New civil trial ordered in Army training death

HONOLULU (AP) — A federal appeals court has ordered a new trial in a lawsuit filed by the family of a Texas soldier killed during a live-fire training exercise in Hawaii. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals…

PETA buys shares of SeaWorld stock

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — PETA has purchased newly issued shares of SeaWorld Entertainment Inc., the theme park company often targeted for protests by the animal rights group. PETA spokesman David Perle said Tuesday his group purchased 80 shares…

Celebs join project for giant NYC skating center

NEW YORK (AP) — Two celebrity athletes are part of a project to turn an empty New York City armory into a massive ice sports center. The plans include former New York Rangers captain Mark Messier, a Stanley…

Obama salutes national teacher of the year

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is honoring the finalists for the 2013 National Teacher of the Year award and saluting the winner, a Washington state teacher credited with improving science enrollment at his high school. The winner…

New deadline ordered for FDA food safety reforms

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge is siding with two California advocacy groups in ruling that the Food and Drug Administration must set a new timetable to implement delayed food safety reforms. U.S. District Judge Phyllis J.…

US seeks voluntary limits on car touch screens

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. traffic safety regulators are asking automakers to put stronger limits on how long drivers can use in-car touch screens in an effort to curb distracted driving. The voluntary guidelines unveiled Tuesday would restrict the…

Mo. man gets 2 life terms for killing 2 sisters

PLATTE CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 32-year-old northwest Missouri man has been sentenced to two life terms after pleading guilty to killing two sisters while he was high on methamphetamine. Clifford Miller, of Trimble, pleaded guilty Tuesday in…

Police: Madonna’s brother resists arrest, is hurt

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say pop star Madonna’s brother needed nine stiches to his forehead after he resisted arrest in a public bathroom in northern Michigan. The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/10v57vC ) that police were…

Help for ‘uninsurables’ mired in political battle

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are offering to bail out a financially strapped program in the federal health overhaul, one that’s a lifeline for uninsured people with medical problems. Truce in the health care wars? Not! The GOP bill,…

Robert Edgar, former Pa. congressman, dies at 69

BURKE, Va. (AP) — Robert Edgar, who represented Pennsylvania for six terms in the House of Representatives and went on to lead the public interest group Common Cause, has died. He was 69. His wife of 48 years,…

Guide to Philadelphia abortion doctor murder case

Dr. Kermit Gosnell is on trial, charged with murder, in the deaths of a female patient and four babies prosecutors say were born alive at the abortion clinic he ran. A look at the facts in the case:…

Venezuelan govt targets disaffected ex-supporters

TACARIGUA, Venezuela (AP) — The razor-close vote to replace late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has sparked what opposition leaders and human rights groups say is a government crackdown on public employees who either didn’t back Chavez’s hand-picked successor…

UN official hopeful about 2015 climate talks

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.N.’s climate chief says talks in 2015 to secure a global warming pact will not fail as they did at the 2009 Copenhagen summit where world leaders, including President Barrack Obama,…

Kansas judge blocks use of ‘In Cold Blood’ files

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A judge ruled Tuesday that investigation materials pertaining to the 1959 “In Cold Blood” murders that a Kansas Bureau of Investigation agent kept at home may not be auctioned off or publicly revealed until…

US not sure Syria’s Assad used chemical arms

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says the U.S. hasn’t yet come to the conclusion that Syrian President Bashar Assad has used chemical weapons even though close U.S. allies say he has. White House spokesman Jay Carney says…

Republicans rap consumer agency’s data collection

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans are criticizing federal regulators’ efforts to track the credit card, mortgage and spending habits of millions of consumers by collecting anonymous data about them. Sen. Mike Crapo of Idaho says the newly established…