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Arrestee’s ‘handsome’ mug shot goes viral

Jeremy Meeks

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A handsome mug shot of a Northern California man arrested on felony weapons charges has gone viral on social media, attracting more than 33,000 “likes” and drawing comments praising his high cheek bones, chiseled face and striking blue eyes. Jeremy Meeks, 30, a convicted felon, was arrested Wednesday on five weapons charges and Read More…

Adoptees search for lost families after off-the-books adoptions

Diane Conrad, left, Cyndy Stapleton, Bill Palmisano, and Melinda Elkins Dawson pose for a portrait in North Canton. A northern Georgia doctor running off-the-books adoptions in the 1950s and ’60s placed infants with out-of-state parents who paid hundreds of dollars and were listed on records as the children’s real parents. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

McCAYSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — They were adopted off-the-books decades ago, scattered by a Georgia doctor who took $100 or $1,000 or something in between to send desperate couples home with new sons and daughters. Now some of the adoptees have turned to fresh DNA testing in hopes of reconnecting with the biological families they never Read More…

Amazon’s new Fire Phone to serve as eyes and ears

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos introduces the new Amazon Fire Phone, Wednesday in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon’s new smartphone will serve as your eyes and ears. Snap a photo of a book title, and it’ll show you where to buy it. Listen to a song playing in the background, and it’ll direct you to that tune on Amazon. It can even direct you to knowledge: Snap a shot of a Read More…

Benghazi suspect in US custody for 2012 attack

This Sept. 12, 2012 file photo shows glass, debris and overturned furniture in the gutted U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after an attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. (AP Photo/Ibrahim Alaguri, File)

  WASHINGTON (AP) — A Libyan militant suspected in the deadly Sept. 11, 2012, attack on Americans in Benghazi has been captured and is in U.S. custody, marking the first U.S. apprehension of an alleged perpetrator in the assault that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. President Barack Obama said Ahmed Abu Khattala, a Read More…

US forces move into Iraq with security mission

Shiite tribal fighters raise their weapons and chant slogans against the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in the northwest Baghdad's Shula neighborhood, Iraq, Monday. (AP Photo/ Karim Kadim)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 300 armed American forces are being positioned in and around Iraq to help secure U.S. assets as President Barack Obama nears a decision on an array of options for combating fast-moving Islamic insurgents, including airstrikes or a contingent of special forces. The U.S. and Iran also held an initial discussion on how Read More…

Twin tornadoes devastate Nebraska town

Two tornados approach  Pilger, Neb., Monday. The National Weather Service said at least two twisters touched down within roughly a mile of each other Monday in northeast Nebraska. (AP Photo/Eric Anderson)

PILGER, Neb. (AP) — A storm packing rare dual tornadoes tore through a tiny farming town in northeast Nebraska, killing a motorist and a 5-year-old girl, leaving grain bins crumpled like discarded soda cans and flattening dozens of homes. Pilger’s 350 residents evacuated their homes after the powerful twisters slammed the area Monday afternoon. Nebraska Read More…

Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn dies of cancer at 54

Tony Gwynn

SAN DIEGO — Tony Gwynn could handle a bat like few other major leaguers, whether it was driving the ball through the “5.5 hole” between third base and shortstop or hitting a home run off the facade in Yankee Stadium in the World Series. He was a craftsman at the plate, whose sweet left-handed swing Read More…

Ohio among states receiving federal aid for storm protection

This Nov., 15, 2012 photo shows the wreckage of a popular bar and restaurant in Sea Bright N.J.  On Monday, the U.S. Department of the Interior awarded 11 states a total of $102 million in grants to protect against future storms. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Eleven states in the eastern U.S. will share $102.7 million in grants from the federal government to protect against future storms, with the greatest amount of funded projects in New Jersey and New York. The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resilience Grant Program will fund a variety Read More…

Army Sgt. Bergdahl returns to U.S. after five years

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

  SAN ANTONIO — In the moments after Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl arrived in the United States following five years of captivity by the Taliban in Afghanistan, he was nervous but “looked good” and saluted a commanding officer who welcomed him home, military officials said Friday. Bergdahl is working with health professionals to regain a Read More…

Crews set fire to luxury home teetering on cliff

A luxury house teeters on a cliff about 75 feet above Lake Whitney in Whitney, Texas. (AP Photo/WFAA.Com)

WHITNEY, Texas (AP) — The owners of a luxury home falling apart atop a 75-foot Central Texas cliff say they were assured that the property was stable when they bought it. Demolition crews late Friday morning set fire to the house that Robert and Denise Webb purchased in 2012 but had to abandon a few Read More…