By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An American man suspected of fighting alongside Islamic State militants who have seized large areas of Iraq and Syria to the alarm of the Baghdad government and its allies in the West has been killed in Syria, a U.S. Citizen Douglas McAuthur McCain's presence in Syria and can confirm his death," U.S. National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said in a statement. A national security official who asked not to be named told Reuters that the FBI was investigating McCain's death, and a State Department spokeswoman said officials had been in contact with his family and were providing "all consular assistance." Family members told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that McCain's mother had been called by a State Department official to report that he had been killed in Syria over the weekend.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A woman told police before she died that she had been shot by her brother-in-law, a newly retired Wisconsin sheriff's deputy suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease, according to new court documents.
DETROIT (AP) — Bankrupt Detroit resumed shutting off water to people who have not paid bills after a month long suspension that followed international and local criticism that the practice was unduly harsh to residents of one of the nation's poorest cities.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Gov. Bob McDonnell wrapped up a grueling four-plus days on the witness stand Tuesday by emphatically denying that he did special favors for a wealthy businessman in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts, trips and loans.
A judge has thrown out some electronic evidence in a murder case against former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez because of a paperwork problem, according to local media reports on Tuesday. Bristol County Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh said evidence from two smartphones and three tablets seized last year from Hernandez's home in North Attleboro, Massachusetts, could not be used in his trial for the murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd because they were not listed in a police search warrant, according to the reports. Hernandez's defense team had asked that the evidence be thrown out. Prosecutors say Hernandez and two associates shot Lloyd to death in an industrial park near Hernandez's house in June 2013.
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper said on Tuesday that he was responding to a hypothetical question when he raised the possibility of granting clemency to the state's longest-serving death row inmate should he lose his re-election bid in November. Hickenlooper, a Democrat, said in a yet-to-be aired interview with CNN that he could consider commuting the death sentence of Nathan Dunlap, whose execution the governor indefinitely blocked last year, if Republicans make it a campaign issue. “If that (death penalty) becomes a political issue, in that context within a campaign, obviously there’s a period of time between the election and the end of the year where individuals can make decisions, such as a governor can,” the governor told the CNN interviewer. “I could give ... a full clemency.” An audio recording of the interview was first posted by the conservative news website Complete Colorado, which said it was obtained under an open-records request.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage sometimes can't help mouthing off, once telling the Portland chapter of the NAACP to "kiss my butt," calling the IRS "the new Gestapo" and saying he wouldn't be afraid to tell President Barack Obama to "go to hell."
By Terry Wade HOUSTON (Reuters) - A tanker loaded with $100 million of Kurdish crude oil cannot be delivered in Texas soon because of risks for buyers as Iraq mulls further legal challenges, so a month-long standoff will drag on, a source close to the matter said on Tuesday. Buyers of Kurdish crude could face lawsuits from Baghdad if the oil moves close to U.S. "Right now they don't really have a way to get the oil onshore." Despite the court's ruling, cargo handling companies and a would-be buyer balked at bringing the oil ashore on Tuesday. In another sign of possible delays, not one cargo handling company stepped forward to say it would transfer oil from the United Kalavrvta tanker to smaller ships that can fit into the port of Galveston, the U.S.
CLEVELAND (AP) — A small rented airplane crashed and burned shortly after takeoff Monday, killing four college students who were taking a sightseeing flight around Cleveland after their first day of classes.