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2 dead as Navy helicopter crashes

– A Navy helicopter with five crew members crashed into the ocean off the Virginia coast during a routine training mission Wednesday, killing two crew members and leaving two in the hospital, the U.S. Navy said. Rescuers searched into the night for a fifth sailor.

The two who died were among four crewmembers hoisted from the 42-degree water by a Navy helicopter and taken to a hospital, the Navy said in a statement. The two surviving sailors were being treated at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. One is in serious condition and the other is listed as fair, the Navy said in a news release.

It was not immediately known why the chopper, which weighs up to 34 tons, went down about 20 miles from Virginia Beach, and the Navy said the crash is under investigation.


Ex-Nazi charged; other case dropped

An 88-year-old German was charged Wednesday with participating in one of the most notorious World War II civilian massacres.

The man from Cologne, Germany, was charged with participating in the June 1944 Nazi massacre in Oradour-sur-Glane, France, in which 642 inhabitants, including about 400 women and children, were gunned down and burned alive. Only a handful of people in the town in the west-central region of Limousin survived.

Separately, in the western German city of Hagen, former SS officer Siert Bruins, 92, left the court a free man because too much evidence in the case had been lost in the 70 years since the slaying he had been accused of.

Rodman sings to North Korean leader

In Pyongyang, North Korea, Dennis Rodman sang "Happy Birthday" to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un before leading a squad of former NBA stars in a friendly game Wednesday as part of his "basketball diplomacy" that has been criticized in the United States.

The North Korean team scored 47 points to 39 for the Americans before the teams were mixed. Rodman played only in the first half and then sat next to Kim during the second half.