April, 2014

04/24

Caroline Kennedy says she would 'absolutely' back Clinton
Caroline Kennedy has said she could "absolutely" see herself endorsing Hillary Rodham Clinton for president in 2016, but said the former Secretary of State must decide soon whether to run.

Three US doctors dead, nurse wounded in Afghanistan
Three American physicians have been killed and a U.S. nurse was wounded after an Afghan security guard opened fire on a group of foreign doctors at a Kabul hospital on Thursday.

Miami Beach theater evacuated after popcorn catches fire
A small fire that started in a popcorn machine triggered an evacuation of a Miami Beach movie theater. Officials say the smoke alarm sounded about 7:25 p.m. Wednesday night inside the Regal South Beach theater.

Man faces life in prison for retirement home deaths
A judge is expected to order life sentences on Thursday for a 67-year-old Michigan man convicted of killing two women with an assault rifle at a Detroit retirement home last October.

Child porn victim surprised by court's dismissal of judgment
A woman whose rape as a child by her uncle was seen in images that were viewed extensively on the Internet said she's "surprised and confused" by a ruling from the Supreme Court, which tossed out a judgment of nearly $3.4 million.

Judge releases tape of woman who shot at President Ford
Nearly 40 years after a former Manson family member pointed a gun at President Gerald Ford, the audiotape from her pretrial psychiatric examination was made public on Wednesday.

FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes
The federal government wants to prohibit sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration.

Cleared of murder, man starts fresh 24 years later
The day Jonathan Fleming was cleared of the murder that put him behind bars for almost 25 years, he strode out of a New York City courthouse to congratulations from passers-by and what he sees as the start of a new life.

04/23

Corrections officer taken hostage by inmates at Ohio jail
A corrections officer was taken hostage by inmates at an Ohio county jail on Wednesday, as officials said three prisoners grabbed and handcuffed the officer at the Trumbull County Jail in Warren.

Florida executes man convicted of murdering relatives
The state of Florida on Wednesday executed a man who was convicted of murdering two relatives, in order to prevent one of them from testifying against him in a burglary trial.

Small Wyoming town evacuated after gas explosion
A small town in southwest Wyoming has been evacuated after an explosion and fire at a natural gas pipeline hub. Officials said there are no reports of injuries and the residents of Opal have been evacuated as a precaution.

Ohio women held captive seek apology from Joan Rivers
Attorneys for two of the women who were held in a Cleveland home and abused for a decade said Wednesday that Joan Rivers should apologize for comparing living in her daughter's guest room with the horror they experienced.

FBI probe in 9/11 trial has implications, defense says
The legal team for five people accused before a 9/11 war crimes tribunal said implications of the FBI's questioning of one of its members are "staggering," and is calling on the court to aggressively probe the incident.

Man shot by US marshal vowed to behave, report says
A man who was shot to death by a U.S. marshal this week while attacking a witness during a trial in Utah federal court promised the judge at the start of the hearing that he would behave.

White supremacist pleads guilty in Northwest killing spree
A white supremacist whose Pacific Northwest crime spree claimed four lives in 2011 pleaded guilty on Wednesday to federal charges, including two counts of carjacking resulting in death.

Albuquerque chief has few answers on latest police shooting
Two days after Albuquerque police shot and killed a 19-year-old suspected truck thief, the chief of the troubled department said Wednesday that he has little information about the latest shooting.

Medal of Honor soldier honored by NC military community
For U.S. Army Sergeant Kyle White, the firefight began without warning. White's platoon left a meeting with village elders in Afghanistan after an interpreter heard suspicious chatter on an Army radio. On the way back to their outpost, White's platoon was ambushed.

NYPD chief says he was caught off-guard by Twitter backlash
The head of the New York City Police Department said Wednesday that he was caught off guard by the public's harsh response to the department's recent attempt reaching out to the community via Twitter.

Chicago Cubs' Wrigley Field celebrates 100th anniversary
For Wrigley Field, it really was the party of a century. Exactly 100 years after the Chicago Federals pounded the Kansas City Packers in the first game at the Chicago ballpark, Wrigley got quite the birthday bash on Wednesday afternoon. 

Woman smuggled loaded gun inside body cavity, police say
Police in Tennessee said Wednesday that a 19-year-old woman smuggled a loaded gun into a jail, after a cavity search revealed that she had been hiding the weapon inside her body.

California mother, TSA settle breast milk lawsuit
A Southern California woman who was held at a Phoenix airport four years ago, after refusing to have her breast milk X-rayed, has reached a settlement with the Transportation Security Administration.

Oklahoma lawmaker seeks impeachment of court justices
A member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives is drafting a resolution seeking the impeachment of five state Supreme Court justices, who granted a delay of execution to two death-row inmates.

Astronauts spacewalk to replace dead space station computer
Space station astronauts stepped out for a spacewalk on Wednesday, to replace a dead backup computer and get the orbiting outpost back up to full strength, NASA officials said Wednesday.

Soldier charged with 2007 deaths of unarmed teens in Iraq
A U.S. soldier accused of deliberately killing two unarmed teenagers as they herded cattle in Iraq seven years ago appeared in military court on Wednesday, with his lawyer claiming the charges are baseless.

Washington bus driver accused of bullying special needs girl
A school bus driver in Washington state has been placed on leave while the school district investigates accusations that he bullied a developmentally disabled 14-year-old girl.

Scientists locate lost shipwreck in San Francisco Bay
Federal ocean scientists said they have discovered the wreckage of a lost American steamship that sunk in San Francisco Bay nearly 130 years ago -- in a disaster that killed more than a dozen people.

Sinkhole in Florida retirement village opens again, officials say
A sinkhole that opened between two houses in a sprawling Florida retirement community over the weekend appears to be widening again, authorities said Wednesday.

Three charged with sending chemical equipment to Syria
U.S. prosecutors have charged a Pennsylvania man and two foreign citizens with plotting to illegally export chemical warfare detection devices and other lab equipment to Syria -- where the government is actively removing its chemical weapons stockpile.

Connecticut man charged with making threat call to Yale
Connecticut authorities said Wednesday that they have charged a 50-year-old man with making a hoax telephone call in November, allegedly claiming that an armed man was on his way to shoot up Yale University.

Judge denies mistrial in homeowner's shooting of two teens
A Minnesota judge has denied yet another request for a mistrial in the case of a homeowner who killed two teenagers who entered his home.

United Airlines flight diverts to LA with engine problem
The Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday said a United Airlines flight from San Francisco to San Diego was forced to divert to Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday because of an engine problem.

Colombia crash caused by plane hitting hill, Air Force says
Air Force investigators on Wednesday said a plane crash that killed four people in Colombia this past fall occurred when the plane's pilots failed to stay over water and slammed into a hill.

FedEx sued by mother over deadly California bus crash
The mother of a 17-year-old honors student, who was among 10 people killed in a fiery Northern California bus crash, has now filed a lawsuit against FedEx.

04/22

NYPD's Twitter proposal leads to unwanted allegations
A request by the New York City Police Department has backfired — in a very public way -- as its request that Twitter users share pictures of them posing with police officers has caused people to start sending in photos of police brutality.

Florida man convicted of killing newlywed wife for money
A South Florida man was convicted Tuesday of beating his newlywed wife to death -- a mere four days after they were married -- so that he could collect a $1 million life insurance policy.

Man who avoided prison for 13 years seeks release
A St. Louis man who avoided prison because of a clerical error -- and led a law-abiding life for more than a decade before he was finally locked up last year -- is now asking a Missouri judge to set him free.

Obama to survey deadly Washington mudslide damage
President Obama is bracing to share sorrows once again as he visits Washington state, to meet with victims of the mudslide that killed more than three dozen people last month.

Two men critically burned in fire near Phoenix airport
A fire that broke out at an oil recycling business near Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport critically burned two men on Tuesday, and sent a tall plume of black smoke over the city during the morning commute.

Intelligence workers' admissions of guilt not reported, official says
An inspector general for the U.S. intelligence community has said that some admissions of crimes by spy agency workers during lie detector tests were not disclosed to law enforcement agencies, because of breakdowns in reporting procedures.

IRS gives bonuses to employees who owe back taxes
A government investigator said Tuesday that the U.S. Internal Revenue Service paid out $1 million in bonuses to employees who owed back taxes, and many got bonuses even though they had been disciplined for some kind of misconduct.

Supreme Court upholds Michigan ban on schools considering race
A U.S. Supreme Court justice is accusing her fellow justices of trying to "wish away" racial inequality -- by upholding a Michigan law that prohibits state universities from considering race as a factor in school admissions.

Grand jury indicts nine people in NC kidnapping case
Federal authorities on Tuesday said that nine people have been indicted in the kidnapping of a North Carolina prosecutor's father -- which investigators believe was some sort of revenge plot against a state prosecutor.

Judge orders release of information on CIA prisons
A military judge ordered prosecutors on Tuesday to turn over never-revealed details about the time a Guantanamo Bay detainee spent in secret CIA prisons, after he was captured in connection with the 2000 attack on the USS Cole.

FBI investigates suspected serial child molester
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is asking for help in identifying nearly 100 victims of a suspected serial child predator, who worked in American schools worldwide for four decades.

Fugitive killed in Oregon kept notes on girls, police say
Police detectives in Oregon said Tuesday that a man who was fatally shot by an officer last month had been stalking young women -- in a van containing ropes, zip ties and pornographic magazines featuring teenage girls.

Rape, sodomy charges added to coach in Missouri girl's death
Prosecutors on Tuesday slapped a Missouri youth football coach, who is accused of kidnapping and killing a 10-year-old girl, with additional charges of rape and sodomy.

Minnesota jury hears chilling audio of deadly shootings
Minnesota jurors are listening to an audio recording of the moments when two teenagers were fatally shot by a homeowner, who said he feared for his life after several break-ins.

Democrats eye 15 US cities as possible host of 2016 convention
The Democratic National Committee on Tuesday asked Chicago, New York and more than a dozen other U.S. cities to make a pitch to host the party's presidential nominating convention in 2016.

Sister of murder victim happy with fugitive's capture 33 years later
The sister of a man whose suspected killer was finally arrested on Monday -- more than 33 years after the murder -- has said that she never gave up hope that justice would be served in the case.

Judge says Detroit newspaper has right to publish mug shots
A federal judge has upheld a previous ruling that said the Detroit Free Press has a constitutional right to publish the mug shots of defendants in a criminal case, agreeing that defendants have no privacy interest that warrants a publication ban.

Advocacy group files suit against Georgia gay marriage ban
A gay rights group has said it plans to file a federal lawsuit in Atlanta to challenge Georgia's constitutional ban on same-sex marriages.

Anchorage airport police lose track of explosive
Police at Alaska's main airport on Monday lost track of a small quantity of training explosives, which were attached to a rental car that a customer drove away Monday at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

NYC mayor rips 911 delay in fire that killed two kids
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday said that it is "not acceptable" that ambulances were slow to respond to a fire that killed two four-year-old children last weekend.

Sub takes detailed high definition images of WWII wreck
A Massachusetts company said Tuesday that one of its unmanned submarines has recorded some of the most detailed images yet of two American ships, that sank off the coast of England during World War II almost exactly 70 years ago.

Two more Washington mudslide victims identified
Two more victims of the catastrophic Washington state mudslide have been identified -- keeping the death toll at 41 and reducing the missing list down to just two people.

After investigation, Albuquerque police again deals with shooting
On the heels of a federal investigation that found the Albuquerque Police Department has used excessive force, one of its police officers shot and killed an auto theft suspect on Monday -- the third shooting by APD officers in just over a month.

NY hospital bans e-cigarettes after fire, injury to patient
A New York state hospital has opted to prohibit electronic cigarettes after a female patient on oxygen was burned by a fire that erupted while she was puffing on one of the devices.

04/21

NY jury hears tape of imam praising 9/11 terror attacks
A New York jury on Monday heard a broadcast interview in which an Egyptian cleric defended the September 11 attacks, saying it left Muslims and non-Muslims around the world happy.

Prosecutor to brief Guantanamo judge on FBI probe
A U.S. prosecutor is asking the judge in the 9/11 case for more time to look into whether an FBI investigation will affect the stalled war crimes trial at the Guantanamo naval prison in Cuba.

Hagel vists center where sex assault victims get information
Visiting the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network's Washington office Monday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel vowed to stop what he calls the "insidious crime" of sex assaults in the military -- but also to make sure victims are not neglected.

Accused gang member dead after shooting at Utah courthouse
A U.S. Marshal opened fire inside a federal courthouse in Utah on Monday -- ultimately killing the defendant in the middle of a criminal trial after he attempted to attack a person giving testimony on the witness stand, the FBI said.

No contest plea expected in football rape case
The Ohio Attorney General's Office said Monday that a volunteer football coach is expected to plead no contest to charges, that arose from the investigation into the rape of a girl by two high school football players.

Former justice recommends changes to US Constitution
Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has said in a new book that the U.S. Constitution should be changed -- among other things -- to eliminate individuals' right to own a gun and abolish the death penalty.

Australian man seeks green card after US husband dies
A 72-year-old Australian man, widowed by his American husband of more than three decades, is now renewing his pitch for a green card since the Obama administration eased policies on gay marriage.

States still ban sodomy a decade after court ruling
A dozen states still have anti-sodomy laws on the books, a full decade after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that they are unconstitutional. One such state is Louisiana, where gay rights groups contend police have used anti-sodomy laws to target gay men.

Jet stowaways survive with hibernation-like state
To survive a five and-a-half hour flight, the body of a 16-year-old boy -- who stowed away from Northern California to Hawaii  -- entered a hibernation-like state in the plane's wheel well.

Clinton White House lawyer named top Obama counsel
President Obama has named a veteran of president Bill Clinton's White House as his new top lawyer. Neil Eggleston will replace Obama's long-time counsel Kathryn Ruemmler, who is leaving after three years in the job.

Bob Dole says US should send weapons to Ukraine
Former Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole says the U.S. should send weapons, including tanks, to Ukraine to help it resist Russia's moves on its territory and to send Russian President Vladimir Putin a strong message.

New Jersey Gov. Christie named 'Father of the Year'
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has been named Father of the Year by the National Father's Day Council. The Republican governor has four children ranging from 10 to 20 years old, and says that having dinner with them has given him experience in being yelled at.

LA-to-Honolulu flight returns after engine trouble
An American Airlines flight from Los Angeles International Airport to Honolulu was forced to turn around and safely landed in California on Monday after one engine failed, officials said.

Nearly 36,000 take part in 2014 Boston Marathon
Nearly 36,000 runners took part Monday in a show of resilience. A little more than a year after the bombings at the Boston Marathon finish line, runners set out again Monday on the 26.2 mile course.

Prosecutors get time to sort through Utah dead babies case
Prosecutors are getting more time to determine what charges to file against a Utah woman accused of strangling or suffocating six of her newborn babies during a ten-year span, and storing their bodies in her garage.

American wins Boston Marathon for first time since 1985
Fans at the finish line of the Boston Marathon heard "The Star-Spangled Banner" on Monday, after Meb Keflezighi became the first American to win the race since 1985 -- amid tight security after last year's deadly attacks.

Death toll from Washington state mudslide surpasses 40-mark
The death toll from the catastrophic mudslide that struck the Washington town of Oso last month has now risen to more than 40, authorities said Monday, after the coroner counted two more victims.

NY court says US must release targeted killings memo
A federal appeals court ruled Monday that President Obama's administration must publicly disclose its legal justification for using drones to kill U.S. citizens suspected of terrorism overseas.

Marathon survivor throws out first pitch at Red Sox game
Boston Marathon runner Marc Fucarile, who was injured in last year's attack, on Monday threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Boston Red Sox traditional Patriots Day game at historic Fenway Park.

Testing glitches in Oklahoma prompt suspension
For the second year in a row, standardized testing for Oklahoma students has been disrupted due to a technical glitch, prompting the state superintendent to suspend all online testing for the day.

Seventh arrest made in NC kidnapping case, FBI says
Federal authorities have tracked down yet another person charged in the kidnapping of a North Carolina prosecutor's father, who was held for five days in a retribution plot before being rescued by the FBI.

Physician fired after Kentucky inmate starves to death
One doctor has been fired and another is being dismissed from the Kentucky State Penitentiary after an inmate went on a hunger strike and committed suicide by starving himself to death.

Fugitive in 1981 Pennsylvania death nabbed in Texas
An ex-convict wanted in connection with a Pennsylvania homicide over three decades ago is finally in custody after he was found to be living under an alias and serving as a church deacon in Texas, the U.S. Marshal's Service said Monday.

04/20

Officials say security tight for Boston Marathon
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and a congressional leader say security will be tight as thousands of runners and hundreds of thousands of spectators crowd Boston's streets for the annual Marathon on Monday.

Fuels made from corn actually worse than gasoline, study says
According to a new study, commissioned by the federal government, says that biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are actually worse than gasoline -- when it comes to global warming in the short term.

Obama, family cause a small stir at DC Easter service
President Obama may have expected a quiet Easter, but his presence rallied a congregation -- that were eager to greet him and his family -- to the front of the Washington, D.C. church on Sunday.

Half sibling toddlers killed by overnight fire in New York City
Police said on Sunday that four-year-old half siblings have died in an overnight fire at a home in New York City, but the twin of one of those children has survived the blaze.

Miss America asks US high school to rethink suspension
Miss America is asking a Pennsylvania school district to reconsider the punishment of a high school student, who asked her to the prom during an assembly about the importance of science, technology, engineering and math studies.

Navy approves changes for submariners' sleep schedules
With no sunlight to set day apart from night on a submarine, the Navy for decades has staggered sailors' working hours on schedules with little resemblance to life above the ocean's surface. Now that appears to be changing.

Brand names in NY standardized tests puzzle parents
"Just Do It" has been a familiar Nike slogan for years, but now parents are wondering why it -- and other brands including Barbie, iPod, Mug Root Beer and Life Savers -- showed up on some of New York's standardized English tests.

Girl sleeping inside home killed by drunk driver, police say
A 16-year-old Southern California girl was killed this weekend while sleeping in her bed, after an alleged drunken driver crashed his SUV into her home in the middle of the night.

Memorial to victims of Ohio serial killer delayed
Construction of a memorial at the Cleveland site where the remains of 11 women were found in a convicted serial killer's home has been delayed by a funding shortage.

Pittsburgh man charged after egg decorating fight
A Pittsburgh man faces charges after police say he threw hard-boiled eggs at his girlfriend during an Easter egg decorating party, then tried to attack police, authorities said.

04/19

Customers charged thousands for Mexican food in California
What was supposed to be a cheap bite at a Southern California fast-food restaurant has turned into a small fortune for some customers, as they were mistakenly charged thousands of dollars for burritos, tacos and soft drinks.

Jackson Hole landslide may take part of town, officials say
No one can say precisely when the mountainside collapsing into a Wyoming resort town will give way. But it appears likely that when it does, it's going to take a piece of Jackson with it. 

NASA's space station Robonaut finally getting legs
For three years, Robonaut has had to manage from the waist up at the International Space Station. Now, a new pair of legs means the experimental robot won't be stuck on a pedestal and can go mobile.

Boston lockdown amid search a tough call, governor says
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says the decision to lock down much of greater Boston during the search for the surviving suspect in the marathon bombing was a "tough call" but one he's glad that was made.

Texas search group, FAA at odds over drone use
A Texas-based group of volunteers, who are involved in searches for missing persons around the nation, has run afoul of federal aviation authorities for using drones in their work.

Four dead, two hospitalized after car hits taxi near Houston
Authorities near Houston say four people have been killed and two others are in critical condition after a car drifted into oncoming traffic and slammed into a taxi cab.

California man feels lucky to be alive after Everest avalanche
A Sonoma County, California man said Saturday that he feels lucky that he survived an avalanche that killed at least 13 people on Mount Everest.

Veteran executive fired by Fox TV over fundraising email
The Fox television network has fired a veteran executive who used her company email account to raise funds for loved ones of the missing Malaysian airplane, a company official said Saturday.

Body found near highway is missing Massachusetts boy
The body of a small boy apparently cast off the side of Interstate 190 in Massachusetts has been confirmed as a missing five-year-old who has been gone for several months, authorities said Saturday.

Tennessee ammunition plant explosion ruled accidental
A preliminary investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has determined that a deadly explosion at a Tennessee ammunition plant was accidental.

04/18

No comment from White House on 'deport Bieber' petition
The White House has two words for those who want President Obama to deport Canadian pop star Justin Bieber -- No comment.

Aircraft spotted in Iran registered to Utah bank
An airplane that mysteriously ended up in Iran has been traced to a Utah bank, under an arrangement that has prompted recent warnings from a government watchdog.

High School teen suspended for asking Miss America to prom
A Pennsylvania high school student has gotten himself into hot water for asking Miss America to accompany him to the prom, during a question and answer session at the school.

Illinois Medicaid program paying for dead clients, memo says
An internal Illinois government memo has found that state's Medicaid program has paid an estimated $12 million for medical services for people listed as deceased in other state records.

Keystone XL pipeline supporters denounce latest delay
Republicans are denouncing the latest delay in the review process for the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada -- a controversial process that has dragged on now for more than five years.

Second wave of milder flu hitting Northeast US, CDC says
Months ago, the flu season seemed to be winding down. But health officials on Friday reported widespread flu-like illnesses in six states. Rhode Island is the latest to join the list which includes Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey and New York.

Colorado deaths stoke worries about edible marijuana
Two recent deaths in Colorado have stoked concerns about the state's recreational marijuana industry, and the effects of marijuana edibles that can be exponentially more potent than a typical joint.

Autopsy says Border Patrol agent shot man twice
An autopsy report, released Friday, said a Mexican man who was killed by a U.S. Border Patrol agent near San Diego was shot twice in the chest after allegedly pelting the agent with rocks.

Year after explosion, Texas town ponders new plant
Leaders in a Central Texas town that was devastated last year by a deadly fertilizer plant explosion are now contemplating building a new one -- calling it a crucial step in the town's economic recovery.

Gunman in shooting at USC gets 40 years-to-life in prison
A 21-year-old man was sentenced Friday to serve 40 years-to-life in prison, for a shooting that wounded four people outside a Halloween party on the University of Southern California campus nearly two years ago.

Court reinstates family's lawsuit over Marine's suicide
The family of a Marine who committed suicide after serving a tour of duty in Iraq will be allowed to proceed with a lawsuit against the federal government, over his treatment by two Veterans Affairs facilities in Kentucky.

Former Navy Blue Angels commander relieved of duty
The U.S. Navy said Friday that a California-based officer has been relieved of duty, because of unspecified alleged misconduct while he was commanding officer of the Blue Angels precision flying team.

More than 200 immigrants arrested in Texas busts
At least 80 immigrants suspected of entering the U.S. illegally were arrested at a makeshift encampment in Texas -- and 132 others were later found in two buildings in the southern part of the state, authorities said Friday.

Man charged in Kansas City-area highway shootings
A man was charged on Friday with 18 felony counts in connection with about a dozen recent random highway shootings that have wounded three people in the Kansas City area, prosecutors said.

Educator denies sex crimes in YouTube case
A California educator has pleaded not guilty to sexual molestation charges -- that prosecutors say were filed after a former student confronted her in a phone call and posted the conversation online.

Sebelius not considering a run for US Senate, HHS says
A spokeswoman for departing U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Friday that the former Kansas governor is not considering a run for the U.S. Senate.

Man killed infant son so he could play video games, police say
Sheriff's deputies in northern Florida on Friday said a man killed his young, crying son on Thursday -- apparently because the infant was interfering with his video game playing time.

NASA controllers crash robotic spacecraft into the moon
NASA's small moon-orbiting robotic spacecraft LADEE is no more -- as flight controllers confirmed early Friday that they intentionally crashed the spacecraft into the dark side of the moon.

Supply run to space station threatened by Southeast storm
SpaceX is back on the launch pad in hopes of making a critical delivery to the International Space Station. Liftoff is scheduled for 3:25 p.m. Friday afternoon, but stormy weather may force yet another delay.

NJ college teacher said daughter's T-shirt got him suspended
A New Jersey college instructor has been suspended over what he says was an online photo containing a quote from the cable drama "Game of Thrones" -- which a school official apparently interpreted as a threat.

Missouri robber who dodged prison for 13 years grateful for support
A convicted robber in Missouri, who for 13 years avoided going to prison after he was sentenced -- because of a simple clerical error -- said Friday that he is overwhelmed by the support he has received since his story became public.

Teacher in chair throwing incident escapes punishment
A Massachusetts high school teacher -- who was told by administrators that she might lose her job for failing to report a student's chair-throwing tantrum -- will not be punished, administrators have determined.

Ohio teacher fired over alleged 'black president' remark
After a long review, an Ohio teacher has been fired from his job for allegedly telling a student, who said he wanted to become president, that the nation didn't need another black commander-in-chief.

Eyewitness testimony no longer 'gold standard' of evidence
Courts and legislatures are slowly shifting away from using eyewitness testimony as the gold standard of evidence. The reason is because studies show that eyewitnesses only get it right about half the time.

Grandmother left vengeful note in grandsons' murders
A Connecticut woman who shot and killed her two young grandsons before committing suicide last year left a note to the boys' parents saying they did not deserve to have the children, police said.

Ohio school shooting victim's father died from overdose
A coroner in Ohio said Friday that the father of a boy killed in a 2012 school shooting died of an accidental heroin overdose in February, on the second anniversary of his son's death.

04/17

Police say suspect in custody in KC highway shootings
Kansas City's police chief on Thursday said the suspected gunman in a string of random highway shootings that have wounded three people is finally in custody.

San Diego-Tijuana cross-border airport clears key hurdle
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said they have reached an agreement with an investor group to clear the way for construction of the nation's first cross-border airport terminal, connecting San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico.

Kim Novak speaks out against Oscar night 'bullies'
Veteran actress Kim Novak is speaking out about the criticisms about how she looked on stage at last month's Academy Awards, saying the comments amounted to bullying and made her reluctant to go out into public.

Fourth US Navy official charged in bribery scheme
Prosecutors say a fourth member of the U.S. Navy has been charged with conspiracy to commit bribery in a scheme involving a Singapore-based defense contractor accused of giving cash, vacations and the services of prostitutes in exchange for information.

Texas agents seize polygamist group's secluded ranch
State agents have seized a polygamous group's Texas ranch where hundreds of children were removed during a 2008 FBI raid prompted by child sex abuse allegations.

Fraternity shuts Mississippi branch after noose tying
A national fraternity group has closed its University of Mississippi chapter after three members were accused of tying a noose around the neck of a statue of the first black student to enroll in the then-all white Southern college.

Woman convicted in hammer beating speaks to jury
The Arizona woman convicted of bludgeoning her husband to death with a hammer is making a tearful plea for mercy to the jury deciding whether she should live or die for the crime.

Korean Air jumbojet hits two light poles at LAX airport
A Korean Air A380 superjumbo jet clipped two light poles while taxiing to its gate at a remote end of Los Angeles International Airport, with hundreds of passengers aboard, authorities said Thursday.

Investigators reconstruct fiery bus crash in California
Accident investigators with the California Highway Patrol are reconstructing how fast a bus, which was carrying high school students, was going before its fiery collision with a FedEx truck that left 10 people dead last week.

Mercury found in remote national park streams in West US
Federal scientists on Thursday said they have found high amounts of mercury in fish that was caught in remote areas of national parks in the Western United States and Alaska.

Horseless carriage goes on display in New York City
Here it is -- an electric car that proponents hope will replace horse-drawn carriages in New York City. The "Horseless eCarriage" prototype was unveiled Thursday at the New York International Auto Show.

Texas town could rebuild plant after deadly blast
The mayor of a Texas town where a fertilizer plant explosion killed 15 people almost exactly a year ago said Thursday that local officials are considering building a new one.

Former detective forced to testify at accused mother's retrial
Prosecutors in the case against an Arizona mother, who was convicted of having her four-year-old son killed 25 years ago, have won an appeal that will force the state's star witness to testify again at the woman's 2015 retrial.

San Francisco's BART rail line fined for worker deaths
Workplace safety officials have fined a San Francisco Bay Area commuter rail line more than $200,000, over the deaths of two of its workers who were killed on the tracks, officials said Thursday.

Police arrest sixth suspect in North Carolina kidnap case
A sixth suspect has been arrested in the kidnapping case of a North Carolina prosecutor's father, who authorities have said was abducted as means of retaliation for the prosecution of a high-ranking street gang member.

Astronomers detail most Earth-like planet found to date
Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet ever detected — a distant, rocky world that's similar in size to our planet, and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it's not too hot or too cold for life.

FBI to help Utah police in analyzing DNA from dead infants
Utah authorities have enlisted the help of the FBI to analyze DNA from seven babies, who were found dead in the former garage of a woman who strangled or suffocated them after giving birth to each one.

Man sentenced to prison for aiding in terrorism with women
A Maryland teenager who was convicted along with two American women -- including "Jihad Jane" -- in an Islamic terror plot was sentenced in Philadelphia on Thursday to serve five years in prison. 

Defense says accused terrorist never harmed Americans
A defense lawyer on Thursday told a jury in New York City that an Egyptian Islamic preacher, on trial on charges that he supported terrorism around the world, has never harmed Americans. 

US attorney general pays respects to Kansas shooting victims
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday that the entire country stands with the mourners of three people who were killed at Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City, Kansas last weekend. 

Man ordered to pay $525 for drink refill at VA hospital
A man who refilled his 89-cent drink at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in South Carolina has learned that it cost a lot more than he expected -- about $524 more than he expected.

Nebraska elementary principal apologizes for bullying flier
A Nebraska elementary school principal has apologized for sending a flier home with students that advised them not to tattle on their bullies -- asking, "Would we keep our friends if we tattled on them?"

Formerly conjoined twins leave Dallas hospital for first time
Twin boys who were born conjoined at the abdomen have now been released from a Dallas hospital, that has been their home since they were born nine months ago, officials said Thursday.

Three more Washington mudslide victims identified
Authorities have identified three more bodies that were pulled from the debris of the mudslide that swept through the Washington town of Oso last month, leaving just four names left on the list of the missing.

Aaron Hernandez associate charged with lying to grand jury
An associate of former New England Patriots player and accused killer Aaron Hernandez has been arrested on charges of obstruction of justice, witness tampering and lying to a federal grand jury.

New Hampshire death penalty repeal fails by one vote
New Hampshire's Senate has voted to leave the state's centuries-old death penalty intact. Lawmakers voted 12-12 Thursday on a death penalty repeal measure. The tie means capital punishment will stay on the books.

Partial evacuation at LAX terminal after bomb hoax
Authorities say the ticketing area of a terminal at Los Angeles International Airport was partially evacuated Thursday after a man told a ticketing agent he had a bomb in his bag.

04/16

Fire truck runs into restaurant in California after collision
Two fire engines have collided in a Los Angeles suburb, slamming one of the trucks into a restaurant and causing several injuries -- some in critical condition, authorities said Wednesday.

Experts say ocean video doesn't show Earhart wreckage
Experts retained by an aircraft preservation group say underwater video that was shot in the South Pacific shows no evidence of the wreckage of the missing plane piloted by aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, who disappeared in 1937.

NJ traffic jam committee plans to call Christie's staff
The New Jersey legislative committee investigating a political retribution scandal orchestrated by Gov. Chris Christie's aides plans to call people who work for the governor to testify in the case, beginning next month.

Clinton White House documents to be released Friday
When released Friday, the records will cover a wide range of topics -- including former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton's role in health care reform, the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and foreign policy involving Rwanda, Iran and the Middle East.

Defend 'Obamacare' unabashedly, some Dems say
Some Democrats say it's time for their party to openly embrace President Obama's health care law now that better news is coming from it. Activists in one Senate race are doing just that. But other Democratic candidates remain wary.

Boston police boost patrols near Marathon finish line
Police stepped up patrols Wednesday near the Boston Marathon finish line, a day after a masked man walked in the street with a rice cooker in his backpack -- just hours after the city marked the one-year anniversary of last year's attacks.

Knife found in enchilada at northern California airport
A woman is facing a possible fine after federal officials said they found a knife inside an enchilada in her bag during security screening at a Northern California airport.

Judge again rejects NFL's $765M concussion deal
A federal judge in Philadelphia on Wednesday again denied preliminary approval of a proposed $765 million settlement between the NFL and former players, who are seeking compensation for concussions they received during their careers.

Opponents in gay marriage case set to make arguments
Lawyers for a couple challenging Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage, and the clerk who refused to grant them a license, are headed to a federal appeals court with a rare opportunity to fine-tune their arguments.

Appeals court upholds action against Snowden's email provider
A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld a contempt of court citation against an email service provider, that was used by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

NYC police rolling back some counterterror efforts
The New York Police Department's disbanding of a unit that spied on Muslim neighborhoods might have just been the first step in a dismantling of some of the intelligence-gathering tactics officials set up after 9/11.

Colorado socialite died of blunt injury to head, official says
A Colorado medical examiner said Wednesday that an Aspen socialite who was found dead in her home was killed by blunt force injury to the head.

Two more charged in kidnapping of NC prosecutor's father
Two more people have been charged in the kidnapping of a North Carolina prosecutor's father -- in addition to six others who were arrested last week during an FBI raid, during which the victim was rescued.

Accused gunman pleads guilty to shooting in Virginia mall
The accused gunman who allegedly shot and wounded two women at a community college inside a Virginia mall almost exactly a year ago on Wednesday pleaded guilty to four felony charges.

Anonymous blast of pepper spray hit students at Georgia school
As many as 100 students were affected by the release of pepper spray inside a high school in Georgia on Wednesday, where authorities said someone unleashed the irritant into a hallway at the school.

Virginia Tech pays fines related to 2007 mass shooting
Virginia Tech University has paid federal fines for its actions on the morning of April 16, 2007, when a lone gunman killed 32 people on the school's campus, federal education officials said Wednesday.

Defense says Boston suspect's family critical to case
Defense lawyers for the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, told a judge on Wednesday that understanding their client's family is critical to their case.

Fourth Mexican cartel associate charged in Chicago
Federal court documents show that an associate of infamous Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was arrested in Las Vegas three months ago and taken to Chicago.

Utah woman gave birth to babies at home, police say
Authorities said Wednesday that a Utah woman, who's accused of concealing seven pregnancies before allegedly strangling or suffocating her newborns, gave birth each time in her home.

Man charged with marathon hoax sent to psychiatric facility
The man arrested near the Boston Marathon finish line carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker on the anniversary of the bombings has been sent to a state psychiatric facility for an evaluation, authorities said Wednesday.

Texas plant blast still haunts residents one year later
Families of the 15 people killed in a massive explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant have spent the past year navigating the difficult balance between moving forward and digging for answers from the past.

Freeze leaves Florida Panhandle with dead trees
Some Florida Panhandle property owners lost thousands of dollars in palms, citrus trees and other non-native plants because of the incredibly harsh winter in that area.

04/15

Area near Boston Marathon evacuated after backpacks found
The Boston Police Department has evacuated the area around the Boston Marathon finish line to investigate two unattended backpacks, authorities said Tuesday afternoon -- the one-year anniversary of last year's attacks.

Miley Cyrus hospitalized, cancels Kansas City show
Pop superstar Miley Cyrus has been admitted to a hospital and is unable to perform a show from her "Bangerz" concert tour in Kansas City, Missouri, as planned.

Brothers hurt in Marathon bombing retrace route
Two Boston-area brothers, who each lost a right leg in the Boston Marathon bombings, retraced the marathon route on the first-year anniversary in a relay walk-and-ride with family and friends.

Ex-radiology tech filed false mammogram results
A former Georgia radiology technician, accused of filing inaccurate mammogram results at a hospital, on Tuesday pleaded guilty to 10 counts of reckless conduct and a charge of computer forgery.

NY judge says jury can hear imam's praise of 9/11 attacks
A New York judge on Tuesday decided that jurors at the trial of an Egyptian Islamic preacher can hear his statements that "everybody was happy" when the World Trade Center was hit by airplanes in 2001.

West Virginia man accused of threatening US senator
A 49-year-old West Virginia man has been indicted on charges that he made four separate threats to kill U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin last month, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

NYPD terminates Muslim surveillance unit amid outcry
The New York Police Department said Tuesday that it has disbanded a special unit, whose efforts to try to detect terror threats in Muslim communities through secret surveillance sparked major controversy.

Immigration activists warn Obama, Dems of political backlash
Latinos and immigration activists are warning of political peril for President Obama, along with other Democrats in the fall election, unless the president acts to curb deportations and allow more immigrants to remain legally in the U.S.

Woman who tossed shoe at Clinton re-arrested, officials say
Authorities on Tuesday said they have again arrested an Arizona woman, who is accused of throwing a shoe at Hillary Rodham Clinton while she gave a convention speech at a Las Vegas Strip resort last week.

US Justice chief will travel to Kansas for shooting memorial
The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday said that Attorney General Eric Holder will travel to Overland Park, Kansas later this week to pay tribute to the victims of the shootings at Jewish community sites last weekend.

US Justice Dept. condemns anti-police fliers in New Mexico
The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday said it condemns threats of violence against police officers, after anti-police fliers have surfaced in Albuquerque, New Mexico -- where officers have been the subject of a federal investigation.

Physiological changes in the brain show up in marijuana study
A small study of casual marijuana smokers has turned up evidence of physiological changes in the brain, and researchers say they need further studies to determine whether those changes may cause trouble later on.

Stephen Colbert to visit future home of CBS 'Late Show'
Stephen Colbert will soon pay a visit to the CBS "Late Show" -- his future home -- the network said Tuesday. Colbert will be a guest on "Late Show with David Letterman" on April 22.

Texas candidate faces thorny death penalty choice
The death penalty has strong public support in Texas. But Greg Abbott, Republican candidate for governor, must soon make a decision as attorney general that could disrupt the nation's busiest death chamber.

Police still trying to learn Boston suspect's role in triple-murder
Nearly three years after three men were found dead in a suburban Boston home, their families are still waiting for authorities to say whether one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was involved.

Wife of dead Boston suspect got subpoena in triple-murder case
The wife of the dead Boston Marathon bombing suspect was asked by a federal grand jury for items that belonged to one of the victims in a triple slaying in a Boston suburb nearly three years ago, the woman's attorney said.

Massive San Francisco blaze accidental, officials say
Fire authorities in San Francisco said Tuesday that a massive blaze that barreled through an apartment building construction site last month was accidental, and not arson.

Many questions about Utah mother accused of killing infants
Utah investigators are reconstructing a mysterious decade from Megan Huntsman's life, as they try to figure out how she concealed seven pregnancies before allegedly strangling and suffocating the newborns after they arrived.

Man gets life in prison for girlfriend's torture, murder
A New York City prosecutor on Tuesday said a University of Florida law school graduate has been sentenced to life in prison, without parole, for torturing and killing his girlfriend.

Former mayor says Boston will "always be strong"
Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino commemorated the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings on Tuesday by saying, "This day will always be hard, but this place will always be strong." 

Suspect in Kansas shootings faces murder charges
Kansas prosecutors on Tuesday filed state-level murder charges against the white supremacist accused in a shooting spree that left three people dead at two Jewish community sites in Kansas City over the weekend.

First lunar eclipse of the year delights US with 'blood moon'
Sky-gazers in North and South America were treated to a full lunar eclipse late Monday and early Tuesday — at least those fortunate enough to have clear skies.

Armored van crashes on icy Michigan roadway, spills cash
An armored carrier company's van, which was carrying approximately $1 million, crashed Tuesday on an icy roadway near Flint, Michigan -- spilling a portion of its cash load, authorities said.

Death toll in Washington mudslide rises yet again
The death toll from the catastrophic mudslide that hit the Washington town of Oso last month keeps on climbing. Authorities now say 37 people have died as a result of the slide, and seven remain missing.

Latest storm breaks all-time snow records in Michigan cities
The National Weather Service on Tuesday said that the Michigan cities of Detroit and Flint have experienced their snowiest winters on record -- at a time when spring weather has taken hold in most of the rest of the country.

Detroit makes pension deal with retired cops, firefighters
The city of Detroit has reached a deal with retired police officers and firefighters that would preserve current pensions, as a means to help the city emerge from bankruptcy proceedings.

St. Louis man accused of sexually torturing women in apartment
Authorities on Tuesday said a St. Louis man is facing nearly two dozen felony charges -- that include forcible rape, forcible sodomy and felonious restraint -- for allegedly sexually torturing women in his apartment over several years.

Coast Guard searches for man overboard off Hawaii
The U.S. Coast Guard said Tuesday that a search has been launched for a Japanese crew member of a container ship who apparently fell overboard into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Hawaii.

04/14

No charges for men who triggered deadly Montana avalanche
Prosecutors in Montana have decided not to file charges against four young men who set off a deadly avalanche while snowboarding or sledding on Mount Jumbo nearly two months ago. 

Pulitzer for NSA coverage reflects tradition in news
Coverage of the National Security Agency's sweeping surveillance program that won the Pulitzer Prize for public service on Monday follows a tradition of bucking the U.S. government on matters of secret intelligence.

Suspected California killers wore GPS devices, police say
Authorities in Southern California said Monday that two registered sex offenders have been charged with raping and killing four California women since last year -- and that they wore GPS tracking devices during the crimes.

Judge won't stop second sanity review of accused theater gunman
The judge in the Colorado theater shooting case has denied a defense attempt to block another sanity evaluation of defendant James Holmes. But he also said he will keep the new examination on hold in case the defense wants to appeal.

Snowden says Pulitzer Prize for NSA coverage a 'vindication'
National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden said Monday that giving the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service to those who reported on the U.S. government's sweeping surveillance efforts is "vindication" of his actions.

Feds charge woman in Hillary Clinton shoe-throw
Authorities have filed federal charges against an Arizona woman accused of throwing a shoe on stage while Hillary Rodham Clinton gave a convention speech in Las Vegas last week.

Central Ohio mumps outbreak tops 200 cases
Public health officials say a mumps outbreak in central Ohio has grown to more than 200 confirmed cases. The total as of Monday was 212 cases of the contagious viral illness, with 132 of those linked to Ohio State University.

Gov. Christie 'nervous' when scandal linked to aides
Newly released notes from interviews with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie by his lawyers show that the governor was nervous about finding out who else on his staff might have been involved in a politically motivated traffic jam scandal.

Man who overdosed at McDonald's sentenced to jail
An Ohio man has been sentenced to serve six months in jail for child endangerment, after he and his girlfriend allegedly overdosed on heroin in a McDonald's play area near Cincinnati -- with several children nearby.

Neighbors knew about Kansas suspect's racist views
A woman who lived near the suspected gunman of Sunday's attack on a Jewish community complex has said that her neighborhood has long been aware of the 73-year-old man's racist tendencies.

Manning's conviction, 35-year sentence upheld by Army judge
A U.S. Army general is upholding the former Bradley Manning's conviction and 35-year prison sentence for giving reams of classified U.S. government information to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

Boston Globe wins Pulitzer for marathon bombing coverage
The Boston Globe has won a Pulitzer Prize for breaking news for its coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing -- with the announcement of the award coming as the city prepares for the anniversary of the bombing on Tuesday.

Two victims of Kansas attack were shot in head, family says
Family members of a boy and his grandfather, who were both killed at a suburban Kansas City Jewish center over the weekend, said they were ambushed and shot in the head as they got out of their vehicle.

Maryland governor signs pot decriminalization bill
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley on Monday signed a bill that decriminalizes the possession of small amounts of marijuana, beginning in October.

Conjoined boys separated at chest to exit hospital
The conditions of conjoined twins who were separated last summer have steadily improved and officials say they will be released this week from a Dallas hospital.

Mrs. Obama and 'first dogs' visit military heroes' families
Michelle Obama said Monday that she is shining a light on military families who are her heroes -- as well as a medical facility that treats them -- as she gives thanks during an early Easter celebration.

Fourth person charged in college baseball athlete's death
A fourth person has been charged in the death of an Australian man who came to the United States to play college baseball in southern Oklahoma, authorities said Monday.

Driver accused of daycare crash likely to stay locked up
A Florida judge on Monday refused to hike the bail for a man accused of causing a crash that sent a vehicle into an Orlando area day care center, killing a four-year-old girl and injuring more than a dozen people.

Native Americans ask for international help in US land dispute
A Native American Indian group is asking the international community to charge the United States with human rights violations -- hoping that will assist them in reclaiming more than two million acres of land in upstate New York.

Ohio judge orders state to recognize same-sex marriages
A federal judge on Monday ordered Ohio authorities to recognize the marriages of gay couples performed in other states -- while criticizing what he called "ongoing arbitrary discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation."

Michael Phelps set to end retirement, eyes 2016 Rio games
The world's most decorated Olympian of all time is coming out of retirement, with an eye toward swimming at the 2016 Rio Olympics -- and possibly adding more hardware to his total haul of 22 Olympic medals.

Utah woman strangled or suffocated six newborns, police say
A judge on Monday set a $6 million bail for a Utah woman who police say admitted to strangling or suffocating six newborn babies that she gave birth to over a period of 10 years, and dumping their bodies into cardboard boxes in her home's garage. 

Man who killed three may also face hate crimes, officials say
A 73-year-old Missouri man, who allegedly killed three people in a weekend attack on a Jewish community center and retirement complex, may also face an indictment for hate crimes, in addition to capital murder charges.

NYC lawyer for bin Laden's son-in-law now faces trial
The New York City lawyer who recently represented Osama bin Laden's son-in-law on terror charges is now himself facing trial -- for allegedly under-reporting cash payments from his clients to the IRS.

Man gets life for plotting to decapitate NY judge, prosecutor
A con man who is already in prison from a collectible coin scam has now been sentenced to serve life in prison, for a failed plot to decapitate a New York judge and prosecutor.

Questions linger a year after Boston Marathon bombings
Nearly a year after the Boston Marathon bombings, prosecutors say they are ready to use a treasure trove of evidence against suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. However, there are still many unanswered questions.

Miami metro police officer gets bail in cocaine case
A South Florida police officer, who has been charged in a New Jersey cocaine trafficking conspiracy, will be released from jail on $500,000 bail before his trial, the officer's attorney said Monday.

Popular Iowa governor suddenly faces controversies
Longtime Iowa Republican Gov. Terry Branstad has found himself in the unfamiliar position of juggling mini-scandals as he prepares to seek yet another term in office.

04/13

Tornado reported in Midwest US as storms roll across plains
Strong thunderstorms brought rain and hail from the southwestern U.S. and Plains states to the upper Midwest on Sunday -- and at least one tornado -- forecasters said.

Utah woman arrested after seven dead babies found at home
A 39-year-old woman was arrested in Utah on Sunday after authorities said they found seven dead babies in separate cardboard boxes in the garage of a home there.

Wall Street looks to rebound after dreadful tech performance
The stock market hasn't had a correction -- meaning a fall of 10 percent from recent highs -- since 2011. Investors will be watching again Monday to see if one might be in the works -- at least, when it comes to technology stocks. 

Three dead after suburban Kansas City shooting
Authorities on Sunday said that three people have been fatally shot at two different locations in suburban Kansas City -- at a time when authorities are already investigating a series of shootings along area highways.

Chances of getting audited by IRS lowest in years
As millions of Americans race to meet Tuesday's tax-filing deadline, their chances of getting audited are lower than they have been in years, because budget cuts and new responsibilities are straining the IRS's ability to police tax returns.

Former health chief says program's launch was 'terribly flawed'
Outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Sunday said the Obama administration's own predictions that the new health care law's online sign-up system would be ready last October were "just flat out wrong."

Democrat says Republican base 'animated by racism'
The head of the Democrats' committee to elect members to the U.S. House of Representatives said Sunday that the Republican base has elements that are "animated by racism."

NASA approves launch to fix space station computer
A space station supply shipment is on schedule for Monday, as NASA decided Sunday to stick with the planned launch of the SpaceX cargo ship -- despite a critical computer outage at the space station.

Coast-to-coast relay for Marathon charity approaches Boston
More than 750 runners are wrapping up a relay race that started on the West Coast -- intended to raise money for a Boston Marathon charity -- and are expected to soon cross the finish line in Massachusetts.

Two unidentified bodies pulled from New Jersey river
Two bodies have been pulled out of the Hudson River in New Jersey. Local television and radio reports say the two men are believed to be in their late teens or early 20s, but police had not identified the victims by Sunday morning.

With new federal health law, insurers now target diabetics
As hundreds of thousands of diabetics get health coverage under the federal law, insurance companies are aggressively targeting this glut of new patients, because they are expensive to treat and often lax in taking medications.

NTSB says no indication that FedEx truck was on fire
The NTSB said Sunday that there's no evidence from the scene of Thursday's deadly crash that would indicate that a FedEx tractor-trailer was on fire before colliding with a bus carrying high school students to a college campus. 

04/12

Space station computer outage demands spacewalk
NASA has ordered spacewalking repairs for a serious computer outage at the International Space Station. A backup computer for some robotic systems failed Friday, which puts next week's supply run in jeopardy.

No US tsunami threat after 7.6 quake in Pacific, officials say
U.S. officials say there is no threat of a tsunami to the coasts of California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii or Alaska, after a magnitude-7.6 earthquake struck in the Pacific Ocean near the Solomon Islands on Saturday.

School stabbing suspect's mental state key to the case
Attorneys say the legal fate of a 16-year-old boy, accused of stabbing or slashing 22 people at his Pennsylvania high school, will probably pivot more on his mental state than his tender age.

NYPD says officer fatally shot 86-year-old gunman
A uniformed New York City Police Department officer shot and killed an 86-year-old man after he refused to drop his gun, authorities said Saturday.

California crash investigation includes limiting bus fires
A new twist was added to the investigation of a crash involving a tour bus and FedEx tractor-trailer that killed 10 people in California, when a couple said the big rig already was on fire when it careened across a median.

Highway shootings don't worry KC-area drivers
Thirteen shootings have been reported since March 8, most of them in an area on the city's south side, but it hasn't seemed to have rattled area drivers.

Boston announce marathon public safety measures
Boston city officials have announced improved public safety measures for the final two miles of the world's oldest marathon, a year after two explosions near the finish line killed three people and wounded 260 others.

A year after bombing, Boston and its people heal
Three people were killed at last year's Boston Marathon, and more than 260 were injured, and the legacy of trauma and lost limbs remains — as does the shock of having endured a terrorist attack on Marathon Monday.

Bucket truck tip over kills two in Massachusetts
Two men are dead after their bucket truck apparently tipped over while they were more than 100 feet in the air on Cape Cod. Police described Saturday's incident as an industrial accident.

Obama reiterates call for equal pay for women
President Barack Obama is stepping up his call for equal pay for women, reinforcing a top election-year issue for Democrats eager to mobilize women to vote.

School budget elections disappearing in New Jersey
The April school budget election is swiftly becoming a thing of the past in New Jersey. On April 23, voters in just 26 communities across the state will hold the elections in which voters are asked to approve their school property tax levy.

04/11

Obama points to 'scoreboard' as judgment of health law
Even though the implementation of the new health care law was plagued by stumbles, President Obama said Friday that "the final score speaks for itself" -- as more than seven million people signed up for coverage in 2014.

Passengers ill on cruise ship that sailed from Baltimore
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that passengers on a cruise ship that sailed out of Baltimore became sick on board during two consecutive voyages.

Investigators try to identify victims from California bus crash
Authorities have the challenging task of identifying all of the 10 people killed Thursday when a large FedEx truck slammed into a tour bus carrying high school students and chaperones to a college in Northern California. 

Life sentence for Texas woman stiletto heel killing
A Texas woman has been sentenced to life in prison by a Houston jury for killing her boyfriend by stabbing him at least 25 times in the face and head with the 5-inch stiletto heel of her shoe. 

Boston Marathon survivor upset at 'Meet the Press'
A Boston Marathon bombing survivor said Friday in a tweet that she left a Boston television studio in tears before a taping of NBC's "Meet the Press," because the program identified the bombing suspect by name.

Republicans glad to see Sebelius go, hope health law is next
The Senate's top Republican is welcoming the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, saying it's the start of a candid conversation about what he calls "Obamacare's shortcomings."

SeaWorld loses appeal in death by killer whale
A federal appeals court on Friday upheld a regulatory safety finding against SeaWorld, in the drowning of a trainer at its Florida theme park -- who was pulled under by a killer whale.

Obama says US voting rights under threat by GOP
President Obama said Friday that the right to vote in the United States is under a greater threat now, than at any time since the Voting Rights Act passed nearly five decades ago. 

Associates of ex-NFL star indicted on murder charges
Two associates of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez were indicted Friday on murder charges, in connection with the shooting of a man last summer near Hernandez's Massachusetts home.

Chicago man pleads guilty in Zimbabwe lobbying case
A 72-year-old Chicago man on Friday pleaded guilty to illegally lobbying U.S. lawmakers to lift sanctions against Zimbabwe's president and other members of his regime, for a promise of $3.4 million.

Woman accused of tossing shoe at Clinton released
A Phoenix woman accused of throwing a shoe at Hillary Rodham Clinton during a speech in Las Vegas has been freed after being given a misdemeanor disorderly conduct summons, authorities said.

Leaked findings paint pattern of CIA deception
The Senate Intelligence Committee has found a pattern of CIA deception about the effectiveness of harsh interrogations after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Obamas pay $98k in taxes on income of $481k
The White House says President Obama and Michelle Obama paid just over $98,000 in taxes on income of nearly half a million dollars in 2013. The couple's tax returns were posted on the White House website Friday.

California college recruiter identified as bus crash victim
A 26-year-old man who worked as a university recruiter is the first of 10 dead victims identified Friday, after a fiery crash involving a bus carrying high school students and a FedEx tractor-trailer in California.

Police link a dozen Kansas City-area highway shootings
Police have connected 12 shootings targeting vehicles on Kansas City-area roads and highways since early March. Three drivers have been wounded by gunfire, though none of the wounds was considered life-threatening.

Family saved at sea asks critics to hold judgment
A family lifted from a disabled sailboat hundreds of miles off the Mexican coast with their sick infant is thanking rescuers -- and defending their "maritime life" -- in a new blog posting Friday.

White House budget director named as new HHS secretary
President Obama on Friday said he is nominating his current budget director, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, to succeed Kathleen Sebelius as Health and Human Services secretary.

Sebelius steps down as HHS secretary, says gov't making progress
Former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Friday that the government is making tremendous progress toward fixing what she called a broken health care system.

Appeals court upholds EPA's lack of carbon emission standard
A federal appeals court said Friday that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency acted reasonably when it decided not to change the primary air quality standard for carbon monoxide.

Virginia attorney general files brief supporting gay marriage
Virginia's attorney general on Friday told an appellate court, reviewing a judge's ruling that the state's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional, that homosexuals have as much a right to marry as interracial heterosexual couples.

No known target in Pittsburgh school stabbing attack, police say
No evidence has surfaced yet to show the 16-year-old suspect in a stabbing rampage at a Pittsburgh area high school was targeting any particular student, a Pennsylvania police chief said Friday.

Web posts prompted deadly Nevada casino fight, police say
Nevada authorities said they have arrested a Reno nightclub guard, who is accused of killing a man who posted negative comments on social media about the casino's security.

Feds ask if Boston suspect plans to claim mental illness
Federal prosecutors are requesting that defense attorneys for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev notify them in writing by next month if they plan to introduce any evidence that Tsarnaev had a mental illness.

Sentencing date set in Mississippi Ricin letters case
A federal judge has set a May 14 sentencing date for a Mississippi man who pleaded guilty to making Ricin and sending letters dusted with the poison to President Obama, a U.S. senator, and a Mississippi judge.

Teenager missing in bus, truck collision in California
A Southern California family is desperately trying to locate one of two identical twins, whose bus was involved in a deadly crash that killed 10 people on Thursday, family members said.

Florida-based military hero dog retires with honors
A bomb sniffing dog credited with saving a military unit in Afghanistan is retiring with full military honors. The Belgian Malinois named Eddie found two IEDs and saved the lives of his 13-member patrol unit in 2012.

04/10

Shooting near Ohio grade school leads to lockdown
A school district spokesman said a shooting near a central Ohio elementary school led to a precautionary lock down of the building, but no children were injured or involved in the shooting.

Ex-Connecticut governor charged in campaign scheme
Former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland, who resigned from office 10 years ago in a corruption scandal that sent him to prison, has been indicted in alleged schemes to hide his role in two congressional campaigns. Charges were announced Thursday by federal prosecutors.

Crocodile on the loose at California shopping center
A crocodile has been turned over to officials who are pondering where to send the reptile a day after it was captured roaming around a Northern California shopping center. Authorities said the reptile escaped from a plastic container outside a pet store in Roseville and may have been abandoned by owners who didn't want it anymore.

Bush expresses how education is key to Civil Rights
Former President George W. Bush has closed a three-day civil rights summit in Texas by saying education is the key for opportunity for poor and minority children and that he fears what he calls the 'soft bigotry' of low expectations is returning 50 years after the signing of the Civil Rights Act.

Judge: California mistreating mentally ill inmates
A federal judge has ruled that California's treatment of mentally ill inmates violates constitutional safeguards against cruel and unusual punishment through excessive use of pepper spray and isolation.

Sebelius resigning from top gov't health post, White House says
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who faced a firestorm of criticism during and after the troubled launch of President Obama's new health care program, is resigning from her post, the White House Said Thursday.

Obama commemorates 50th anniversary of Civil Rights Act
A half-century after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, President Obama said Thursday that the nation is still "locked in the same great debate about equality and opportunity and the role of government."

Black lawmakers appeal to Pentagon over military hairstyle ban
Black female lawmakers are urging the U.S. Department of Defense to reconsider revised Army regulations that ban hairstyles frequently worn by minority women in the military.

Man targeted by gang over prosecutor daughter, officials say
Authorities say the kidnapping of a North Carolina man was an act of retaliation involving the Bloods street gang -- who was targeted because his daughter prosecutes violent crimes.

Family sues over North Carolina State Fair ride accident
A family that was seriously injured last year on a North Carolina State Fair ride is now suing its operators and owners for at least $25,000 -- for the four people injured on the Vortex, a ride known for its twirls and flips.

NYC authorities seize drugs, over $1M in cash in daycare bust
A drug ring that operated out of a private daycare center in New York City, as a cover for a narcotics trafficking scheme has been busted by authorities, officials said Thursday.

Obama meets Texas gov candidate during civil rights event
President Obama visited briefly with Texas' Democratic candidate for governor on Thursday at the LBJ Presidential Library, where he delivered a speech commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.

Feds give Washington access for marijuana background checks
After a year of requests, the U.S. Justice Department says it is giving Washington state access to an FBI database so it can conduct nationwide background checks on people who apply to run legal marijuana businesses.

Harvard study suggests text about Jesus' wife likely authentic
A Harvard University professor said Thursday that scientific tests suggest that a controversial fragment of papyrus, that mentions Jesus had a wife, is more likely an ancient document than a forgery.

Fungal disease fatal to bats spreads to half of US
A fungal disease that has killed millions of North American bats is spreading and now has been detected in half of the United States. Officials confirmed Thursday that bats in their states have been diagnosed with white-nose syndrome.

US Air Force launches spy satellite from Florida
An unmanned blasted off Thursday from Cape Canaveral with a satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office. No details were divulged about the classified satellite, which is intended for national security.

Former US diplomat added to FBI's 'most wanted' list
A former diplomat who is suspected of killing his wife, mother and three sons nearly 40 years ago was added Thursday to the FBI's list of "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives."

Congress approves bill to ban Iran ambassador from US
The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill that will prohibit the man chosen by Iran to be its ambassador to the United Nations from entering the United States.

Congressman caught kissing aide faces uncertain future
House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday said the Republican congressman who was caught on security camera footage kissing one of his female aides has a decision to make about his political future -- stay and fight, or go home.

Driver who caused Florida daycare crash wanted by police
Authorities in Florida are casting a wide net in the search for the man they say fled the scene after driving the vehicle at the center of a daycare center car crash near Orlando.

Stephen Colbert chosen to replace Letterman next year
It took less than a week for CBS to find their man to replace comic veteran David Letterman when he leaves The Late Show next year, and it's Stephen Colbert -- currently the host of his own show on Comedy Central.

Sinaloa cartel member cooperating with US, officials say
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago said Thursday that a high-ranking member of the Sinaloa drug cartel in Mexico pleaded guilty to drug trafficking a year ago, and has since been cooperating with authorities.

Justice Dept. finds excessive force by Albuquerque police
The U.S. Justice Department said it has found "patterns of excessive force" during an investigation of the police department in Albuquerque, New Mexico, following a lengthy investigation into the matter.

High school teacher faces firing after outburst by student
A teacher at Massachusetts high school who had a chair thrown at her by a student could lose her job over the attack, administrators said.

Foster Farms salmonella outbreak continuing, officials say
Federal health officials say a salmonella outbreak linked to Foster Farms chicken is not over yet, and has now infected more than 500 people in 25 states and Puerto Rico.

Pennsylvania school stabbing victim worried that he would die
One of the victims of a knife attack at a high school near Pittsburgh on Wednesday was terrified that he might die when he realized he had been stabbed in the back, the teen said.

NJ traffic jam committee considers its next move
A New Jersey legislative committee investigating a political payback scheme launched by Gov. Chris Christie's aides is reviewing its options after an adverse ruling from a judge.

04/09

Woman gets probation for leaving infant on roof of car
An Arizona woman who left her 5-week-old baby in a car seat on the roof of her car when she drove off has been sentenced to 16 years of supervised probation. Catalina Clouser pleaded guilty to child abuse and misdemeanor DUI in February. She was sentenced Wednesday by Cynthia Bailey of Maricopa County Superior Court.

Convicts claim New York City detective framed them
A group of New York City men who claim they were framed by a crooked police detective decades ago want prosecutors to speed up an ongoing review of the detective's cases. The alleged victims of wrongful murder convictions made the demand Wednesday at a rally on the steps of City Hall.

Legal assault issued to overturn gay marriage ban
The American Civil Liberties Union is launching a new legal assault on North Carolina's constitutional ban on marriage for same-sex couples. The group said Wednesday that it is urging a federal judge to quickly negate the state ban to help children as well as gay couples suffering from urgent health problems and struggling with insurance and other restrictions.

Ohio man pleads guilty to attempting to buy sex from girl
Federal authorities said a northeast Ohio man has pleaded guilty to charges on alleging to buy a 10-year-old girl to engage in illegal sexual activity on Wednesday.

Helicopter crashes near University of New Mexico hospital
Authorities said a medical helicopter has crashed near the landing pad atop University of New Mexico Hospital and emergency crews have responded to the crash.

Obama reprehends GOP for rejecting gender pay gap bill
President Barack Obama is chiding Republicans for blocking a Senate bill aimed at narrowing the pay gap between men and women. Obama said it seems like common sense to most people and that the bill would make it possible to meaningfully enforce the concept of equal pay for equal work.

For Obama, comparisons to LBJ are frustrating
Perhaps no historical analogy irks the White House more than the comparisons between Presidents Obama and Lyndon Johnson, two Democrats who occupied the Oval Office a half-century apart.

Woman pulled from Washington slide says she was terrified
A young woman who was pulled from the rubble of the Washington state mudslide, along with her infant son, is starting to recover physically from her ordeal after six surgeries. But the emotional healing will take a bit longer.

Police link Kansas City-area highway shootings
Authorities said Wednesday that they have linked some of the apparently random shootings, which have targeted vehicles traveling on Kansas City-area highways over the past month.

Former president Bush greets Obama in Houston
President Obama received an unexpected greeting upon his arrival in Houston on Wednesday -- as former President George H.W. Bush turned out to welcome him to the 41st president's hometown.

Former LA area officials plead no contest to stealing money
Five former elected officials, who were charged with stealing millions of dollars from the modest Los Angeles suburb of Bell, on Wednesday pleaded no contest to misappropriating public funds.

Teen assailant stabbed 20 at Pittsburgh area school, police say
In all, at least five students were critically wounded and 15 other people were also hurt in a stabbing Wednesday at a Pittsburgh area high school -- including a school police officer who confronted the teen assailant.

Vehicle crashes into Orlando-area day care center
A car crashed into a day care center in an Orlando, Florida suburb on Wednesday, and multiple people -- including children -- were seen being carried out on stretchers.

Judge says ex-aides for Christie can withhold documents
A New Jersey judge ruled Wednesday that two key figures in a political payback scandal, ensnaring Gov. Chris Christie's administration, do not have to turn over documents to a legislative investigative panel.

Charlotte gets fourth new mayor since last spring
Dan Clodfelter has been sworn in as the fourth mayor of Charlotte since last spring. He replaces Patrick Cannon, who resigned after less than six months in office after he was arrested on federal bribery charges.

US officials reject senator's claim about CIA report
U.S. officials said Wednesday that the State Department wants to declassify a 10-month-old letter that expresses concerns about a controversial Senate torture report.

Investigation may order costly Albuquerque police oversight
The U.S. Department of Justice is set to release its report on the troubled Albuquerque Police Department, and could mandate federal oversight and reforms that will probably cost millions of dollars.

Anti-censorship 'awards' go to White House, federal gov't
The dubious anti-censorship awards, known as the "Jefferson Muzzles," are being awarded this year to the federal government and the White House -- for snooping on the news media and limiting their access.

More illnesses reported aboard Princess cruise ship
Officials said Wednesday that the number of passengers believed to be sick with the highly contagious norovirus has nearly doubled aboard a cruise ship sailing to ports in California.

Obamas send prayers to high school stabbing victims
President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday sent their thoughts and prayers to the victims of a stabbing spree at a Pennsylvania high school, the White House said.

Sailing family returns to California with ailing baby
A U.S. Navy warship carrying a family whose sailboat broke down in the Pacific Ocean with a sick toddler has finally arrived back to their home in California, officials said Wednesday.

House committee approves bill naming peak after Reagan
About the only thing former President Ronald Reagan doesn't have named after him is a mountain -- not one recognized by the federal government anyway. But that may soon change.

Ex-IRA official may be prosecuted by Justice Department
The House Ways and Means Committee voted Wednesday to refer a former Internal Revenue Service official to the Justice Department for possible criminal prosecution in the agency's targeting controversy.

Search narrowed for missing Minnesota hikers
The search area for a father and son from Minnesota, who went missing near Mount Evans west of Denver, has been narrowed using signals from their cell phones, authorities said Wednesday.

Massachusetts basketball player comes out as gay
University of Massachusetts basketball player Derrick Gordon has said in a televised interview that he is gay, becoming the first openly gay player in Division I men's basketball.

Search resumes for two missing in Mississippi River
The search has resumed for two men who are reported missing in the Mississippi River in northeast Arkansas, after a barge overturned and sank, officials said Wednesday.

Gay marriage's win streak tested in higher court
The gay marriage movement's winning streak faces its greatest test yet in Denver this week. A three-judge panel will review a ruling that struck down Utah's gay marriage ban in December.

Dog rescued from tracks after racing train in NYC
A fleet-footed pooch is lucky to be alive after racing a Metro-North train from the Bronx into Manhattan -- at one point getting ahead of the train and bounding onto the railroad tracks.

Another arrest made in Detroit mob attack on motorist
Police have arrested a fifth person in the beating of a motorist who stopped to help a 10-year-old Detroit boy struck by his pickup truck, authorities said Wednesday.

One of last Native American code talkers dies
Edmond Harjo, one of the last surviving members of a group of American Indians who used their native language to outwit the enemy and protect U.S. battlefield communications during World Wars I and II, has died at the age of 96.

Man charged with nine contract killings in California
A suspected contract killer charged with killing nine people in three California counties over several decades is being investigated in connection with other unsolved slayings, authorities said Wednesday.

04/08

North Carolina sides with Duke in appeal of coal ash ruling
North Carolina regulators are joining with Duke Energy in appealing a judge's ruling on cleaning up groundwater pollution leeching from the company's coal ash dumps. The state Environmental Management Commission filed notice Monday that it intends to appeal a March 6 ruling by Superior Court Judge Paul Ridgeway.

Feds charge man in flying bomb plot in Conn.
FBI officials said they've arrested a Moroccan national in Connecticut in an alleged plot to fly bombs on drone-like devices into a school and a federal building.

More women staying home to raise children, study says
More women are staying at home full-time to raise their children. The study from a new Pew Research Center report found that the share of mothers who do not work outside the home rose to 29 percent in 2012, up from a low of 23 percent at the turn of the century.

Eight injured by falling shelves at dollar store in New York
The New York Fire Department said eight people were injured, seven seriously, when packed shelving units collapsed at a Bronx dollar store.

Rhode Island to improve jobs for mentally disabled
The U.S. Department of Justice said it has entered into a court-ordered consent decree with Rhode Island that requires a dramatic overhaul of the employment services the state offers to thousands of residents with mental disabilities.

Guantanamo prisoner appeals to panel for release
A prisoner held 12 years without charges at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval base has made his case for release in front of a new U.S. government review board.

Lawmaker Yee due back in court for arraignment
Suspended state Sen. Leland Yee is due back in federal court for his alleged role in a San Francisco political corruption and organized crime case.

Police: Burglary suspects pocket-dialed 911
Two Minnesota burglary suspects are arrested after police said one of them accidentally called 911 and left the line open as the pair discussed the crime.

Chicago Cardinal George cancels travel plans for treatment
Chicago Cardinal Francis George will not travel to Rome for the canonizations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II because of the resumption of chemotherapy to treat his cancer.

Court extends stay on new Arizona abortion rules
A federal appeals court panel has kept the country's most stringent regulations on the use of abortion medication on hold while a case against them plays out in court.

Marine guard shot to death by soldier at Camp Lejeune
Authorities at the U.S. Marines' Camp Lejeune in North Carolina said that a soldier who was standing guard at the complex's main gate opened fire on Tuesday afternoon, killing another guard.

Feinstein asks White House to edit CIA torture report
U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein is appealing to President Obama to remove the Central Intelligence Agency from leading the edit of a report that is harshly critical of the agency's actions involving torture interrogations over the last decade.

Biden to attend anniversary of Boston Marathon bombing
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will attend a memorial service next week in Boston marking the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, his office said Tuesday.

Families of prior mass shootings aiding Fort Hood victims
Dozens of families who lost loved ones during Sept. 11, the Connecticut elementary school shootings and similar attacks are coming together to financially help the victims of last week's deadly shooting at Fort Hood.

Three dozen possibly sick with Norovirus on cruise ship
More than three dozen people have possibly fallen possibly ill with the highly contagious Norovirus, while onboard a cruise ship sailing to ports in California, authorities said Tuesday.

Students line LA street with desks in school protest
Students in the Los Angeles area, protesting what they say is their district's neglect of poorer schools, hit the streets on Tuesday -- and they took their desks with them.

Obama aunt who stayed in US illegally dies at age 61
A relative of President Obama, who was denied asylum in the U.S. but stayed illegally anyway for years has died in Massachusetts at the age of 61, her attorney said Tuesday.

Decision to let college athletes unionize may get review
The battle over whether college athletes can unionize may still just be in the first quarter, as Northwestern University faces a deadline to ask the National Labor Relations Board to review a decision that classified football players as employees.

New program would boost veterans' jobs in Congress
Members of Congress often urge federal agencies and the private sector to hire military veterans, but a new survey suggests that they rarely follow that advice when hiring for their personal staff.

Angry exchange on Capitol Hill over Cuban Twitter
An angry exchange occurred on Capitol Hill Tuesday between the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development and Sen. Patrick Leahy, over the Twitter-like social media network that the U.S. government secretly built in Cuba.

Evidence in California corruption case remains sealed
Grand jury testimony and other potential evidence against a suspended California state senator should remain sealed, and not be handed over to his attorney at this time, a Los Angeles judge said Tuesday.

No plans to charge family for sea rescue of sick infant
None of the three federal agencies that helped rescue an ill infant girl and her family from their broken down sailboat, about 900 miles off Mexico's Pacific coast, plan to seek reimbursement for the cost of the operation.

Police seek federal help in KC highway shootings
Authorities are asking federal investigators to help determine whether more than a dozen shootings in less than a month along Kansas City-area roads and highways might be connected.

US to cut Air Force nuclear arsenal by 50 missiles
The Obama administration on Tuesday said the number of launch-ready Air Force land-based nuclear missiles will shrink to 400 — the lowest total since the early 1960s — as part of a plan for complying with a U.S.-Russia arms treaty.

Railroads stressing safety after deaths rise in 2013
Railroads are launching a new campaign to highlight the dangers of being near train tracks -- as the number of trespassing deaths grew 11 percent last year, and the number of deaths in accidents increased nearly eight percent.

Washington mudslide total rises to 34, officials say
The death toll from the landslide that hit the Washington community of Oso continues to rise -- with the addition of one more person to the number of victims, officials said Tuesday.

LAPD officer wounded, suspect critical after station shooting
A man who opened fire inside a Los Angeles Police Department station, hitting one officer seven times, is now hospitalized in critical condition after he was wounded in a gunbattle with officers.

Al Sharpton says his FBI cooperation nothing new
The Rev. Al Sharpton said Tuesday that a new report that claims he spied on New York Mafia figures for the FBI during the 1980s is old news.

Teen suspect charged in Detroit mob beating of driver
A 17-year-old boy charged in the severe mob beating of a suburban driver in Detroit, who accidentally hit a 10-year-old boy, was arraigned Tuesday on assault charges.

Retired NH judge is reprimanded after sexist remarks
A veteran New England judge has retired and has been reprimanded after he made comments that were criticized for being disparaging to female attorneys.

Sheriff to identify Illinois man arrested for 1997 death
Authorities are planning to discuss the arrest of an Illinois man in connection with the death of a teenager, whose body was found 17 years ago in a Wisconsin marsh, authorities said Tuesday.

WWI artillery shells found in luggage at O'Hare
Baggage screeners at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport have discovered two World War I artillery shells in checked luggage that arrived there on a flight from London, authorities said.

Americas get front-row seat for lunar eclipse
North and South America, get ready for the first eclipse of the year. Next Tuesday morning, the moon will be eclipsed by Earth's shadow -- an eclipse that will be visible across the Western Hemisphere.

04/07

Education Writers Association honors top scribes
The Education Writers Association is honoring top journalists from newsrooms across the nation with its 2013 National Awards for Education Reporting.

Obama urges House to take up Senate's jobless bill
President Barack Obama is urging the House to embrace a Senate-passed measure to resurrect federal jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed.

Government hikes Medicare Advantage pay estimate
The government is raising its payment estimate for Medicare Advantage plans, months ahead of a busy election season during which cuts to the program promise to be a key focus for politicians and voters.

Olympians say selfies were banned at White House
Some of the U.S. Olympic athletes said Monday that they were asked to keep their cell phones in their pockets last week, when they visited the White House -- not long after a photo taken during the Boston Red Sox visit caused a stir.

Army says Fort Hood suspect had requested leave
Investigators said Monday that last week's rampage that left three dead and 16 wounded last week at Fort Hood was related to the accused gunman's request for leave from the Army post.

Judge in McConnell case says former officials can't weigh-in
Five former Virginia attorneys general won't be allowed to file court papers arguing that public corruption charges against ex-Gov. Bob McDonnell should be dismissed, a judge ruled Monday.

NCAA finalists illustrate many ways to make a run
There are plenty of ways to make a run in the NCAA tournament. And there will be another batch of potential "one and dones" in the nation's elite programs no matter how many in the current crop jump to the NBA.

Democrats say ex-CIA chief's remarks are gender-based
Leading Democrats are now criticizing a former CIA director, who suggested the classified Senate torture report is motivated by Sen. Dianne Feinstein's "emotional feeling" and not objectivity.

US Senate nears passage of jobless benefit bill
The U.S. Senate is closing in on the passage of election-year legislation that would restore jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed -- a law that expired late last year, leaving many of the nation's unemployed without any income.

Supreme Court rejects appeal over gay bias case
An advocacy group said the U.S. Supreme Court should have no more chances to rule on the issue of gay rights versus religious freedom -- after the court rejected an appeal from a photo studio that refused to photograph a lesbian couple's ceremony.

Appeals court puts Texas execution back on schedule
The execution of a Texas inmate is back on schedule now that a federal appeals court has ruled that the state doesn't have to reveal the source of where it gets its lethal injection drug, as defense attorneys have demanded.

Texas parole board denies pardon for man executed in 2004
An advocacy group for death row inmates on Monday said the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles has denied its petition to posthumously pardon a Texas man, who was executed for killing his three children in a house fire.

Portrait of bullied Florida girl emerges from case file
The investigative file of a Florida girl, who authorities say committed suicide last year because of bullying, has revealed a more complete portrait of her and her life.

Accused theater gunman's attorneys ask judge to move trial
Attorneys for the man charged with killing 12 people and injuring 70 in a Colorado movie theater have asked a judge to move the trial to another location -- citing the emotional and economic burdens the massacre has placed on local residents.

Engineer in NY derailment had sleep disorder, NTSB says
Federal investigators said Monday that the engineer on a New York City commuter train, that derailed at high speed in December -- killing four people -- has a serious sleep disorder.

Obama to headline civil rights summit in Texas this week
The Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas is hosting a civil rights summit this week -- which will be highlighted by a keynote address from President Obama, officials said.

Mother clocked at 123 mph with kids in car, trooper says
Maine state police on Monday said that a female driver, with her two children in the backseat, was arrested over the weekend after driving at more than 120 mph on a state highway.

Plane intercepted in restricted airspace over Washington DC
The North American Aerospace Defense Command on Monday said that two military fighter jets intercepted a small plane that was out of communication with air traffic controllers in restricted airspace around Washington, D.C.

Supreme Court refuses to take early look at NSA ruling
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take an early look at a constitutional challenge to the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records.

NYPD officers critical after suspicious Brooklyn fire
Two New York City police officers -- who were overcome by smoke while responding to a suspicious fire on Coney Island over the weekend -- remain hospitalized in critical condition, officials said Monday.

Boston mob boss says accused killer wrongly imprisoned
A Boston man, who has spent more than 30 years in prison for a killing he says he did not commit, has an unusual ally in his quest to exonerate himself — convicted mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger.

Barbara Walters set to retire from TV on May 16
Barbara Walters plans to make her final appearance on "The View" on May 16 -- part of a day-long retirement celebration that will include ABC News naming its New York City headquarters after her.

Mother in drowning case not competent for trial, expert says
A jail psychiatrist on Monday said that a Pennsylvania woman, who allegedly killed her two sons by drowning them in a bathtub, is not mentally competent to stand trial for their deaths.

Judge disqualifies King estate lawyer in family dispute
A judge has ruled that a lawyer for the estate of Martin Luther King Jr. cannot participate in a dispute over the ownership of the civil rights leader's Bible and Nobel Peace Prize, which are the focus of a family dispute.

NTSB says Chicago train's braking system was insufficient
A preliminary report into a Chicago commuter train crash has said there wasn't enough distance between an automatic emergency braking mechanism and the end of a train track at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

Death toll in Washington mudslide rises to 33
The death toll from the catastrophic landslide that hit the Pacific Northwest town of Oso has risen to 33, as the coroner's office said it has received three additional victims.

Surgery could fix zoo giraffe's deadly eating defect
A six-month-old female giraffe at the Oklahoma City Zoo is scheduled to have surgery this week to correct a terminal birth defect that affects her ability to eat, officials said.

04/06

Jeb Bush will make decision on 2016 run later this year
Jeb Bush said all the speculation about whether he will run for president in 2016 is actually getting him more attention than if he had already entered the race.

Escapees of Washington slide racked with survivor's guilt
Two weeks after a devastating mudslide in rural Washington state, the people who survived by luck or circumstances are trying to make sense of their experiences.

Gas prices reach highest mark since last July
The Lundberg Survey of fuel prices released Sunday says the price of a gallon of regular is $3.61, the highest price in Lundberg's twice-monthly surveys since late July 2013.

Sick baby transferred from sailboat to warship
U.S. sailors have rescued a family with a sick baby from a sailboat that broke down hundreds of miles off the Mexican coast, officials said Sunday.

Church service honors shooting victims of Fort Hood attack
Dozens of community members gathered on Sunday to honor the victims of the deadly mass shooting at the Fort Hood Army base four days ago.

Police say speed, rain may have factored in crash
New York police investigators are looking at speed and rain as possible factors in the deadly crash of a car into a creek that left four young people dead.

Gay men divided over use of HIV prevention drug
A drug hailed as a lifesaver for many people with HIV is at the heart of a debate among gay men, AIDS activists and health professionals over its potential for protecting uninfected men.

California college party turns into brawl, dozens arrested
Police say about 100 people were arrested and at least 44 people were taken to the hospital during a college party in Southern California that turned into a street brawl.

Former San Diego mayor's confinement comes to end
Bob Filner's confinement was slated to end Sunday, fulfilling a sentence for felony false imprisonment and two misdemeanor charges of battery involving victims of sexual harassment

Obama plans to attend Fort Hood service Wednesday
A White House aide says President Barack Obama plans to attend a memorial service Wednesday at Fort Hood — the site of last week's shooting rampage.

Five signs US job market may finally be accelerating
Few people responded to the March jobs report with high-fives and cheers. But there may be reasons to applaud in the months ahead.

Kentucky tops Wisconsin to continue magical run to final
Aaron Harrison hit a three-pointer with less than six seconds left to lift Kentucky over Wisconsin on Saturday night to advance to its second national championship game in three years.

UConn upsets top seed Florida to advance to title game
DeAndre Daniels had 20 points and 10 rebounds Saturday to help Connecticut snap Florida's 30-game win streak with a stunning 63-53 upset of the Florida Gators at the Final Four.

04/05

Prospect of spy's release latest twist in 30-year legal saga
News that the Obama administration was considering releasing Pollard early from prison revived the familiar wedge between his supporters and detractors and focused new attention on the sensational espionage case.

Retired general taking another look at US nuclear corps
Service leaders took an assessment last year of the nuclear Air Force as an encouraging thumbs-up. Yet, in the months that followed, signs emerged that the nuclear missile corps was suffering from several issues.

Obama says Afghan election marks important milestone
President Obama says Afghanistan's presidential election marks another important milestone, and that the Afghan people are taking full responsibility for their country as the United States gradually withdraws its forces.

04/04

University of Arizona student dead after fall
University of Arizona police said a male student is dead after falling while climbing a 30-foot tower on the roof of a university dorm in Tucson early Friday morning.

Michigan AG wants court to reconsider gay marriage ban
Michigan's attorney general wants a federal appeals court to look at a decision overturning the state's ban on gay marriage, and told reporters Friday that he's asking the court to bypass assigning the case to a three-judge panel.

Skeletal remains identified as missing Arizona woman
Skeletal remains found in 1988 have been identified as an Arizona woman who disappeared more than 25 years ago, authorities said Friday.

Famed New York Cronut bakery shuts down due to mice
Health officials have closed a New York City bakery famous on Friday for serving up delicious croissant-doughnut hybrid treats called Cronuts because of a severe mouse infestation.

Ohio newspaper files suit after staffers detained
An Ohio newspaper and two of its journalists have filed a federal lawsuit against the government after a reporter and photographer were detained and had cameras confiscated at a tank plant.

Anti-gay marriage group calls for Firefox boycott
A major backer of same-sex marriage bans is calling for a boycott of the Firefox web browser after the politically charged resignation of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich.

Robbers get prison for discarding loot from window
Two Southern California bank robbers who threw the loot out a car window during a police chase have been sentenced to long prison terms.

Christie aide speaks to grand jury in New Jersey
A longtime aide to Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has given testimony to a federal grand jury in an investigation of traffic jams created near the George Washington Bridge in a political payback scandal.

Georgia Tech suspends fraternity for 'rapebait' email
Georgia Tech is suspending a fraternity for three years after an investigation into a member sending an email with instructions for "luring rapebait" at parties fueled with alcohol.

Ex-LA deputy gets nine years in prison for rape
A former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy has been sentenced to nine years in prison for raping a woman while on duty, and for also trying to get another to have sex with him.

Man gets 25 to life for 1995 Orange County killing
A man who spent 16 years on the run after beating to death his ex-lover in Orange County will spend 25 years to life in prison, a judge ruled on Friday.

Fort Hood identifies Army soldiers killed by gunman
The three soldiers who were killed in a shooting rampage at the Fort Hood Army base this week, by another military man, had served in the military for years and been deployed to Iraq, authorities said Friday.

US Probation Office sued over New York child's rape
A young girl who was allegedly raped by a man released from jail while awaiting a child pornography trial is now suing the federal government for $110 million in damages.

Connecticut ex-governor again caught up in scandal
Former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland, who served time in a federal prison for a corruption scandal became a radio talk show host, is finding himself again in the crosshairs of federal investigators.

Fort Hood official says mental health not main factor in attack
The senior officer at Fort Hood said Friday that the mental condition of the soldier who shot three soldiers to death and wounded 16 others this week was not the precipitating factor in the shooting.

No clear security fixes for shootings at military bases
After three mass shootings at military bases in the U.S. in the last five years, security experts say the unfortunate truth is that there is probably no practical way of preventing soldiers from carrying guns onto big installations like Fort Hood.

IRS paid over $50 million to whistleblowers in 2013
In an annual report to Congress on Friday, the Internal Revenue Service said it paid whistleblowers a total of 122 awards last year -- equaling more than $50 million -- for turning in tax cheats.

Kentucky Senate challenger made speech at cockfight rally
The Tea Party candidate who's challenging Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell for his seat in Congress raised eyebrows last weekend when he spoke at a rally intended to build support for legal cockfighting.

Investigator gave US nuclear force positive review last year
A retired general who was chosen to explore flaws in U.S. nuclear forces signed off last year on a report that said the nuclear corps is professional, disciplined and effective -- a stark contrast to what has become known since.

California senator, many others indicted in corruption case
A California state senator, along with more than two dozen others, was formally indicted on Friday in a sweeping political corruption case in San Francisco that has involved local authorities and the FBI.

Judge exacts harshest punishment on man who killed son
A Montana judge on Friday sentenced a man to serve life in prison, without any possibility of parole -- a punishment harsher than even prosecutors asked for -- for killing and dismembering his three-year-old son last summer.

Chicago transit agency fires driver after O'Hare crash
Chicago transit officials on Friday fired a train operator who acknowledged dozing off before crashing a commuter train at the O'Hare International Airport station last week, officials said.

Senate committee approves release of CIA torture report
The Senate Intelligence Committee has voted to release parts of a hotly contested, secret report that harshly criticizes CIA terror interrogations after 9/11 -- and the White House said it would instruct intelligence officials to cooperate fully.

Man appeals sentence for shooting at White House
A man who was sentenced to serve 25 years in prison for shooting at the White House is appealing his sentence. A lawyer for Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez filed the one-page notice of appeal Friday.

Yellowstone fighting web video that claims volcano will erupt
Yellowstone National Park is trying to fight rumors that have surfaced online, which claim that running bison seen in a YouTube video are fleeing precursors of a possible explosion of the park's supervolcano.

Underground tunnels found running from Tijuana to San Diego
U.S. authorities say a task force working with their Mexican counterparts have discovered two underground smuggling tunnels, stretching hundreds of yards between Tijuana and an industrial park in San Diego.

Florida clerk who mistook dead body for mannequin fired
A 61-year-old apartment building front desk clerk has reportedly been fired after mistaking the body of a tenant for a mannequin, believing it was an April Fool's Day prank, and then throwing it in a trash bin.

US veterans going back to school after wars, budget cuts
Officials from universities nationwide are getting set for a wave of military veterans going back to college after the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and defense budget cuts. 

Mother gets 20 years for killing child with lethal breast milk
The prison sentence is 20 years for a South Carolina woman who was convicted of killing her six-week-old daughter with what prosecutors say was an overdose of morphine delivered through her breast milk. 

States revolting against powerful new painkiller
State officials fighting well-publicized battles against heroin and prescription drugs are revolting against a powerful new prescription painkiller that some fear could make that battle even harder.

Ex-terror plotter fears arrest if he testifies in US
A British man who quit a 2001 shoe-bomb plot and became a valuable witness at terrorism trials has told a New York judge he does not want to testify in the United States because he will be arrested if he does.

NYC officer detained in India over bullets, police say
New York City police officials said Friday that one of their police officers has been detained in India on a weapons charge because he had three bullets in his luggage.

04/03

Deliberations to resume in baby's creek death case
Jury deliberations are set to resume in the murder trial of a man accused of tossing his 2-year-old daughter into a creek in her car seat, weighted down with a tire jack so she would sink.

Court: New York City can ban church service in public school
A federal appeals court in New York has reversed a 2012 decision allowing a small church to hold religious services at a public school.

Vast ocean found beneath ice of Saturn moon
Italian and American scientists have uncovered a vast ocean beneath the icy surface of a Saturn moon, while the NASA European spacecraft is still exploring Saturn and its rings; some 17 years after its launch.

New security system finally complete at Los Alamos
After almost two years, the advanced security system upgrade to protect the most sensitive areas in Los Alamos National Laboratory has finally been complete, said officials.

Marshals take custody of Brown for Washington case
The U.S. Marshals Service has taken R&B singer Chris Brown into custody to transport him to Washington, D.C., for his upcoming misdemeanor assault trial.

Several states facing weather concerns
Parts of the Midwest and South are seeing some severe weather today, including a small tornado that touched down before dawn near St. Louis.

Fort Hood gunman used same gun store as Hasan
A Fort Hood official confirms the soldier who killed three people and wounded 16 others bought his gun at the same nearby gun shop as the shooter convicted in the 2009 rampage on the military base.

New contract for Catholic teachers forbids certain behaviors
The teachers at the Roman Catholic Church were previously required to comply with the churches' philosophy, but a new contract cites specific examples of forbidden behavior for the first time.

NYC warden transferred after inmate cell death
The warden of the New York City jail facility where a mentally ill veteran died in February after being found in a cell where officials told The Associated Press he "baked to death" has been demoted and transferred.

New contract ends long bus strike in Vermont
A lengthy bus drivers' strike in Vermont's largest city has ended with approval of a new contract on Thursday. The Chittenden County Transportation Authority board ratified it later and drivers' union plans to resume bus service Friday.

Senate panel votes to release CIA torture report
The White House said that intelligence officials will be told to quickly comply with Thursday's vote by a Senate panel, to release parts of a secret report that criticized CIA terror interrogations after 9/11.

Argument may have preceded Fort Hood shooting, official says
A Fort Hood official said Thursday that there is a strong possibility that the gunman who killed three people and wounded 16 others at the Texas military base argued with one or more soldiers immediately before the shooting.

Scant evidence of threats to execution drugmakers
Prisons officials in Texas have offered scant evidence of the threat of violence posed to pharmacies that sell the drugs used to carry out executions by lethal injection.

Bystander helps woman who fell on Chicago tracks
A man jumped in front of a train in Chicago on Thursday to help a woman who fell onto subway tracks, after he heard people yelling that the woman had fallen.

Fort Hood gunman's home searched, wife questioned
Investigators on Thursday searched the home of the accused gunman who opened fire at an Army base in Fort Hood, Texas -- killing three and wounding more than a dozen others before shooting himself in the head.

White House objects to Samsung's use of Obama in ad
The White House is not amused that Samsung is promoting a self-taken photo with the president that was taken by Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz on a Samsung phone, during a visit to the White House this week.

Olympic athletes get their White House moment
The White House is getting an Olympic-sized boost of energy as members of the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic teams from Sochi get their moment at the executive mansion.

Man accused in half-brother's murder killed cellmate, police say
An Arizona man, who reportedly told police that he killed his 12-year-old half brother earlier this month because he "just felt like killing" is now accused of fatally stabbing his jail cellmate.

Maryland college penalizes fraternity, sorority for racial party
McDaniel College in Maryland on Thursday said it is banning parties for the rest of the year at a fraternity and sorority that held a "CMT versus BET" event promoting racial and cultural stereotypes.

West Coast lawmakers seek funding for quake alert
Two dozen U.S. lawmakers from California, Washington and Oregon are calling for funding for an earthquake warning system, designed to give residents a few seconds of notice of imminent shaking after a quake occurs.

Michigan driver who struck boy critical after mob attack
A 54-year-old man is in critical condition at a Detroit hospital after he was beaten by an angry neighborhood mob, just moments after he struck a 10-year-old boy with his truck.

Student charged after firing gunshot at Kent State campus
Kent State University officials said that a freshman fired a gun and prompted a campus lockdown on Wednesday, wounding himself in the hand during a domestic dispute before he was taken into custody.

Fort Hood gunman had mental health issues, official says
The solder who opened fire at Fort Hood in Texas on Wednesday -- who has officially been identified as Ivan Lopez -- had not shown any sign that he was a danger to himself or to others, military officials said. 

House Republicans move against Obama's health care law
House Republicans are launching a new attack on President Obama's new health care law, just days after the administration beat expectations by signing up more than seven million Americans.

One dead in skydiving accident while going for world record
One person has died in a skydiving accident in Arizona, where parachutists were attempting to set a world record for what is called a "formation jump," officials said Thursday.

No more deaths expected from Fort Hood shooting, doctor says
A Texas hospital physician said Thursday that he doesn't expect any more deaths resulting from the shooting at Fort Hood on Wednesday, that left three military members dead and more than a dozen others wounded.

Islamic group's plan to cut off church crosses draws ire
Some neighbors and former parishioners of an old Catholic church are protesting plans to remove six crosses from the roof and spires so the now-vacant Gothic structure can be used as a Muslim mosque.

Quest to identify remains brings mystery after Washington slide
As medical examiners painstakingly piece together the identities of the 29 people who were killed when a mudslide wiped out a small Washington community, one mystery troubles them.

Tornado briefly touches down near St. Louis
A tornado touched down briefly in the St. Louis suburb of University City on Thursday morning, damaging some homes and bringing down trees and power lines, officials said.

Harvard report criticizes police gunfight after Boston bombings
A Harvard University report on the response to last year's Boston Marathon bombings is largely positive, but criticized law enforcement for the chaotic gunfight in which one suspect was killed and a police officer seriously injured.

Ex-US attorney general named as Belmont Law College dean
A former U.S. Attorney General in the Bush Administration was named Thursday the dean of Belmont University's College of Law in Tennessee, school officials said.

Georgia soldier pleads guilty in 2011 militia slayings
An Army soldier on Thursday pleaded guilty in a southeast Georgia courtroom to shooting a former military colleague in order to protect an anti-government militia group.

Obama vows to get to bottom of deadly Ford Hood shooting
President Obama said late Wednesday that the federal government will get to the bottom of what happened during a shooting incident at Fort Hood in Texas.

Fort Hood gunman evaluated for PTSD, official says
A Fort Hood official said the shooter in Wednesday afternoon's deadly attack, which left three people dead at the Texas Army post, was a soldier being assessed for whether he had post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Washington DC mayoral nominee can't breeze to victory
Muriel Bowser's decisive primary victory makes her the favorite to be sworn in as Washington, D.C.'s next mayor. But she can't expect to breeze through the general election, like Democratic nominees have in four decades of elections.

Chain saw found in home in Nevada double murder
Police have found a bloody chain saw in the kitchen, and a corpse with severed legs in a bathtub at a North Las Vegas home, where a man is accused of killing his mother and sister, police said Wednesday.

Burned parts of Yosemite National Park reopening
Areas of Yosemite National Park in California, that were burned in a massive wildfire last year, are being reopened to the public again -- but this time with a word of caution.

Waters recede, helping search for Washington slide victims
Authorities on Wednesday said that just 18 people are now listed as missing in the aftermath of the deadly Washington state mudslide, down from 20 that officials earlier stated.

Washington gas blast threw metal pieces 300 yards
An explosion that hit a liquefied natural gas storage facility in Eastern Washington earlier this week threw 250-pound pieces of steel up to 300 yards through the air, authorities said Wednesday.

Houston train strikes SUV that evaded safety gates
Police on Wednesday released a video showing an SUV being struck by a Houston passenger train, that occurred after the driver went around crossing gates, officials said.

Ex-intelligence analyst gets prison for documents leak
A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced a former intelligence analyst for the U.S. State Department to serve more than a year in prison for passing classified information to a journalist.

Urban League says blacks face tougher US job market
A new report from the National Urban League on Wednesday said that under-employment is a bigger obstacle for blacks than it is for whites or Hispanics.

Las Vegas among leaders in push for GOP convention
Phoenix and Columbus, Ohio have been eliminated as possible sites for the 2016 Republican National Convention. Las Vegas remains an early leader. Other finalists include Denver, Dallas, Kansas City, Mo., and two other cities in Ohio.

Prosecutor clears officer in shooting near NY college campus
A New York district attorney on Wednesday decided not to prosecute a police officer who killed a Hofstra University student and the armed intruder who held her hostage, during a standoff near the campus last year.

Senators suggest prosecutions may be coming for GM
U.S. Senators on Wednesday suggested that someone at General Motors could be facing prosecution, over the handling of an ignition switch that is now linked to 13 deaths. 

ACLU picks winners in national gay-wedding contest
The American Civil Liberties Union's primary work is litigation, but this month it is moonlighting as a wedding planner -- as part of its role in the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide.

Tennessee twins' autopsies show no signs of foul play
Autopsies have helped identify two 63-year-old twin brothers who were found dead last weekend in their Tennessee home. But the autopsies did nothing to resolve the mystery of what happened to them.

Second suit filed challenging Texas' new abortion law
Another federal lawsuit was filed Wednesday that challenges new provisions in Texas' tough restrictions on abortion -- less than a week after a federal appeals court reversed a previous legal challenge.

Ohio father gets six years in prison for shooting daughter
A southern Ohio man on Wednesday pleaded guilty in the accidental shooting death of his 11-year-old daughter, and was subsequently sentenced to serve six years in prison.

Judge halts execution of Texas killer over drug-maker's identity
A federal judge in Houston on Wednesday stopped the scheduled execution of a serial killer until Texas officials provide his attorneys information about the supplier of a new batch of drugs that would be used to kill him. 

Teen boy who climbed World Trade Center faces charges
A New Jersey teenager who sneaked past security, squeezed through a hole in a fence and took an elevator to the spire to reach the top of One World Trade Center now faces charges.

New Mexico police officer fired for beating wants old job back
An Albuquerque, New Mexico police officer who was caught on video repeatedly kicking a suspect and then giving a fellow officer a celebratory belly bump is now seeking his old job back.

Nationwide marijuana legalization inevitable, new poll says
The legalization of marijuana nationwide, following the lead of Washington state and Colorado, seems inevitable to three-fourths of Americans, whether they support it or not, a new survey shows.

New Mexico lab resumes nuclear waste shipments
The Los Alamos National Laboratory, which is under a tight deadline to ship nuclear waste away from its northern New Mexico campus before wildfire season peaks, has resumed trucking the remainder of the waste to Texas, officials said.

Police recover gun used to kill Texas prosecutor, wife
A dive team has recovered a weapon from a lake in North Texas that authorities say was used in the shooting death last year of a Kaufman County prosecutor and his wife.

EPA was concerned about NC deal on coal ash dumps
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency expressed concern last year that a proposed deal between North Carolina regulators and Duke Energy, to settle pollution violations at two of the company's coal ash dumps, was too lenient.

Colorado student fell to death after eating pot cookie
Denver's medical examiner said Wednesday that an exchange student fell to his death after eating a cookie that was made with marijuana.

NYC doctor on trial for peddling deadly prescriptions
A New York area doctor is on trial facing manslaughter charges after authorities said he sold painkiller prescriptions to two patients, who later died of overdoses.

Oklahoma lawyers say marriage is for procreation potential
Lawyers for an Oklahoma clerk who refused to grant a marriage license to a same-sex couple say marriage exists for its procreative potential and that the U.S. Supreme Court agrees.

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Ex-officer in Pennsylvania returns to court for drugs case
A former Philadelphia police officer, Richard DeCoatsworth that was once shot in the face on duty in 2007, is set to return to court Tuesday in a drugs, gun and rape case.

Ohio poisoning death suspect released on bond
A northeast Ohio woman suspected of fatally poisoning her husband by slipping antifreeze into a drink has been released on $250,000 bond.

Colbert blows up show's official Twitter account
Stephen Colbert is done with the "Colbert Report" Twitter account and has teamed up with one of Twitter's founders, Biz Stone on Monday's show to remove his account from Twitter.

Missing California runner found alive in snow
Authorities said a man has been found alive in snowy conditions after he went missing while running on a trail in a mountainous region of Northern California.

Court declares Hawaii not reqired to pay for migrant care
A federal appeals court has ruled that Hawaii isn't required to fund Medicaid for migrants from three Pacific Island nations in Micronesia to make up for a reduction in federal funding.

Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers plans to write biography
Michael "Flea" Balzary of the Red Hot Chili Peppers has embarked on a "sacred" mission by writing a memoir of his life with the assistance of a prestigious publishing firm.

Chile earthquake provides no threat for US tsunami
U.S. officials said they've found no imminent threat of a tsunami along the coasts of Hawaii, Alaska, California, Oregon or Washington after a major earthquake near Chile, but the danger is still under evaluation.

New report on well-being of US youths shocks experts
A new report on child well-being has turned an unflattering spotlight on some places not used to being at the bottom of such lists -- like Wisconsin, which had a worst-in-the-nation ranking for its black children.

Manning's lawyer blasts 35-year prison sentence as excessive
The lawyer representing the former Bradley Manning in court-martial appeals said Tuesday that the soldier's 35-year prison sentence, for leaking classified information, is out of proportion with the offenses that were committed.

Judge tosses man's claim that he owns half of Facebook
A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a New York man's multibillion-dollar lawsuit, in which he claims that he owns half of the social networking giant Facebook. 

Will satisfied goal of health care sign-ups save Democrats?
Mocking his critics, President Obama boasted Tuesday that 7.1 million people have signed up for his health care law -- an unexpected comeback after a disastrous rollout sent his poll numbers plummeting and stirred fears among Democrats.

US confirms NSA's warrantless searches of Americans
The Obama administration's top intelligence official says the government has conducted warrantless searches of Americans' communications, as part of the NSA's spy operations that target foreigners located outside of the U.S.

US Service Service seeks to reassure gov't after embarrassment
U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson on Tuesday said the latest embarrassment, which involves a drunken agent on an overseas trip with the president, was an isolated incident.

Texas pushes to keep execution drug source secret
Two days before the state of Texas is scheduled to execute its first inmate with a new batch of drugs, the state prison agency is determined to keep its supplier a secret.

Boy Scouts removes gay troop leader in Seattle
The Boys Scouts of America has removed an openly gay troop leader in Seattle after saying he made an issue out of his sexual orientation, officials said.

California's $425M Powerball winner comes forward
California Lottery officials said on Tuesday that the sole winner of February's $425 million Powerball jackpot has finally come forward to claim the prize.

Records say teen cited Columbine in school threat
Court records show that an 18-year-old woman cited in her diary the 1999 Columbine School shootings as she planned to attack a Connecticut high school. The Register Citizen reports that records show she wanted to take revenge for being bullied.

Caterpillar defends strategy to save billions in taxes
Executives from construction machinery manufacturer Caterpillar on Tuesday defended a tax strategy that saved the company billions of dollars in U.S. taxes, but one which has drawn attention from government officials. 

Energy Dept. delays re-entry to New Mexico nuclear dump
The U.S. Department of Energy has postponed plans to get a crew underground to begin investigating a radiation leak from the federal government's nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico.

Pennsylvania tree trimmer survives chain saw cut to neck
A tree trimmer was recovering in a day after he was rushed to a Pittsburgh hospital — with a chain saw blade still embedded in his neck — following a work-related accident, officials said.

Atlanta archbishop apologizes for posh residence
Just days ago, Pope Francis removed a German bishop for his lavish spending on a new residence. Now, Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory has bowed to criticism from local Catholics and apologized for buying a $2.2 million mansion for his own use.

White House surpasses target with seven million health sign-ups
President Obama is planning a speech in the White House Rose Garden on Tuesday afternoon, as sign-ups under his health care law surpassed the seven million-mark -- one million more than the administration had targeted.

Despite deadline, health care enrollment still open to some
It's not too late to get health coverage under President Obama's new program, despite the passing of Monday's deadline. Officials say that a few routes remain open for those who didn't sign up in time.

Obama welcomes MLB champion Red Sox to White House
President Obama on Tuesday welcomed the World Series champion Red Sox to the White House, praising their triumph on the field last fall while hailing them as a symbol of their city's determined response to last year's Boston Marathon bombings.

Boston victim files slander suit against Glenn Beck
A man who was injured in last year's Boston Marathon bombings has filed a defamation lawsuit against conservative commentator Glenn Beck, who allegedly claimed on the air that the plaintiff was the "money man" behind the attack.

Dead girl's mother faces drug dealing charge, police say
The mother of a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl, who was shot to death in an apparent home invasion attempt, is now awaiting trial on charges that she sold crack cocaine to an undercover informant.

Sister says accused Craigslist killer lying about other murders
The sister of a woman who's been charged, along with her husband, in the murder of a man they allegedly lured through Craigslist said Tuesday that her sister is making up the claim that she killed more than 20 people.

Leaders of GM, NHTSA to be questioned over deadly defect
The new CEO of General Motors, and the acting head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, will face a grilling Monday by members of a House panel looking into a defect in small GM cars that has been linked to 13 deaths. 

CBS mistakenly dubbed louder sound for quiet electric car
CBS News on Tuesday said that an editor made an audio error in dubbing the sound of a loud traditional car engine over footage of the much quieter Tesla electric car in a story that aired on 60 Minutes Sunday.

Amish leader convicted of hate crime continues appeal
The ringleader of 16 Ohio Amish men and women convicted of hate crimes, for cutting the hair and beards of fellow members of their faith, is arguing that government prosecutors are assassinating his character.

Death toll climbs to 27 at Washington mudslide
The official death toll from Washington's mudslide has increased to 27, with the Snohomish County medical examiner's office saying 19 victims have been positively identified. That's up from 24 dead with 18 identified on Monday.

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