POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (AP) — A man who authorities say was "impaired" by opiates in his system fell asleep face down in a motel couch while smoking in March, touching off a fire that killed four people.
By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - U.S. retail giant Target has asked people to keep guns out of its stores after being the subject of campaigns in Texas where people have brandished firearms in store aisles in their attempt to secure more rights to carry guns in public. "Starting today we will ... respectfully request that guests not bring firearms to Target – even in communities where it is permitted by law," Target chief executive John Mulligan said in a posting on its website on Wednesday. "This is a complicated issue, but it boils down to a simple belief: Bringing firearms to Target creates an environment that is at odds with the family-friendly shopping and work experience we strive to create," said Mulligan. A number of national eateries, including Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc, Sonic Drive-In, Chili's Grill & Bar and Jack in the Box Inc have also asked patrons to keep their firearms at home.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The president of the National Black Farmers Association says he's being stiffed by the attorneys behind a $3.4 billion government settlement with Native American landowners who asked him to lobby Congress to fund the payout.
Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux reportedly spent the night in an Ottawa, Canada jail cell.
ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A 12-year-old boy who pleaded no contest to opening fire in a New Mexico middle school gym and injuring two students is scheduled to be sentenced.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A North Las Vegas man who gained media attention when his wife gave birth to quintuplets last fall is scheduled for a February trial in an alleged real estate scheme.
Several errors may have contributed to the apparent jailhouse suicide of suspected serial child rapist Matthew Coniglio, eliminating the best chance that investigators had for identifying victims across the Southeast.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A propane tank on a food truck in Philadelphia exploded into a fireball, critically injuring a mother and daughter and sending at least nine others to the hospital, police said.
By Brendan O'Brien WAUKESHA Wis. (Reuters) - A judge on Wednesday ordered a competency hearing for one of two Wisconsin pre-teen girls accused of stabbing a friend to please the fictional Internet character "Slenderman" after experts deemed her mentally incompetent to proceed with her defense. Two doctors concluded that 12-year-old Morgan Geyser was incompetent, according to the results of mental evaluationsdisclosed in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Wednesday. Geyser and Anissa Weier, also 12, have been charged as adults with first-degree attempted homicide. Geyser's family and prosecutors had both commissioned mental competency exams.
AP () — — FBI tells AP it is looking for victims of man described as serial child molester.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan privacy board on Wednesday unanimously adopted its report that endorses some of the National Security Agency's Internet surveillance programs.
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — An electric utility in Hawaii is experimenting with using lasers to protect migrating seabirds.
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A man who Fairbanks, Alaska, police say launched his sports car into a three-quarter-ton pickup in a fit of road rage has been charged with felony criminal mischief.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A onetime Army Ranger and former CEO of a Fortune 500 consumer products company, Robert McDonald may face his toughest challenge yet in fixing the huge, scandal-plagued Veterans Affairs Department.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The troubled for-profit education company Corinthian Colleges Inc. and the Education Department failed to meet a deadline to map out the future of the company's more than 100 campuses, but both sides on Wednesday expressed optimism that a consensus would be reached.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Along much of the East Coast, hotel owners, tourism officials and would-be vacationers kept a watchful eye on forecasts Wednesday as Tropical Storm Arthur churned off Florida, threatening Fourth of July plans for thousands of people.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — State officials are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging North Dakota's constitutional prohibition on same-sex marriage, despite a wave of court decisions striking down bans in other states.
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - Fabien Cousteau, grandson of famed French oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, emerged from the turquoise waters off the Florida Keys on Wednesday morning, marking the end of a record-breaking, 31-day stay in an underwater habitat with a team of scientists and documentary filmmakers. The younger Cousteau, 46, along with two "aquanauts," took the 60-foot (18-meter) dive to Aquarius, a 43-foot-long (18-meter-long) laboratory resting off of Key Largo, on June 1 following years of preparation and delay. "After 31 days under water, [Fabien Cousteau] and his crew are about to become land dwellers again," the Mission 31 team announced on Twitter shortly after 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT) While Cousteau's goal was to attract more support for ocean conservation, teams of scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Northeastern University rotated through the laboratory studying the impact of changing seas on underwater life. "One night the air conditioning stopped working and it got to 95 degrees (35 C) and 95 percent humidity," said Andrew Shantz, a Ph.D. candidate in marine eco-science at Florida International University, who spent 17 days in the lab in the beginning of June.
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona man was arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty after hundreds of dying or dead domesticated rats were found inside a large trailer north of Phoenix, authorities said on Tuesday. Jeffrey Wendorff, 28, was arrested by Yavapai County sheriff's deputies on Monday and could face two misdemeanor charges since the discovery in Black Canyon City, about 50 miles from Phoenix. "The temperature inside the trailer was over 100 degrees and the odor was overwhelming," D'Evelyn said in a statement.
Federal regulators are urging consumers to go through their phone bills line by line after they accused T-Mobile US of wrongly charging customers for premium services, like horoscope texts and quirky ringtones, the customers never authorized.