FAA ups watch after American Airlines mishaps

FORT WORTH, Texas — The Federal Aviation Administration is increasing oversight of American Airlines after three mishaps during landings last month.

Jetliners' wingtips touched the ground during two landings, one in Charlotte, N.C., on Dec. 13, the other in Austin, Texas, on Dec. 24. And in Jamaica, a plane overshot the runway during heavy rain on Dec. 22.

FAA officials said in a statement Friday they will conduct a review of the mishaps to see if there might be a larger issue.

The statement says that if needed, the FAA will work with American on corrective action.

Calif. church's call for funds 'history-making'

LAKE FOREST, Calif. —Evangelical pastor Rick Warren calls the response to his appeal for donations to his Orange County megachurch "history-making."

In a New Year's posting on the Saddleback Church Web site Friday, Warren said parishioners called in and dropped off contributions in droves. Warren didn't specify how much money was raised. He said he'll talk about the response in a sermon today called "The Miracle."

On Wednesday Warren asked parishioners to help fill a $900,000 deficit by the first of the year.

Pulitzer Prize-winning news editor dies

WASHINGTON — Former Washington Post ombudsman Deborah Howell, a veteran editor who helped lead two news organizations to three Pulitzer Prizes, has died. She was 68.

Howell suffered fatal injuries when she was struck by a car while vacationing in New Zealand, stepson Nick Coleman said Friday, speaking by phone from Minnesota.

Steve Newhouse, chairman of, worked closely with Howell during her tenure as Washington bureau chief and editor of Newhouse News Service. He described her as a remarkably skilled editor.