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Gas drive-off ends in deadly crash for teens

AMES, Iowa — Police say a 16-year-old Iowa boy has died in a crash after another teen fueled up the car they were in and fled without paying.

Sixteen-year-old Brice Nelson of the central Iowa town of Nevada died at the scene early Saturday in Ames. Hospital officials say another passenger, a 14-year-old girl, is in critical condition.

The 18-year-old driver, Kaleb Hoversten of Ames, faces charges of vehicular homicide, theft and driving with a suspended license. He's jailed on $50,000 bond.

Police say Hoversten pumped about $53 in gas at a convenience store and drove off without paying. When an officer tried stopping the car, police say the teen sped off and collided with an SUV. The condition of the man driving that vehicle is not clear.

Wis. GOP hurrying in face of recall threat

MADISON, Wis. —Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker and GOP leaders are making a new push to pass a long list of conservative proposals this spring before recall elections threaten to end the party's control of the Legislature.

Republicans have gone to an accelerated schedule to pass bills to legalize concealed weapons, deregulate the telephone industry, require voters to show photo identification at the polls and expand school vouchers.

Republican leaders say they are just trying to make up for time lost during a Democratic boycott of the Senate. But the top Democrat in the Assembly, Rep. Peter Barca, says Republicans are rushing because they're scared they'll lose control of the Senate in recall elections beginning in July.

Plane crash kills man, woman near Houston

CONROE, Texas — Two people — a man and a woman — died Saturday when a small plane crashed shortly after takeoff from an airport north of Houston, officials said.

The two are thought to be a father and adult daughter, but neither could be positively identified without an autopsy, said Trooper Erick Burse of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The fiery crash happened about 9 a.m. a half-mile north of the Lone Star Executive Airport in Conroe, from which the single-engine, kit-built Ravin 500 had just taken off on a planned 125-mile flight to Temple, Burse said. Conroe is about 40 miles north of Houston.

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