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  • The search for the pilot of an unresponsive twin-engine plane that drew the attention of the U.S. government and crashed in the Gulf of Mexico has been called off.

    Authorities identified the sole occupant of the Cessna 421 as Dr. Peter Hertzak from New Orleans.

    The plane began flying in circles for hours over the Gulf not long after takeoff April 19 from Slidell, La., en route to Sarasota, Fla. Two F-15 fighters were dispatched to monitor the aircraft.

    Bill Huete, an airport mechanic  told the Associated Press that Hertzak was a top-notch pilot. "He flew by the book and he didn't scrimp on maintenance," Huete said.

    Below is a timeline of the events as they happened.

    4 p.m. ET Approximate arrival of Coast Guard Coho Cutter water-rescue team. By then, the aircraft  was completely submerged and vessels searched for debris in water about 1,500 feet deep, according to the Coast Guard.

    2 p.m. ET Coast Guard helicopter crew arrives on scene. The plane is mostly intact and the nose  is

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  • Anders Breivik, the man accused of killing 77 people in a massacre in Norway last July, has reportedly received letters from supporters in 20 countriesand according to Kevin Forts, a 23-year-old from Worcester, Mass., at least one of them was from him.

    "I believe that Breivik is a rational man who committed atrocious but necessary actions," Forts told Norwegian television in an interview. "I believe it demonstrates a sense of nationalism and a moral conscience. He's fighting against cultural Marxism and the Islamization of Norway and he found that the most rational way to accomplish that was through terrorist actions on Utøya and in Oslo."

    Breivik's trial began earlier this week.

    Forts continued: "I believe that he used it as an unprecedented attack. I don't believe that it should occur again, but I do believe that it was atrocious but necessary in that it has raised awareness for it and Breivik did that with the executions."

    According to his Facebook page, Forts has 552 "friends," likes the Dave Matthews Band, the New York Rangers, Giants and Mets, David Beckham, Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, "30 Rock," "Family Guy," John Grisham novels and the film "Love Actually."

    Forts, who attended Assumption College in Worcester, Mass., is also on Thursday's front cover of VG, Norway's most-read newspaper. He showed the paper a letter he says he received from Breivik. "I have received letters from supporters in 20 countries, but you appear to be someone who can write well," the accused mass murderer wrote in the purported letter. "Yes, I am absolutely interested in discussing ideological issues with you and am thinking about how we can work together."

    According to a Shrewsbury, Mass., police report cited by the Los Angeles Times, Forts was arrested and charged with assault and battery in February. He told VG he began his correspondence with Breivik the same month.

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  • PBS uncovered new eyewitness video that casts doubt on the conduct of Border Patrol agents in the May 2010 death of Anastacio Hernández-Rojas, who was caught trying to enter the country illegally.

    Hernández-Rojas was deported from America after he was caught shoplifting. He tried to enter the country again in May 2010 near San Diego to return to his wife and five children, who were still living in California. According to new eyewitness testimony and video in the Need to Know on PBS documentary "First Look: Crossing the Line," Hernández-Rojas had his hands and feet tied when an unknown Border Patrol agent used his Taser on him five times. Hernández-Rojas was screaming in Spanish for onlookers to help him. He died shortly after.

    The Border Patrol said that Hernández-Rojas was not handcuffed and that the agent used force because he became violent. The Justice Department told PBS it is investigating the incident. The full segment will air on Friday.

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  • Motor Racing-Schumacher faces "long fight" to recovery, says manager

    PARIS, Dec 28 (Reuters) - Michael Schumacher faces a "long fight" for recovery as the first anniversary of his skiing accident approaches, the former Formula One driver's manager said on Sunday. Her comments cast doubts over a newspaper report that said he was making cognitive progress. "We need a long time. It's going to be a long time and a hard fight," Sabine Kehm told Reuters by telephone. "He is making progress appropriate to the severity of the situation," she added, reiterating a statement she made a month ago. ...

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