Hagel says budget cuts hurt military readiness

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel says federal budget cuts are hurting the nation’s military readiness. Hagel made the comment during a town hall-style meeting at Fort Bragg on Monday. Hagel told an audience of…

Players vie for final World Series of Poker table

LAS VEGAS (AP) — As the sun began to set over the Rio casino in Las Vegas, a weary group of card sharks approached the midway point of the last day in the contest for a place at…

US lawyer gets year in prison in Refco fraud

NEW YORK (AP) — A Chicago-area lawyer convicted in a $2.4 billion fraud that led to the collapse of a giant independent commodities firm has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison. Joseph P. Collins…

Iowa State Fair plans butter sculpture of Lincoln

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A butter sculpture of President Abraham Lincoln will share the dairy-centric spotlight this year with the world-famous butter cow at the Iowa State Fair. Organizers announced Monday that a sculpture of Lincoln, along…

Crowd protests Little Rock police shooting

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Dozens of protesters gathered in Little Rock shortly after a black man was fatally shot by police following a traffic stop, with some citing frustration about the recent Trayvon Martin verdict. Little Rock…

Doctors: Singer Randy Travis awake after stroke

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — Country music star Randy Travis was awake and making progress Monday as he recovers from surgery following a stroke, his doctors said. In a news release and video from the Texas hospital where the…

Giant panda gives birth to twins at Zoo Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — A spokeswoman for Zoo Atlanta says a giant panda named Lun Lun has given birth to twins. Keisha Hines said Lun Lun went into labor Monday afternoon and gave birth at 6:21 p.m. EDT, surprising…

Ind. doctor suspected in 2 deadly Neb. attacks

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Indiana doctor was arrested Monday in the unsolved deaths of four people who had ties to Creighton University’s medical school, including the 11-year-old son of a professor who helped fire him from the…

Wis. man faces trial for shooting teenage neighbor

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jurors were selected Monday in the case of a 76-year-old white man charged with gunning down a 13-year-old black boy last year on a Milwaukee sidewalk over a theft allegation. The proceedings come two days…

ND judge: 2011 abortion law unconstitutional

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A 2011 North Dakota law that outlaws one of two drugs used in nonsurgical abortions violates the state and U.S. constitutions, a state judge ruled Monday. After a three-day trial in April, East Central…

‘Despicable Me 2′ among top animated pics of 2013

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The minions of “Despicable Me 2″ squeaked out another win at the box office last weekend, beating out the debuts of the Adam Sandler comedy “Grown Ups 2″ and sci-fi fanboy flick “Pacific Rim.”…

Airlines, WTC owners square off in NYC court

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge began listening to testimony Monday that will help him decide whether the owners of the World Trade Center buildings destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks can pursue billions of dollars in…

GA execution halted amid lethal injection concerns

ATLANTA (AP) — A judge has temporarily stayed a Georgia inmate’s scheduled execution Monday, after attorneys raised questions involving the state’s supply of execution drugs. A lawyer for Warren Lee Hill said the judge planned a hearing Thursday.…

In Va., bid to restore rights to nonviolent felons

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The door opened Monday for tens of thousands of nonviolent felons in Virginia to regain the right to vote, with state officials outlining steps each will have to take to recapture their basic civil…

Neb. city set to take over quirky Carhenge site

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — While it lacks the cultural significance of the original prehistoric monument found in England, western Nebraska’s junk-car tribute to Stonehenge remains a top tourist draw in state — even if it is more likely…

Report: New details on death of man at Md. theater

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — Police tried to forcibly remove a man with Down syndrome from a Maryland theater with tragic results, despite warnings from his caretaker that her client would “freak out” if they touched or spoke to…