By Eric Tucker Associated Press WASHINGTON – The Justice Department says George Zimmerman will not face federal civil rights charges in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The department announced its decision Tuesday, saying that there was not enough evidence to bring federal civil rights charges, which would have required proof that the killing […]

Ole Miss student Benjamin Milley is out of intensive care after being gored by a bull during the "Carnaval del Toro" in Ciudad Rodrigo, Spain, on Saturday. (AP)

By Ciaran Giles and Harold Heckle Associated Press MADRID – A 20-year-old Ole Miss student who was badly gored during a bull-running festival is out of intensive care and improving, a spokesman for the Clinic Hospital in western Salamanca said Monday. The hospital spokesman identified the man as Benjamin Miller and said he was out […]

By Justin Pritchard Associated Press LOS ANGELES – The nation’s top labor official is arriving in California in an attempt to resolve a damaging contract dispute between West Coast dockworkers and their employers. U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez is flying Monday to San Francisco, where negotiations between the dockworkers union and a maritime association […]

By David Espo and Nedra Pickler Associated Press WASHINGTON – Declaring the Islamic State is on the defensive and “going to lose,” President Barack Obama asked Congress on Wednesday to formally authorize military force against the militants. But he vowed not to repeat the large and costly ground wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama said […]

By Deb Riechmann and Julie Pace Associated Press WASHINGTON – Kayla Jean Mueller, a 26-year-old American woman held by Islamic State militants, has been confirmed dead, her parents and the Obama administration said Tuesday. The White House said that Mueller’s family received a private message from her captors over the weekend and the information contained […]

By Omar Akour and Joseph Krauss Associated Press AMMAN, Jordan – A video released online Tuesday purportedly shows a Jordanian pilot captured by the Islamic State extremist group in Syria last month being burned to death by his captors following a weeklong drama over a possible prisoner exchange. The video appeared aimed at testing Jordan’s […]

By Steve Peoples Associated Press WASHINGTON – After a three-week flirtation with a new campaign for the White House, Mitt Romney announced Friday that he will not seek the presidency in 2016. “After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the party the […]

By Josh Lederman and Andrew Taylor Associated Press WASHINGTON – Declaring an end to “mindless austerity,” President Barack Obama called for a surge in government spending Thursday, and asked Congress to throw out the sweeping budget cuts both parties agreed to four years ago when deficits were spiraling out of control. Obama’s proposed $74 billion […]

A woman walks down the middle of Eighth Avenue near Times Square, New York, early Tuesday. A storm packing blizzard conditions spun up the East Coast early Tuesday, pounding parts of coastal New Jersey northward through Maine with high winds and heavy snow. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

By Bob Salsberg and Denise Lavoie Associated Press BOSTON – A howling blizzard heaped snow on Boston but farther south it mostly spared New York City, which slowly blinked back to life Tuesday, canceling its travel ban and restarting its subway trains amid better-than-expected weather conditions. Total accumulation was expected to reach or exceed 2 […]