Fatal stabbing of girl, 8, prompts NorCal manhunt

VALLEY SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a young girl who died after being stabbed in her home in rural Northern California. The county coroner identified the girl as 8-year-old Leila Fowler. Initially she…

Accidental outlaw Willie Nelson celebrates 80th

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — America loves its outlaws, and few are as admired and lionized as Willie Nelson. As the enduring American icon’s 80th birthday has approached, he’s been honored with lifetime achievement awards, serenaded at special performances…

Pattern seen in alleged chemical arms use in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — The instances in which chemical weapons are alleged to have been used in Syria were purportedly small in scale: nothing along the lines of Saddam Hussein’s 1988 attack in Kurdish Iraq that killed thousands. That…

Alaska ferries lose nature experts to budget cuts

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — As the sun creeps into the sleeping quarters of the Tustumena, passengers who take a second to look out the window wake up to volcanic topography, sky blue lakes and wildlife that looks extraterrestrial…

Some are overlooked in US immigration overhaul

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Carlos Gonzalez has lived nearly all his 29 years in a country he considers home but now finds himself on the wrong side of the border — and the wrong side of a proposed…

Mexican journalists march against attacks on press

XALAPA, Mexico (AP) — Officials in Veracruz state say they know who killed Regina Martinez. The muckraking reporter, found beaten and suffocated in her house, was just the victim of a robbery, according to prosecutors and a local…

A new front for gun background checks: the ballot

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — After struggling to sway both state and federal lawmakers, proponents of expanding background checks for gun sales are now exploring whether they will have more success by taking the issue directly to voters. While…

Bombing shifts Mass. Senate race before primaries

BOSTON (AP) — The candidates in the Massachusetts special election to replace U.S. Sen. John Kerry have been forced to walk a delicate balance as they court voters ahead of Tuesday’s primary elections. They suspended campaign activities for…

Bombing shifts Mass. Senate race before primaries

BOSTON (AP) — The candidates in the Massachusetts special election to replace U.S. Sen. John Kerry have been forced to walk a delicate balance as they court voters ahead of Tuesday’s primary elections. They suspended campaign activities for…