By Zeina Karam Associated Press BEIRUT – Islamic State extremists released a video posted Tuesday showing the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warning President Barack Obama that as long as U.S. airstrikes against the militant group continue, “our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people.” The footage – […]

By Michael Felberbaum Associated Press FORT LEE, Va. – An enraged soldier barricaded herself inside a major command’s headquarters and shot herself in the head Monday after throwing objects around the office as law enforcement officials tried to negotiate with her, the Army said. She died later in the day. The soldier, who has not […]

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 […]