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Published: Tuesday, January 28, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 28, 2003 at 1:37 a.m.

Small plane passengers to undergo weigh-ins

WASHINGTON - Airlines will begin checking this weekend to find out how much some passengers weigh before they can board 10- to 19-seat planes.

The Federal Aviation Administration ordered the weigh-ins Monday to determine whether current weight estimates are accurate. It's a question of safety for smaller planes, and passengers who refuse to go along could be barred from a flight.

The FAA also issued an order requiring inspections of elevators on all Beech 1900 series planes. The elevator is a flap on the tail that causes the plane to climb or dive.

Boy, 3, found chained by neck to bedpost

CHICAGO - Officers searching a home for drugs and weapons found a 3-year-old boy chained by the neck to a bedpost, authorities said.

A 10-foot chain was wrapped three times around the boy's neck and held in place by a padlock when he was found Saturday.

His foster mother, Mary Bryant, 64, said the boy was chained because he stole food, according to police. She and the boy's foster father, Melvin Bond, 49, were charged with misdemeanor child endangerment. Melinda Bryant, 29, Mary Bryant's daughter, was charged with felony child endangerment and weapons and drugs charges.

Ivory Coast loyalists protest in streets

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast - Loyalist mobs waving machetes and metal clubs ran riot through Ivory Coast's main city Monday in a third day of protests over a power-sharing peace deal with rebels.

Throngs of angry young men set up roadblocks of hulks of cars and burning tires, besieged the French and American embassies for a second day and attacked foreigners, who were warned to stay indoors.

Sons accused of killing mom 'Sopranos' style

SANTA ANA, Calif. - Two young men killed their mother and tried to cover their tracks by chopping off her head and hands the way they saw it done on ''The Sopranos,'' authorities said Monday.

Jason Bautista, 20, and his 15-year-old half brother, who was not identified because of his age, were arrested over the weekend for investigation of murder, Sheriff Michael Carona said.

Bus accident kills at least 40 in India

CALCUTTA, India - A passenger bus collided with a truck loaded with paint and caught fire early Tuesday in eastern India, killing at least 40 people, police said.

Local villagers helped police in rescuing the 15 surviving passengers from the bus, all of whom were injured and taken to hospitals, said Narayan Ghosh, the deputy inspector-general of police.

- Compiled from

The Associated Press

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