NEW YORK (AP) – Walgreens confirmed Tuesday that it will buy rival Rite Aid for about $9.41 billion in cash, creating a drugstore giant with nearly 18,000 stores around the world. The deal comes less than year after Walgreens bought European health and beauty retailer Alliance Boots. Besides its namesake stores, Deerfield, Illinois-based Walgreens also […]

Police investigate a damaged car after the vehicle crashed into a crowd of spectators during the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade, causing multiple injuries, on Saturday in Stillwater, Okla. (Nate Billings/The Oklahoman via AP)

By Justin Juozapavicius Associated Press STILLWATER, Okla. – A motorist plowed her car into a crowd of spectators Saturday during the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade, killing three people and injuring nearly two dozen others, police said. Stillwater police Capt. Kyle Gibbs said the woman’s sedan struck an unoccupied motorcycle of an officer who was […]

By Christopher Sherman Associated Press PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico – Hurricane Patricia barreled toward southwestern Mexico on Friday as a monster Category 5 storm, the strongest ever in the Western Hemisphere. Locals and tourists were either hunkering down or trying to make last-minute escapes ahead of what forecasters called a “potentially catastrophic landfall” later in the […]

By Josh Lederman Associated Press WASHINGTON – Vice President Joe Biden declared Wednesday he won’t run for president in 2016, ending a months-long flirtation with a third White House campaign and setting him on a glide path toward the end of his decades-long political career. Biden’s decision bolsters Hillary Rodham Clinton’s standing as the front-runner […]

By Julie Pace AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Thursday abandoned his pledge to end America’s longest war, announcing plans to keep at least 5,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan when he leaves office in 2017 and hand the conflict off to his successor. It is another setback for the president in […]

By Jay Reeves and Emery P. Dalesio Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Carolinas saw sunshine Tuesday after days of inundation, but it could take weeks to recover from being pummeled by a historic rainstorm that caused widespread flooding and 17 deaths. Tuesday was the first completely dry day in Columbia since Sept. 24, but […]

By Seanna Adcox and Jeffrey Collins Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. – Another day of heavy rain drenched an already inundated South Carolina on Monday as rescue teams went door-to-door to check on people in swamped neighborhoods and authorities surveyed a statewide road system torn apart by historic flooding. At least nine weather-related deaths in two […]

By Maria L. La Ganga, Christine Mai-Duc and Richard A. Serrano Los Angeles Times (TNS) In one of the deadliest of a series of school shootings that have become violently familiar across the U.S., a gunman opened fire at a community college in southwestern Oregon on Thursday morning, killing at least 10 people and injuring […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – For Northeast Mississippians who witnessed the Pope’s tour through Washington, New York and Philadelphia, the spiritual high still lingers. “It was amazing,” said Veronica Lopez, who works for the Hispanic ministries of the Jackson Diocese of the Catholic Church. Lopez attended the Festival of Families in Philadelphia on […]