By Pete Yost and Marcy Gordon Associated Press WASHINGTON – The government has reached a $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis, the Justice Department announced Thursday. The deal calls for the bank, the second-largest in the U.S., to […]

By Lolita C. Baldor Associated Press WASHINGTON – American fighter jets and drones conducted nearly a dozen airstrikes in Iraq since Tuesday, a U.S. official said, even as Islamic State militants threatened to kill a second American captive in retribution for any continued attacks. The strikes came in the hours after militants released a gruesome […]

By Alana Semuels Los Angeles Times (MCT) NEW YORK – A video posted online Tuesday purported to show the beheading of journalist James Foley by the militant group Islamic State, nearly two years after the American disappeared in Syria. A spokeswoman for the National Security Council, Caitlin Hayden, issued a statement saying that U.S. intelligence […]

By Alan Scher Zagier Associated Press FERGUSON, Mo. – A Missouri teenager fatally shot by police suffered a bullet wound to his right arm that may have occurred when he put his hands up or while his back was turned to the shooter, “but we don’t know,” a pathologist hired by the teen’s family said […]

By Nigel Duara and Jim Suhr Associated Press FERGUSON, Mo. – Attorney General Eric Holder on Sunday ordered a federal medical examiner to perform another autopsy on a black Missouri teenager whose fatal shooting by a white police officer has spurred a week of rancorous and sometimes-violent protests in suburban St. Louis. The “extraordinary circumstances” […]

By LYNN ELBER Associated Press LOS ANGELES – Robin Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease at the time of his death, his wife said Thursday. In a statement, Susan Schneider said that Williams, 63, was struggling with depression, anxiety and the Parkinson’s diagnosis when he died Monday in his Northern California home. […]

SALT LAKE CITY – Lye-laced tea burned a 67-year-old grandmother at a Utah restaurant this week. Jan Harding remained in critical condition Thursday at a Salt Lake City hospital burn unit. Investigators and the restaurant manager said a worker mistook a cleaning product for sugar and accidentally mixed large quantities of it into the iced-tea […]

By DAVID A. LIEB and JIM SALTER Associated Press FERGUSON, Mo. – The Missouri Highway Patrol seized control of a St. Louis suburb Thursday, stripping local police of their law-enforcement authority after four days of clashes between officers in riot gear and furious crowds protesting the death of an unarmed black teen shot by an […]

By JULIE PACE and ROBERT BURNS Associated Press EDGARTOWN, Mass. – Crediting U.S. airstrikes and humanitarian aid, the Obama administration said Wednesday many trapped Iraqis have fled a mountain where they had sought refuge from militants, making it less likely the military would have to carry out a potentially dangerous rescue mission. The assessment came […]