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 […]

By Michael Kunzelman and Melinda Deslatte Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. – Thousands of people in southern Louisiana hunkered down in shelters Monday, forced out of their homes by intense flooding that took many people by surprise. The weather had improved from the torrential downpours, but rivers and creeks in many areas were still way […]

By Josh Lederman Associated Press MIAMI – Donald Trump repeatedly accused President Barack Obama of founding the Islamic State group on Thursday, refusing to take back a patently false allegation even when questioned about the logic of his position. A day after lobbing the attack against the president during a rowdy rally, Trump pressed ahead […]

By Alicia A. Caldwell Associated Press WASHINGTON – The Obama administration isn’t going to reclassify marijuana and remove it from the list of the most dangerous drugs. The Drug Enforcement Administration says in a lengthy notice in the Federal Registry that it consulted with the Health and Human Services Department and concluded that marijuana will […]

By Jim Suhr Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Kan. – A 10-year-old boy was decapitated as he rode a 168-foot tall waterslide at a water park in Kansas, a person familiar with the investigation said Wednesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the person is not authorized to speak about Caleb Schwab’s death Sunday […]

By Danica Kirka and David Koenig Associated Press LONDON – Twelve hours after a power outage knocked out its computer systems worldwide, Delta Air Lines was struggling Monday to resume normal operations and clear backlogs of passengers stranded by canceled flights. By early afternoon, Delta said it had canceled 451 flights. Tracking service FlightStats Inc. […]

By Lisa Lerer Associated Press PHILADELPHIA – Hillary Clinton capped a four-day convention celebration with a plea for national unity and tolerance. Now, one of the most divisive and distrusted figures in American politics must convince voters that she, rather than Republican rival Donald Trump, can bring a deeply divided nation together. “America is once […]

By Ben Nuckols Associated Press WASHINGTON – More than 35 years after he tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in an effort to impress actress Jodie Foster, John Hinckley Jr. will be allowed to leave a Washington mental hospital and live full time with his mother in Virginia, a judge ruled Wednesday. Judge Paul Friedman […]