SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (AP) — A fire tore through a second-story condominium where there were no working smoke alarms Tuesday, forcing a woman to lower her children out of a window before jumping out herself.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — After weeks of negotiations, the U.S. Justice Department announced Tuesday that federal officials and the city of Albuquerque have agreed on an independent monitor to oversee the city's troubled police force.
By Steve Holland and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will challenge a skeptical Republican-led Congress on Tuesday to back tax increases on the wealthy to help lift up middle-class Americans in a State of the Union speech that will outline his vision for his last two years in office. According to excerpts released by the White House of his 9 p.m. EST televised speech, Obama will say it is time to convert a recent surge in the U.S. economy into improvements for the middle class, many of whom are still experiencing hard times. Obama is proposing tax increases of $320 billion over the next 10 years to pay for expanded tax credits and educational benefits for the middle class.
NEW YORK (AP) — The record wide-release opening of "American Sniper" was even bigger than estimated. Clint Eastwood's war drama took in $107 million over the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced plans on Tuesday to build a direct train link between New York City's LaGuardia airport and local subway and rail lines as part of broader plans to improve the state's aging infrastructure. Cuomo has made modernizing New York City's airports a priority and the state has taken over modernization projects for both LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy airports. LaGuardia regularly features near the bottom in airport surveys and last year Vice President Joe Biden likened it to a "third-world country." "New York is a world-class location. "You look at any report and it will talk about how New York airports sorely lag in terms of development." The $450 million air train service would connect to the city's number 7 subway line and the Long Island Rail Road commuter train service at Willets Point to the airport with a mile-and-a-half (2.4 km) long track along the Grand Central Parkway.
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - The Georgia Supreme Court refused on Tuesday to stop the state's planned execution next week of a death row inmate whose lawyers say should not be put to death because he is mentally disabled. Warren Lee Hill, 54, is scheduled to die by injection on Jan. 27 for beating fellow prisoner Joseph Handspike to death in August 1990. Hill's attorneys argue that Georgia's strict standard of requiring inmates to prove their mental disability “beyond a reasonable doubt” is unconstitutional. They had asked for more time to appeal his case in light of a U.S. Supreme Court decision last year that threw out a Florida death row inmate's sentence and found that the state's IQ test standard for assessing whether defendants are mentally disabled was too rigid.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's health insurance website is quietly sending consumers' personal data to private companies that specialize in advertising and analyzing Internet data for performance and marketing, The Associated Press has learned.
GLENDIVE, Mont. (AP) — Eastern Montana residents rushed to stock up on bottled water Tuesday after authorities detected a cancer-causing component of oil in public water supplies downstream of a Yellowstone River pipeline spill.