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SpaceX will try again Fri. to launch station cargo

SpaceX is shooting for another launch attempt Friday to deliver supplies to the International Space Station.

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Why high oil prices are actually good for airlines

Airline executives frequently complain about fuel costs. But the truth is higher prices actually have been good for business.

Man charged with marathon hoax due in court

A man arrested near the Boston Marathon finish line carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker on the anniversary of the bombings has a mental disorder, his mother told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Alleged serial killings highlight GPS limits

Franc Cano and Steven Dean Gordon proved not once but allegedly twice that GPS trackers - the electronic leashes worn by 100,000 freed criminals in the U.S. - can't stop criminal activity.

Study: Snack might help avoid fight with spouse

A quick candy bar may stave off more than hunger. It could prevent major fights between husbands and wives, at least if a new study that used voodoo dolls is right.

Dress codes: Where should schools set limits?

They're called leggings - popular fashion items that are tight-fitting pants to some, and glorified tights to others.

Classes resume at Pennsylvania stabbing school

Classes resumed Wednesday at a Pittsburgh-area high school where authorities said a student stabbed or slashed 21 others and a security guard a week ago while rampaging through a hallway with two kitchen knives.

End of NYPD Muslim surveillance program applauded

Muslim groups and civil liberties advocates applauded the decision by New York Police Department officials to disband a controversial unit that tracked the daily lives of Muslims as part of efforts to detect terrorism...

At Boston Marathon, a chance to finally finish

Just one tiny misstep at mile 15 of the Boston Marathon last spring ruined any chance of amputee runner Jeff Glasbrenner breaking four hours.

Sharper challenges his no-bail status in Arizona

A judge in Phoenix will hold a hearing Wednesday in which lawyers for former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper will challenge the evidence used to keep him in jail without bail on charges that he drugged and sexually...

2 ships collide, cargo ship grounded in Virginia

Two vessels collided in a main shipping channel and a 751-foot cargo ship ran aground in the lower Chesapeake Bay on Tuesday in high winds gusting up to 70 mph, the Coast Guard said.

Detroit strikes 2nd deal with its other retirees

The city of Detroit reached tentative agreements to preserve pensions for retired police office and firefighters but cut monthly payments for other former employees, key deals that could accelerate the largest public...

College Board provides a glimpse of new SAT

Anxious students - not to mention their parents - can get a heads-up for how the redesigned SAT might look in two years.

Boston police safely blow up suspicious backpacks

Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city's...

New York police disband unit that spied on Muslims

A special New York Police Department unit that sparked controversy by tracking the daily lives of Muslims in an effort to detect terror threats has been disbanded, police officials said Tuesday.

Police: GPS helped solve, didn't deter killings

GPS technology helped police link two convicted sex offenders to the rapes and killings of at least four women in California, but the mother of one victim said Tuesday that the monitoring system should have done more to...

New York judge: Jurors can hear imam praise 9/11

An Egyptian Islamic preacher's statements that "everybody was happy" when the World Trade Center was hit by airplanes can be heard by a jury sitting just blocks from the site of the Sept. 11 attacks, a judge ruled...

Car accident killed SD girls missing since 1971

Two South Dakota girls on their way to an end-of-school-year party at a gravel pit in May 1971 drove off a country road and into a creek where their remains lay hidden until last fall when a drought brought their car into...

Congress is giving states the transportation blues

On the road in a tour bus this week, the U.S. transportation secretary is spreading some bad news: The government's Highway Trust Fund is nearly broke. If allowed to run dry, that could set back or shut down projects...

Supremacist faces murder charges in Kansas deaths

A white supremacist charged in shootings that left three people dead at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City was brought into a video conference room in a wheelchair Tuesday to make his first court appearance.

Study finds signs of brain changes in pot smokers

A small study of casual marijuana smokers has turned up evidence of changes in the brain, a possible sign of trouble ahead, researchers say.

St. Louis-area man accused of sexual torture

A St. Louis County man sexually tortured five women in his apartment at separate times over a period of several years, using threats and psychological control to keep them from leaving or going to police, the county...

Many questions about mom accused in infant deaths

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 or suffocating her newborns.

Man sentenced to life for killing 4 Michigan women

A man convicted of killing four women whom he met through an online escort site opted to stay in his jail cell Tuesday when a Detroit-area judge sentenced him to life in prison in a courtroom packed with victims'...

Judge considers staying Ohio gay marriage ruling

Attorneys for the state of Ohio asked a federal judge Tuesday to stay his decision ordering the state to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states, a request the judge said he was inclined to...

Authorities looking for suspects in NC kidnapping

A federal prosecutor said agents were still looking for more suspects in the abduction of a North Carolina prosecutor's father as a judge denied bond Tuesday for five people arrested last week.

Correction: Fatal Shooting-Victims story

In a story April 14 about victims of the shootings at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City, The Associated Press erroneously identified the mother of the 14-year-old victim as Mindy Losen. Her last name is...

US eyes more action against Russia if talks fail

The State Department says the U.S. is eyeing a new round of sanctions against Russia over its actions in Ukraine, but any new move against Moscow is unlikely until after a diplomatic meeting later this week in Geneva.

Full lunar eclipse delights Americas, 1st of year

Sky-gazers in North and South America were treated to a full lunar eclipse - at least those fortunate enough to have clear skies.

Storm topples RVs near Mississippi's Gulf coast

A storm barreled through Mississippi Gulf Coast communities, damaging or destroying about a dozen RV trailers at one campground, downing trees and power lines and cutting electricity in some areas.

US anti-Semitic attacks down before Kansas deaths Video included

A group monitoring anti-Semitic attacks in the U.S. cautiously noted a sharp decline in such incidents less than two weeks before the fatal shootings over the weekend outside two Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City.

Hockey title puts tiny Union on the sports map

After tiny Union College toppled the heavyweights of hockey for the national title, its president, Stephen Ainlay, couldn't resist a little cheerleading.

Huge Big Boy steam locomotive coming back to life

In its prime, a massive steam locomotive known as Big Boy No. 4014 was a moving eruption of smoke and vapor, a 6,300-horsepower brute dragging heavy freight trains over the mountains of Wyoming and Utah.

Police: Utah mom admitted to killing her 6 babies

Megan Huntsman was clear about what she did with six of her newborn babies.

Chief: Suspects wore GPS devices during killings

Two parolees raped and killed at least four women while wearing GPS trackers, and there may be more victims, a California police chief alleged Monday.

Christie 'nervous' when scandal linked to aides

Gov. Chris Christie was "nervous" about the possibility more of his aides were involved in a politically motivated traffic jam scandal, according to interview notes released Monday by lawyers the governor's office...

Whitefish shortage causing Passover meal problems

A shortage of whitefish in the Great Lakes region resulting partly from the winter deep freeze is coming at an inconvenient time for Jewish families: the Passover holiday, when demand is high because it's a key...

Disgraced former city manager gets prison

The disgraced former city manager who became the face of a multimillion dollar corruption scandal in the small Los Angeles suburb of Bell was sentenced in federal court Monday to 33 months in prison for income tax evasion.

Kansas shooting suspect had no record of violence Video included

Never one to keep his hatred to himself, Frazier Glenn Cross for decades sought out any soapbox to espouse his white-supremacist beliefs, twice running for federal office with campaigns steeped in anti-Semitism.

Social Security halts effort to collect old debts

The Social Security Administration is suspending a program in which thousands of people were having their tax refunds seized to recoup overpayments that happened more than a decade ago.

Donna Tartt wins fiction Pulitzer for 'Goldfinch'

Donna Tartt's "The Goldfinch," already among the most popular and celebrated novels of the past year, has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. One of the country's top colonial historians, Alan Taylor, has won his...

Rocket leak delays space station delivery launch

A space station cargo ship will remain Earthbound for a while longer because of a rocket leak.

Manning's conviction, 35-year sentence upheld

By DAVID DISHNEAU Associated Press An Army general has upheld Private Chelsea Manning's conviction and 35-year prison sentence for giving reams of classified U.S. government information to the...

Flavor Flav takes plea deal in Vegas battery case

Entertainer Flavor Flav pleaded guilty Monday to reduced charges and was sentenced to probation and more counseling in a Las Vegas domestic violence case involving the teenage son of his longtime girlfriend.

Post, Guardian win Pulitzers for NSA revelations

The Washington Post and The Guardian won the Pulitzer Prize in public service Monday for revealing the U.S. government's sweeping surveillance efforts in stories based on thousands of secret documents handed over by...

Judge to Ohio: Recognize out-of-state gay marriage

A federal judge on Monday ordered Ohio to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states, and civil rights attorneys and gay marriage supporters immediately began looking ahead to their next fight: a...

Jury chosen for US terror trial of Egyptian imam

A jury was chosen Monday for the federal trial of an Egyptian Islamic preacher extradited from Great Britain on charges he conspired to support al-Qaida, setting the stage for the second major terrorism trial in Manhattan...

Md. governor signs pot decriminalization bill

Gov. Martin O'Malley has signed a bill that decriminalizes the possession of small amounts of marijuana starting in October.

FBI: Miami cop known as 'Milk Man' helped dealers

In 22 years at the Miami-Dade Police Department, Lt. Ralph Mata broke up major gangs, supervised an airport canine unit that sniffed out drug smugglers and investigated police wrongdoing. He was also, according to the FBI,...

Engaged pair, teen athlete among dead in bus crash

Five high school students and three chaperones have been confirmed dead after a charter bus heading to Humboldt State University was struck by a FedEx tractor-trailer in Northern California. The bus and big rig drivers...

Teachers return to school where 22 were stabbed

Teachers on Monday attended a counseling session at a church and then returned to a high school where a student stabbed 21 others and a security guard last week, but they scuttled plans to march the half block between the...

Feds revisit safety rules after Calif. bus crash

Federal transportation authorities are investigating ways to minimize death and injuries in bus crashes following the fiery wreck that left 10 dead when a FedEx truck slammed into a tour bus carrying high school students...

President Obama attends 'A Raisin in the Sun'

Tickets to watch Denzel Washington on Broadway in "A Raisin in the Sun" are hard to come by, but one man managed it - President Barack Obama.

Supremacist ID'd as suspect in Kansas attacks Video included

The man accused of killing three people Sunday in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City is a well-known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader who was once the...

Feds to pursue effort to end dispute with rancher

By MARTIN GRIFFITH Associated Press A day after blinking in a showdown on the range, federal land managers pledged to pursue efforts to resolve a conflict with a southern Nevada rancher who has refused to...

Utah woman arrested after 7 dead babies found

A Utah woman accused of killing several babies she gave birth to over 10 years was arrested Sunday after police discovered seven tiny bodies stuffed in separate cardboard boxes in the garage of her former home.

With $41.4M, 'Captain America' holds off 'Rio 2'

"Captain America" continued to flex its Marvel muscle at the global box office, as "The Winter Soldier" took in $41.4 million domestically and $60.6 million overseas.

Over 200,000 cheer UConn champion basketball teams

Nothing like a big win to draw big crowds. But back-to-back victories bring out the biggest.

NTSB: No evidence of pre-impact fire in bus crash

Federal investigators said Sunday that they haven't found physical evidence confirming a witness' claim that a FedEx truck was on fire before it slammed into a bus carrying high school students, killing 10 people...

Engaged pair, teen athlete among dead in bus crash

Five high school students and three chaperones have been confirmed dead or are unaccounted for after a charter bus heading to Humboldt State University was struck by a FedEx tractor-trailer in Northern California. The bus...

'I AM A BULLY' sign-holder calls sentence unfair

An Ohio man who spent hours on a street corner Sunday with a sign declaring he's a bully says that the punishment in a disorderly conduct case was unfair and that the judge who sentenced him has ruined his life.

High fees eroding many 401(k) retirement accounts

It's the silent enemy in our retirement accounts: High fees.

Police taught to spot signs of psychiatric crisis

When a 6-foot-5, 270-pound man with a history of violence broke out of a mental health ward near Philadelphia and tried to withdraw money from a bank, a confrontation with police seemed likely.

Researchers using math to whittle away at jet lag

Lots of apps claim they can help you fight jet lag. Now Michigan researchers say mathematical formulas suggest it's possible to adjust to new time zones a bit faster than previously thought, and they created their own...

Beef prices reach highest level since 1987

The highest beef prices in almost three decades have arrived just before the start of grilling season, causing sticker shock for both consumers and restaurant owners - and relief isn't likely anytime soon.

California drought spawns well drilling boom

The scarcity of irrigation water in drought-stricken California has created such a demand for well drilling services that Central Valley farmer Bob Smittcamp is taking matters into his own hands.

Politics test Silicon Valley's Russian ties

Entrepreneurs and investors say Silicon Valley's fast-growing financial ties with Russia's tech sector are being slowed down by current political tensions between the White House and the Kremlin.

Jury to be picked in NY trial of Egyptian preacher

Jury selection begins Monday in the trial of a disabled Egyptian Islamic preacher extradited from Great Britain on charges he conspired to support al-Qaida, in part by trying to create a training camp in Oregon 15 years ago.

Feds: Safety concerns led to Nevada cow release

By MARTIN GRIFFITH Associated Press Federal land managers say "escalating tensions" led them to release all 400 or so head of cattle rounded up on public land in southern Nevada from a rancher who has...

Air Force launches spy satellite from Florida

The Air Force has launched a new spy satellite.

Feds release cows gathered in Nevada roundup

By MARTIN GRIFFITH Associated Press Federal land managers say "escalating tensions" led them to release all 400 or so head of cattle rounded up on public land in southern Nevada from a rancher who has...

Woman accused of tossing shoe at Clinton released

A Phoenix woman accused of throwing a shoe some 60 feet toward Hillary Rodham Clinton appeared aware during questioning by U.S. Secret Service agents of the allegation against her, authorities said Friday.

NTSB: Claim about truck fire still uncorroborated

Federal investigators could not corroborate on Saturday a driver's claim that a FedEx tractor-trailer was already on fire when it careened across a freeway median, sideswiped her car and slammed into a bus carrying...

4.9-magnitude earthquake rattles central Idaho

A 4.9-magnitude earthquake shook central Idaho, flinging items off walls and scaring residents but otherwise producing no reported damage or injuries in the sparsely populated mountain area.

Tony Award-winning actress Phyllis Frelich dies

By TERRY TANG Associated Press Phyllis Frelich, a Tony Award-winning deaf actress who starred in the Broadway version of "Children of a Lesser God," has died. She was 70.

Call of cyber duty: Military academies take on NSA

If Douglas MacArthur or Ulysses S. Grant went to the U.S. Military Academy today, they might be testing their defensive skills hunched in front of a computer screen.

Woman gets life in prison in stiletto heel slaying

A Houston woman was sentenced to life in prison Friday for fatally stabbing her boyfriend with the 5½-inch stiletto heel of her shoe, striking him at least 25 times in the face and head.

Engaged pair, teen athlete among dead in bus crash

Five high school students and three chaperones have been confirmed dead or are unaccounted for after a charter bus heading to Humboldt State University was struck by a FedEx tractor-trailer in Northern California. The bus...

'Divergent' film finale to be released in 2 parts

Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. says the final book of its "Divergent" trilogy will be made into two parts, following the lucrative formula it has used for "Twilight" and is repeating for "The Hunger Games."

Ohio judge orders man to hold 'I AM A BULLY!' sign

A judge has ordered a man convicted of harassing a neighbor and her disabled children to stand on a street corner with a sign that says he is a bully.

Couple: Truck was on fire before deadly bus crash

A tractor-trailer already was on fire as it came across a median and crashed into a tour bus, killing 10 people, according to a couple whose car was sideswiped by the big rig.

Calif. Democrats walk middle path in health debate

Democratic Rep. Ami Bera has been making a habit lately of bucking his own president and voting with the Republican majority in the House as it moves to amend or overturn parts of the national health care law.

Recently engaged LA couple among bus crash dead

Michael Myvett and Mattison Haywood were headed together toward a college in the California redwoods where he once was a student and now was taking teens with dreams of doing the same. Also on the horizon: A wedding.

Dreams dashed in fatal college tour bus crash

It was a busload of opportunity: young, low-income, motivated students, destined to become the first in their families to go to college, journeying from the concrete sprawl of Los Angeles to a remote redwood campus 650...

CenturyLink: Washington 911 outage due to vendor

A seven-hour outage in Washington state 911 service that left dispatchers deeply troubled was caused by a technical error by a third-party vendor, CenturyLink said Friday.

Ripples of Nevada range showdown spreading in West

Images of a forced cattle roundup on a rural Nevada range sent ripples through the West on Friday, prompting elected officials in several states to weigh in, militia members to mobilize and federal land managers to reshape...

Police: No known target in school stabbing rampage Video included

No evidence has surfaced yet to show that a boy charged in a stabbing rampage at his high school was targeting any particular student, and efforts to establish a motive are stalled because the suspect isn't talking and...

NC inmate charged in kidnapping of DA's father

A North Carolina inmate described as a high-ranking member of the Bloods street gang faces a federal kidnapping charge after authorities say he used a mobile phone to help orchestrate the abduction of a prosecutor's...

2 reporters who probed NSA surveillance back in US

Two reporters central to revealing the massive U.S. government surveillance effort returned to the United States on Friday for the first time since the story broke and used the occasion to praise their exiled source:...

Passengers ill on cruise ship that sailed from Md.

Passengers sailing on the Grandeur of the Seas from the Port of Baltimore have been sickened on two consecutive trips, federal health officials say.

Ohio geologists link small quakes to fracking

Geologists in Ohio have for the first time linked earthquakes in a geologic formation deep under the Appalachians to hydraulic fracturing, leading the state to issue new permit conditions Friday in certain areas that are...

Who else was worthy of 'Late Show' prize?

Congratulations, Stephen Colbert, on winning CBS' "Late Show" gig. You're brilliantly funny, you've proven yourself in the Comedy Central farm leagues, and odds are you will be a worthy successor to David...

Obama taps budget guru, technocrat for health job

Sylvia Mathews Burwell, nominated to run "Obamacare," would bring a wealth of expertise in economics and government management to one of Washington's toughest jobs, even though she has little direct experience in the...

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 who was pulled under by a killer whale at the theme park.

4 years after spill, questions on long-term health Video included

When a BP oil well began gushing crude into the Gulf of Mexico four years ago, fisherman George Barisich used his boat to help clean up the millions of gallons that spewed in what would become the worst offshore spill in...

Rules lag to help passengers escape crashed buses

Safety standards to make large buses easier for passengers to escape after a crash have not been adopted 15 years after accident investigators called for new rules.

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 1-year-old thanked rescuers and defended their "maritime life" in their first public comments since returning to land.

American imprisoned in Cuba ends hunger strike

An American imprisoned in Cuba for more than four years after illegally working to set up Internet access on the island suspended his hunger strike Friday after more than a week.

Military dog that saved patrol retires with honors

Staff Sgt. Shannon Hutto thought his bomb sniffing dog Eddie was just being lazy when he wouldn't move from a certain spot one hot day in Afghanistan in 2012.

Police: Facebook posts prompted fatal casino fight

Reno, Nev., police say they've arrested a nightclub guard accused of killing a man who posted negative Facebook comments about the lounge's security.

Sentencing date set in Miss. poisoned 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 Barack Obama and other officials.

Warship's namesake, Zumwalt, fought racism, sexism

Bud Zumwalt took what he learned during the tumultuous 1960s with him when he became the nation's youngest chief of naval operations, earning a reputation as a reformer who fought racism and sexism and worked to...

Shoe thrown at Hillary Clinton during speech

Hillary Rodham Clinton ducked a thrown shoe, expressed surprise, cracked a couple of jokes that drew applause and continued her keynote speech on stage in front of a Las Vegas convention audience.

No bail yet for man in deadly Fla. day care crash

A man who authorities say drove an SUV that crashed into another vehicle, sending it spinning into a daycare center where a girl was killed and 14 people were injured, was ordered Friday to stay in jail until a judge can...

Americas get front-row seat for lunar eclipse

North and South America, get ready for the first eclipse of the year- in color.

4 years after spill, questions on long-term health Video included

As the fourth anniversary of BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster approaches, workers who cleaned up oil in the Gulf of Mexico are able to file claims for medical problems they developed after the spill.

Lawsuit: Male stripper did show at NY nursing home

An 85-year-old nursing home patient was the victim of "disgraceful sexual perversion" when a male stripper gyrated in front of her against her will at the suburban New York facility, an attorney for the woman's family...

Colbert hosting 'Late Show' raises questions, hope

With the announcement that Stephen Colbert will be the new host of CBS' "Late Show," his fans likely feel a clash of emotions:

Report: No missed opportunities in Boston attack

A review of how the government's intelligence agencies handled information they had before the Boston Marathon bombings last year concluded that it was impossible to know whether anything could have been done...

La. congressman rebuffs calls for his resignation

Louisiana Rep. Vance McAllister stayed out of sight as calls grew louder from Republicans back home demanding the GOP congressman's resignation after he was caught on video kissing the wife of a friend.

Girl gets $20K for diamond found in Arkansas park

An Oklahoma City girl has sold a 3.85-carat diamond she found at an Arkansas park for $20,000.

Truck in deadly crash slammed into charter bus

A FedEx tractor-trailer crossed a grassy freeway median Thursday in Northern California and slammed into a bus carrying high school students on a visit to a college. At least nine were killed in the fiery crash,...

Nirvana, Kiss lead new class in Rock Hall of Fame

Nirvana, who set music and fashion trends with their grunge sound but whose career was cut short by leader Kurt Cobain's suicide 20 years ago, led inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday.

Judge: California mistreating mentally ill inmates

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

Woman in shoe stabbing case describes killing

A Houston woman convicted of fatally stabbing her boyfriend with a 5 ½-inch stiletto heel told jurors Thursday that she killed him to save her own life during a lengthy fight in which she was chased down, knocked into a...

Detroit holds vigil for driver beaten by mob

Several hundred people gathered at a Detroit church Thursday to pray for racial peace and for the health of a white motorist who was brutally beaten by a black mob after he stopped to help a child he accidentally struck...

Judge says flashing headlights is free speech

Hauling a truckload of logs to a Southern Oregon mill last fall, Chris Hill noticed a sheriff's deputy behind him and flashed his lights to warn a UPS driver coming the other way.

Stephen Colbert to replace Letterman on late show

CBS moved swiftly Thursday to replace the retiring David Letterman with Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert, who will take over the "Late Show" next year and do battle with Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel for late-night...

PG&E offers $250K reward in California grid attack

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. offered a $250,000 reward Thursday for information leading to an arrest and conviction in a startling attack mounted nearly a year ago on telephone lines and the power grid in Silicon Valley.

Driver in deadly Fla. day care crash in custody

A manhunt across Florida ended Thursday with the surrender of a driver blamed in a deadly crash at a day care that injured 14 and killed a 4-year-old girl who was sitting in a classroom awaiting her afternoon snack.

California city turns up heat on Sriracha maker

A small Southern California town has turned up the heat on the makers of the wildly popular Sriracha hot sauce, telling them that if they can't keep their bottling plant from smelling up the neighborhood, the city will.

Report: Russia withheld intel before Boston attack

A yearlong review of information the U.S. intelligence community had prior to the Boston Marathon bombing found that the investigation could have been more thorough, but the intelligence agencies' inspectors general...

Ex-city official gets nearly 12 years in scandal

One of the architects of a massive corruption scandal that nearly bankrupted the modest Los Angeles suburb of Bell was sentenced Thursday to nearly 12 years in prison by a judge who called her a con artist.

Feds: 'Excessive force' used by Albuquerque police Video included

A scathing report by the U.S. Justice Department released Thursday revealed a troubling pattern of excessive force by the Albuquerque Police Department and recommended that New Mexico's largest city become the latest...

Dozens evacuated in Wyoming town as ground slips

Local officials and dozens of evacuees kept anxious watch Thursday on a slowly sliding hillside that threatened to take out several homes and businesses in this resort town.

Feds: Sinaloa cartel member cooperating with US

A high-ranking member of Mexico's Sinaloa cartel and son of one of the drug ring's leaders pleaded guilty to drug trafficking a year ago and has been cooperating with authorities, federal prosecutors in Chicago...

Feds investigate chopper crash on hospital roof

Federal investigators spent Thursday scouring the rooftop of New Mexico's only top-level trauma center in search of clues as they tried to determine what caused a medical helicopter to crash while taking off from the...

Feds OK pot background checks by Washington state

After a year of requests, the U.S. Justice Department said Thursday 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.

Jindal joins those calling for lawmaker to resign

Embattled Louisiana Rep. Vance McAllister issued a less-than-ironclad vow to stay in office Thursday as the state's Republican governor and party chairman demanded his resignation after a videotape showed him in a...

Minnesota considers ending lawmaker immunity law

A college project that alleged some state lawmakers might have used immunity to avoid drunken-driving arrests has sparked debate in Minnesota over whether to scrap a more than 150-year-old protection similar to those still...

Lawyer: Stabbing suspect like 'deer in headlights' Video included

The 16-year-old boy accused of stabbing 22 people at his high school was dazed "like a deer in the headlights" hours later and doesn't fully grasp what he did, his attorney said Thursday as he sketched out the...

Judges in Utah gay marriage case question lawyers

Sharp questioning Thursday by a divided panel of appellate judges considering Utah's ban on gay marriages showed that, while same-sex marriage has had a remarkable winning streak lately, its legal status remains...

2-year-old may have been killed by stray bullet

A 2-year-old boy shot dead while playing in the front yard of a South Bend home with his 7-year-old sister may have been struck by a bullet from a gunfight between two rival groups that began about a block away, police said.

NC man sentenced to jail for sucking woman's toes

A North Carolina man who sucked an unwilling woman's toes inside a Wal-Mart has been sentenced to 60 days in jail.

Dad: Son overcome physical hurdles to join Marines

The Marine shot this week at Camp Lejeune, N.C., had to overcome physical hurdles to join his twin brother and another sibling in the Marine Corps.

Senate committee orders review of 'Cuban Twitter'

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee asked the U.S. Agency for International Development on Thursday to turn over all records about the Obama administration's secret Cuban twitter program as part of a broader review...

Rough seas prolonged rescue of family, sick baby

Eric and Charlotte Kaufman had already struggled for days, pounded by waves, aboard their disabled sailboat by the time skydiving National Guardsmen answered their distress call from hundreds of miles off the Mexican...

'It's a Small World' turns 50 with sing-along

The timeless Disney tune "It's a Small World" that wafts through our memories from past theme park vacations turns 50 this year, and on Thursday, Disney parks worldwide hosted a global sing-along.

Murphy named AP news editor for Tenn., Kentucky

Brian Murphy, a longtime foreign correspondent who has covered and directed stories from bases in Europe and the Middle East, has been named The Associated Press news editor for Tennessee and Kentucky.

Lawyer: Evaluate stabbing suspect's mental health Video included

The attorney for a 16-year-old accused of stabbing 21 other students and a security guard at their high school said Thursday he wants to have a mental health expert evaluate the boy and hopes to have the case moved to...

Military releases name of Marine shot at NC base

Authorities have identified a Marine killed in an apparently accidental shooting while on duty at a North Carolina base.

McAllister aide among few with access to kiss tape

A top aide to a Louisiana congressman videotaped kissing a married woman who is not his wife was one of the few people with access to the leaked security footage that exposed the dalliance.

Smartphone trial judge annoyed by phones in court

So far one of the biggest problems for a federal judge overseeing a patent battle between the world's largest smartphone makers isn't about stolen ideas. It's getting the roomful of smartphone devotees to turn...

Survey confirms gains in health insurance sign-ups

A growing share of Americans got health insurance as sign-up season for President Barack Obama's health care law came to a close last month, a major survey released Monday has found.

Helicopter crashes on roof of New Mexico hospital

A medical helicopter crashed while taking off from the roof of New Mexico's only top-level trauma center Wednesday evening, but the three crew members aboard didn't appear to be seriously injured.

Gay marriage's win streak tested in higher court

The gay rights movement's winning streak in same-sex marriage lawsuits faces its biggest test yet in Denver where a federal appeals court will weigh whether to give an important victory to gay couples' right to...

1 child dead, 14 hurt in Florida day care crash

A car smashed into an Orlando-area day care Wednesday, killing a girl and injuring 14 others, at least a dozen of them children, and authorities were searching for the driver of an SUV who they say started the crash,...

California man confesses to 40 killings

A suspected contract killer charged in Central California with killing nine people confessed to investigators that he carried out up to 40 slayings in a career spanning decades, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

Sailors recall rough seas during rescue of family

Six days after a family of four found themselves helpless and adrift in a sailboat far into the Pacific with a vomiting, feverish 1-year-old, a Navy warship delivered them safely Wednesday to San Diego, where they began...

Hall of Famer: Gay athletes face old questions

NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell said Wednesday that gay athletes' current fight for equality and acceptance reminds him of some of the same struggles black athletes faced in the 1960s.

Mexican national executed for 1997 Texas slaying

A man who escaped prison in his native Mexico while serving a murder sentence was executed in Texas on Wednesday for fatally beating a former Baylor University history professor and attacking his wife more than 16 years ago.

AP source: GOP chair pushes McAllister resignation

Captured on tape kissing another man's wife, a married Republican congressman was urged Wednesday by the leader of the Louisiana GOP to resign from the seat he's only held since November.

Victim's family testifies in shoe stabbing case

Jurors deciding the sentence for a woman convicted of murder for stabbing her boyfriend to death with her shoe's stiletto heel heard testimony Wednesday about her criminal history and violent past, including how she...

Last Corvette retrieved from Kentucky sinkhole

By BRUCE SCHREINER Associated Press The mangled remains of a powerful Corvette - barely recognizable to its former owner - were pulled from the depths of a sinkhole at a Kentucky museum Wednesday,...

Survivor saw homes 'exploding' from mudslide force

Amanda Skorjanc was watching videos with her infant son when the lights in her home started to flicker and shake. She looked outside and saw a terrifying sight: a massive mudslide crashing down the hillside and nearby...

Teen stabs 22 at Pittsburgh-area high school Video included

Flailing away with two kitchen knives, a 16-year-old boy with a "blank expression" stabbed and slashed 21 students and a security guard in the crowded halls of his suburban Pittsburgh high school Wednesday before an...

UConn hoping to capitalize on championships

Campus celebrations are winding down after two nights of championship parties, yet the off-court excitement could be just beginning at the University of Connecticut.

Nebraska city ready to enforce immigration rules

Four years after Fremont residents first voted to impose restrictions on illegal immigration, the small Nebraska city will finally start requiring renters to get a $5 permit on Thursday.

Islam critic: Brandeis turned honor into a shaming

Brandeis University has transformed an accolade into "a moment of shaming" by withdrawing a plan to give an honorary degree to a Muslim women's advocate who has made comments critical of Islam, she said Wednesday.

Man paralyzed in derailment forgives train driver

A commuter railroad mechanic who was paralyzed in a deadly derailment said Wednesday that he forgives the man who was driving the train and is grateful to the railroad but is still suing for $100 million to protect his...

Data brokers disciplined over consumer protections

It's tough enough landing a job these days.

Iowa State halts celebration after student hurt

A popular Iowa State University celebration was suspended Wednesday after a student was seriously injured in a rowdy, late-night crowd that overturned cars and toppled light poles near the campus, the school's...

Obama offers solace to nation at Fort Hood

President Barack Obama returned to the grieving Army post Wednesday where he first took on the job as the nation's comforter five years ago, mourning at Fort Hood with families and uniformed comrades of those killed...

AP-GfK Poll: Most Americans say filing taxes easy

Struggling to figure out your federal tax return? You're not alone, but you're in the minority.

Prosecutors: Ads for rape posted in revenge scheme

A San Diego woman distraught over losing out on her family's dream house carried out a perverse revenge scheme to have the home's new owner raped, prosecutors said.

Jury mulls whether woman is eligible for execution

A prosecutor urged a jury on Wednesday to find that an Arizona woman convicted of killing her husband with a hammer is eligible for the death penalty, saying the 2009 crime was carried out in an especially cruel manner for...

Anti-censorship awards go to White House, feds

The White House and the federal government have won the dubious honor of a "Jefferson Muzzle" for snooping on the news media and limiting access.

NYPD commissioner: Officer died saving others

A police officer who was critically injured last weekend while responding to a mattress fire in a Brooklyn apartment building succumbed to his injuries Wednesday, Police Commissioner William J. Bratton said, noting that...

Suspects sought in Smart car vandalism

Authorities in San Francisco on Tuesday were looking for suspects who flipped four Smart cars.

Tetris in the sky: Gamers play on Philly building

Sam Robinson said it's been about 15 years since he last played the videogame Tetris on a Game Boy. On Saturday night, he played it on the side of a skyscraper.

Work underway to recover last Corvette from hole

Workers are digging away to retrieve the last of eight classic Corvettes gobbled up by a giant sinkhole beneath a museum in Kentucky.

Suspect in LA police shooting wanted to be officer

The suspect in a police station shooting had been licensed to work as a security guard and to carry a firearm, and had even once applied to become a Los Angeles police officer.

Colorado tumbleweeds overrun drought areas

Mini-storms of tumbleweed have invaded the drought-stricken prairie of southern Colorado, blocking rural roads and irrigation canals, and briefly barricading homes and an elementary school.

Man cleared of NYC murder after 25 years in prison Video included

From the day of his 1989 arrest in a deadly New York City shooting, Jonathan Fleming said he had been more than 1,000 miles away, on a vacation at Disney World. Despite having documents to back him up, he was convicted of...

De Blasio has victories, missteps in 1st 100 days

Bill de Blasio, New York City's first Democratic mayor in a generation, has been in office nearly 100 days, a time marked by political hardball over pre-kindergarten, second-guessing over snowplows and an unfortunate...

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