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Authorities say a helicopter crash-landed in an Arizona desert and the two people aboard walked away with no injuries. Federal Aviation Administration officials say the Robinson R22 helicopter went down around 9:15 a.m. Monday some 4 ½ miles north of the Falcon Field Airport near Phoenix and on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. Aerial video of the crash site shows a smoldering wreckage with scattered debris. Tribal police say they responded to the scene and that the pilot and passenger both avoided injury. Authorities have not released their identities or the helicopter's flight plan. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.

A NASA spacecraft is closing in on an asteroid in an unprecedented test to see if a potentially menacing space rock could be knocked off course. The galactic grand slam is set to occur Monday at a harmless asteroid 7 million miles away. The Dart spacecraft is expected to plow into the small space rock at 14,000 mph. Scientists say the impact should carve out a crater and hurl streams of rocks and dirt into space. Most importantly, though, scientists are hoping the collision altered the asteroid's orbit. NASA won't know how much the spacecraft nudged the asteroid for days, possibly weeks.

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President Joe Biden plans to announce a new initiative that would eventually allow consumers to see a more complete price on airline tickets before they buy them. That would include baggage and change fees. The White House says the proposed rule from the Department of Transportation will prevent airlines from hiding the “true cost” of airline tickets, which would help consumers save money up front and encourage more competition among airlines to offer better fares. The requirement will apply not only to airlines directly but also on third-party search sites such as Kayak and Expedia. The rule would need to go through a 60-day comment period before final approval.

Top U.S. insurance companies and associations say California is risking a crisis in the nation’s largest automobile insurance market by refusing to approve rate increases since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The companies already are cutting back and say they can’t continue operating at a loss while Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara delays rate cases filed by companies representing three-quarters of the California market. It's part of a battle over Lara’s effort to compensate consumers he says were overcharged during the pandemic’s early months when traffic all but disappeared. He's refused to consider applications to boost rates for more than two years.

Authorities in southern New Jersey say at least two people were killed amid multiple crashes at a pop-up car rally over the weekend. reports that Wildwood Mayor Pete Byron told NJ Advance Media on Sunday that there were a series of car crashes related to the “unsanctioned” car meet-up event. Byron said the two victims “were in a golf cart” but weren’t believed to be part of the event. No further information about the crash or the victims was available. Officials had issued warnings earlier about what they called an unsanctioned car rally separate from the Fall Classic Car Show taking place in the city.

There is little indication that an 18-year-old who died after being struck by an SUV in North Dakota was a political extremist like the driver claimed. Investigators say none of the witnesses they have interviewed support the idea that there was a political argument beforehand. Shannon Brandt struck Cayler Ellingson with his vehicle on Sept. 18 in McHenry. A family friend said the teen wasn’t active in politics. Court documents said Brandt told a 911 dispatcher that he felt threatened after having a political argument with Ellingson, and that he believed the teen was part of a "Republican extremist group.” North Dakota Highway Patrol Capt. Bryan Niewind says authorities have talked to dozens of witnesses, and the confrontation doesn't appear political at all.

Relatives have pushed back against Israeli claims that a Palestinian teacher intentionally rammed an Israeli police car before he was shot dead by security forces. The family of the 36-year-old man said Sunday that he had no possible reason to carry out an attack. Relatives noted that he was a father of three and had just opened a new business. They believe he accidentally crashed into a police car Saturday before troops opened fire. The army has said soldiers spotted a car attempting to ram them and then shot the man. The army still holds his body.

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A Florida sheriff’s deputy working an overnight shift to provide safety at a construction zone was accidentally struck and killed by a worker operating a front end loader who officials say is in the U.S. illegally. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri says Deputy Michael Hartwick had started his shift shortly before the incident happened late Thursday on Interstate 275. He had blocked two lanes when a front end loader driven by the worker hit him. The sheriff says the worker drove for about a mile before stopping in a parking lot and told another worker that he had killed a deputy. He is being charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving a death after initially giving a false name.

North Dakota's attorney general is condemning the violent death of an 18-year-old allegedly struck by a man who said he drove his SUV into the victim after a political argument. Attorney General Drew Wrigley also offered to help a county attorney prosecute the case. According to a probable cause affidavit, Shannon Brandt told a 911 dispatcher that he struck Cayler Ellingson early Sunday because the teenager was threatening him, and that the teen was part of a “Republican extremist group.” Investigators say they have been unable to confirm Brandt's claims. He has been charged with criminal vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in death. Officials say a breath test Sunday showed Brandt's blood alcohol level was above the legal limit to drive.