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The NTSB said the tower then instructed the US Airways crew to turn left, which caused it to cross paths with the cargo plane, which had only the pilot aboard and was bound for La Crosse, Wis.

VIRGINIA

Woman executed; first in 5 years

JARRATT — The first woman to be executed in the U.S. in five years was put to death Thursday for arranging the killings of her husband and a stepson over a $250,000 insurance payment.

Teresa Lewis, 41, died by injection at 9:13 p.m. She became the first woman executed in Virginia in nearly a century.

Lewis enticed two men through sex, cash and a promised cut in an insurance policy to shoot the sleeping men in October 2002. Both triggermen were sentenced to life in prison, and one committed suicide in 2006.

NEW JERSEY

Newark schools to get $100 million donation

NEWARK — Mark Zuckerberg, the 26-year-old wunderkind behind Facebook is making a move to become a player in philanthropy just before the opening of a film that portrays him as less than charitable.

The recipient of his $100 million donation is the Newark public schools, a long-struggling district that could use the money to become a laboratory for reforms.

The donation will be announced Friday on Oprah Winfrey’s TV show in an arrangement that brings together the young Internet tycoon, Newark’s mayor and a governor who has quickly become a star of the Republican Party.

NEW YORK

Pakistani sentenced for firing at U.S. troops

NEW YORK — A U.S.-trained Pakistani scientist convicted of trying to kill U.S. agents and military officers in Afghanistan was sentenced Thursday to 86 years in prison after she called on Muslims to resist using violence and said she loves American soldiers.

Aafia Siddiqui, 38, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Manhattan by Judge Richard M. Berman, who said “significant incarceration is appropriate.”

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