman, her mother and grandmother were killed when the family's SUV blew a tire on northbound I-95 in Wilson County, the driver lost control and the vehicle overturned.

Barnes identified the victims as Rosanny Marte, 22; Angela Marte, 46; and Rosa Marte, 71. Five other family members in the vehicle -- including the husbands of Angela and Rosa Marte, and Angela's two other children and nephew -- remained hospitalized early Sunday with non-life-threatening injuries.

Barnes said the two older female victims were not wearing seat belts and were thrown from the vehicle, which came to rest off the highway.


K.C. air show resumes day after pilot's death

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The annual Kansas City Aviation Expo resumed a day after a stunt pilot crashed to his death in front of thousands of spectators.

Bryan Jensen was performing maneuvers in his small plane at 1:45 p.m. Saturday when he didn't pull out of a dive in time and crashed.

The show halted after the fiery crash, and spectators were ushered out of Wheeler Downtown Airport.

But the show resumed Sunday.

Jensen flew a custom-built biplane dubbed "The Beast" in air shows across the country. His website says he had logged more than 23,000 hours of flight time for major airlines and was promoted to captain by Delta Airlines earlier this year.


Man claims innocence in death of wife, 3 kids

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) -- A Virginia man has denied any involvement in the slayings of his wife and her three children whose bodies were found in their burned apartment, police said Sunday.

John Moses Ragin, 36, professed his innocence during interviews with Newport News police detectives who traveled to South Carolina, where he is being held, department spokesman Harold O. Eley said.

Newport News police want Ragin returned to Virginia to face nine charges, including four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Crystal Ragin and her children, Sierra, 15, Rasheed, 10, and Lakwan, 6.

All four were found in their Newport News apartment on Friday. Investigators found evidence of knife wounds and "exposure to fire," police said.

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