**Former China Rail Minster Given Suspended Death Sentence**
A Beijing court has given China's former railways minister a two-year suspended death sentence for bribery and abuse of power.
The official Xinhua news agency says the court also ruled Monday that Liu Zhijun would lose all his personal property and be deprived of political rights for life. In China, a suspended death sentence is usually commuted to life in prison.
According to the indictment, Liu accepted more than $10 million in bribes to help people win promotions or contracts between 1986 and 2011. He was fired in February of last year and later kicked out of the Communist Party.
The indictment also said that Liu was responsible for "huge losses of public assets and of the interests of the state and people."
**Asiana: Pilot in Deadly Crash Training on 777 Jets**
Asiana Airlines says the pilot of a plane that crashed Saturday at San Francisco airport was still in training flying a Boeing 777, and was trying to land that type of aircraft at the site for the first time.
The South Korea-based airline said Monday the pilot had 43 hours of experience in the 777, and more than 9,000 hours of flight time overall. A pilot more experienced with the aircraft was acting as a trainer and co-pilot on the flight.
U.S. investigators say it is too early to say what caused the crash, but that the plane was flying "significantly below" its target speed as it approached the runway and that the pilot tried to abort the landing.
National Transportation Safety Board chair Deborah Hersman said Sunday the verbal "abort" request came just 1.5 seconds before impact -- too late to avoid the crash that killed two people and injured dozens more.