Arkansas approves Medicaid expansion alternative

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas legislators have approved using federal money to buy private insurance for low-income residents, endorsing a plan eyed by other states seeking an alternative to expanding Medicaid. The “private-option” plan was backed by…

Guide to the Philadelphia abortion doc murder case

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

Obama dines and talks issues with Senate Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama regrouped over dinner Wednesday with a dozen Democratic senators, attempting to press ahead on tenuous elements of his agenda after suffering a major setback on gun control. Emerging from a hotel blocks…

War medicine now is helping Boston bomb victims

The bombs that made Boston look like a combat zone have also brought battlefield medicine to their civilian victims. A decade of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has sharpened skills and scalpels, leading to dramatic advances that are…

Army climbers help recover body on Alaska glacier

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A pair of Army mountaineering experts spent six hours down a 140-foot hole in an Alaska glacier and helped shovel out more than a ton of snow to recover the body of a 9-year-old…

War medicine now is helping Boston bomb victims

The bombs that made Boston look like a combat zone have also brought battlefield medicine to their civilian victims. A decade of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has sharpened skills and scalpels, leading to dramatic advances that are…

Wrongful death claims kept open in Colo. shootings

DENVER (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday declined to dismiss wrongful death and liability claims filed against the company that owns the Colorado movie theater where 12 people were shot to death last summer. Cinemark USA filed…

Mich. husband charged in executive wife’s death

DETROIT (AP) — A man accused of forcing a handyman to strangle his wife was charged with first-degree murder Wednesday, 15 months after the discovery of her body in a Detroit alley stirred fear that she was a…

Revs’ Reis says father-in-law hurt in bombing

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis says his father-in-law is in critical condition after being injured during the explosions at the Boston Marathon. Reis says John Odom underwent three surgeries in 40 hours, is…

Marathon rescuer gets attention from press and FBI

BOSTON (AP) — Virtually overnight, a peace activist with a colorful past has turned into a living reminder of both the horror and bravery witnessed in the double bombing at the Boston Marathon. Fifty-two-year-old Carlos Arredondo was watching…

Martin Short could be back on TV in new sitcom

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Martin Short could be back in the weekly TV business with his former “Saturday Night Live” boss, Lorne Michaels. Short says he’s waiting to hear whether NBC will pick up a comedy pilot…