By Cain Burdeau and Melissa Nelson-Gabriel Associated Press NAVARRE, Fla. – More heavy fog, rain and rough surf complicated Thursday’s efforts to collect the remains of seven Marines and four soldiers whose Black Hawk helicopter crashed offshore while they trained in Florida. The military has provided few details about the crash, which happened Tuesday night […]

Claude Sitton was a leader among reporters covering the civil rights movement in the South in the 1950s and '60s and later won a Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Johnny Crawford)

By Don Schanche Jr. Associated Press ATLANTA – Journalist Claude Sitton, who set the pace for reporters covering the civil rights movement in the South in the 1950s and ‘60s and later won a Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary, died Tuesday. He was 89. Sitton’s son Clint said his father died Tuesday in Atlanta. He […]

A man stands near one of two helicopters that crashed near Villa Castelli in the La Rioja province of Argentina on Monday. Two helicopters with passengers who were filming a documentary crashed in the remote area of northwest Argentina, killing all 10 people on board both aircrafts, authorities said. (AP Photo/Jose Alamo)

By Jamey Keaten and Peter Prengaman Associated Press PARIS – Much of France was in mourning and looking for answers on Tuesday over the crash of two helicopters in a remote part of Argentina that killed 10 people, three of them French sports stars taking part in a glitzy new reality TV show. Olympic champion […]

By Jay Reeves Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Alabama’s stand against same-sex marriage regained ground Wednesday after the state’s highest court ruled that its ban remains legal, despite federal court pressure to begin issuing licenses to gays and lesbians. The Alabama Supreme Court ordered county probate judges to uphold the state ban pending a final […]

By James Queally and Ryan Parker Los Angeles Times (TNS) Alabama’s highest court once again ordered judges not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, defying a federal judge who struck down the state’s ban on such unions as unconstitutional and ignoring the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to intervene. In a 148-page ruling published Tuesday […]

Police tape surrounds one of five crime scenes near Tyrone, Mo., on Friday morning. A gunman killed seven people and wounded an eighth person in an overnight house-to-house rampage in the small town in the Missouri Ozarks before apparently committing suicide in a vehicle, authorities said Friday. (AP Photo/The Springfield News-Leader,  Nathan Papes)

By Jim Salter Associated Press TYRONE, Mo. – A man who authorities say may have been unhinged by the death of his ailing mother went on a house-to-house shooting rampage in a small town in the Missouri Ozarks, killing seven people before taking his own life. Joseph Jesse Aldridge, 36, carried out the killings with […]

Federal Communication Commission (FCC) ChairmanTom Wheeler, center, joins hands with FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn, left, and Jessica Rosenworcel before the start of their open hearing in Washington on Thursday. Internet service providers like Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile will have to act in the "public interest" when providing a mobile connection to your home or phone, under new rules voted on by the Federal Communications Commission. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

By Anne Flaherty Associated Press WASHINGTON – Internet activists declared victory over the nation’s big cable companies Thursday, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T to prevent them from creating paid fast lanes and slowing or blocking web traffic. The 3-2 vote […]

By John L. Mone Associated Press STEPHENVILLE, Texas – A former Marine was convicted Tuesday in the deaths of the “American Sniper” author and another man at a shooting range two years ago, as jurors rejected defense arguments that he was insane and suffered from psychosis. The trial of Eddie Ray Routh has drawn intense […]

By Josh Lederman Associated Press WASHINGTON – Defying the Republican-run Congress, President Barack Obama rejected a bill Tuesday to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, wielding his veto power for only the third time in his presidency. Obama offered no indication of whether he’ll eventually issue a permit for the pipeline, whose construction […]