By Josh Lederman Associated Press WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama moved Monday to expand background checks to cover more firearms sold at gun shows, online and anywhere else, aiming to curb a scourge of gun violence despite unyielding opposition to new laws in Congress. Obama’s plan to broaden background checks forms the centerpiece of a […]

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) – An armed man who had posted on Facebook that he was homicidal drove onto Arkansas State University on Thursday, sparking a campus lockdown before police took him into custody without any shots fired, university and police officials said. University spokesman Bill Smith said the man was taken into custody about an […]

By Amanda Lee Myers and Justin Pritchard Associated Press SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – The two attackers who killed 14 people in a rampage at a banquet fired as many as 75 rifle rounds at the scene, left behind three rigged-together pipe bombs with a remote-control device that apparently malfunctioned, and had over 1,600 more bullets […]

A swat team arrives at the scene of a shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., on Wednesday.  Police responded to reports of an active shooter at a social services facility. (Doug Saunders/Los Angeles News Group via AP)

By Amanda Lee Myers and Justin Pritchard Associated Press SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – A heavily armed man and woman dressed for battle opened fire on a holiday banquet for his co-workers, killing 14 people and seriously wounding more than a dozen others in a precision assault, authorities said. Hours later, they died in a shootout […]

By Suzan Fraser and Nataliya Vasilyeva Associated Press ANKARA, Turkey – Turkey shot down a Russian fighter plane Tuesday – a long-feared crisis in Syria’s civil war and apparently the first time a NATO member has downed a Russian plane in a half-century. At least one of the pilots was reported killed. Russian President Vladimir […]

By Angela Charlton and Raf Casert Associated Press PARIS – The Belgian jihadi suspected of masterminding deadly attacks in Paris was killed in a police raid on a suburban apartment building, the city prosecutor’s office announced Thursday. Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins’ office said 27-year-old Abdelhamid Abaaoud was identified based on skin samples. His body was […]

By Henry Chu, Richard A. Serrano and Alexandra Zavis Los Angeles Times (TNS) PARIS – As the investigation into the deadly attacks on this city spiraled into a Europe-wide effort, French warplanes pounded the headquarters of Islamic State on Sunday in retaliation for what the government here said was the group’s orchestration of the terrorist […]

By Lori Hinnant Associated Press PARIS –The attackers worked in three synchronized teams, wearing matching suicide vests and carrying the same weapons. In an excruciating half-hour, they unleashed their terror. One suicide bombing after another at the national stadium, sprays of gunfire in the crowded restaurants and streets of central Paris, and finally a hostage […]

PARIS (AP) – The latest on shootings and explosions in Paris. (all times local): 1:53 a.m. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says New York is constantly on alert for coordinated terror attacks, especially in the wake of an attack in Paris that has killed dozens. De Blasio said in an interview with WABC-TV […]