Bomb suspect influenced by mysterious radical

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the years before the Boston Marathon bombings, Tamerlan Tsarnaev fell under the influence of a new friend, a Muslim convert who steered the religiously apathetic young man toward a strict strain of Islam, family…
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Kansas innovative school district law signed

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A new Kansas law will designate some school districts as innovative and make them exempt from certain state education rules. The law, signed……

No bail for suspect in alleged Fla. terror plot

MIAMI (AP) — There will be no release on bail for a Pakistani-born man accused in Florida along with his brother of plotting to detonate explosives in New York City. A Miami federal judge denied bail Tuesday for…

Airline service improves but delays still possible

NEW YORK (AP) — A day after flight delays plagued much of the nation, air travel was smoother Tuesday, but the government warned passengers that the situation could change by the hour as thousands of air-traffic controllers are…

4 charged after Va. freshmen swept into river

PETERSBURG, Va. (AP) — Police say four men are being charged in connection with alleged hazing that resulted in the drowning of a Virginia State University freshman. Chesterfield County police said Tuesday three of the suspects have been…

Dems, GOP press Obama administration on drone use

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate’s second-ranking Democrat is pressing the Obama administration to explicitly spell out its justification for using drones for targeted killings. Sen. Dick Durbin made the comments on Tuesday at the start of a Senate…

Poet Maya Angelou recovering after hospitalization

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — One of Maya Angelou’s doctors says the poet and author is recovering at her North Carolina home following a brief hospitalization. Dr. Jeff Williamson of the Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C.,…

Stocks gain on earnings; fake tweet rattles market

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market climbed Tuesday following strong earnings across a range of U.S. industries. Coach, Lockheed Martin, DuPont and Travelers all rose after they reported results that were better than analysts expected. Markets swooned…

Big week for news with Boston Marathon bombs story

NEW YORK (AP) — The deadly Boston Marathon bombings and the massive manhunt for two suspects made for a big week in television news. Fox News Channel had higher prime-time ratings than any other cable network last week…

Orphaned Calif. bobcat released into wild

EUREKA, Calif. (AP) — An orphaned Northern California bobcat that was initially deemed too friendly is back in the wild. The Times-Standard of Eureka reports (http://bit.ly/17grZOB ) that Chips has been released along with her den mate, Sierra,…

GOP report faults State Dept. on Libya security

WASHINGTON (AP) — An interim report by House Republicans faults the State Department and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for security deficiencies at the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya prior to last September’s attack. The report…

Los Angeles settles with women fired on in manhunt

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The city of Los Angeles reached a $4.2 million settlement on injury claims by two women who were hurt when police mistakenly opened fire on them during the manhunt for disgruntled ex-cop Christopher Dorner,…