By Will Weissert and Paul J. Weber Associated Press FORT HOOD, Texas – An Iraq War veteran being treated for mental illness was the gunman who opened fire at Fort Hood, killing three people and wounding 16 others before committing suicide, in an attack on the same Texas military base where more than a dozen […]

By Will Weissert Associated Press FORT HOOD, Texas – All-clear sirens have sounded at Fort Hood as the lockdown was lifted hours after a deadly shooting at the Texas Army post. Hundreds of cars began streaming from the giant complex, including children who had been kept in locked-down schools. U.S. law enforcement officials say four […]

This Oct. 8, 2013 file photo shows Cornell Woolridge of Windsor Mill, Md., taking part in a demonstration outside the Supreme Court in Washington as the court heard arguments on campaign finance. The Supreme Court struck down limits Wednesday in federal law on the overall campaign contributions the biggest individual donors may make to candidates, political parties and political action committees. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

By Mark Sherman Associated Press WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court struck down limits Wednesday in federal law on the overall campaign contributions the biggest individual donors may make to candidates, political parties and political action committees. The justices said in a 5-4 vote that Americans have a right to give the legal maximum to candidates […]

By Andrew Taylor Associated Press WASHINGTON – House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan unveiled an updated Republican budget plan Tuesday that would slash $5.1 trillion in federal spending over coming decade and promises to balance the government’s books with wide-ranging cuts in programs like food stamps and government-paid health care for the poor and working […]

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar Associated Press WASHINGTON – The Obama administration says a new technical problem is preventing last-minute users from signing up on the government’s health insurance website. The new problem comes as traffic is surging on deadline day. Health and Human Services spokesman Aaron Albright says technicians have identified an issue affecting consumers who […]

By Hyung-Jin Kim and Jung-Yoon Choi Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea – North and South Korea fired hundreds of artillery shells into each other’s waters Monday in a flare-up of animosity that forced residents of five front-line South Korean islands to evacuate to shelters for several hours, South Korean officials said. The exchange of fire […]

By Todd Pitman and Eileen Ng Associated Press KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – A new analysis of satellite data indicates the missing Malaysia Airlines plane crashed into a remote corner of the Indian Ocean, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Monday. The news is a major breakthrough in the unprecedented two-week struggle to find out what […]

By Julie Pace AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON – Seeking to intensify pressure on Russia, President Barack Obama on Thursday expanded U.S. economic sanctions against Moscow over its actions in Ukraine, targeting President Vladimir Putin’s chief of staff and 19 other individuals as well as a Russian bank that provides them support. Obama, warning of […]

By John Hanna Associated Press TOPEKA, Kan. – The Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., the fiery founder of a small Kansas church who led outrageous and hate-filled protests that blamed almost everything, including the deaths of AIDS victims and U.S. soldiers, on America’s tolerance for gay people, has died. He was 84. Daughter Margie Phelps told […]