April 1, 2013 RSS feed / Nation

Second prosecutor is shot to death in Texas

KAUFMAN, Texas After the daylight assassination of his deputy two months ago, Mike McLelland, the district attorney in largely rural Kaufman County, responded with a flash of angered bravado, denigrating the perpetrators as “scum” and vo More...

Holmes to hear if prosecutors will seek execution

COLORADO THEATER ATTACK

CENTENNIAL, Colo. After a week of legal twists and turns, James Holmes will find out today if he could face execution if convicted in the Colorado theater attack that killed 12 people. More...

After 40 years, Vietnam memories still strong

The last U.S. combat troops left Vietnam 40 years ago today, and the date holds great meaning for many who fought the war, protested it or otherwise lived it. More...

Barbara Walters to retire next year

NEW YORK (AP) — Barbara Walters plans to retire next year, ending a television career that began more than a half century ago and made her a trailblazer in news and daytime TV. More...

Military Update

Drugs to kick smoking now free by mail except for elderly

Smoking cessation drugs now are available at no charge through the TRICARE Mail Order Program for service members, military family members and retirees under age 65 who want to kick the unhealthy habit. More...

A boost for gay marriage: Justices question U.S. law

WASHINGTON (AP) — Concluding two days of intense debate, the Supreme Court signaled Wednesday it could give a boost to samesex marriage by striking down the federal law that denies legally married gay spouses a wide range of benefits offered to More...

Man stabbed woman 54 times; convicted

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — A man authorities say killed a woman by stabbing her 54 times and dropping a TV on her head in southeastern Michigan has been convicted of first-degree murder, torture and other charges. More...

Solar plane prepares for flight in U.S.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — A solar-powered plane that has wowed aviation fans in Europe is preparing to fly across North America. The Swiss creators of the Solar Impulse are announcing today which U.S. More...

Records provide new look at Ariz. shooting spree

PHOENIX (AP) — An erratic Jared Loughner walked into a convenience store with an urgent message for the clerk: “I need a ride to Safeway.” More...

Living in ‘luxury’ in New York City

NEW YORK (AP) — There was the resident who wanted a private jet commissioned for his new puppy, flown like a CEO to its new home in Manhattan. More...

Powerball winners to share with co-worker

PLANTATION, Fla. (AP) — A dozen workers at a South Florida real estate office who won $1 million in the Powerball say they’ll share their earnings with a new employee who didn’t join their pool. More...

Witness: Man yelled about God after church killing

ASHTABULA, Ohio (AP) — Witnesses say the 25-year-old man accused of walking into an Ohio church and fatally shooting his father after an Easter service was yelling about God and Allah after the killing. More...

Ariz. gun proponents launch free gun plan

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U.S. consumer spending, income jump in Feb.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers earned more and spent more in February, helped by a stronger job market that is offsetting some of the drag from higher taxes. More...

Charges filed in Seattle crash

SEATTLE (AP) — Prosecutors filed vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and reckless driving charges Thursday against a driver who crashed into a family out for a walk, killing two grandparents and leaving their daughter in-law and baby grandson More...

Costs of war lingers for 100+ years

America pays billions annually to survivors, relatives

OLYMPIA, Wash. If history is any judge, the U.S. government will be paying for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars for the next century as service members and their families grapple with the sacrifices of combat. More...

Economy expands at 0.4% rate

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a slightly faster but still anemic rate at the end of last year. However, there is hope that growth accelerated in early 2013 despite higher taxes and cuts in government spending. More...

Snow closes roads at Great Smoky park

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Road crews are working to get snow-covered roads in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park open as the spring tourism season is set to begin. More...

U.S. jobless claims jump by 16,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits jumped by 16,000 last week, the second straight weekly increase. But the longer-term trend in layoffs remained consistent with an improved job market. More...

Boston’s Menino won’t seek re-election

BOSTON (AP) — Boston’s longest-serving mayor, Thomas Menino, says he does not plan to seek re-election for an unprecedented sixth term. The popular Democratic mayor planned a formal announcement at 4 p.m. today. More...