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 […]

By DAVID A. LIEB and JIM SALTER Associated Press FERGUSON, Mo. – The Missouri Highway Patrol seized control of a St. Louis suburb Thursday, stripping local police of their law-enforcement authority after four days of clashes between officers in riot gear and furious crowds protesting the death of an unarmed black teen shot by an […]

By JULIE PACE and ROBERT BURNS Associated Press EDGARTOWN, Mass. – Crediting U.S. airstrikes and humanitarian aid, the Obama administration said Wednesday many trapped Iraqis have fled a mountain where they had sought refuge from militants, making it less likely the military would have to carry out a potentially dangerous rescue mission. The assessment came […]

By LYNN ELBER Associated PRess LOS ANGELES – In public, Robin Williams shared only the joy he found in life, never the sorrow. He was the same man in private, shielding even longtime friends from the darkness of depression that finally enveloped him. “I can honestly say I never saw him in the down times,” […]

By MARK KENNEDY Associated Press NEW YORK – Robin Williams’ daughter has abandoned her online social media accounts in disgust following what she called “cruel and unnecessary” messages following her father’s death, a move that has prompted Twitter to explore how it handles such situations. Zelda Williams, 25, wrote that she was stepping away from […]