Law student to be tried in Vegas bird beheading

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A University of California, Berkeley law student is headed to trial in Nevada state court on felony charges in what prosecutors say was the torture death and beheading of an exotic bird at a…

7 charged with smuggling fish bladders to China

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Federal prosecutors in San Diego say seven people have been charged in a scheme to sell the bladders of an endangered Mexican fish considered a delicacy for use in Chinese soup. The U.S. attorney’s…

Russia contacted US twice about Boston bomber

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss says the Russians contacted the U.S. twice about Tamerlan Tsarnaev (tsahr-NEYE’-ehv), one of the men authorities say was behind the Boston Marathon attacks. Chambliss, of Georgia, says the U.S. was contacted…

Calif. grocer tries to profit off botched burglary

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California grocery store owner is trying to profit from a suspected thief’s botched burglary attempt that was caught on video and went viral. Footage shows the man breaking the Redding store’s window…

Dad pleads guilty in abuse of Ariz. girl who died

PHOENIX (AP) — The father of a 10-year-old Arizona girl who died after authorities say another relative padlocked her in a footlocker has pleaded guilty to an attempted child abuse charge. Fifty-three-year-old David Martin Deal isn’t charged in…

Calif. educators sued over English instruction

LOS ANGELES (AP) — About 20,000 students in California who need to learn English aren’t getting adequate language instruction, according to a lawsuit against the state and education workers filed Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union. Under…

NM grapples with tough choices as drought persists

HATCH, N.M. (AP) — In southern New Mexico, the Rio Grande has gone dry. It’s been reduced to a sandy wash winding from this chile farming community to the nation’s leading pecan-producing county. Across the state’s eastern plains,…

Lawyers defend Boston bomb suspect amid furloughs

The lawyers defending Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-KHAHR’ tsahr-NEYE’-ehv) are dealing with federal budget cuts that are forcing them to take three unpaid weeks off, even as they prepare a defense for the high-profile case. The…