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 […]

By JAKE COYLE Associated Press NEW YORK – Lauren Bacall, the slinky, sultry-voiced actress who created on-screen magic with Humphrey Bogart in “To Have and Have Not” and “The Big Sleep” and off-screen magic in one of Hollywood’s most storied marriages, died Tuesday at age 89. Bacall, whose long career brought two Tonys and a […]

By PAUL ELIAS Associated Press SAN RAFAEL, Calif. – Authorities on Tuesday detailed how Robin Williams took his life, saying the actor and comedian hanged himself with a belt in a bedroom of his San Francisco Bay Area home. Marin County Sheriff’s Lt. Keith Boyd said Williams was last seen alive by his wife Sunday […]

By Julie Pace and Robert Burns Associated Press WASHINGTON – U.S. fighters dropped bombs on Islamic militants in Iraq on Friday, the Pentagon said, redeeming President Barack Obama’s promise of military force to counter the advancing militants and confront the threat they pose to Iraqi civilians and Americans. Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby […]

President Barack Obama speaks about the situation in Iraq in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington on Thursday. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

By Julie Pace and Robert Burns Associated Press WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama announced Thursday night he had authorized the U.S. military to launch targeted airstrikes if needed to protect Americans from Islamic militants in northern Iraq, threatening to revive U.S. military involvement in the country’s long sectarian war. He also said the U.S. military […]

By Robert Burns AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON – An American general was killed in an apparent insider attack Tuesday by a member of the Afghan security forces, a Pentagon spokesman said, the highest-ranking U.S. Army officer to be killed in the Iraq or Afghanistan wars. The spokesman, Rear Adm. John Kirby, said that the […]

By Darlene Superville and Douglass K. Daniel Associated Press WASHINGTON – James Brady, the affable, witty press secretary who survived a devastating head wound in the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan and undertook a personal crusade for gun control, died Monday. He was 73. “We are heartbroken to share the news that our […]

By Ray Henry Associated Press ATLANTA – An American doctor infected with the Ebola virus in Africa arrived for treatment in Atlanta Saturday in a specially equipped plane and was whisked away in an ambulance and able to walk under his own power into a hospital with one of the most sophisticated isolation units in […]

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar Associated Press WASHINGTON – Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for computer woes that paralyzed the president’s new health care program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in a report released Wednesday. While the administration was publicly assuring consumers that they would soon have seamless online access to health insurance, […]