CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The son of Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds stabbed his father in the head and chest Tuesday before apparently killing himself with a gun, according to initial reports from police.
GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) — A judge on Tuesday ordered a Colorado teenager who killed and dismembered a 10-year-old Denver-area girl to spend the rest of his days behind bars, describing his crime as "evil" and saying the case that rocked the community "cries out for a life sentence."
GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — In solemnity, thousands gathered at a central Pennsylvania battlefield park Tuesday to honor a speech given 150 years ago that President Abraham Lincoln predicted would not be long remembered.
The man charged with a deadly shooting frenzy at Los Angeles International Airport earlier this month has been released from a hospital where he was recovering from bullet wounds and placed in the custody of federal marshals, a U.S. attorney's spokesman said on Tuesday. Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, who suffered multiple bullet wounds when he was arrested including a gunshot to the face, had been heavily sedated, incapacitated and listed in critical condition in the aftermath of the November 1 shooting, according to court documents. He is accused of killing one Transportation Security Administration agent and wounding two other TSA officers and an airline passenger with an assault-style rifle inside Terminal 3 of the airport, also known as LAX, before he was subdued by airport police. A day after the shooting, Ciancia was formally charged with murdering a federal officer and committing an act of violence at an international airport.
WASHINGTON (AP) — JPMorgan Chase & Co. has reached a record $13 billion settlement with federal and state authorities, resolving claims over the bank's sales of low-quality, high-risk mortgage-backed securities that collapsed in value during the U.S. housing crisis.
By Carey Gillam NORMAN, Oklahoma (Reuters) - Seismologist Austin Holland wants to start an earthquake. From his office a few feet below the earth's surface - a basement at the University of Oklahoma in Norman - Holland, who tracks quakes for the Oklahoma Geological Survey, is digging into a complex riddle: Is a dramatic rise in the size and number of quakes in his state related to oil and gas production activity? As part of his wide-ranging research, Holland is proposing to inject pressurized water into porous rock in an area already known to be earthquake-prone, to see whether injections of oil industry wastewater are contributing to a "swarm" of earthquakes rocking the state. "This is a dramatic new rate of seismicity," Holland said in an interview.
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An appeals court ruled on Tuesday that the U.S. government can no longer require nuclear power plant operators to pay fees into a nuclear waste fund, a victory for the utilities that challenged the fees. The court in Washington said the fees could not currently be justified because the government's long-stalled plan to build a national waste facility at Yucca Mountain in Nevada had not come to fruition. President Barack Obama's administration has said it does not intend to pursue the decades-old proposal to build the facility. As a result of the ruling, the U.S. Energy Department must now either ask Congress to reduce the fees to zero, or produce a new legal assessment of why they are justified.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — For a state that has statues of native sons Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis in its Capitol, Kentucky has been perceived as a political backwater for decades, nearly invisible on the national stage.
By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A secret U.S. intelligence court let the National Security Agency collect an expanded amount of data about Americans' email even after finding that the agency systematically exceeded the limits of a smaller program, newly released documents show. The judge on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court recounted a litany of problems with the first, smaller program, including the NSA collecting more categories of information than had been approved by the court and sharing data more widely within the electronic eavesdropping agency than had been authorized. At issue are emails among U.S. citizens that the NSA scooped up in its pursuit of foreign intelligence. The programs let the NSA search for Americans who had electronic contact with people who were in turn linked to people hostile to the United States.