Woman who helped put away serial killer awaits his execution
STARKE, Fla. (AP) — At 17, Lisa Noland was fighting for her life. A killer on a rampage that would leave 10 women dead abducted her outside a church and raped her.
Clotilda: Last US slave ship discovered among gators, snakes
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The old wooden ship hull didn't look like much when researchers first saw it: just broken, waterlogged boards and a few pieces of rusted metal, all stuck in the muddy bottom of a bug-infested Alabama bayou where an alligator and poisonous water moccasins swam nearby.
Runaway barges crash into Oklahoma dam and quickly sink
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two unmanned barges that broke loose on the swollen Arkansas River in Oklahoma crashed into a dam hours later and sank Thursday, and they didn't cause the structure to fail, which officials feared might happen.
Serial cyberstalker who threatened women gets prison term
PROVO, Utah (AP) — A man who posted a Facebook message threatening to kill "as many girls as I see" in retaliation for years of romantic rejection was sentenced Thursday to up to five years in prison.
American who joined the Taliban is released from prison
John Walker Lindh, the Californian who took up arms for the Taliban and was captured by U.S. forces in Afghanistan in 2001, got out of prison Thursday after more than 17 years, released under tight restrictions that reflected government fears he still harbors radical views.
Tokyo-Vegas investment chief gets 50 years in huge scheme
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The former head of a Tokyo and Las Vegas investment firm was sentenced Thursday to 50 years in prison for bilking thousands of Japanese victims in what prosecutors called a $1.5 billion international Ponzi scheme that ranks among the largest-ever fraud cases in the U.S.
Far from border, US cities feel effect of migrant releases
MIAMI (AP) — A surge of asylum-seeking families has been straining cities along the southern U.S. border for months, but now the issue is flowing into cities far from Mexico, where immigrants are being housed in an airplane hangar and rodeo fairgrounds and local authorities are struggling to keep up with the influx.
NASA's first-of-kind tests look to manage drones in cities
RENO, Nev. (AP) — NASA has launched the final stage of a four-year effort to develop a national traffic management system for drones, testing them in cities for the first time beyond the operator's line of sight as businesses look in the future to unleash the unmanned devices in droves above busy streets and buildings.
Prosecutor: Greed fueled Hawaii power couple's schemes
HONOLULU (AP) — A special federal prosecutor spent an hour taking jurors through what has been called the biggest corruption case to rock Hawaii, showing how a high-ranking law enforcement power couple schemed to silence relatives who threatened to expose the financial fraud that funded their lavish lifestyle.
Oahu's Kailua beach is named best in the US by 'Dr. Beach'
KAILUA, Hawaii (AP) — In Kailua, the sand is soft and white, the water is clear and calm, and the view is exactly what you would expect from a beach in the Hawaiian Islands.
Illegal killings, political opposition hobble wolf recovery
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Illegal killings and longstanding political resistance have undercut the return of two species of endangered wolves to the wild, frustrating government efforts that already cost more than $80 million but have failed to meet recovery targets.
Census: Big cities in US aren't growing like they used to
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Big cities in the U.S. aren't growing like they used to. Most of the nation's largest cities last year grew by a fraction of the numbers they did earlier in the decade, according to population and housing unit estimates released Thursday by the U.S.
Backers of more info on Ohio State doctor abuse win a round
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University and the state board that regulates physicians are trying a new strategy in hopes of being able to make more information public from the board's old investigation involving a team doctor who sexually abused students for two decades.
AP Was There: The roots of the 'American Taliban'
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — This story was first published on Dec. 21, 2001, when AP journalist Justin Pritchard reported on the American Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh's journey to the Taliban front lines.
Julian Castro joins McDonald's strikers in North Carolina
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential contender Julian Castro joined a march to a McDonald's restaurant in North Carolina on Thursday to draw attention to workers' efforts to raise the minimum wage and secure other protections.
Judge orders file in Jussie Smollett criminal case unsealed
CHICAGO (AP) — A judge in Chicago ordered the file in Jussie Smollett's criminal case unsealed Thursday, saying the actor's actions did not appear to be those of someone seeking to maintain his privacy.
Legal experts: California reporter did not commit crime
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A battle between the press and police is playing out in politically liberal San Francisco after police raided a freelance reporter's home and office seeking to uncover the source of a leaked police report into the unexpected death of the city's former elected public defender.
US forecasters: Expect near normal Atlantic hurricane season
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Atlantic hurricane season is off to yet another early start, but U.S. weather officials say it should be a near normal year.
Vegas tourism board backs $49M Elon Musk transit system
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A company backed by tech billionaire Elon Musk has been awarded a nearly $49 million contract to build a transit system using self-driving vehicles underneath the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Older Americans more likely to cite workplace discrimination
CHICAGO (AP) — Are older workers being discriminated against on the job? The answer appears to depend on the age of the person asked.
D-Day veterans revisit Normandy, recall horror and triumph
Planes spread out across the sky, nearly wingtip to wingtip. A sniper's bullet whizzing by the ear. Squeezing a dying soldier's hand, so he knew he was not alone.
3 deaths in Missouri as tornado strikes state capital
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A "violent tornado" touched down in Jefferson City, causing heavy damage in Missouri's capital city as severe weather swept across the state overnight, causing three deaths and leaving many people trapped in the wreckage of their homes.
Retailers, shoppers could feel more pain if tariffs spread
NEW YORK (AP) — An escalating trade war between the U.S. and China could mean higher prices on a broad array of products from toys to clothing.
California synagogue honors woman slain in gunman's attack
POWAY, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California synagogue where a gunman killed a woman and wounded three other people dedicated a new Torah scroll — the holiest object in Judaism — to the slain woman on Wednesday.
SEAL's trial delayed as defense seeks info on email snooping
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A judge delayed the murder case Wednesday of a decorated Navy SEAL to first make sure the government's monitoring of defense team emails did not compromise his right to a fair trial.