The following story will move Saturday as this week's Sunday Spotlight, a feature showcasing the best off-the-news enterprise in the AP report:
RUSSIAN PLANE CRASH-ANALYSIS - However long it takes to determine what caused the fatal crash of a Russian airliner, the answer will almost certainly hit Russia hard. There's no indication of a force-majeure cause such as freak weather, leaving terrorism or aircraft failure the leading suspects. Either answer could challenge Russia's new self-confidence -- but either could be used by President Vladimir Putin to advance his aims and reinforce his power. By Jim Heintz. UPCOMING: 800 words by 3 p.m. ET, photos.