Police secure the scene of a shooting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday.  A soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial was shot by an unknown gunman and people reported hearing gunfire inside the halls of Parliament. Prime Minister Stephen Harper was rushed away from Parliament Hill to an undisclosed location, according to officials. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld)

By Jeremy Hainsworth and Rob Gillies Associated Press OTTAWA, Ontario – A Canadian soldier standing guard at a war memorial in the country’s capital was shot to death Wednesday, and gunfire then erupted inside Parliament, authorities said. One gunman was killed, and police said they were hunting for as many as two others. The bloodshed […]

By Pete Yost, Sam Hananel and Eric Tucker Associated Press WASHINGTON – Four former Blackwater security guards were convicted Wednesday in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, an incident that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe and was denounced by critics as an illustration of a war gone horribly wrong. The […]

By Carolyn Kellogg Los Angeles Times (MCT) John Grisham is known for writing bestselling legal thrillers like “The Firm,” “The Client” and “The Pelican Brief.” Promoting his upcoming novel “Gray Mountain,” he told England’s the Daily Telegraph that America’s prison system is out of control. And in the process, he said some pretty creepy things […]

By Robert Burns National Security Writer WASHINGTON – It’s less punchy than previous nicknames for U.S. conflicts in the Middle East – remember Operation Desert Storm and its thunderous attacks against Saddam Hussein? – but the Pentagon has finally named its fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria: Operation Inherent Resolve. The naming, […]

By Emily Schmall and Nomaan Merchant Associated Press DALLAS – The Ebola crisis in the U.S. took another alarming turn Wednesday with word that a second Dallas nurse caught the disease from a patient and flew across the Midwest aboard an airliner the day before she fell ill. President Barack Obama canceled a campaign trip […]

By Nomaan Merchant Associated Press DALLAS – A “breach of protocol” at the hospital where Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan was treated before his death led to the infection of a health care worker with the deadly virus, and other caregivers could potentially be exposed, federal health officials said Sunday. The hospital worker, a woman […]

By Nomaan Merchant Associated Press DALLAS – The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States died Wednesday morning in a Dallas hospital, according to a hospital spokesman. Thomas Eric Duncan was pronounced dead at 7:51 a.m. at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, where he was admitted Sept. 28 and had been kept in isolation, […]

By Mark Sherman Associated Press WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court unexpectedly cleared the way Monday for a dramatic expansion of gay marriage in the United States and may have signaled that it’s only a matter of time before same-sex couples can marry in all 50 states. Rejecting appeals from five states seeking to preserve their […]

By Eileen Sullivan and Alicia A. Caldwell Associated Press WASHINGTON – Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned Wednesday in the face of multiple revelations about bumbling in her agency and rapidly eroding confidence that the president and his family were being kept safe. President Barack Obama “concluded new leadership of that agency was required,” said […]