Posts from February 2013
by Associated Press
posted Feb 28 2013 6:54PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is asking the Supreme Court to overturn California's ban on same-sex marriage and turn a skeptical eye on similar prohibitions across the country.
The administration says unequivocally in a legal brief filed late Thursday that gay marriage should be allowed to resume in California, where it has been barred since the passage of Proposition 8 in 2008.
It does not explicitly call for marriage equality across the United States but points the court in that direction.
More immediately, the administration's position, if adopted by the court, probably would result in gay marriage becoming legal in seven other states that, like California, give gay couples all the benefits of marriage, but don't allow them to wed.
They are: Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon and Rhode Island.
posted Feb 28 2013 7:53AM
<VIDEO> Seven hairstylists from Indianapolis are fighting one of their colleagues in court over who is the rightful owner of a lottery ticket and a $9.5m jackpot.
posted Feb 28 2013 7:52AM
<VIDEO> Hundreds of illegal immigrants are being released from federal custody, due to the sequestration budget cuts set to take effect later this week.
posted Feb 28 2013 7:51AM
<VIDEO> Authorities say a troubled woman picked up her two very young grandchildren at their daycare center in southeastern Connecticut, drove them to a nearby lake, and shot and killed both of them before killing herself.
posted Feb 28 2013 7:49AM
<VIDEO> Speaking to business executives, President Obama said automatic budget cuts caused by the sequester would be a "tumble downward" for the economy. However, he said many Americans might not feel the impact immediately.
posted Feb 28 2013 7:47AM
<VIDEO> The parents of a 6-year-old transgender girl have filed a complaint with the Colorado Office of Civil Rights after her school district refused to allow her to use the girls' bathroom.
posted Feb 27 2013 8:56AM
<VIDEO> Areas around the Great Lakes are expecting heavy snowfall Wednesday, from the storm that moved up from North Texas. Snowfall is so heavy that some building roofs are caving in.
posted Feb 27 2013 8:52AM
<VIDEO> Some Philadelphia schools are bidding farewell to long lunch lines in favor of family-style eating. It's part of a program that aims to provide nutritious, low-cost lunches in a setting that reinforces social niceties and communication skills.
posted Feb 27 2013 8:48AM
<VIDEO> Authorities in Santa Cruz, California say two police officers were shot dead on Tuesday, while police killed one suspect. It is unclear if any suspects remain at large.
posted Feb 27 2013 8:23AM
<VIDEO> Tourists won't see an immediate impact from automatic budget cuts at Everglades National Park, but a top official says wildlife programs could suffer. Park Superintendent Dan Kimball says there are already 17 vacancies at the park.
posted Feb 27 2013 8:20AM
<VIDEO> The Senate has voted to confirm Chuck Hagel to be the nation's next defense secretary. The vote Tuesday was 58-41, with four Republicans joining Democrats in backing President Barack Obama's nominee.
posted Feb 27 2013 8:19AM
<VIDEO> A moment of silence was held Tuesday to honor six people who died 20 years ago in the first terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. More than 1,000 people were injured in the 1993 blast eight years before the 9/11 attacks.
by Associated Press
posted Feb 26 2013 5:49PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The first BP executive to testify at a trial spawned by the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has taken the stand.
Lamar McKay was president of BP America at the time of the disaster. He is the trial's second witness and is expected to be the highest-ranking BP official to testify in person. His appearance Tuesday followed testimony by a plaintiffs' expert who criticized BP's safety record.
This isn't the first time McKay has testified under oath about the spill. He appeared before Congress less than a month after the deadly rig explosion.
U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier is hearing the case without a jury. Barring a settlement, Barbier will decide how much more money BP and other companies owe for their roles in the disaster.
by Associated Press
posted Feb 26 2013 5:48PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has voted to confirm Chuck Hagel to be the nation's next defense secretary.
The vote Tuesday was 58-41, with four Republicans joining Democrats in backing President Barack Obama's nominee.
The vote ended a contentious fight over the president's choice for his second-term national security team.
Republicans opposed the former two-term Republican senator from Nebraska, casting him as out of the mainstream and overly critical of Israel. But Democrats stood together for Hagel, a twice-wounded Vietnam combat veteran.
Hagel will succeed Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who is stepping down after four years as CIA director and Pentagon chief.
The vote came just hours after Republicans dropped their delay and allowed the nomination to move forward. The Senate vote to end the filibuster was 71-27.
posted Feb 26 2013 7:42AM
<VIDEO>Floods are spreading after days of heavy rains in South and Central Georgia. A flood warning covering much of the state is set to continue through Tuesday afternoon.
posted Feb 26 2013 7:24AM
<VIDEO> The second huge storm in less than a week is pounding the Plains states. At least two deaths are reported and thousands lost power.
posted Feb 26 2013 7:21AM
<VIDEO> Search efforts have intensified to find a husband and wife and two young children who sent a series of distress calls to the Coast Guard on Sunday, saying their sailboat was sinking far off the Central California coast.
posted Feb 26 2013 7:19AM
<VIDEO> C. Everett Koop, who raised the profile of the surgeon general by riveting America's attention on the then-emerging disease known as AIDS, and by railing against smoking, has died at age 96. A cause of death hasn't been disclosed.
posted Feb 26 2013 7:18AM
<VIDEO> Facing an end of the week deadline, U.S. President Barack Obama said Monday that Congress can avert sweeping across-the-board cuts with "just a little bit of compromise," as he sought to stick lawmakers with the blame if the budget ax falls.
posted Feb 26 2013 6:53AM
<VIDEO> Blizzard conditions again descended on the midsection of the country Monday, forcing the closure of highways in the Texas and Oklahoma.
posted Feb 26 2013 6:50AM
<VIDEO> With billions of dollars at stake, the trial to figure out how much more BP and other companies should pay for the nation's worst offshore oil spill began Monday in New Orleans.
posted Feb 25 2013 10:03AM
<VIDEO> With the ban on women in combat now lifted, many are asking a question that is prompting debate: Should women be required to register for the draft? AP's Kelly Daschle takes a look.
posted Feb 25 2013 9:17AM
<VIDEO> Extra snowplows are out in force in Denver and city services are expected to start late, after a snowstorm hit Colorado on Sunday. Snowfall reached close to a foot in much of the state. Hundreds of flights were cancelled.
posted Feb 25 2013 4:31AM
<VIDEO> The second blizzard in a week is aiming for the plains states, with up to a foot of snow forecast for parts of Kansas and Oklahoma by Monday. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says this storm could be worse than last weeks.
posted Feb 25 2013 4:29AM
<VIDEO> President Obama said he's looking for good partners, when he addressed the National Governor's Association. Association Chairman Gov. Jack Markell read a poem that included a joke about the upcoming sequester budget cuts.
posted Feb 22 2013 11:58AM
<VIDEO> Since late January gas prices have surged nearly 50 cents as a national average. A myriad of reasons are contributing to the early increase as the U.S. oil industry continues to grow at record pace.
posted Feb 22 2013 10:20AM
<VIDEO> Killing may be a function of war, but many troops come home feeling guilt and shame. Only recently have some clinicians honed in on what they call 'moral injuries.'
posted Feb 22 2013 10:16AM
<VIDEO> Las Vegas police are searching for a Range Rover, which was allegedly involved in a shootout with a Maserati on Thursday. The driver of the Maserati and two other people were killed, when the Maserati hit a taxi.
posted Feb 22 2013 10:15AM
<VIDEO> The huge snowstorm that blanketed the Midwest on Thursday is now moving into the Upper Midwest. The storm dropped a foot or more of snow. It's blamed for at least two deaths and hundreds of traffic accidents.
posted Feb 22 2013 10:03AM
<VIDEO> Backers of a pilot program at a small South Dakota university say the technology they're testing is another step toward creating a cashless society. Instead of using cash or credit cards to buy items, users scan their fingers.
posted Feb 22 2013 9:58AM
<VIDEO> In a rare public outburst of anger, Drew Peterson proclaimed his innocence in the death of his third wife. Moments later, the Chicago-area police officer was sentenced to 38 years in prison for Kathleen Savio's death.
posted Feb 21 2013 8:58AM
<VIDEO> Five people were killed when a small plane crashed west of Augusta, Georgia on Wednesday night. Two people survived and were taken to area hospitals.
posted Feb 21 2013 8:53AM
<VIDEO> A new CDC report found fast food accounts for about 11% of the calories an average American consumes per day. The study said blacks eat more fast food than whites and Hispanics, and young adults eat it more than older adults.
posted Feb 21 2013 8:49AM
<VIDEO> U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen has called Jesse Jackson, Jr.'s guilty plea "nothing short of tragic." Machen said during a news conference Wednesday that the ex-congressman's decision to take responsibility for wrongdoing deserves credit.
posted Feb 21 2013 8:21AM
<VIDEO> The twister touched down on Tuesday in Tehama County, just south of Redding, in Northern California.
posted Feb 21 2013 8:19AM
<VIDEO> Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has been charged with spending $750,000 in campaign funds on personal expenses. His wife was charged with filing false income tax forms.
posted Feb 20 2013 10:39AM
<VIDEO> Kansas City officials say one of two people who were missing after an explosion destroyed a restaurant has been found but the search continues for a woman who worked there.
posted Feb 20 2013 10:35AM
<VIDEO> Authorities in Kansas City, Missouri are using dogs to search for victims, after a massive explosion and fire. More than a dozen people are known injured, two critically, after the explosion destroyed a restaurant.
posted Feb 20 2013 10:34AM
<VIDEO> Computer scientists at the University Illinois at Chicago have turned science fiction into reality with a wraparound virtual reality system where researchers can take a walk through their data.
posted Feb 20 2013 10:33AM
<VIDEO> Chimp Haven, in Keithville, Louisiana, is the only designated retirement home for chimpanzees previously used in federal research. But money woes could make it tough to accommodate the number of chimps expected to spend their final years there.
posted Feb 20 2013 10:29AM
<VIDEO> A gas explosion that sparked a massive, block-engulfing blaze in an upscale Kansas City shopping district injured 14 people, a city official said Tuesday evening, adding it is believed that an accident may have caused the blast.
posted Feb 20 2013 10:24AM
<VIDEO> Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday that Americans don't need semi-automatic weapons to protect their homes because a couple of blasts from a shotgun will scare off intruders. He was speaking in an online video as part of a Facebook town hall.
posted Feb 20 2013 10:22AM
<VIDEO> A massive fire is burning in an upscale shopping and entertainment district in Kansas City. Video showed dozens of firefighters and other emergency responders battling a massive blaze through heavy smoke
posted Feb 20 2013 9:27AM
<VIDEO> President Barack Obama said Tuesday he accepted Marine Gen. John Allen's request to retire rather than proceed with the White House's previous plan to make him commander of NATO forces in Europe.
posted Feb 20 2013 9:08AM
<VIDEO> Michelle Obama says a midlife crisis is what inspired her new haircut with bangs. Mrs. Obama was asked about the cut during an interview with talk-show host Rachael Ray.
by Associated Press
posted Feb 19 2013 5:36PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is seeking to keep delicate immigration negotiations on track, as a key Republican senator distances himself further from a draft bill President Barack Obama's aides are readying in case congressional talks crumble.
Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio's office says Obama's plan injected additional partisanship into an "already difficult process." The White House, following the weekend leak of its draft legislation, insists the president wants the bipartisan Senate group Rubio is a member of to propose its own bill instead.
Senate aides say privately that bipartisan negotiations are in a good place and do not feel as though the disclosure of Obama's draft bill would disrupt their process. In fact, Obama's backup bill could end up spurring GOP lawmakers to rally behind a similar congressional plan.
by CBS-New York
posted Feb 19 2013 9:27AM
<VIDEO> CBS 2's Derricke Dennis reports.
by Associated Press
posted Feb 18 2013 6:49PM
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A Coast Guard official says the cause of the engine-room fire on the Carnival cruise ship Triumph was a leak in a fuel oil return line.
In a teleconference Monday, Cmdr. Teresa Hatfield estimated that the investigation of the disabled ship would take six months.
She said the Bahamas is leading the investigation, with the Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board leading U.S. interests in the probe.
She said investigators have been with the ship since it arrived Thursday in Mobile, and interviews have been conducted with passengers and crew.
The ship left Galveston, Texas, on Feb. 7 for a four-day trip to Mexico. The fire paralyzed the ship Feb. 10, leaving it adrift in the Gulf of Mexico until tugboats towed it to Mobile.
by Associated Press
posted Feb 18 2013 6:45PM
CHICAGO (AP) - A new study shows that hip replacements are more likely to fail in women than in men.
Researchers found that a small number of the hip implants failed overall, but women were 29 percent more likely than men to need a repeat surgery within the first three years.
Researchers looked at more than 35,000 surgeries at 46 hospitals in the Kaiser Permanente health system. The study is being published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine. It was funded by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Some experts say more research is needed to determine which models of hip implants perform best in women.
Women make up the majority of the more than 400,000 Americans who have full or partial hip replacements each year.
posted Feb 18 2013 7:46AM
<VIDEO> Parents who want their preschoolers to quit wrestling with the neighbor kids and lose the bad attitude around bedtime may want to take a closer look at their children's TV diet, says a researcher with a new study on TV and kids.
by Associated Press
posted Feb 15 2013 5:35PM
CHICAGO (AP) - President Barack Obama says that every four months, his hometown of Chicago suffers the loss of as many children as were killed in the Connecticut elementary school shooting.
Obama says gun violence is taking too many children's lives, not just in mass shootings like the one in Newtown, Conn., that killed 20 kids. He says 65 children were killed by guns in Chicago last year.
He pushed stricter gun control Friday in a visit to Chicago, ncluding background checks and a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
But he said guns are not solely to blame for the violence. He also pointed to communities with too few fathers involved in children's lives and too few examples of success. He says he wishes he had a father around growing up.
posted Feb 15 2013 9:04AM
<VIDEO> A 150-foot asteroid is set to fly past Earth today. NASA says the asteroid will come within 17,150 miles of the earth, which is closer than many communications and weather satellites.
posted Feb 15 2013 8:58AM
<VIDEO> The first of some 3,000 passengers are starting to come off a cruise ship disabled for days at sea. At about 10:15 p.m. Central time some aboard the Triumph were walking down an enclosed gangway to a terminal at Mobile, Ala.
posted Feb 15 2013 8:56AM
<VIDEO> Officials said Thursday that the burned remains found in a California mountain cabin have been positively identified as fugitive former police officer Christopher Dorner.
posted Feb 14 2013 9:16AM
NEW YORK (AP) - H.J. Heinz Co. says it agreed to be acquired by an investment consortium including billionaire investor Warren Buffett in a deal valued at $28 billion.
The ketchup company said Heinz shareholders will receive $72.50 in cash for each share of common stock they own. The deal value includes the assumption of Heinz's debt. Based on Heinz's number of shares outstanding, the deal is worth $23.3 billion excluding debt.
The per share price represents a 20 percent premium to Heinz's closing price of $60.48 on Wednesday.
Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital say Heinz will remain headquartered in Pittsburgh.
posted Feb 14 2013 8:14AM
<VIDEO> As the crippled Carnival Triumph is brought to port in Mobile, Ala., officials have been preparing a terminal that has not been used for a year to help passengers go through customs after their ordeal.
posted Feb 14 2013 8:12AM
<VIDEO> DALLAS (AP) - American Airlines and US Airways say they're merging in a deal they value at $11 billion, creating the world's biggest airline.
The combined carrier will be called American Airlines but run by US Airways CEO Doug Parker.
The airlines announced their deal Thursday.
It reduces the number of major U.S. airlines to four.
posted Feb 14 2013 8:08AM
<VIDEO> A sheriff says his deputies did not intentionally burn down a California mountain cabin where fugitive ex-police officer Christopher Dorner is believed to have died.
posted Feb 14 2013 8:07AM
<VIDEO> A driver whose truck was taken by a carjacker believed to be a fugitive ex-Los Angeles cop said Wednesday the man appeared calm and didn't want to hurt him.
posted Feb 14 2013 8:05AM
<VIDEO> Warning that American companies are the target of an intensive cyber-espionage campaign, President Barack Obama's top security officials on Wednesday said they are struggling to defend the nation from attacks on its private computer networks.
posted Feb 14 2013 7:54AM
<VIDEO> There are mixed reactions to President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech in which he stated a desire to raise the minimum wage. Customers and business owners in Miami are at odds, as are some economists who feel it could crimp hiring.
posted Feb 14 2013 7:52AM
<VIDEO> Aggressively pushing his agenda, President Barack Obama sets up high-stakes clashes with Republicans over guns, immigration, taxes and climate change in a State of the Union address that showcases his legacy plans.
posted Feb 14 2013 7:49AM
<VIDEO> Relatives of passengers on the disabled cruise ship say there's no running water aboard. But Carnival Cruise Lines announced yesterday that water is running following an engine fire Sunday. The ship will be guided to Mobile, Ala. by Thursday.
posted Feb 13 2013 9:35AM
<VIDEO> Gaudy floats, beads and costumes gave way to street sweepers and repentance as Fat Tuesday ended and largely Catholic south Louisiana welcomed Ash Wednesday.
posted Feb 13 2013 9:26AM
<VIDEO> Senator Marco Rubio stopped his response to President Obama's State of the Union, so he could drink water. The brief pause lit up social media outlets.
posted Feb 13 2013 9:22AM
<VIDEO> President Obama highlighted numerous parts of his agenda during his State of the Union Address. AP White House Correspondent Julie Pace reports, the tough part will be turning words into action.
posted Feb 13 2013 9:20AM
<VIDEO> A spokeswoman for the San Bernadino Sheriff's Department says a body was found in a cabin that burned down on Tuesday. Forensic tests will be done to determine if the body is that of fugitive ex-police officer Christopher Dorner.
posted Feb 13 2013 9:14AM
<VIDEO> The manhunt for Christopher Dorner converged on a mountain cabin where police believe he engaged in a shootout that killed a deputy and then never emerged as the home went up in flames. Early Wednesday, police had still not entered the cabin.
posted Feb 13 2013 9:12AM
<VIDEO> Republicans warned that President Barack Obama's second-term agenda would bring more tax increases and escalate deficit spending, casting the president's policies as impediments to middle-class families.
posted Feb 13 2013 9:10AM
<VIDEO> President Barack Obama is emphasizing the need for more background checks for gun buyers in his State of the Union address, saying that overwhelming majorities of Americans favor the proposal as a way to keep firearms from criminals.
posted Feb 13 2013 9:08AM
<VIDEO> The President of Carnival Cruise Line apologized for the fire that has stranded more than three thousand passengers aboard the Carnival Triumph in the Gulf of Mexico since Sunday morning.
posted Feb 13 2013 7:53AM
<VIDEO> Pledging to revive a "rising, thriving middle class," President Barack Obama promised Tuesday night to create solid new jobs without raising the federal deficit.He's calling for a "smarter government" but not a bigger one.
posted Feb 13 2013 7:50AM
<VIDEO> Senators clashed Tuesday during the latest hearing over the balance between gun rights and gun restrictions. They also heard emotional testimony from family members of the victims of gun violence.
by Associated Press
posted Feb 12 2013 9:48PM
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press that the man believed to be fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner never came out of a California mountain cabin engulfed in flames.
The person who requested anonymity because of the ongoing investigation said a single gunshot apparently fired inside the cabin was heard just before the fire broke out Tuesday.
Officials were waiting for the fire to burn out before approaching the ruins to search for a body.
Authorities believe Dorner barricaded himself in the cabin after exchanging gunfire with deputies, killing one and wounding another.
by Associated Press
posted Feb 12 2013 9:29PM
TONOPAH, Nev. (AP) - A moderate earthquake and a trio of smaller aftershocks have struck in rural Nevada near the California state line.
The U.S. Geological Survey says the 5.1-magnitude earthquake hit at 4:10 p.m. Tuesday.
It was centered 45 miles west of Tonopah, about 200 miles south of Reno and 17 miles south of Mina.
The Nevada Seismological Lab at the University of Nevada, Reno says three aftershocks followed of magnitudes 3.1, 3.3 and 3.7. The last came at 4:49 p.m. 25 miles south of Mina.
Ellen Hall-Patton, a student seismological analyst at the Reno lab, said all were centered near the same area.
A Nye County sheriff's dispatcher said she felt the earthquake in Tonopah but there were no damage reports.
by Associated Press
posted Feb 12 2013 8:08PM
BIG BEAR, Calif. (AP) - San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon says one of two deputies wounded in a gunbattle with a man believed to be a fugitive ex-LA cop has died.
The gunbattle broke out in the San Bernardino Mountains east of Los Angeles early Tuesday afternoon.
The area had been searched since fired Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner's pickup truck was found burned out near the Big Bear lake ski resort on Thursday.
by WPIX- New York
posted Feb 12 2013 10:44AM
<VIDEO> Navy Seal who killed Bin Laden speaks out
posted Feb 12 2013 10:40AM
<VIDEO> The UN Security Council is set to hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday, to discuss North Korea's latest nuclear test
posted Feb 12 2013 10:35AM
<VIDEO> A gunman apparently firing randomly at vehicles killed a 10-year-old and wounded the child's mother and another woman near Minneapolis, authorities said. The suspect was in custody.
posted Feb 12 2013 10:31AM
<VIDEO> The U.S. Navy is showing off the USNS Spearhead, the service's first high-speed aluminum vessel designed to ferry troops and military equipment. The ship was built in Mobile, Alabama, and it's currently docked in St. Petersburg, Fla.
posted Feb 12 2013 10:29AM
<VIDEO> Two men were charged with murder Monday in the death of a 15-year-old Chicago honor student who was shot just days after returning from Washington, where she performed during President Barack Obama's inauguration festivities.
posted Feb 12 2013 10:27AM
<VIDEO> Floral importers in Miami, the nation's cut flower hub, say they're seeing higher orders for Valentines Day as the economy improves. The holiday is the "Super Bowl for Flowers," according to one importer.
posted Feb 12 2013 10:24AM
<VIDEO> Mountain Dew is coming out with a breakfast drink called Kick-Start. It will be available in several flavors with different combos of Mountain Dew and juices with caffeine. Would you try it? Patrick Jones has the story.
posted Feb 12 2013 10:19AM
<VIDEO> Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden says a courthouse shooting in Wilmington that left three people dead was not a random act of violence but the result of a custody dispute.
by Associated Press
posted Feb 11 2013 6:32PM
The pope's announcement that he will resign has taken many people by surprise, but experts on aging say perhaps it shouldn't.
They say that as people live longer, the physical and mental challenges of old age are catching up with more of those in positions of power. Many are choosing to step down instead of continuing in jobs traditionally held until death.
Justices appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court used to serve until death. But since 1955, 21 justices have retired and only one, Chief Justice William Rehnquist, died in office.
The Netherlands' Queen Beatrix just announced she would pass the crown to her son in April. And 20 percent of U.S. senators are now 70 or older.
by Associated Press
posted Feb 11 2013 6:31PM
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - A fugitive ex-Los Angeles police officer has been charged with murdering a Riverside police officer and special circumstances that could bring the death penalty.
Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach says Christopher Dorner is also charged with the attempted murder of another Riverside officer and two LAPD officers.
The charges announced Monday do not involve two other people Dorner is suspected of killing in Orange County.
posted Feb 11 2013 10:28AM
<VIDEO> New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan says he was as startled as the rest of the world about Pope Benedict XVI's announcement that he will resign later this month due to failing health.
posted Feb 11 2013 9:26AM
<VIDEO> Witness Eric Price videotaped the huge tornado that wrecked Hattiesburg, Mississippi on Sunday. Price told the AP that he never expected to see anything that big.
posted Feb 11 2013 9:20AM
<VIDEO> Repeat hospital stays that could have been avoided are all too commonplace for the nation's elderly. They're costing billions and prompting hospitals and patients to get creative to avoid the revolving door.
posted Feb 11 2013 9:17AM
<VIDEO> The Mardi Gras Bacchus parade rolled through New Orleans as planned on Sunday, despite both a threat from the weather and a weekend shooting that left four people injured. Residents said they were determined to show the city's positive side.
posted Feb 11 2013 9:15AM
<VIDEO> Aerial footage recorded on Sunday shows the scale of the storm that dumped as much as three feet of snow on Connecticut. President Obama has declared a state of emergency for the state, giving the response effort there a boost.
posted Feb 11 2013 9:11AM
<VIDEO> At the height of the storm more than 400,000 people were without power. Many still in the dark and without heat are trying to keep warm by huddling under blankets or seeking shelter.
posted Feb 11 2013 4:38AM
<VIDEO> A tornado tore through Hattiesburg, Mississippi on Sunday, wrecking numerous homes and buildings. More than a dozen people in the area were hurt.
posted Feb 11 2013 4:37AM
<VIDEO> Emergency officials say an apparent tornado has caused significant damage in Hattiesburg, Miss., after passing along a main road.
posted Feb 8 2013 11:22AM
The nation's Roman Catholic bishops say the Obama administration's compromise plan for religious employers and birth control coverage doesn't go far enough.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said Thursday it wants a bigger buffer between religious charities and any third party arranging contraceptive coverage. The bishops also want a clearer statement that faith-affiliated hospitals and other nonprofits are religious ministries.
Church leaders made the comments a week after the Health and Human Services Department announced its latest revised plan for contraceptive coverage, part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Religious groups have been pressing for a year for a wider exemption.
The rule is the target of dozens of lawsuits by religious groups and owners of for-profit businesses who say the rule violates their religious beliefs.
posted Feb 8 2013 9:52AM
<VIDEO> A huge snowstorm is expected to bring blizzard conditions and hurricane-force winds to the Northeast. The massive storm could drop two feet of snow in New England, and is expected to hit Friday.
posted Feb 8 2013 9:38AM
<VIDEO> Southern California authorities are focusing on the Big Bear area, as they search for a rogue former police officer suspected of killing three people.
posted Feb 8 2013 9:36AM
<VIDEO> Someone is killing and mutilating dolphins along the Gulf Coast, leading wildlife groups, business owners and beachcombers in one Florida tourist enclave to band together to protect the animals from attacks.
posted Feb 8 2013 9:28AM
<VIDEO> In the gun control debate, perception is everything. If something fires like a machine gun, does that make it one? "Bump" stocks, designed for the disabled who enjoy shooting sports, are being used by anyone looking for a rapid-fire thrill.
posted Feb 8 2013 9:12AM
<VIDEO> New England is bracing for a major winter storm expected to dump up to 2 feet of snow in some places from Friday into Saturday. That has residents in places like Massachusetts scrambling for snow shovels and essentials like milk and eggs.
posted Feb 8 2013 9:07AM
<VIDEO> Sen. Diane Feinstein halted the confirmation hearing for John Brennan, nominated to be the CIA director, after multiple protestors interrupted the proceedings.
by Associated Press
posted Feb 7 2013 7:03PM
BOSTON (AP) - People in the Northeast are stocking up on food and supplies, and road crews are getting ready with salt and sand.
The region is bracing for a major winter storm that could bring up to 2 feet of snow to places that haven't seen a significant snowfall in more than a year.
Forecasters say most of southern New England could see anywhere from 18 to 24 inches between tomorrow and Saturday. Some other forecasts say the totals could be even higher.
Part of New York's Long Island is under a blizzard watch, as are parts of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.
New York City is expecting between 4 and 6 inches of snow.
Forecasters expect the snow to start tomorrow morning, with the heaviest accumulations tomorrow night and into Saturday.
Airlines have already canceled hundreds of flights tomorrow.
The storm would hit just after the 35th anniversary of the historic blizzard of 1978, which paralyzed the region with more than 2 feet of snow and hurricane-force winds.
by Associated Press
posted Feb 7 2013 7:01PM
Updates with authorities confirming burnt truck belongs to Dorner, door-to-door search under way. All times are PST. With BC-US--LA Police Shootings. With AP Photos.
By The Associated Press
Key events involving Christopher Dorner, the fired Los Angeles police officer suspected of killing at least three people including a police officer in Southern California and posting a manifesto on Facebook outlining plans to kill the families of those he felt wronged him:
- Sunday, Feb. 3: Monica Quan, 28, and Keith Lawrence, 27, are found shot to death in their car at an Irvine, Calif., parking structure. Quan, an assistant women's basketball coach at California State University, Fullerton, was the daughter of a former Los Angeles police captain who represented Dorner in disciplinary hearings that resulted in his dismissal.
- Monday, Feb. 4, about 9:30 a.m. PST: Some of Dorner's belongings, including police equipment, are found in a trash bin in the San Diego-area community of National City, Calif.
- Wednesday, Feb. 6: Irvine police announce they are looking for Dorner as a suspect in the killings of Quan and Lawrence, and say he implicated himself in the killings in a manifesto posted on Facebook. U.S. marshals and other law enforcement officials, acting on a credible lead, search Wednesday night for Dorner in San Diego's Point Loma area.
- Wednesday, Feb. 6, 10:30 p.m.: A man matching Dorner's description tries to steal a 47-foot boat from a San Diego marina, but the engine won't start. An 81-year-old man on the boat is tied up but unhurt.
- Thursday, Feb. 7, 1:30 a.m.: In the Riverside County community of Corona, Calif., two LAPD officers assigned to protect a person named in the manifesto chase a vehicle they believe is Dorner's. One officer is grazed in the forehead during a shootout, and the gunman flees. A short time later, a gunman believed to be Dorner ambushes two Riverside police officers who had stopped at a red light during a routine patrol. One officer is killed and the other critically injured.
- Thursday, Feb. 7, 2:18 a.m.: A shuttle bus driver turns in a wallet with an LAPD badge and a picture ID of Dorner to San Diego police. The wallet is found less than five miles from the boat, near San Diego International Airport.
- Thursday, Feb. 7, 5:15 a.m.: LAPD officers guarding a manifesto target in the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance open fire on a truck they mistakenly believe to be Dorner's. Two women are wounded. A short time later, Torrance police are involved in a second shooting involving a different truck they also mistake for Dorner's. Nobody is hurt.
- Thursday, Feb. 7, 8:30 a.m.: Reports surface that authorities are investigating a burned pickup truck near the Big Bear ski area in the San Bernardino Mountains. A San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy says there have been no sightings of Dorner but local school officials decide to put schools in lockdown.
- Thursday, Feb. 7, 9:30 a.m.: Authorities in central and northern Arizona are alerted about the manhunt for Dorner along with a description of the vehicle he may be driving.
- Thursday, Feb. 7, 9:40 a.m.: Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego is locked down after a Navy worker reports seeing someone who resembles Dorner. Two hours later, Navy officials say they don't believe Dorner was on base.
- Thursday, Feb. 7, 2:30 p.m.: Authorities confirm that the pickup truck found near Bear Mountain ski area at Big Bear Lake belongs to Dorner.
- Thursday, Feb. 7, 3:30 p.m.: San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon announces at a news conference that a door-to-door search for Dorner is under way.
Filed Under :
Arizona, California, Central Arizona, Corona, Irvine, Los Angeles, National City, Northern Arizona, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, San Diego, Southern California
posted Feb 7 2013 10:56AM
<VIDEO> President Barack Obama told leaders at the annual National Prayer Breakfast Thursday that he hopes they maintain the bipartisan spirit a little longer.
posted Feb 7 2013 10:38AM
<VIDEO> A new generation of subway tunnels is being built under New York City to handle the system's millions of daily commuters. The AP was given a tour of the 2nd Avenue subway and the Long Island Railroad to Grand Central Station extension projects.
posted Feb 7 2013 10:37AM
<VIDEO> The Pentagon is cutting its aircraft carrier presence in the Persian Gulf region from two carriers to one, the Defense Department said Wednesday.
posted Feb 7 2013 10:35AM
<VIDEO> Secretary of State John Kerry was ceremonially sworn into office at the State Department, Wednesday. In remarks following the swearing in, Kerry vowed the U.S. will not retreat from the world stage due to budget constraints or global challenges.
posted Feb 7 2013 4:37AM
<VIDEO> The National Weather Service says a big winter storm with near-hurricane force winds could drop up to two feet of snow in New England Friday and Saturday.
posted Feb 6 2013 7:50AM
<VIDEO> Child Protective Services and school officials in Indianapolis are investigating, after an 8-year-old girl with Down syndrome came home with her shoes duct-taped to her ankles.
posted Feb 6 2013 7:49AM
<VIDEO> Authorities in Midlothian, Texas have released the 911 call that was made by the suspect's sister after 'American Sniper' Chris Kyle and a friend were shot and killed at a Texas shooting range last Saturday.
posted Feb 6 2013 7:47AM
<VIDEO> An investigator with the NTSB says the agency will soon be examining the brakes of a tour bus that crashed in Southern California on Sunday, killing 7 and injuring dozens of others.
posted Feb 6 2013 7:45AM
<VIDEO> An unclassified Justice Department memo reveals the government does not need evidence that a specific attack is imminent when launching a drone attack to kill U.S. citizens working abroad with terrorists.
posted Feb 6 2013 7:43AM
<VIDEO> A 5-year-old boy who was held for a week in an underground bunker and then rescued in a raid by federal agents appears to be acting like a normal kid despite the ordeal, according to the local sheriff.
by Associated Press
posted Feb 5 2013 2:36PM
YUMA, Ariz. (AP) - Several schools in Yuma in western Arizona have been locked down and are being searched by police in response to an unconfirmed report of a person possibly having a gun.
There's no report of any shots being fired or anybody being taken into custody.
Police issued a statement saying officers went to Rancho Viejo Elementary School in response to the report.
The statement says two other schools also were locked down and that officers are conducting a search.
Spokesmen for the schools didn't immediately return calls for comment.
posted Feb 5 2013 10:57AM
<VIDEO> House Republicans are seizing on the president's failure to submit a budget on time for the fourth time in 5 years. The GOP is moving ahead with a bill to require the president to submit a budget that balances within ten years.
posted Feb 5 2013 9:51AM
<VIDEO> Army Secretary John McHugh has asked the army to develop a new structure to address the mental health of military personnel. McHugh says he hopes to improve mental health treatment and help soldiers learn how to look out warning signs.
posted Feb 5 2013 9:49AM
<VIDEO> The tour bus that crashed in Southern Calif. on Sunday, killing seven and injuring dozens, had a history of brake and other problems, according to government records. An NTSB investigator briefed reporters on the crash late Monday.
posted Feb 5 2013 9:48AM
<VIDEO> A group of gay Boy Scouts, leaders and their families say they have 1.4 million signatures on a petition to the organization to end its ban on gay members. The Boy Scouts may consider reversing its policy during a leadership meeting.
by Associated Press
posted Feb 4 2013 6:57PM
<VIDEO> MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) - Some details haven't been released, but officials say the gunman who had been holding a 5-year-old boy for a week in an underground bunker in rural Alabama is dead and the boy has been freed.
An FBI spokesman says officers stormed the bunker, in Midland City, after negotiations had deteriorated with 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes and officers believed the boy was in imminent danger. Dykes, who neighbors described as an isolated loner, was seen with a gun.
It's not clear how he died. Officials held a brief news conference and didn't provide many details.
The rescued boy was taken to a nearby hospital. Officials have said previously that he has Asperger's syndrome.
Neighbors described Dykes, a retired truck driver, as a man who once beat a dog to death with a lead pipe, threatened to shoot children for setting foot on his property, and patrolled his yard at night with a flashlight and a firearm. He returned to Alabama about two years ago, moving onto the rural tract about 100 yards from his nearest neighbors.
Government records show the Vietnam veteran had some scrapes with the law in Florida, including a 1995 arrest for improper exhibition of a weapon. The misdemeanor was dismissed. He also was arrested for marijuana possession in 2000.
by Associated Press
posted Feb 4 2013 6:56PM
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Police documents say the Iraq War veteran charged with killing a former Navy SEAL sniper and his friend on a Texas shooting range told a relative that he "traded his soul for a new truck."
An Erath County arrest warrant affidavit obtained by WFAA-TV says Eddie Ray Routh also said he wanted to drive to Oklahoma to avoid Texas authorities.
Routh is charged with one count of capital murder and two counts of murder in the shooting deaths of ex-Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range Saturday.
Authorities say he was driving Kyle's pickup when he was arrested. The three had gone to the range together.
The affidavit says Kyle and Littlefield were shot multiple times and numerous guns were at the scene.
posted Feb 4 2013 9:27AM
<VIDEO> A tour bus from Mexico collided with a car and a pickup truck east of Los Angeles Sunday night. At least eight people were killed in the accident, and dozens were injured.
by Associated Press
posted Feb 1 2013 7:46PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans are threatening to subpoena documents from the Food and Drug Administration as they investigate whether the agency could have prevented a deadly outbreak of meningitis caused by contaminated drugs.
Republicans on the committee investigating the outbreak sent a letter to the FDA, demanding the agency turn over internal documents concerning the New England Compounding Center.
The pharmacy produced a contaminated steroid, used mainly to treat back pain, that is blamed for fungal meningitis that has killed 45 people and sickened more than 600.
The FDA inspected the Massachusetts-based pharmacy three times and issued a warning letter in 2006, but never shut the operation down.
The lawmakers say they will consider issuing a subpoena if the agency doesn't turn over key documents related to the case by February 25.
by Associated Press
posted Feb 1 2013 7:45PM
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The Alabama school bus driver who was shot to death while trying to shield youngsters was raised in the forests and lakes of northern Idaho, served in the Army and worked as an auto mechanic.
Charles Albert Poland Jr. was hailed as a hero who gave his life to protect the pupils on his bus.
Authorities say a gunman boarded a school bus Tuesday filled with children and demanded two boys. When Poland tried to block his way, the gunman shot him and took a 5-year-old boy.
Poland's sister says she wasn't surprised that her brother tried to block the gunman.
Poland was born in Colorado but raised in the Idaho Panhandle towns of St. Maries and Athol.
The standoff between police and the gunman is in its fourth day.
posted Feb 1 2013 11:14AM
<VIDEO> U.S. employers added 157,000 jobs in January, and hiring was stronger over the past two years than previously thought, providing reassurance that the job market held steady even as economic growth sputtered.
posted Feb 1 2013 10:48AM
<VIDEO> Former Mayor Ed Koch, the combative, acid-tongued politician who rescued the city from near-financial ruin during a three-term City Hall run in which he embodied New York chutzpah for the rest of the world, died Friday. He was 88.
posted Feb 1 2013 10:35AM
<VIDEO> An explosion at the main headquarters of Mexico's state-owned oil company in the capital killed 14 people and injured more than 100 on Thursday.
posted Feb 1 2013 10:33AM
<VIDEO> For Darleen Evans, it was sheer terror as the manufacturing plant where she worked collapsed around her. She and two other women rushed into a bathroom stall, she holding one under each arm as she prayed, a tornado roaring overhead.
posted Feb 1 2013 10:31AM
<VIDEO> Anxious parents went to an Atlanta area middle school to check on their children after shots were fired in the courtyard. Police said a 14-year-old boy was shot in the back of the neck by another student.
posted Feb 1 2013 10:27AM
<VIDEO> A pileup with more than 40 vehicles has closed Interstate 70 in both directions about 20 miles west of Indianapolis. Officials said all lanes of I-70 are expected to remain closed until Thursday night. Aerial footage is silent from source.
posted Feb 1 2013 10:26AM
<VIDEO> An assistant district attorney was shot and killed Thursday morning near the North Texas courthouse where he worked. Authorities say they are searching his cases for clues about why he may have been targeted.
posted Feb 1 2013 9:05AM
<VIDEO> Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is stepping down on Friday. The former first lady, turned Senator from New York, turned Democratic presidential candidate, turned nation's top diplomat says "these last days have been bittersweet for me."