July 31, 2014


4 children, parents killed in Houston-area shooting

People stand with a law enforcement officer near the scene of a shooting Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in Spring, Texas. A Harris County Sheriff's Office statement says precinct deputy constables were called to the house about 6 p.m. Wednesday and found two adults and three children dead. Another child later died at a hospital. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Brett Coomer)

SPRING, Texas (AP) — A gunman dressed as a delivery man forced his way into his sister-in-law’s suburban Houston home where he held her children at gunpoint until their parents arrived. Then he opened fire, killing four of the children and the two adults, law enforcement officials said Thursday. Ronald Lee Haskell, 33, has been Read More…

Theme park CEO says job is about making memories

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SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — Standing in the shadows of a $30 million roller coaster that flips, drops and spins its riders, the head of the nation’s fourth-biggest amusement park company points to another addition at Cedar Point he’s proud of too — a shady spot to relax and munch on taffy and fudge. It’s not Read More…

Police give motive in Utah dead baby case

Megan Huntsman, accused of killing six of her babies and storing their bodies in her garage, appears in court on April 21 in Provo, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, Pool, File)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah mother told authorities that she killed six of her newborns and stored their bodies in a garage because she was addicted to drugs and didn’t want to deal with the responsibility of raising them, police said Tuesday, revealing a suspected motive for the first time. Megan Huntsman, 39, was heavily Read More…

Panel recommends Cleveland as site of 2016 Republican National Convention

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Cleveland won the backing of a Republican National Committee panel on Tuesday, all but guaranteeing the GOP’s 2016 presidential pick will accept the party’s nomination in perennially hard-fought Ohio. The Republicans’ site selection committee backed Cleveland over donor-rich Dallas, and the full 168-member RNC is expected to ratify the choice next month. Read More…

Republican National Committee panel to recommend site for 2016 convention today

Republican National Committee Cchairman Reince Priebus, right, holds a news conference in Denver last month. From left are Pete Coors; Denver Mayor Micheal Hancock; and Enid Mickelesen, chairwoman of the Convention Site Selection Committee. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Helen H. Richardson)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican National Committee panel is about to choose between Dallas and Cleveland to host the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential convention. The Republicans’ site selection committee was slated to meet Tuesday to review the two remaining cities’ bids. A recommendation could come as soon as Tuesday afternoon, and the full 168-member RNC Read More…

American Legion steps in to help VA victims

Veteran Rebecca King, left, talks with Veterans Affairs employee Joe Esparza, center, and American Legion official Verna Jones at the American Legion in El Paso, Texas. (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Llorca)

EL PASO, Texas — A counselor at the local Veterans Affairs office looked at Rebecca King, a victim of domestic abuse who was seeking help for depression, and told her she could not see a psychologist. She looked too nice and put together for someone depressed, King was told. Like others who have failed to Read More…

Minimal damage as Arthur makes its way up coast

Jim Bonavito, of Beaufort, N.C., rows his dingy, Friday past sailboats that broke free of their moorings during the winds and waves from Hurricane Arthur in Beaufort. Arthur began moving offshore and away from the southern state early Friday. (AP Photo/Randall Hill)

KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. — Proving far less damaging than feared, Hurricane Arthur left tens of thousands of people without power Friday in a swipe at North Carolina’s dangerously exposed Outer Banks, then brought lousy Fourth of July beach weather to the Northeast as it veered out to sea. The weather along the narrow barrier Read More…

FBI: Teen girl in Colorado sought to assist terrorists

The home of Ana Maria and John Conley is pictured in Arvada, Colo., on Thursday, where their daughter, Shannon Maureen Conley, 19, lived until her arrest by the FBI in April. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

  ARVADA, Colo. — She was a memorable figure in this western Denver suburb, a teenager wearing a traditional Muslim headscarf and dress, sitting alone on a park swing or walking into a Christian church with a backpack and notebook. People who encountered 19-year-old Shannon Maureen Conley over the past few months said Thursday they Read More…

Graco recalls 1.9 million infant car seats

Graco says car seats with one of these buckles are not included in the recall of 1.9 million car seats.

DETROIT (AP) — Graco Children’s Products is recalling 1.9 million infant car seats, bowing to demands from U.S. safety regulators, in what is now the largest seat recall in American history. The recall, announced Tuesday, comes after a five-month spat between Graco and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Earlier this year the company recalled 4.2 million toddler seats because the Read More…

UPDATED: Supreme Court rules employers can’t be forced to cover contraception

A demonstrator holds up a sign outside the Supreme Court in Washington Monday. The Supreme Court is poised to deliver its verdict in a case that weighs the religious rights of employers and the right of women to the birth control of their choice. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that some corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women. The justices’ 5-4 decision is the first time that the high court has ruled that profit-seeking businesses can hold religious views under federal Read More…