TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — A circuit judge in Arkansas has awarded more than half a billion dollars in damages to seven women who were physically and sexually abused by Tony Alamo when they belonged to the evangelist's ministry.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California got an overnight soaking Thursday as residents prepared for a second, more powerful storm that could bring heavier rain and prompted fears of mudslides in communities along fire-scarred foothills.
PHOENIX (AP) — Republican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer slapped down the right wing of her own party, vetoing a bill pushed by social conservatives that would have allowed people with sincerely held religious beliefs to refuse to serve gays.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A woman accused of abducting her newborn nephew in Wisconsin and abandoning him outside a gas station in Iowa has pleaded not guilty to a federal kidnapping charge.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" is one of the most racist and heinous screeds in modern history, but officials say two rare early editions signed by him could go for more than $20,000 at an online auction on Thursday.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Officials say an air conditioning unit was to blame for smoke that filled the cabin of a SkyWest Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Oakland.
By Toni Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Packaged foods sold in the United States would display calorie counts more prominently and include the amount of added sugar under a proposal to significantly update nutritional labels for the first time in 20 years as health officials seek to reduce obesity and combat related diseases such as diabetes. The Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday its proposal would also ensure that the amount of calories listed per serving reflects the portions that people typically eat. ...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. appeals court ordered YouTube on Wednesday to take down an anti-Muslim film that sparked violent riots in parts of the Middle East and death threats to the actors.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's office says his hernia surgery went well and he's resumed his role and powers as governor.
LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) — In a story Feb. 25 about a man being convicted of murder in the death of a Michigan state trooper, The Associated Press erroneously reported the date of his sentencing hearing. Eric Knysz will be sentenced April 8, not April 18.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — There are plenty of opinions on whether a New York judge should open two remaining volumes from an investigation into the 1971 Attica prison riot and its aftermath.
In his effort to keep Detroit on a fast track to end its historic bankruptcy, the city's emergency manager has cobbled together a plan to cajole or even threaten key creditors to accept cuts he laid out in federal court filings last week, or else face even deeper losses if they do not cooperate. Kevyn Orr has every incentive to keep the parties in line. If he wins broad agreement with creditors, the city will gain access to some $815 million pledged by foundations and others to ease the bankruptcy blow on city retirees. Even so, his plan for dealing with Detroit's $18 billion of debt may drive a wedge between city workers and retirees and their unions and pension funds.
(Reuters) - Three people were killed and three others injured when a small plane carrying local government employees crashed in Hawaii about a mile from Lanai Airport, officials said on Thursday. The plane, chartered by Maui County, crashed late on Wednesday, killing the pilot of the plane and two employees from the county's department of planning, Maui County said in a statement on its website. "Maui County is in mourning after we lost two of our own last night in a plane crash," Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa said in a statement. Local media reports said the plane crashed after trying to take off and burst into flames in a field near the airport in Lanai, Hawaii's sixth-largest island located to the west of Maui.
BOSTON (AP) — Boston's mayor says he will boycott the city's annual St. Patrick's Day parade unless gay groups are allowed to participate.
Badly needed rains for a state dried out by drought moved from northern to Southern California with much more expected as the week goes on, but the showers brought their own potential problems. The storm ...
President Barack Obama will launch a program on Thursday to help improve opportunities for boys from minority groups through programs that provide mentoring, better education, and violence prevention, the White House said. Obama, the first black U.S. president, said during his State of the Union address in January that he intended to reach out to leading foundations and corporations to help young men through a program to be called "My Brother's Keeper." In material describing the initiative, the White House cited statistics that 86 percent of black boys and 82 percent of Hispanic boys read below proficiency levels in fourth grade, compared with 58 percent of white boys reading below such levels. Disproportionate numbers of Latino and African American young men enter the U.S. criminal justice system as well and are more than six times as likely as white young men to be murdered, it said. Obama hopes to alter that trajectory with a new government task force that will study programs that are helping to address the problems and recommend ways to expand them.
Boston Marathon organizers have banned runners from bringing bags and imposed other measures to tighten security for the April race after a twin bomb attack near the finish line last year killed three people and wounded 264. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the younger of two ethnic Chechen brothers, could face execution if convicted on charges that he and his now-dead brother Tamerlan planted the two homemade pressure-cooker bombs used in the April 15, 2013 attack. The Boston Athletic Association said runners cannot have backpacks or handbags at or near the start or the finish, or along the course, which passes through eight cities and towns. Instead, runners will be able to stow changes of clothing and shoes in designated clear plastic bags on Boston Common - about half a mile from the finish area - in the morning, before taking transport to the starting point.
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A judge is preparing to set a new trial date — the third — for the man accused of killing 12 people at a movie theater near Denver in 2012.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Tear apart an electric car's rechargeable battery and you'll find a mineral normally associated with No. 2 pencils.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton praised Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's decision to veto a bill that would have allowed people with sincerely held religious beliefs to refuse to serve gays.