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Spelling Bee Winner Conquers 'German Curse'

Arvind Mahankali, a 13-year-old from Bayside, Queens, won the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday after correctly spelling "knaidel." It's a yiddish term of German origin meaning "dumpling." Mahankali had stumbled on German words two years in a row. This year, he said, "the German curse has turned into in a German blessing."

All Are OK After Small Plane Crashes Through Apartment Roof

When a single-engine plane apparently ran out of fuel, it nose-dived into an apartment building near Washington, D.C. Amazingly, both the pilot and passenger walked away. And, no one in the apartment was seriously injured. The plane just missed the bedrooms where people were sleeping.

Arizona Mom Released From Mexican Jail

Yanira Maldonado of Goodyear, Ariz., was taken into custody last week after 12 pounds of marijuana were found under her seat on a bus in Mexico. Her case drew international attention. She was released late Thursday after a judge saw video of her boarding the bus without the drugs.

Reports: Texas Man Questioned About Latest Ricin Letters

The letters were sent to President Obama, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and a gun control group the mayor supports. Investigators say they were postmarked in Louisiana, near where the man being questioned lives.

Hurricane Sandy Aid Bill Hot Topic In Oklahoma

When Congress voted on federal relief for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, five of the seven Oklahoma representatives and senators voted no. Rep. Tom Cole, who voted yes, warned that someday Oklahoma would be asking for help. That day came last week after a massive tornado.

Houston's Petrochemical Industry, Source Of Jobs And Smog

Houston's air quality improved dramatically over the past decade, but the city is still short of meeting the latest smog standards. Getting there isn't simply a matter of cracking down more on the petrochemical industry — the city needs to deal with cars on its sprawling roads, and bad air blowing from out of town.

Massachusetts Fights New Codfish Limits With A Lawsuit

The State of Massachusetts is suing the Obama administration over lowered catch limits for historic Northeast species such as cod. Commercial fishermen say the drastic reductions that just went into effect will put them out of business. The state attorney general alleges regulators violated federal law by failing to take the economic impact into account.