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  • Police detain 1, seek motive in LA family shooting

    DOWNEY, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a man held for questioning matches the description of a gunman who killed three people and critically wounded two others at a family-owned fire …


  • Amid bumper crop, families could get PB&J break

    ATLANTA (AP) — Choosy moms and dads may be packing more PB&J in lunches this winter, when the cost of a jar of Jif or Skippy is expected to fall …


  • Police detain 4, seek motive in LA family shooting

    DOWNEY, Calif. (AP) — Police detained four people for questioning Thursday in the search for a gunman who killed three people and critically wounded two others at a family-owned fire …


  • Obama gets briefing on Hurricane Sandy

    ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (AP) — President Barack Obama has been briefed on Hurricane Sandy and the White House is urging people in the storm’s path to listen to local …


  • 5 family members shot, 3 dead, in LA suburb

    DOWNEY, Calif. (AP) — Police in suburban Los Angeles say they’re certain of this much: Five family members who were shot — three of them killed — had been targeted …


  • 3 dead after 5 family members shot in California

    DOWNEY, Calif. (AP) — A gunman targeted a family-owned fire extinguisher business Wednesday, gunning down three people at the office and shooting two more at a family home nearby, police …


  • Watches, warnings for Sandy along Florida coast

    MIAMI (AP) — Forecasters have issued tropical storm warnings and watches for parts of the southeastern coast of Florida and Keys ahead of Hurricane Sandy that is pounding Jamaica. Forecasters …


  • Experts: Killer shark was probably great white

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Experts say the shark that bit and killed a surfer off California’s central coast probably was a great white and may have been 15 feet long. …


  • Prosecutor: Day care owner betrayed parents’ trust

    HOUSTON (AP) — A woman charged with murder after a fire at her Houston home day care killed four children betrayed the families who entrusted her with their kids’ lives, …


  • Ex-megachurch employee sought in fatal shooting

    COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) — A church volunteer leading prayer was shot and killed Wednesday inside the chapel of a Georgia megachurch, and authorities were searching for a former church …


  • NY cop killed in traffic stop called ‘exemplary’

    BELLEROSE TERRACE, N.Y. (AP) — A suburban New York City police officer killed after being shot in what started out as a traffic stop was an “exemplary officer,” a county …


  • Surfer killed by shark off central California

    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A surfer was killed Tuesday by a shark off a beach at coastal Vandenberg Air Force Base following a summer of shark sightings …


  • California surfer killed in shark attack

    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A surfer was killed Tuesday by a shark off a beach at coastal Vandenberg Air Force Base following a summer of shark sightings …


  • Gov’t to examine technology for automated cars

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Cars that drive themselves may hold the potential to save thousands of lives, an Obama administration safety official said Tuesday, as the government prepares to launch a …


  • Tropical Storm Sandy forms south of Jamaica

    MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Sandy developed south of Jamaica on Monday, becoming the 18th named storm of a busy Atlantic season that has seen only two hurricanes make landfall. …


  • Tropical depression forms south of Jamaica

    MIAMI (AP) — A tropical depression formed south of Jamaica on Monday and forecasters say it will likely strengthen into Tropical Storm Sandy later in the day. The National Hurricane …


  • Police find fire, chaos at Wis. spa where 7 shot

    BROOKFIELD, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man who had been accused of domestic violence and slashing his wife’s tires took a gun into the spa where she worked Sunday and …


  • Police find fire, chaos at Wis. spa were 7 shot

    BROOKFIELD, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man who had been accused of domestic violence and slashing his wife’s tires took a gun into the spa where she worked Sunday and …


  • 1 dead, 6 seriously injured in Arizona bus crash

    WILLOW BEACH, Ariz. (AP) — The bus was on a routine tour of the Grand Canyon, taking tourists from the lights and glamour of Las Vegas to the beauty of …


  • 1 dead, 4 seriously injured in Arizona bus crash

    WILLOW BEACH, Ariz. (AP) — A tour bus careened off the road and crashed in northwest Arizona late Friday, killing the driver and leaving at least four passengers with serious …


  • 1 dead, 4 seriously injured in Arizona bus crash

    KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) — A tour bus careened off the road and crashed in northwest Arizona late Friday, killing the driver and leaving at least four passengers with serious injuries, …


  • Illinois Amtrak train hits 111 mph in test run

    JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — For the first time on a key Midwestern route between Chicago and St. Louis, an Amtrak passenger train topped 110 mph Friday, ripping through fog-shrouded farm …


  • Fatal air crash decline presents safety challenge

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s been 43 months since the last deadly airline crash in the United States, the longest period without a fatal domestic accident since commercial aviation expanded after …


  • Ill. Amtrak train set to hit 110 mph in test run

    CHICAGO (AP) — In a modest milestone for President Barack Obama’s high-speed rail vision, test runs will start zooming along a small section of the Amtrak line between Chicago and …


  • Victims want Fort Hood shooting deemed terror act

    FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — Nearly three years after the shooting rampage at Fort Hood, many of those affected are urging the government to declare it a terrorist attack, saying …


  • Police arrest 3 men in Denver bar fire killings

    DENVER (AP) — Three men were arrested for investigation of murder after a Denver bar was set on fire to cover up five killings committed during a robbery, authorities said …


  • Dust storm shuts down interstate in northern Okla.

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A massive dust storm swirling reddish-brown clouds over northern Oklahoma triggered a multi-vehicle accident along a major interstate Thursday, forcing police to shut down part of …


  • Calif., other states take part in earthquake drill

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Millions of Americans preparing to survive an earthquake ducked under tables and covered their heads Thursday as part of the annual “Great ShakeOut” drill. Organizers said …


  • First Denver bar slaying suspect appears in court

    DENVER (AP) — The first of three suspects accused in the killings of five people and a cover-up fire at a Denver bar has made his first appearance in court. …


  • Overnight storms swat Southeast; 7 hurt in Miss.

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The National Weather Service has confirmed that at least four tornadoes were part of the storm system that raked northern and central Mississippi on Wednesday night …