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Parents of marathon victim say take death penalty off table

(BOSTON, AP) — The parents of the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombing are urging federal authorities to consider taking the death penalty off the table for the man…

Friend feared Capitol gyrocopter pilot would get shot down

By TAMARA LUSH (ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., AP) — A Florida postal worker who piloted a gyrocopter onto the U.S. Capitol lawn to call attention to his belief that campaign finance…

New Kansas rules would limit spending of welfare benefits

By JOHN HANNA (TOPEKA, Kan., AP) — A new Kansas law tells poor families that they can’t use cash assistance from the state to attend concerts, get tattoos, see a…

Official: Cougar has left crawl space under Los Angeles home

By RAQUEL MARIA DILLON (LOS ANGELES, AP) — A celebrity mountain lion that lounged under a home for hours and refused to budge for bean bags, tennis balls and prods…

McCarthy backs Iran nuclear bill, lays out House plans

(WASHINGTON, AP) — Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Monday the House will act after the Senate on legislation giving Congress the power to review an emerging Iran nuclear deal. The…

Gap remains in video record of fatal SC police shooting

By JEFFREY COLLINS and MICHAEL BIESECKER (NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C., AP) — Dashboard video shows a police officer making a routine traffic stop. Cellphone video shows the officer shooting the fleeing motorist…

FBI: Man plotted suicide bomb attack at Kansas military base

By HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH (KANSAS CITY, Kan., AP) — A 20-year-old man accused of planning a suicide attack at Fort Riley was arrested Friday while trying to arm what he thought…

Funeral for a former slave takes center stage at Appomattox

By STEVE SZKOTAK (APPOMATTOX, Va., AP) — A Civil War cannonball that ripped through Hannah Reynolds’ master’s cabin made her a footnote of misfortune, the lone civilian death at the…

Wednesday storms could be bad, and Thursday’s could be worse

(NORMAN, Okla., AP) — A forecaster has warned that the ingredients necessary to “blow up some big storms” would fall into place Wednesday and Thursday and cautioned millions of residents…

Deadly bird flu shows up in South Dakota, 4th Minnesota farm

(SIOUX FALLS, S.D., AP) — A bird flu strain that’s deadly to poultry has shown up in a commercial turkey flock in South Dakota and a fourth turkey farm in…

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