By Denise Lavoie AP Legal Affairs Writer BOSTON – Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted on all charges Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombing by a federal jury that now must decide whether the 21-year-old former college student should be executed. Tsarnaev folded his arms, fidgeted and looked down at the defense table as he listened to […]

In this April 4 frame from video provided by Attorney L. Chris Stewart, who is representing the family of Walter Lamer Scott, Scott appears to be running away from City Patrolman Michael Thomas Slager, right, in North Charleston, S.C. Slager was charged with murder on Tuesday, April 7. (AP Photo/Courtesy of L. Chris Stewart)

By Bruce Smith and Jeffrey Collins Associated Press NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – A young man whose cellphone video put a South Carolina police officer in jail on a murder charge said Wednesday that he gave the recording to the dead man’s family because if it was his relative who was killed, he “would have liked […]

By Meredith Somers and Lolita C. Baldor Associated Press FORT MEADE, Md. – Officers opened fire after two men dressed as women refused to stop Monday at the National Security Agency gate at Fort Meade and then smashed into a police vehicle blocking the road, officials said. One of the men died, and the other […]

By Justin Juozapavicius Associated Press TULSA, Okla. – The first batch of severe weather in this year’s tornado season devastated an Oklahoma mobile home park, as storms across the area damaged buildings, tore off roofs and left debris strewn across roads. One person was killed and several were injured. Tens of thousands of Oklahoma residents […]

By Steve Peoples Associated Press WASHINGTON – Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz has become the first major candidate for president, kicking off what’s expected to be a rush over the next few weeks of more than a dozen White House hopefuls into the 2016 campaign. “I am running for president and I hope to earn […]

By Andrew Taylor Associated Press WASHINGTON – GOP defense hawks are pressing to find ways to boost the Pentagon’s bottom line as the annual budget debate cranks up on Capitol Hill, as tension between defense hawks and budget hard-liners is already making it difficult for Republican leaders to assemble a majority behind their soon-to-be-revealed budget […]

By Stephen Ohlemacher Associated Press WASHINGTON – Fake IRS agents have targeted more than 366,000 people with harassing phone calls demanding payments and threatening jail as part of a huge nationwide tax scam that has cost taxpayers $15.5 million. More than 3,000 people have fallen for the ruse since 2013, Timothy Camus, a Treasury deputy […]

By Cain Burdeau and Melissa Nelson-Gabriel Associated Press NAVARRE, Fla. – More heavy fog, rain and rough surf complicated Thursday’s efforts to collect the remains of seven Marines and four soldiers whose Black Hawk helicopter crashed offshore while they trained in Florida. The military has provided few details about the crash, which happened Tuesday night […]

Claude Sitton was a leader among reporters covering the civil rights movement in the South in the 1950s and '60s and later won a Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Johnny Crawford)

By Don Schanche Jr. Associated Press ATLANTA – Journalist Claude Sitton, who set the pace for reporters covering the civil rights movement in the South in the 1950s and ‘60s and later won a Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary, died Tuesday. He was 89. Sitton’s son Clint said his father died Tuesday in Atlanta. He […]