By Andrew Welsh-Huggins and Julie Carr Smyth Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio – A man plowed his car into a group of pedestrians at Ohio State University and began stabbing people with a butcher knife Monday before he was shot to death by a police officer. Police said they are investigating whether it was a terrorist […]

By Michael Weissenstein and Peter Orsi Associated Press HAVANA – Former President Fidel Castro, who led a rebel army to improbable victory in Cuba, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 U.S. presidents during his half century rule, has died at age 90. Castro’s reign over the island-nation 90 miles from Florida was […]

By Jonathan Mattise Associated Press CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Police arrested a Chattanooga school bus driver on charges including vehicular homicide after a bus crash killed five students. Calling the Monday afternoon crash “every public safety professional’s worst nightmare,” Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher told an overnight news conference that 24-year-old bus driver Johnthony Walker was […]

By Emery P. Dalesio and Martha Waggoner Associated Press LUMBERTON, N.C. – A North Carolina state trooper shot and killed an armed man during a search and rescue operation, authorities said Tuesday, and thousands of people were told to get to higher ground as the flooding from Hurricane Matthew moved downstream. In Greenville, officials warned […]

By Julie Pace and Jill Colvin Associated Press HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – In a combative opening debate, Hillary Clinton emphatically denounced Donald Trump Monday night for keeping his personal tax returns and business dealings secret from voters and peddling a “racist lie” about President Barack Obama. Businessman Trump repeatedly cast Clinton as a “typical politician” as […]

By Jay Reeves and Jeff Martin Associated Press CITRONELLE, Ala. – A man accused of slaying five people at an Alabama home brought an ax to attack his victims, striking one who had been sleeping in a reclining chair, and also used guns he took from the house to shoot them, an Alabama sheriff said […]

By Paul J. Weber Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas – A federal judge in Texas has blocked the Obama administration’s order that requires public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity. In a temporary injunction signed Sunday, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor ruled that the federal […]

By Jeff Martin Associated Press ATLANTA – The five people slain in a massacre at a south Alabama home included a woman who was five months pregnant, Mobile County authorities said. The suspect, Derrick Dearman, attacked them as they slept and then abducted his estranged girlfriend, Laneta Lester, and an infant from the home, a […]

By Michael Kunzelman, Melinda Deslatte and Rebecca Santana Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. – As waters receded in parts of Louisiana’s capital city, some residents returned to their flood-damaged homes Tuesday for the first time and found a soggy mess. David Key used a small boat to get to his house in Prairieville and said […]