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Army may never learn motive of Fort Hood rampage

FORT HOOD (AP) — Despite evidence that suggests Spc. Ivan Lopez had an argument before going on a shooting rampage, investigators said they may never determine what compelled the Fort Hood soldier to kill three soldiers and wound 16 others before taking his own life. Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, Fort Hood’s commander, said that an […]

Stronger vetting of Texas foster parents likely

AUSTIN  (AP) — Stronger vetting of prospective foster parents in Texas is likely following the beating deaths of two young foster children last year. The Dallas Morning News reports that new state rules expected to take effect in September include mandatory interviews with neighbors and additional family members. The Department of Family and Protective Services […]

Ukraine ex-aide shot; No new govt before Thursday

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s new authorities navigated tricky political waters Tuesday, launching a new presidential campaign, working on a new government and trying to seek immediate financial help from the West. Yet protests in the country’s pro-Russian region of Crimea and the shooting of a top aide to fugitive President Viktor Yanukovych — a […]

Leader of Syrian militant group challenges rivals

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of a powerful al-Qaida-linked group in Syria gave a rival breakaway group a five-day ultimatum to accept mediation by leading clerics to end infighting or be “expelled” from the region. The ultimatum announced in an audio recording by the leader of the Nusra Front aims to end months of deadly […]

Polio-like disease appears in California children

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — An extremely rare, polio-like disease has appeared in more than a dozen California children within the past year, and each of them suffered paralysis to one or more arms or legs, Stanford University researchers say. But public health officials haven’t identified any common causes connecting the cases. The illness is still […]

Raymond Felton of Knicks arrested on gun charges

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton has been arrested on three counts of criminal possession of a weapon. Felton turned himself in at 12:50 a.m. Tuesday, shortly after the Knicks lost to the Dallas Mavericks at home. Felton was expected to be arraigned on charges of criminal possession of a […]

North Texas boy, 4, dies after oven falls on him

WHITE SETTLEMENT (AP) — Investigators say a 4-year-old North Texas boy has died after an oven being stored in his family’s backyard fell on him. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office on Tuesday listed the cause of death as pending for Christian Rincon. White Settlement police on Feb. 15 responded to a call about a […]

Friend: Killer drank alcohol before Austin slaying

AUSTIN (AP) — An ex-roommate of a man convicted in the slaying of an Austin police officer has testified the pair drank alcohol the day before the killing. Prosecution testimony continues Tuesday in Austin in the penalty phase for Brandon Daniel, who could receive the death penalty. Jurors on Friday convicted Daniel of capital murder […]

EU seeking to upgrade bloc’s ties with Cuba

BRUSSELS (AP) — Europe is set to upgrade its ties with Cuba in a bid to broaden economic cooperation and demand more progress on respecting human rights and fundamental freedoms, a senior European Union official said Thursday.

Sochi’s opening show: Let Putin’s games begin

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — They’re designed to celebrate a millennium of Russian might and this country’s modern rebound, and kick off two weeks of extraordinary human endeavors and planetary sportsmanship. But the ceremony opening the Sochi Olympics on Friday, more than anything, will be about one man: Vladimir Putin.

New app spreads spirit of 2014 Boston Marathon

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Athletic Association has launched an app that allows runners around the world to be a part of the 2014 Boston Marathon experience.

US stocks move sharply higher; Disney jumps

Encouraging news about the job market and strong earnings from Disney helped drive U.S. stocks sharply higher in afternoon trading Thursday. The market was rebounding a day after posting small losses. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average rose 156 points, or 1 percent, to 15,597 as of 12:13 p.m. Eastern time. The Standard & […]

Some parts of Texas get snow, schools delayed

DALLAS (AP) — Snow flurries have forced schools to close early and snarled roads across North Texas, Central Texas and the Panhandle.

Retrial set for Texan charged with 2 deaths

QUITMAN (AP) — An East Texas man whose capital murder conviction in the 2007 shooting deaths of his wife and stepson has been overturned faces retrial this summer. The Tyler Morning Telegraph reported Wednesday that jury selection begins July 14 in Quitman (KWIT’-man) for Jason Payne. Prosecutors in Wood County did not seek the death penalty […]

Houston, San Antonio, Austin under winter advisory

HOUSTON (AP) — Ice-glazed roads in Austin caused dozens of wrecks Tuesday morning as a line of moisture combined with frigid temperatures socked normally balmy Central and Southeast Texas for the second time in less than a week. Upper decks of Interstate 35 and some flyover ramps in Austin were closed. Police reported more than […]

Alleged sickout prompts Pantex guard firings

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — Eleven security guards have been fired at the nation’s only nuclear weapons assembly and dismantling plant after staging what their employer says was an illegal sickout earlier this month.

Olympic workers fall from roof while clearing snow

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Six workers have fallen off a roof at the bobsled center for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi when the snow they were clearing slid to the ground. Associated Press technicians who witnessed the fall Thursday said one of the men appeared to have injured a leg and was taken away […]

Vatican comes under sharp criticism for sex abuse

GENEVA (AP) — The Vatican came under blistering criticism from a U.N. committee Thursday for its handling of the global priest sex abuse scandal, facing its most intense public grilling to date over allegations that it protected pedophile priests at the expense of victims. The Vatican insisted it had little jurisdiction to sanction pedophile priests […]

SFC crash firefighter saw girl before hitting her

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Video from the helmet camera of a firefighter responding to the crash landing of an Asiana Airlines flight in San Francisco shows at least one rescuer was aware someone was on the ground outside the aircraft and even warned a colleague. Yet two fire trucks subsequently ran over an injured passenger. […]

Manual transmission stymies Mass. car thieves

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A trio of would-be Massachusetts car thieves had to hit the brakes on their plan because none of them knew how to drive a stick. Police in Springfield say the men pulled a knife on a food delivery driver Tuesday night and demanded the grub and his keys. But then they […]

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