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One of those killed is identified by the Associated Press to be Jaime Pickett, a mechanic from Clarksville.
According to the AP, the heavy-lift helicopter, owned by Columbia Helicopters of Portland, Oregon, crashed after taking off from the provincial capital of Pucallpa. Five Americans and two Peruvians were reportedly killed.
The company's vice president of marketing says that the plane was en route to a drilling location in northern Peru.
A local police commander says that it appears the victims jumped out of the helicopter out of desperation.
Witnesses quoted say the plane lost control and spewed smoke before crashing.
The airport control tower lost contact with the aircraft five minutes after takeoff at just after 3 p.m., Peru's civil aviation authority reported. Controllers report seeing "a big cloud of smoke" four miles northeast of the airport.
No information on what might have caused the crash has been released, but the company denies overcrowding.
Wednesday, January 9 2013, 07:22 AM CST
Tennessee recoups unemployment benefits
May 22, 2013 20:26 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- State Labor Department officials say they have recouped about $15.3 million worth of fraudulently collected unemployment benefits by garnishing tax refunds and other federal payments to people who were not entitled to receive the assistance.
A scathing audit released earlier this year showed that the state overpaid $73 million in unemployment benefits. The overpayments were the result of both fraud and errors at the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The audit was especially critical of the department's method for recouping fraudulent benefits.
Acting Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips said in a statement that the ability to reclaim fraudulently collected unemployment benefits is critical to the business community. He said the department is focused on developing strategies to prevent people from wrongfully collecting the assistance.
Bernanke signals Fed to maintain stimulus efforts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chairman Ben Bernanke is telling Congress that the U.S. job market remains weak and that it is too soon for the Federal Reserve to end its extraordinary stimulus programs.
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