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Airliner blows 5 tires and closes a runway

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Northwest Airlines jet blew five tires as it landed at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, closing a runway for a few hours.

No injuries were reported in Sunday's incident. Fifteen employees were on the plane, but there were no passengers. The plane landed without crashing or going off the runway, although one runway was blocked for the rest of the afternoon.

It's not clear why the tires blew. Metropolitan Airports Commission spokesman Pat Hogan says the pilot reported his brakes were overheating.

2 gays nominated for Episcopal post

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two Episcopal priests in same-gender relationships are among the nominees for assistant bishop of Los Angeles, officials said Sunday.

The Rev. John L. Kirkley of San Francisco and the Rev. Mary Douglas Glasspool of Maryland will be among six candidates on the ballot when lay people and clergy vote in December, despite a long-standing request from world Anglican leaders for a moratorium on consecrating openly gay bishops.

Los Angeles Bishop Jon Bruno said in a statement Sunday that he was "pleased by the wide diversity" of the nominees. Separately, the Diocese of Minnesota on Saturday announced that a lesbian was among its three candidates for bishop. That election is set for Oct. 31.

Congressman's wife dies at Virginia home

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Lu Young, the wife of U.S. Rep. Don Young, has died. She was 67.

A spokeswoman for the Alaska Republican says Lu Young died Saturday night or early Sunday at the couple's home in Great Falls, Va.

Meredith Kenny said the cause of death is unknown but is believed to have stemmed from natural causes. The Youngs were married for 46 years.

"He's obviously very upset right now," Kenny said of the 19-term congressman. "They were inseparable."

Beside her husband, Lu Young is survived by their two daughters and 14 grandchildren.

3-year-old drowns at Ohio water park

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — A 3-year-old boy has drowned at a northern Ohio indoor water park that calls itself the nation's largest.

The boy drowned Sunday in an outdoor pool at Kalahari Resorts water park in Sandusky on Lake Erie. Police and park officials say lifeguards were on duty at the time.

Kalahari spokeswoman Carrie Leum says park employees are "deeply saddened" by the toddler's death. She says the park is cooperating with law enforcement.

The state has taken disciplinary action against Kalahari at least five times since the resort opened in 2005.

Head-on crash kills 5 in rural Missouri

FARMINGTON, Mo. (AP) — Five people were killed in a head-on collision on a two-lane highway in rural eastern Missouri.

St. Francois County Coroner Jim Coplin said authorities found no skid marks at the crash site on Missouri Route 00 in an area surrounded by wooded farmland about 70 miles south of St. Louis. Coplin also says there were no witnesses to the accident late Saturday night.

Coplin says 59-year-old Bessie Barker, her husband, 57-year-old Walter Barker, and 60-year-old Norma Holloway were returning home from a high school reunion when their car crossed the center line. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says their car struck that of 46-year-old Yvonne Fulton and 48-year-old Gregory Fulton. The Fultons were returning from a prayer service.