Military Identifies American Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

(AP) – The U.S. military has identified the soldier who was killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday.  The head of U.S. Central Command, Gen. Joseph Votel, issued a statement Wednesday identifying the soldier as Army Staff Sgt. Matthew V. Thompson.  The Defense Department said Thompson was 28 and from Irvine, California.  Votel extended condolences to the […]

UPDATE: Number Of FEMA Aid-Seekers Edges Up After Floods

(AP) – The number of people registering for federal disaster aid after Louisiana’s heavy flooding continues to rise.  The state said Wednesday that the number of registrants with the Federal Emergency Management Agency has reached 119,000. More than $132 million has been approved by the federal agency in grants for temporary rental assistance, home repairs […]

2 Days After Cash Delivery, US Paid $1.3 Billion To Iran

(AP) – The U.S. says it paid $1.3 billion to Iran in January from a little-known fund for resolving international disputes, two days after allowing a planeload of cash to fly to Tehran.  State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau says the U.S. can’t say more about the Jan. 19 payments because of diplomatic sensitivities. They involved […]

Trump Could Favor ‘softening’ Immigration Stance

(AP) — Donald Trump is suggesting he could favor “softening” laws dealing with immigrants living in the United States illegally.  Trump taped a town hall in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday for Fox News. Moderator Sean Hannity asked the Republican presidential nominee if he would change any statute to accommodate law-abiding citizens or those with children.  […]

Dream Team Of Historians Proposed To Advise US President

(AP) – Two Harvard scholars say the next U.S. president should recruit a team of top historians to help make major decisions. Professors Graham Allison and Niall Ferguson say leaders from the Republican and Democratic parties know alarmingly little about history, both of their own country and of others. They’re calling on the next U.S. […]

Taxi Jumps Curb In San Francisco, 3 Suffer Critical Injuries

(AP) – A cab driver and two other people suffered critical injuries when the taxi jumped a curb and plowed into an advertising kiosk and a shoeshine stand at a busy corner in downtown San Francisco. Police officer Grace Gatpandan said the three were rushed to San Francisco General hospital with life-threatening injuries after Tuesday’s […]

Many Donors To Clinton Foundation Met With Her At State

(AP) – Hillary Clinton’s campaign is criticizing an Associated Press analysis as flawed. The AP found that more than half the people outside the government who’d met with Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money to the Clinton Foundation. Clinton’s campaign says the AP did not include meetings with foreign diplomats or U.S. […]

No Appeal In Indiana Woman’s Overturned Feticide Conviction

(AP) – Indiana’s attorney general has opted not to appeal a recent ruling that overturned a woman’s feticide conviction for a self-induced abortion that killed her premature infant. Monday’s deadline passed without Indiana’s attorney general or Purvi Patel’s attorneys asking the Indiana Supreme Court to take up the state Court of Appeals’ July ruling.  Patel’s […]

UPDATE: Minnesota Man Charged In Kidnapping, Death Of Young Girl

(AP) – A 25-year-old man has been charged in the abduction, sexual assault and death of a 5-year-old girl from central Minnesota.  Authorities say Zachary Todd Anderson kidnapped Alayna Ertl early Saturday from her home in Watkins, about 70 miles northwest of Minneapolis. Alayna’s body was found later that day.  Anderson was charged Tuesday with […]

States File Another Lawsuit Over Obama Transgender Rules

(AP) – Texas and four other states are again suing the Obama administration over its efforts to strengthen discrimination protections for transgender people.  The lawsuit filed Tuesday in a North Texas federal court seeks to block parts of a nondiscrimination mandate of President Barack Obama’s health care law. Republican state officials say the rules could […]