By Jay Reeves and Phillip Lucas Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Astronaut James Halsell Jr. seemed the very definition of someone with the right stuff. An Air Force Academy graduate and decorated test pilot, he commanded or piloted five space shuttle missions. NASA even turned to him for leadership as it was picking up the […]

By Kristin M. Hall and Lolita C. Baldor Associated Press SMYRNA, Tenn. – A Blue Angels pilot who died when his F/A-18 fighter jet crashed near Nashville, Tennessee, had wanted to fly since he was a child, relatives said. A U.S. official identified the pilot killed Thursday as Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss. The official was […]

By Amanda Lee Myers and Christine Armario Associated Press LOS ANGELES – The man who carried out a murder-suicide at UCLA left a “kill list” at his Minnesota home that led authorities to find a woman’s body, Police Chief Charlie Beck said Thursday. Mainak Sarkar, 38, drove to Los Angeles from Minnesota with two guns […]

By Christopher Weber Associated Press LOS ANGELES – A shooting that left two men dead at UCLA on Wednesday and led to a massive response on the campus in a bustling part of Los Angeles was a murder-suicide, authorities said. Police Chief Charlie Beck declared the campus safe about two hours after authorities received a […]

By Frazier Moore AP Television Writer NEW YORK – Morley Safer, the veteran “60 Minutes” correspondent who was equally at home reporting on social injustices, the Orient Express and abstract art, and who exposed a military atrocity in Vietnam that played an early role in changing Americans’ view of the war, died Thursday, according to […]

By Kantele Franko Associated Press PIKETON, Ohio – Eight people were found dead Friday at four crime scenes in rural Ohio, and at least most of them were shot to death, authorities said. No arrests had been announced, and it’s unclear if the killer or killers are among the dead. Seven of the victims, including […]

By Martin Crutsinger AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON – Harriet Tubman, an African-American abolitionist who was born a slave, will stand with George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Benjamin Franklin as among the iconic faces of U.S. currency. The $20 bill will be redesigned with Tubman’s portrait on the front, marking two historic milestones, Treasury Secretary Jacob […]

By Erica Werner Associated Press WASHINGTON – Capitol Police officers say a man was shot by police after drawing a weapon at a U.S. Capitol checkpoint. He was taken to the hospital. A female bystander also sustained minor injuries. Chief of Police Matthew R. Verderosa tells reporters that the suspect was known to police. However, […]

By Lorne Cook and John-Thor Dahlburg Associated Press BRUSSELS – Bombs exploded at the Brussels airport and one of the city’s metro stations Tuesday, killing at least 31 people and wounding dozens, as a European capital was again locked down amid heightened security threats. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attacks. The two […]