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The Short List: Biggest waves in years; ESPN apology; missing pilot

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 14:27

Out of the loop today? We've got what you missed.

       

Authorities: Man who shot 7 is 'serial killer'

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 14:12

The man killed three people and two dogs.

       

Lennon's killer: 'I'm sorry for being such an idiot'

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 13:56

Mark David Chapman is serving 20 years to life for the 1980 murder of John Lennon.

       

IMF chief Lagarde under investigation in France

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 13:43

The corruption probe dates back to her days as finance minister.

       

Egypt's mood sways on belly dancers

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 13:24

The tradition is loved by many, but women are disrespected.

       

A lifetime of Taco Bell could be just a serial number away

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 13:23

The fast-food giant challenges customers to hunt for the coveted prize.

       

Officer strangles puppy, pleads guilty to animal cruelty

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 13:10

He will be sentenced Oct. 8.

       

Rebels shell government-held Ukrainian town

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:49

The fighting comes only days after Ukraine said a convoy of Russian military equipment crossed the border into southeastern Ukraine.

       

Gaza cease-fire holds as sides weigh gains

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:31

Some 100,000 Palestinians have been left homeless by the war.

       

5 things you need to know Wednesday

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:04

The biggest and most buzzworthy news to start your morning.

       

Southern California prepares as big waves brew

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:51

Low-lying areas may be at risk for flooding because of Hurricane Marie.

       

U.S. eyes 'name and shame' in climate talks

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:42

U.S. eyes treaty-free climate accord to "name and shame" countries to cut emissions.

       

Dad acquitted in slaying of drunken driver who killed sons

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:24

Driver had plowed into the back of out-of-gas pickup that the boys were pushing on dark road.

       

Investors offer $4 billion loan to Detroit

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:53

Deal requires city to pledge Detroit Institute of Arts and its collection as collateral.

       

Offshore storms whipping up big waves on both coasts

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:50

Big waves and high surf from storms far offshore are walloping both East and West Coasts Wednesday.

       

Ex-lawmaker pleads guilty in Iowa caucuses case

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:31

The case involves a move by ex-state Sen. Kent Sorenson during the 2012 GOP caucus.

       

Police fired shot that killed 'Cops' crewmember

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:30

The suspect was only armed with an Airsoft gun, police said.

       

3 children injured in lightning strike

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:14

Kids, 10 and younger, hit while at first soccer practice of the season.

       

Poll: A deadlock in Iowa's key Senate race

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:00

New poll finds deadlock in Iowa's Senate race and a nationalized electorate.

       

Paleologos on the Poll: Iowa

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:00

How will undecided voters and independent candidates affect the deadlocked Iowa Senate race?