By Joan Lowy and Tom Krisher Associated Press WASHINGTON – Federal safety regulators slapped General Motors with a record $35 million fine Friday for taking more than a decade to disclose an ignition-switch defect in millions of cars that has been linked to at least 13 deaths. Under an agreement with the Transportation Department, GM […]

By Christina Huynh Associated Press LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Dozens of gay couples, some of whom waited in line overnight, received licenses to marry from county clerks Monday, while lawyers for the state of Arkansas asked its highest court to suspend an order gutting a constitutional amendment that bans same-sex marriage. “When we heard the […]

By W.J. Hennigan Los Angeles Times (MCT) LOS ANGELES – The black sky enveloped NASA test pilot Bill Dana as his X-15 rocket plane stopped climbing at 306,900 feet and began teetering back toward the small brown stretch of Mojave Desert more than 58 miles below. “The horizon appeared as a ring of bright blue […]

By Anne D’Innocenzio AP Retail Writer NEW YORK – Target’s CEO has become the first boss of a major corporation to lose his job over a breach of customer data, showing how responsibility for computer security now reaches right to the top. Gregg Steinhafel, who was also president and chairman, stepped down nearly five months […]

By Mark Sherman Associated Press WASHINGTON – A narrowly divided Supreme Court upheld decidedly Christian prayers at the start of local council meetings on Monday, declaring them in line with long national traditions though the country has grown more religiously diverse. The content of the prayers is not significant as long as they do not […]

By Michelle R. Smith and Erika Niedowski Associated Press PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A carabiner is the only piece of equipment investigators have found that failed in a circus accident in which eight aerial acrobats plummeted to the ground, a public safety official said Monday. Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare stopped short of saying the […]

By Michael Muskal Los Angeles Times (MCT) The defendant in a long-running gang case in Salt Lake City was shot by U.S. marshals when he attempted to attack a witness testifying at his trial, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office said on Monday. Melodie Rydalch, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, told the […]

By Matt Pearce Los Angeles Times (MCT) Not a perfect finish for the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. On Tuesday evening, Boston police evacuated Boylston Street near the marathon’s usual finish line and took an unidentified man into custody after two suspicious backpacks were left lying on the street. Shortly before the evacuation, local […]

By Bill Draper Associated Press OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Kansas prosecutors filed state-level murder charges Tuesday against the white supremacist accused in shootings that left three people dead at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City. Frazier Glenn Cross has been charged with one count of capital murder for the deaths of 14-year-old boy […]