By Justin Juozapavicius Associated Press TULSA, Okla. – The first batch of severe weather in this year’s tornado season devastated an Oklahoma mobile home park, as storms across the area damaged buildings, tore off roofs and left debris strewn across roads. One person was killed and several were injured. Tens of thousands of Oklahoma residents […]

By Steve Peoples Associated Press WASHINGTON – Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz has become the first major candidate for president, kicking off what’s expected to be a rush over the next few weeks of more than a dozen White House hopefuls into the 2016 campaign. “I am running for president and I hope to earn […]

By Andrew Taylor Associated Press WASHINGTON – GOP defense hawks are pressing to find ways to boost the Pentagon’s bottom line as the annual budget debate cranks up on Capitol Hill, as tension between defense hawks and budget hard-liners is already making it difficult for Republican leaders to assemble a majority behind their soon-to-be-revealed budget […]

By Stephen Ohlemacher Associated Press WASHINGTON – Fake IRS agents have targeted more than 366,000 people with harassing phone calls demanding payments and threatening jail as part of a huge nationwide tax scam that has cost taxpayers $15.5 million. More than 3,000 people have fallen for the ruse since 2013, Timothy Camus, a Treasury deputy […]

By Cain Burdeau and Melissa Nelson-Gabriel Associated Press NAVARRE, Fla. – More heavy fog, rain and rough surf complicated Thursday’s efforts to collect the remains of seven Marines and four soldiers whose Black Hawk helicopter crashed offshore while they trained in Florida. The military has provided few details about the crash, which happened Tuesday night […]

Claude Sitton was a leader among reporters covering the civil rights movement in the South in the 1950s and '60s and later won a Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Johnny Crawford)

By Don Schanche Jr. Associated Press ATLANTA – Journalist Claude Sitton, who set the pace for reporters covering the civil rights movement in the South in the 1950s and ‘60s and later won a Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary, died Tuesday. He was 89. Sitton’s son Clint said his father died Tuesday in Atlanta. He […]

A man stands near one of two helicopters that crashed near Villa Castelli in the La Rioja province of Argentina on Monday. Two helicopters with passengers who were filming a documentary crashed in the remote area of northwest Argentina, killing all 10 people on board both aircrafts, authorities said. (AP Photo/Jose Alamo)

By Jamey Keaten and Peter Prengaman Associated Press PARIS – Much of France was in mourning and looking for answers on Tuesday over the crash of two helicopters in a remote part of Argentina that killed 10 people, three of them French sports stars taking part in a glitzy new reality TV show. Olympic champion […]

By Jay Reeves Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Alabama’s stand against same-sex marriage regained ground Wednesday after the state’s highest court ruled that its ban remains legal, despite federal court pressure to begin issuing licenses to gays and lesbians. The Alabama Supreme Court ordered county probate judges to uphold the state ban pending a final […]

By James Queally and Ryan Parker Los Angeles Times (TNS) Alabama’s highest court once again ordered judges not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, defying a federal judge who struck down the state’s ban on such unions as unconstitutional and ignoring the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to intervene. In a 148-page ruling published Tuesday […]