DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — While many states passed sweeping abortion laws last year, the Iowa General Assembly endorsed just one — a perplexing measure befitting one of the few legislatures under divided control.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A mother upset about "indecent" T-shirts on display at a Utah mall found a quick if not especially convenient way to remove them: She bought every last one.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A quick-moving storm brought several inches of snow as well as rare "thundersnow" to parts of the winter-weary East Coast, prompting speed restrictions on Pennsylvania highways on Tuesday, days after the Southeast and Northeast were paralyzed with heavy snow, ice and massive power outages.
UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — Drawing a link between reduced fuel consumption and climate change, President Barack Obama said Tuesday that his administration will issue tougher fuel-efficiency standards for delivery trucks by March 2016.
LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man accused of killing his in-laws with a package bomb that exploded in their rural home was at his mother-in-law's bedside before she died from the blast, a pastor said.
By Emily Le Coz JACKSON, Mississippi (Reuters) - The University of Mississippi is offering a $25,000 reward for tips that can help officials identify and arrest two vandals who were spotted draping a noose around the neck of the statue of James Meredith, who braved angry mobs in 1962 to become the school's first African-American student. A construction worker on the campus in Oxford reported seeing two men wrapping the bronze figure in an old Georgia state flag bearing the Confederate logo, according to University Police Chief Calvin Sellers. "If you did this to intimidate or even if intimidation was perceived from people that saw it, and certainly our African-American students would perceive it as that, then it's a hate crime," Sellers said. The incident has sparked frustration, anger and fatigue at the university known as Ole Miss, which is still struggling to overcome its racially tumultuous past, a school spokesman said.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A lawyer for an ex-software engineer on trial in the 2012 slaying of a Texas police officer has acknowledged to jurors that his client had taken the anti-anxiety drug Xanax the night of the shooting.
PARKDALE, Ore. (AP) — People on the West Coast have counted on fish hatcheries for more than a century to help rebuild populations of salmon and steelhead decimated by overfishing, logging, mining, agriculture and hydroelectric dams, and bring them to a level where government would no longer need to regulate fisheries.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Need olive oil? American shoppers are more likely to pick a European brand, which is cheaper and viewed as more authentic than U.S.-produced olive oil.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The International Space Station has one fewer capsule and a lot less trash.
By Alwyn Scott NEW YORK (Reuters) - Boeing Co said it would locate a new factory for building the wings of its forthcoming 777X jet in Everett, Washington, where it currently builds 777 jetliners. It marks a departure from the large-scale outsourcing to overseas suppliers that caused significant delay on Boeing's 787 jet.
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — In a story Feb. 12 about an effort to expand arts education for K-8 students, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Las Vegas Ballet was involved in an initiative in Las Vegas. The Nevada Ballet Theatre is involved in that effort. The AP also reported erroneously that the city of Fresno, Calif., had generated $2 million in new funding for arts education. That money was generated by the city's school system.
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A former top public school administrator in Atlanta has pleaded guilty in one of the nation's largest test-cheating scandals and has agreed to testify that the school system's award-winning ex-superintendent knew of the cheating. Millicent Few, who served as human resources director for Atlanta Public Schools, is the highest-ranking educator so far to acknowledge wrongdoing in the case. She pleaded guilty on Monday to a misdemeanor charge of malfeasance in office, the Fulton County District Attorney's office said in a statement. She will testify that former Superintendent Beverly Hall ordered the destruction of investigative documents that concluded the cheating likely occurred, according to prosecutors.
NEW YORK (AP) — Bernard Madoff's former operations chief says he always trusted the Ponzi schemer before Madoff admitted his involvement in a massive crime.
BRUSSELS (AP) — There's one big reason the United States has a dearth of execution drugs so acute that some states are considering solutions such as firing squads and gas chambers: Europe won't allow the drugs to be exported because of its fierce hostility to capital punishment.
FORT LEE, N.J. (AP) — The mayor of the New Jersey town where allies of Gov. Chris Christie created traffic jams last fall has refused a request to be interviewed by a lawyer representing the governor.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida man convicted of attempted murder in a shooting over loud music ordered while in jail that his guns and ammunition be sold to pay for his defense.
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A woman convicted of killing her pregnant friend and cutting the baby from her womb was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison while the victim's father sat in court holding his daughter's ashes.
A Massachusetts woman convicted of killing her pregnant roommate and kidnapping her victim's fetus was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday. Julie Corey, 39, had been accused of beating and strangling Darlene Haynes to death in Worcester in 2009 before cutting the fetus out of her body and passing the baby off as her own. Corey was found with her boyfriend and the baby in New Hampshire days after the murder, after having convinced her boyfriend the child was hers, prosecutors had said.
HOUSTON (Reuters) - About 50 ships were waiting to enter the Houston Ship Channel on Tuesday morning as dense sea fog halted navigation for a second day along the 53-mile (85-kilometer) waterway to the busiest U.S. petrochemical port, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Ship pilots serving the ports of Houston and Texas City, Texas, called a halt to transiting the channel on Monday morning as dense sea fog reduced visibility to unsafe levels, the Coast Guard said. (Reporting by Erwin Seba; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)