MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The family of a student from Pakistan who has been comatose since a November car crash is trying to prevent a U.S. hospital from sending him back to his home country.
By Timothy Ghianni NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) - Investigators combed through the blackened debris of a central Tennessee home on Tuesday seeking clues to the origin and contents of a package that exploded, killing a man and seriously injuring a woman who lived there. Jon Setzer, 74, was killed, and Marion Setzer, 72, was seriously injured at about 5 p.m. local time on Monday when the package detonated at their home in Lebanon, Tennessee, about 40 miles east of Nashville. Investigators said on Tuesday they have yet to determine whether the explosion happened inside or outside the house, which was situated in a quiet neighborhood. The blast, which left a crater, "was sufficient enough to cause major damage to a solid structure," said Michael Knight, a spokesman for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas Forestry Commission pilot who went missing with his plane last month while patrolling for wildfires was found dead Tuesday in the wreckage of the aircraft that may have clipped the trees or a rugged mountain itself, the agency said.
PHOENIX (AP) — A retrial to decide whether convicted murderer Jodi Arias is sentenced to life in prison or the death penalty has been pushed back from March 17 because of a prosecutor's scheduling conflict.
ATLANTA (AP) — The city dodged the first punch of a dangerous winter storm Tuesday, but forecasters warned of a potentially "catastrophic" second blow in a thick layer of ice that threatened to bring hundreds of thousands of power outages and leave people in their cold, dark homes for days.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An avalanche in the Wallowa Mountains of eastern Oregon killed two backcountry skiers and seriously injured two others Tuesday, officials said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle and Barack Obama found just the right spot to seat a gent going stag to Tuesday's state dinner: They plopped French President Francois Hollande down right between them, and put the pshaw to all that drama about his solo trip to the U.S. after a very public breakup from his first lady.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Western powers pushed forward Tuesday with a U.N. resolution threatening sanctions against Syria despite Russia's veto threat, with President Barack Obama sharply criticizing Moscow's opposition to a measure to help millions in desperate need of humanitarian aid.
GAITHERSBURG, Md. (AP) — It's been nearly 40 years since sisters Sheila and Katherine Lyon paid a weekday visit to a Maryland shopping mall — and never returned home.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A woman accused of kidnapping her 5-day-old nephew and leaving him outside an Iowa gas station as police closed in on her has a long criminal history with frequent moves and multiple names, but nothing in her past indicates why she might have taken a child.
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced Tuesday a moratorium on the death penalty in his state, saying the suspension of capital punishment will be in place for as long as he is governor.
By David Lawder and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives narrowly approved a one-year extension of federal borrowing authority on Tuesday after Republicans caved into President Barack Obama's demands to allow a debt limit increase without any conditions. The 221-201 vote, carried mainly by Democrats, marked a dramatic shift from the confrontational fiscal tactics House Republicans have used over the past three years, culminating in last October's 16-day government shutdown. It came after House Republicans repudiated House Speaker John Boehner's latest plan to link an increase in the $17.2 trillion borrowing cap to a repeal of planned cuts to military pensions. Although Boehner called his decision to advance a "clean" debt limit a "disappointing moment," it sets aside a difficult and divisive issue until after the 2014 congressional elections in November, allowing Republicans to focus their campaign efforts on the rocky launch of Obama's healthcare reform law.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida man charged with fatally shooting a 17-year-old boy after an argument over loud music testified Tuesday that he thought he saw the barrel of a gun from the teen's SUV and that he feared for his life before firing his weapon.
The Obama administration may have pushed the bounds of its legal authority by delaying the healthcare law requirement that certain employers provide coverage to full-time workers, but the move will be tough to challenge in court, according to legal experts. The so-called employer mandate was originally supposed to take effect in January under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare. But in the middle of last year, the administration granted a one-year delay to January 2015. Then, on Monday, the administration announced that medium-size businesses, with 50 to 99 full-time workers, would not have to comply with the requirement until 2016.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Federal prosecutors on Tuesday dropped corruption charges against the longtime former head of the union representing Border Patrol agents, 18 months after accusing him of defrauding the organization out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio called the commanding officer of the police department's press office to ask about the arrest of a politically connected pastor who endorsed him and served as a member of his transition team, but the pastor had already been released, police and administration officials said Tuesday,
A Pennsylvania judge threw out an assisted suicide charge Tuesday against a nurse accused of handing her 93-year-old terminally ill father a bottle of morphine, a decision that brought elation and relief to the defendant and her family one year to the day after his death.
A suspected gunman who caused the lockdown of four schools on New York's Long Island on Tuesday has been arrested and the lockdown has been lifted, police said. The Island Trees School District in Nassau County locked down its schools at 2:30 p.m. after reports of a gunman in the neighborhood, Superintendent Charles Murphy said. A spokesman for the Nassau County Police Department said: "The suspect is in custody at this point." He said the lockdown had been lifted but had no further details.
WESTMINSTER, Calif. (AP) — Two women accused of pummeling and kicking a 23-year-old woman who died after a fight outside a California nightclub that was captured on cellphone videos were ordered Tuesday to stand trial on murder charges.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A taxpayer-funded research team will immediately start testing 10 homes for the chemical that spilled into the water supply for 300,000 West Virginians.