VENEZUELA'S MILITARY SHOOTS DOWN SMALL CIVILIAN PLANE BELIEVED TO BE CARRYING DRUGS *

OFFICIALS SAY THE PLANE, SHOT DOWN 25 MILES OFF COAST OF VENEZUELA NEAR ARUBA, ENTERED VENEZUELAN AIRSPACE WITHOUT PERMISSION AND DIDN'T RESPOND TO ORDERS TO LAND IMMEDIATELY *

400 PACKAGES OF COCAINE WERE FOUND NEAR CRASH SITE ALONG WITH HUMAN REMAINS *

VENEZUELA HAS SHOT DOWN A NUMBER OF SUSPECTED DRUG-TRAFFICKING PLANES IN RECENT YEARS, MOSTLY OVER WESTERN PART OF COUNTRY *

PRES OBAMA AND THE DALAI LAMA SET TO ATTEND NEXT WEEK'S NATL PRAYER BREAKFAST IN WASHINGTON *

WHITE HOUSE IS PLAYING DOWN ANY OFFICIAL ENGAGEMENT BETWEEN THE TWO, WHO HAVE PREVIOUSLY MET TOGETHER THREE TIMES *

PAST MEETINGS PROMPTED OBJECTIONS FROM CHINA'S GOVT, WHICH CONSIDERS THE DALAI LAMA AN ANTI-CHINESE SEPARATIST *

JUDGE RULES ORIGINAL CASKET IN WHICH LEE HARVEY OSWALD WAS BURIED BELONGS TO OSWALD'S BROTHER, NOT THE FUNERAL HOME THAT AUCTIONED IT OFF *

OSWALD'S BROTHER SUED FUNERAL HOME AFTER IT SOLD THE PINE COFFIN FOR $87,468 IN 2010 *

OSWALD'S BODY WAS EXHUMED IN 1981, BUT THE CASKET WAS TOO DAMAGED FOR REBURIAL *

JUDGE ORDERED FUNERAL HOME TO PAY SAME AMOUNT OF MONEY IN DAMAGES TO ROBERT OSWALD, SAYING ITS CONDUCT WAS "MALICIOUS AND WANTON" *

MURDER TRIAL BEGINS FRI 35 YEARS AFTER THE DISAPPEARANCE OF A 6-YR-OLD MANHATTAN BOY *

54-YR-OLD PEDRO HERNANDEZ IS CHARGED WITH THE 1979 KIDNAPPING AND MURDER OF ETAN PATZ, WHO WAS LAST SEEN ALIVE WHILE WALKING TO A BUS STOP *

HERNANDEZ, WHO HAS A HISTORY OF MENTAL ILLNESS AND A LOW IQ, CONFESSED THE KILLING TO POLICE, THOUGH HIS DEFENSE TEAM ARGUES THE CONFESSION ISN'T VALID *

PATZ WAS ONE OF THE FIRST MISSING CHILDREN TO APPEAR ON MILK CARTONS, AND THE DAY OF HIS DISAPPEARANCE IS NOW NATL MISSING CHILDREN'S DAY *

CA HEALTH OFFICIALS REPORTING MORE MEASLES CASES HAVE BEEN FOUND *

THERE ARE NOW 91 CONFIRMED MEASLES CASES IN THE STATE, UP FROM 79 WED, ACCORDING TO CA DEPT OF PUBLIC HEALTH *

MAJORITY OF THE INFECTIONS HAVE BEEN LINKED TO VISITS TO DISNEYLAND OR CONTACT WITH A SICK PERSON WHO WENT THERE *

CASES HAVE ALSO BEEN REPORTED IN MEXICO, UT, WA, CO, NE, AZ AND OREGON *

2012 GOP NOMINEE MITT ROMNEY SAYS HE WILL NOT RUN FOR PRES IN 2016 *

THE FORMER MA GOV SAYS HE "DECIDED IT'S BEST TO GIVE OTHER LEADERS IN THE PARTY THE OPPORTUNITY" TO BECOME THE GOP NOMINEE *

DECISION COMES A DAY AFTER KEY FORMER ROMNEY ADVISER DAVID KOCHEL JOINED FMR FL GOV JEB BUSH'S POLITICAL ACTION CMTE *

PENTAGON SPOX SAYS GUNMAN WHO KILLED THREE AMERICAN CONTRACTORS AT AFGHANISTAN'S KABUL AIRPORT WAS WEARING AN AFGHAN UNIFORM AND WAS SUBSEQUENTLY KILLED *

REAR ADM JOHN KIRBY SAYS THURSDAY'S ATTACK THAT KILLED THREE CIVILIAN AIRCRAFT MECHANICS IS UNDER INVESTIGATION *

EARLIER, A TALIBAN SPOX SAID THE SHOOTER WAS A TALIBAN FIGHTER WHO HAD INFILTRATED AFGHAN SECURITY FORCES *

PENTAGON SPOX SAYS U.S. HAS NO INFO TO CONFIRM OR DENY TALIBAN INVOLVEMENT *

WHITE HOUSE SAYS EFFORTS TO MONITOR TALIBAN DETAINEES RELEASED FROM GUANTANAMO IN EXCHANGE FOR POSSIBLE ARMY DESERTER BOWE BERGDAHL HAVE BEEN "UPDATED" OVER CONCERNS THE TERRORISTS MAY BE RETURNING TO THE BATTLEFIELD *

THE FIVE HAVE BEEN IN QATAR SINCE BEING RELEASED FOR BERGDAHL LAST YR *

SEN LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-SC) SAID THE MEN HAD BEEN IN TOUCH WITH THE AL QAEDA-LINKED HAQQANI NETWORK *

ISIS CHEMICAL WEAPONS EXPERT KILLED LAST WK IN A COALITION AIRSTRIKE IN IRAQ, ACCORDING TO THE U.S. MILITARY *

ABU MALIK, A CHEMICAL WEAPONS ENGINEER UNDER FORMER IRAQI PRES SADDAM HUSSEIN, WAS KILLED ON JAN 24 BY AN AIRSTRIKE NEAR MOSUL *

U.S. CENTRAL COMMAND SAYS MALIK'S "PAST TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE PROVIDED THE TERRORIST GROUP WITH EXPERTISE TO PURSUE A CHEMICAL WEAPONS CAPABILITY" *

U.S.-LED COALITION HAS CARRIED OUT ALMOST 2,000 AIRSTRIKES AGAINST ISIS TARGETS IN IRAQ AND SYRIA *