Texas executes avowed racist in black man's dragging death
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — An avowed racist who orchestrated one of the most gruesome hate crimes in U.S. history was executed Wednesday in Texas for the dragging death of a black man.
Police: Motorist said he drove into people, did not say why
SUNNYVALE, Calif. (AP) — A California motorist told investigators Wednesday that he deliberately drove into a crosswalk in a quiet Silicon Valley suburb, hitting seven people and injuring eight, but did not say why.
Wealthy stock trader convicted in man's death in bunker fire
ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — A jury convicted a wealthy stock trader of second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter Wednesday in the fiery death of a man who was helping him secretly dig tunnels for an underground nuclear bunker beneath his Maryland home.
The Latest: Police: Driver who hurt 8 didn't express remorse
SUNNYVALE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on eight people injured in Northern California after a car plows into them (all times local): 4:50 p.m.
California court is latest to weigh Manson follower's parole
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A yearslong saga over whether Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten deserves to be freed from prison took another sharp turn Wednesday as an appeals court questioned its jurisdiction in the case.
US measles cases hit highest mark in 25 years
NEW YORK (AP) — Measles in the U.S. has climbed to its highest level in 25 years, closing in on 700 cases this year in a resurgence largely attributed to misinformation that is turning parents against vaccines.
The Latest: Jury convicts man in bunker fire death at home
ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a wealthy stock trader in a bunker fire death at his Maryland home (all times local): 7:15 p.m.
NRA beset by infighting over whether it has strayed too far
The National Rifle Association is used to battling forces that criticize its fiery and unbending efforts to protect gun rights. But as the group gathers for its annual convention this week, the NRA may be facing its toughest foe in decades: its own members.
Boy Scouts could be hit with more sex abuse claims
NEW YORK (AP) — The lawyers' ads on the internet aggressively seeking clients to file sexual abuse lawsuits give a taste of what lies ahead this year for the Boy Scouts of America: potentially the most fateful chapter in its 109-year history.
Boy Scouts: Handful of sex-abuse cases emerged in 2018
NEW YORK (AP) — Under pressure over past allegations of child sex abuse, the Boy Scouts of America defended its current prevention policies on Wednesday and said there were five known victims in 2018 out of roughly 2.2 million youth members.
Ex-UT at Austin coach admits to taking bribe in college scam
BOSTON (AP) — The former men's tennis coach at the University of Texas at Austin admitted Wednesday to accepting a $100,000 bribe in a wide-ranging college admissions bribery scheme and has agreed to cooperate with authorities investigating the high-profile case.
Train catches fire; Texas homes evacuated, 3 horses killed
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — At least three horses were killed and several Texas homes evacuated early Wednesday when a train carrying the highly flammable liquid ethanol derailed and caught fire.
Acting Baltimore mayor settles in as Pugh stays out of sight
BALTIMORE (AP) — When Bernard "Jack" Young automatically became Baltimore's acting mayor earlier this month, he emphasized that he'd act only as a "placeholder" for the elected mayor as she departed on a leave of absence amid an accelerating scandal focused on her self-published children's books.
Prosecutor: St Patrick's suspect booked hotel near Vatican
NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors say a college philosophy teacher accused of taking gas cans and lighters into Manhattan's St. Patrick's Cathedral last week had also booked a hotel near the Vatican but the attorney for the man says it was all part of a psychotic episode.
Robotic device winds its own way through beating pig heart
WASHINGTON (AP) — Borrowing from the way cockroaches skitter along walls, scientists have created a robotic device that safely guides itself through the delicate chambers of a pig's heart as it's beating.
Teacher of the Year works with youths in juvenile detention
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — As a veteran teacher at a troubled high school in Richmond, Virginia, Rodney Robinson wanted to better understand why so many students go directly from school to prison.
Agents find 3-year-old migrant boy alone near Texas border
MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — U.S. Border Patrol agents found a 3-year-old boy alone in a field in Texas after likely being abandoned by smugglers at the southern border, authorities said.
Rehab patients' unpaid work for big companies likely illegal
A nationally renowned drug rehab program in Texas and Louisiana has sent patients struggling with addiction to work for free for some of the biggest companies in America, likely in violation of federal labor law.
Democrat says he'll take Trump-like path to presidency
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democrat Andrew Yang understands he's unknown to much of America. But the political newcomer says he'll ride what seems like an improbable path to the White House just like President Donald Trump.
Planned Parenthood: States should oppose Trump 'gag rule'
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — It's time for states with leaders who support abortion rights to go on the offensive against Trump administration attempts to restrict abortion that would reduce access to health care, the president of Planned Parenthood said Tuesday.
US judge in Oregon to block new Trump abortion policy
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A U.S. judge in Oregon said Tuesday he intends to at least partially block a rule change by President Donald Trump's administration that could cut off federal funding for providers who refer patients for an abortion, though the scope of his decision remains to be seen.
California pushes talks on 1st-in-US police shooting rules
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers worked to find common ground Tuesday between law enforcement groups and reformers intent on adopting first-in-the-nation standards designed to limit fatal shootings by police.
Fed watchdog probes treatment of immigrants in Texas lockup
A U.S. government watchdog agency has launched an investigation in the wake of an Associated Press report revealing complaints about how immigration authorities treated hunger strikers at a detention center in Texas.
Indictment: Ex-CEO ignored red flags as opioid crisis raged
NEW YORK (AP) — The pharmaceutical industry executive hit Tuesday with criminal charges stemming from the opioid crisis doesn't have his name on a museum wing, and his company isn't within earshot of Apple or anyone else on the Fortune 500.
$768M Wisconsin Powerball winner 'pretty much felt lucky'
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A 24-year-old Wisconsin man stepped forward Tuesday to claim a $768 million Powerball prize, the nation's third-largest lottery jackpot, saying he "pretty much felt lucky" the day he bought his tickets and has been worried that people want to steal his ticket.