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In brief: Obama stays in Libyan air war

US President Barack Obama decided he could continue the air war in Libya without congressional approval despite rulings to the contrary from Justice Department and Pentagon lawyers, according to reports.

The president relied instead on the opinions of other senior administration lawyers that continuing US participation in the air operations against the regime of leader Muammar Gaddafi did not constitute "hostilities", triggering the need for Congressional permission under the War Powers Resolution, the New York Times reported.

Near-miss at Alaska airport

US federal officials are investigating why two commercial airplanes flew within 150ft of each other in Fairbanks Airport in Alaska.

One plane was forced to dive to avoid "an extremely close call" said an official.

An Era Alaska PA-31 Navajo was cleared for take-off while a Beechcraft 1900 was approaching for a landing.

The Navajo took off and turned right just as the Beechcraft passed below, and the Beechcraft had to dive to keep from hitting the other plane's tail.

Tot (2) survives three-storey fall

A US toddler fell from a third-floor window in his home but had his fall broken by a porch awning and is expected to survive.

Police said the two-year-old boy from Reading, Pennsylvania fell, landed on the awning, rolled over the edge and dropped about 12ft to the path. The boy has broken bones but is expected to survive. Police said the boy's mother had opened the window for fresh air.

Marines fire at passenger jet

South Korean marines fired on a civilian jetliner as it was descending to land after mistaking it for a North Korean aircraft, it was reported.

Yonhap news agency said the incident took place at dawn yesterday.

Two marine guards stationed on an island fired rifle rounds at an Asiana Airlines flight carrying 119 people that was approaching Incheon International Airport west of Seoul.

The jet was flying out of range and was not damaged.