WASHINGTON (AP) — Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter recently walked up to the pulpit of the Atlanta church where her father preached and, in a painful public display, dissociated herself from her brothers.
BOSTON (AP) — The latest blast of snow to hit New England dumped more than a foot in part of Massachusetts and packed heavy winds that left thousands without power Sunday on Cape Cod.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A central California man helplessly watched his wife and four young children perish in a fiery crash after trying unsuccessfully to rescue his family from the burning vehicle, authorities said Sunday.
SEATTLE (AP) — Two teenage boys apparently working on a school science project involving model rockets were seriously injured after an explosion at a Seattle home, police said late Sunday.
PHOENIX (AP) — A man shot inside a Walmart store during a fight died, police in the Phoenix suburb of Chandler said Sunday night.
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Construction workers in downtown Los Angeles finished laying the foundation on Sunday for a planned 73-story skyscraper expected to be the tallest west of the Mississippi River as they completed the world's largest continuous pour of concrete. The foundation is expected to take two weeks to completely harden, during which cool water will be pumped through a network of tubes embedded in the massive slab to absorb heat as the concrete cures. The marathon effort to lay its foundation was certified by the Guinness World Records as the largest continuous pour of concrete ever by volume, surpassing by just 200 cubic yards the previous record set at the Venetian hotel and casino in Las Vegas, according to Michael Empric, the Guinness adjudicator for Sunday's event. Rising 73 stories into the Los Angeles skyline, the New Grand Wilshire tower will measure 1,100 feet (335 meters) high, including a spire affixed to the top of the building, in a design that developers boast will make it the tallest building west of the Mississippi.
NEW YORK (AP) — Four journalists who reported on the extent of the National Security Agency's secret surveillance based on documents leaked by Edward Snowden are among the winners of the 65th annual George Polk Awards in Journalism.
DENVER (AP) — All three people aboard a small private plane perished in a crash close to Telluride Regional Airport in the famous skiing town, Colorado authorities said Sunday night.
Underground sensors have detected excessive radiation levels inside a nuclear waste storage site deep below New Mexico's desert, but no workers have been exposed and there was no risk to public health, U.S. Department of Energy officials said on Sunday. An air-monitoring alarm went off at 11:30 p.m. local time Friday indicating unsafe concentrations of radiation inside the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in what DOE officials said appeared to be the first such mishap since the facility opened in 1999. We're waiting until we get other assessments done before we authorize re-entry," DOE spokesman Bill Mackie said. The facility, located in southeastern New Mexico near Carlsbad, is designed as a repository for so-called transuranic waste, which includes discarded machinery, clothing and other materials contaminated with plutonium or other radioisotopes heavier than uranium.
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — President Barack Obama played golf Sunday on a private California course owned by supporter Larry Ellison, the billionaire co-founder of the Oracle software company.
OSCEOLA, Wis. (AP) — The founder of beauty-products company Aveda Corp. has died at his Wisconsin home.
Nine people were in stable condition in hospitals on Sunday after high levels of carbon monoxide were found at a hotel near the Baltimore-Washington international airport in Maryland, fire officials said. The 260-room Westin hotel in Linthicum, Maryland, was evacuated on Sunday afternoon after an emergency crew treating an employee who felt faint found elevated levels of carbon monoxide throughout the seven-story building, said Lieutenant Russ Davies of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department. Eight of the nine people hospitalized were hotel employees and the other a guest, he added. Fire officials cut off potential sources of the carbon monoxide and ventilated the building to bring levels of the poisonous gas to acceptable levels, Davies said.
REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Sheriff's deputies in far Northern California on Sunday successfully incinerated a mobile home whose resident had amassed more than 60 pounds of highly volatile explosive material days after evacuating dozens of people living nearby.
Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton said Sunday that the gay-rights cause made "incredible progress" on political and legal fronts in 2013, but progress should not be mistaken for success.
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Two skiers missing after an avalanche swept them and five others away in a slide-prone area of Colorado were confirmed dead on Sunday, authorities said. The Sheriff's Office in Lake County, Colorado confirmed the two fatalities in the avalanche that occurred late Saturday afternoon near Twin Lakes, the Lake County Office of Emergency Management said on Twitter. The two skiers were found at the top of the avalanche, said Susan Matthews, spokeswoman for the Lake County Office of Emergency Management. "The skiers were equipped with avalanche beacons which assisted search and rescue crews in locating them," she said.
Online fundraising site Kickstarter says hackers got some of its customer data.
REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Sheriff's deputies in far Northern California are burning down a mobile home where more than 60 pounds of highly volatile explosive material was found, forcing dozens of residents to evacuate the area.
By Victoria Cavaliere NEW YORK (Reuters) - The FBI said on Sunday it was in contact with local police in the case of Miranda Barbour, who is charged with murdering a Pennsylvania man she lured via the website Craigslist and reportedly admits to the killing and at least 22 other slayings. Barbour, 19, could face the death penalty in connection with the murder of the 42-year-old man who answered her bogus ad offering sex for $100, authorities said. In a jailhouse interview, Barbour said she was part of a satanic cult and had no remorse for her victims, according to an article published in Saturday's edition of the Daily Item newspaper in Sunbury, Pennsylvania. She admitted that she and her husband stabbed and strangled Troy LaFerrara in Sunbury in November because "he said the wrong things." Barbour also said she had killed at least 22 people in different parts of the country, including Alaska, California, Texas and North Carolina.
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE (Reuters) - A Kentucky snake-handling preacher who appeared in a television show about the religious practice died of a snakebite after refusing medical treatment, authorities said on Sunday. Jamie Coots was found dead at about 10 p.m. EST on Saturday at his house in Middlesboro, Kentucky, according to Middlesboro Police Chief Jeff Sharpe. They found Coots suffering from a snakebite wound to his right hand, Sharpe said in a statement. They "discovered Mr. Coots had passed away, apparently due to a venomous snakebite," it said.
SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman charged with her newlywed husband with killing a man they met through Craigslist admitted to the slaying in a jailhouse interview with a newspaper and said she has killed more than 20 other people across the country, claims police said they are investigating.