GILBERT, Ariz. (AP) — A badly decomposed body found in an apparently abandoned house in this Phoenix suburb may be that of a 95-year-old woman who died nearly four years ago, police said Tuesday.
Hundreds of thousands of people were without power on Tuesday after a deadly storm that brought tornadoes, high winds, hail and heavy rain to the central United States. Illinois was particularly hard hit as flooding, downed trees and fires caused by lightning strikes snarled traffic, cut power and delayed or canceled hundreds of flights in and out of Chicago. About 400,000 ComEd customers lost power in the storm and 153,000 remained without power on Tuesday afternoon, mainly in the region south of Chicago, the company said. Iowa also took a direct hit, with hail measuring 3 to 4 inches (7.6 to 10 cm) in diameter and peak winds of 90 mph (145 kph) recorded, said National Weather Service spokesman Pat Slattery.
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Prosecutors in the Colorado movie theater massacre case responded on Tuesday to defense charges of foul play by accusing lawyers for gunman James Holmes of seeking to exploit victims' families to gain a legal advantage. His defense team and the prosecution each says the other side has misled victims' families. Last month, Holmes' defense accused the prosecution of interfering in their investigation by telling victims' families that defense lawyers wanted them to speak out against the death penalty in a bid to save Holmes' life. A defense motion said the prosecution had "sabotaged the defense's credibility with the victim-witnesses ... and wrongly inflamed the victims and their families." Prosecutors fired back on Tuesday, alleging a member of the defense team had set up meetings between victims' families and anti-death penalty groups, and had encouraged at least one relative of a victim to speak out publicly against capital punishment.
BOSTON (AP) — U.S. prosecutors are opposing a defense request to move the November trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to Washington, D.C., saying they believe he can get a fair trial in Boston.
(Reuters) - The first tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season formed on Tuesday and was poised to strengthen into a hurricane, forecasters said, threatening to dampen July 4 holiday celebrations along the U.S. East Coast. Tropical Storm Arthur formed off the central Florida coast and was expected to bring heavy rain, gusty thunderstorms, coastal flooding, rough seas and dangerous rip currents to beaches from Florida to southern New England this week, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said. Computer forecast models showed Arthur was not a threat to key oil and gas producing areas in the Gulf of Mexico. Forecasters and emergency management officials were urging beachgoers to use caution when going into the surf.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Four people have pleaded guilty to running a scheme that collected ransoms from 128 families across the United States by falsely claiming their loved ones had been kidnapped.
SHILOH, Ohio (AP) — Visitors from around the world to two upcoming events in the state's Amish country could come away with more than they bargained for, health officials fear — a case of measles from the nation's largest outbreak in two decades.
They captured the eyes and hearts of a suddenly awakened soccer nation, who gathered in unprecedented numbers to watch the world's game.
SHIP BOTTOM, N.J. (AP) — Despite a surge in the great white shark population and several recent sightings off the Jersey shore, beachgoers still plan to hit the beach for the Fourth of July weekend.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former Iowa State University scientist pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges alleging that he falsified research for an AIDS vaccine to secure millions of dollars in federal funding.
CHICAGO (AP) — The number of homicides in Chicago fell during the first half of the year compared with the same period last year, but the total number of people shot and the number of shooting incidents climbed, according to statistics released Tuesday by the police department.
By Jennifer Chaussee SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - California may have to delay its plan to start issuing driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants next year if a conflict between state and federal authorities over the design of the permits is not resolved soon. The most populous U.S. state has been negotiating for two months with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which said the permits look too much like licenses issued to legal residents. "From what I understand, they are not budging.” California was one of 10 states that enacted laws last year allowing unauthorized immigrants to receive driver's licenses or permits. The state is home to about 2.6 million undocumented immigrants, according to a study last year by the University of Southern California.
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — The launch of a NASA satellite designed to study atmospheric carbon dioxide has been rescheduled for early Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The contract that keeps thousands of dockworkers on the job at ports from San Diego to Seattle expired Tuesday afternoon, but both sides pledged to continue negotiations without a disruption in the billions of dollars of trade that crosses the West Coast waterfront.
A surveillance camera captured the moment a food truck exploded in the Feltonville section of Philadelphia sending 12 people to the hospital.
CALDWELL, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie defended his new $32.5 billion state budget on national TV and at a local town hall meeting on Tuesday, proudly touting his vetoes of Democratic tax hikes and railing against public employee benefits he says threaten to bankrupt the state.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie defended his new $32.5 billion state budget on national TV and at a local town hall meeting Tuesday.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — It was all long faces, but heads held high, for the legion of American fans who traveled to Brazil for the World Cup, only to watch their team lose 2-1 to Belgium in extra time.
Multiple people were injured when a food truck exploded in the Feltonville section of Philadelphia.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Homeland Security buses carrying migrant children and families have been rerouted to a customs and border facility in San Diego after American flag-waving protesters blocked the group from reaching a suburban processing center.