By Elizabeth Daley PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - Pennsylvania prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for a man accused of intentionally setting a house fire that killed a family of six last year, the district attorney said on Tuesday. Ryan Williams, 25, is accused of walking into neighbor Keith Egenlauf's unlocked house in a Pittsburgh suburb on Oct. 18 and throwing a flaming roll of toilet paper onto a couch, starting the fatal blaze. In court papers, Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala said he would seek the death penalty for reasons including that the suspected crime was in retaliation against a witness in an investigation and Williams' prior criminal record. J. Richard Narvin, Williams' attorney, said it would not be fair to seek the death penalty against his client, who has said he believed Egenlauf lived alone.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Blues patriarch B.B. King is telling fans he's feeling better and will be released from a hospital Tuesday.
The latest inspection of the Alaskan Way Viaduct found new cracks, wider cracks and more ground settlement, near where tunnel-machine Bertha is set to be repaired.
Widespread power outages affected sites across Washington and its suburbs Tuesday afternoon.
Kenyans remember the 148 university attack victims
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida prisons chief Julie Jones says she knows of no further Ku Klux Klan activity by Florida prison officials, beyond two guards and a former guard arrested last week on charges of plotting to kill a black inmate.
Research budget carriers and trains within Europe, and consider using different airports (such as Milan instead of Rome).
Italian police's treatment of a protester during the 2001 G8 summit in Genoa amounted to "torture", the European Court of Human Rights has ruled.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A couple accused of kidnapping two Amish girls from a northern New York produce stand and sexually exploiting them has been offered a possible plea agreement that a prosecutor says could settle state and federal cases and would spare the girls and potentially other victims from testifying in court.
Revel, the multibillion-dollar resort bust that was once widely viewed as the potential savior of Atlantic City's struggling casino industry, is getting a second chance.
(Reuters) - A small private airplane crashed early on Tuesday on approach to a runway at a central Illinois airport, killing all seven people on board including two members of the Illinois State University athletic department, officials said. Torrey Ward, the associate head coach for Illinois State's men's basketball team, and Aaron Leetch, the deputy director of Athletics for external operations, died in the plane crash, the university said. "Words cannot fully express the grief that is felt in the wake of such a tragedy," Illinois State President Larry Dietz said in a statement. The airplane had left Indianapolis, about 160 miles to the east just after midnight Eastern Time and crashed near Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington, Illinois, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement.
Floyd Mayweather buys a $25,000 mouthguard - stuffed with $100 notes - ahead of his fight with Manny Pacquiao.
By Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Supporters of Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul have the option of making donations to his campaign using the digital currency bitcoin. Paul was in his home state of Kentucky on Tuesday to launch his 2016 White House bid. Paul, a libertarian, supports a flat income tax, cutting government spending to balance the budget, lessening the authority of the Federal Reserve and preserving personal liberties. His campaign slogan is: "Defeat the Washington Machine." Bitcoin users favor the digital currency due to low transaction costs and instantaneous transfer.
Turkey's social media ban raises spectre of censorship
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A second turkey farm in Minnesota's top turkey-producing county has been hit by an outbreak of a deadly bird flu strain, raising the number of outbreaks across the state to eight.
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (AP) — A divorced kitchen worker and his seven children were accidentally poisoned by carbon monoxide from a generator they used to keep warm after their electricity was cut off, police said Tuesday.
NEW YORK (AP) — SiriusXM will live broadcast some of the performances from the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival for the first time.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A newly revealed letter indicating Roman Catholic Church officials knew about allegations that a priest was abusing children in 1956 opens the door to additional lawsuits against the Diocese of Portland by victims who previously were shut out by the state's statute of limitations, a lawyer said Tuesday.
SEATTLE (AP) — A flawed reporting system between tribes and outside authorities allowed a man to buy a handgun later used by his son to kill four classmates and himself in Washington state — a problem state and federal agencies have long known about but haven't fixed.
Jurors in Boston are pondering whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is guilty of carrying out the deadly bombing of the 2013 city marathon.