By Nancy Benac Associated Press Writer Coast to coast, voters cast ballots with an audible harrumph on Tuesday – many of them unhappy with their choices and doubtful things will get better no matter who wins. There’s Emily Conover, a 39-year-old saleswoman from Elizabethtown, Kentucky, who voted for Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes over Senate […]

One World Trade Center stands between the transportation hub, left, still under construction, and 7 World Trade Center, right, Monday in New York. Thirteen years after the 9/11 terrorist attack, the resurrected World Trade Center is again opening for business, marking an emotional milestone for both New Yorkers and the United States as a whole. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

By Verena Dobnik Associated Press NEW YORK – The silvery, 1,776-foot skyscraper that rose from the ashes of 9/11 to become a symbol of American resilience opened for business Monday, as 175 employees of the magazine publishing giant Conde Nast settled into their first day of work in their new offices. One World Trade Center’s […]

Smoke billows from a building at Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita, Kan., on Thursday, shortly after a small plane crashed into the building, killing several people including the pilot. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Brian Corn)

By Roxana Hegeman Associated Press WICHITA, Kan. – A small plane lost power after takeoff and crashed into a flight-training building while trying to return to a Kansas airport Thursday, killing four people, injuring five others and igniting a fire that sent up towering plumes of black smoke that could be seen for miles around […]

By David Crary and Jennifer Peltz Associated Press OTTAWA, Ontario – The standing ovation began even before Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers entered the Parliament chamber in his black robe, carrying the golden ceremonial mace on his right shoulder. For more than two minutes, the lawmakers applauded and pounded their desks Thursday for the white-haired former Mountie, […]

Police secure the scene of a shooting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday.  A soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial was shot by an unknown gunman and people reported hearing gunfire inside the halls of Parliament. Prime Minister Stephen Harper was rushed away from Parliament Hill to an undisclosed location, according to officials. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld)

By Jeremy Hainsworth and Rob Gillies Associated Press OTTAWA, Ontario – A Canadian soldier standing guard at a war memorial in the country’s capital was shot to death Wednesday, and gunfire then erupted inside Parliament, authorities said. One gunman was killed, and police said they were hunting for as many as two others. The bloodshed […]

By Pete Yost, Sam Hananel and Eric Tucker Associated Press WASHINGTON – Four former Blackwater security guards were convicted Wednesday in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, an incident that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe and was denounced by critics as an illustration of a war gone horribly wrong. The […]

By Carolyn Kellogg Los Angeles Times (MCT) John Grisham is known for writing bestselling legal thrillers like “The Firm,” “The Client” and “The Pelican Brief.” Promoting his upcoming novel “Gray Mountain,” he told England’s the Daily Telegraph that America’s prison system is out of control. And in the process, he said some pretty creepy things […]

By Robert Burns National Security Writer WASHINGTON – It’s less punchy than previous nicknames for U.S. conflicts in the Middle East – remember Operation Desert Storm and its thunderous attacks against Saddam Hussein? – but the Pentagon has finally named its fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria: Operation Inherent Resolve. The naming, […]

By Emily Schmall and Nomaan Merchant Associated Press DALLAS – The Ebola crisis in the U.S. took another alarming turn Wednesday with word that a second Dallas nurse caught the disease from a patient and flew across the Midwest aboard an airliner the day before she fell ill. President Barack Obama canceled a campaign trip […]