ST. LOUIS (AP) — The nation's Roman Catholic bishops engaged Thursday in a rare public discussion about whether their priorities properly reflect those of Pope Francis, with one church leader urging an emphasis on helping immigrants that's at least as energetic as the bishops' focus on religious freedom.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A 17-year-old who otherwise would have been graduating with honors from high school this week instead pleaded guilty Thursday to terrorism charges for helping another teen travel to Syria to join the Islamic State.
Alexander Brazhnikov, 36, pleaded guilty in federal court in Newark, New Jersey, to conspiring to commit money laundering, to smuggle electronics from the United States and to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. Prosecutors said Brazhnikov, a U.S. citizen who was born in Moscow, was part of a sophisticated network that acquired large amounts of regulated electronic components from the United States and shipped them to Russia on behalf of companies there.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former madam who performed illegal "body sculpting" was sentenced Thursday to 10 to 20 years in prison after the death of a dancer whose heart stopped after nearly half a gallon of silicone was injected into her buttocks.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — For years Republicans have controlled every lever of Texas politics — every statewide office, both houses of the Legislature, the state Supreme Court. Every nexus of power, that is, but one: the capital city.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Over White House objections, a House panel approved a bill Thursday that withholds hundreds of millions of dollars from the State Department until it produces more documents to lawmakers investigating the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya.
HOUSTON (AP) — Authorities say a freight train has derailed on a bridge over a Houston highway and at least one car fell onto the road below.
One man was shot dead and eight other people were injured at an apartment complex in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in the early hours of Thursday morning in what a former mayor described as the worst attack he has ever seen in the city. Police believe the attack by at least two gunmen in the complex's parking lot may have resulted from a dispute between rival gangs, Police Chief Joseph Gaudett told reporters. The man who was killed was Savonnie McNeil, 37, of Shelton, a nearby suburb, said Gaudett.
An unidentified man who tried to roll under a freight train in downtown San Diego during what authorities say may have been a videotaped stunt was killed on Thursday when he was struck by the locomotive. The man, who was between 20 and 30 years old, was cut into pieces by the northbound Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train, that was traveling at about 10 mph (16 kph) at the time and was 62 cars long, San Diego County Sheriff's Detective Ed Macken said. The death highlights an ongoing problem with open, very visible and accessible train corridors in San Diego County, Macken said.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A 25-year-old Nevada man accused of beheading and dismembering several dogs pleaded no contest Thursday to seven felony counts of willfully torturing and killing the animals in a troubling case that sparked public outrage.
The Chapel Hill school was found to have violated seven standards, including integrity, control of intercollegiate athletics and academic freedom, said Belle Wheelan, president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The probation would have no impact on the school's federal funding, including student financial aid and research grants, university chancellor Carol Folt said in a statement.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A new Berkeley city ordinance that requires cellphone sellers to warn customers about radiation from the devices violates free speech rights, an industry trade group says in a new lawsuit.
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DALLAS (AP) — A second salon worker has been charged with murder after a Dallas woman died from illegal silicone injections to expand her buttocks.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The single-engine plane came in low as the seasoned pilot maneuvered to give his gunner a clear shot at a coyote on the ground below. They were on a mission to hunt down predators that had been killing livestock in northeastern New Mexico.
An Uzbek citizen has become the fifth person indicted along with four previously charged men from Brooklyn, New York, in an alleged plot to provide support to Islamic State militants, federal prosecutors said on Thursday. Akmal Zakirov, 29, was charged with two counts of conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist group and attempting to provide such support. The defendant is scheduled to be arraigned later on Thursday in U.S. federal court in Brooklyn.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Local and federal authorities announced indictments against 14 men they say are members of a notoriously vicious gang known for violence, drug trafficking and witness intimidation both on Baltimore's streets and in its jails.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The lawyer for an orphanage founder accused of sexually abusing boys in Haiti got into a heated confrontation with a man who advocates for child victims, shouting "Shut up!" as the sides met in Maine for a deposition in a defamation lawsuit.
A Lehigh Valley pet store is searching for more than a dozen exotic birds that were swiped from the shop.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — German-owned discount grocery chain ALDI plans to continue its U.S. expansion with 45 new stores in Southern California over the next year.