• Theater gunman's writings alternate between ramblings, plans

    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Colorado theater shooting gunman James Holmes' notebook full of scrawled writings and stick-figure drawings was made public Wednesday, a day after it was introduced as evidence in his trial. The writings on about 30 pages in the brown, spiral school notebook...

  • Latest on flooding: Officials urging evacuations

    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    6:30 p.m. CDT There's another call for an evacuation in Texas — this time in the city of Wharton. Mayor Domingo Montalvo issued a call at 5 p.m. Wednesday for a voluntary evacuation of the west side of the city in South Texas. The reason is the predicted rise of the Colorado River,...

  • Rick Santorum announces second White House run

    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    CABOT, Pa. (AP) — Conservative culture warrior Rick Santorum launched a 2016 White House bid on Wednesday, vowing to fight for working-class Americans in a new election season that will test his influence — and focus on social issues — in a changing Republican Party. The former...

  • Sanders wants Clinton to take stand on trade deal

    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Sen. Bernie Sanders is questioning why Democratic presidential rival Hillary Rodman Clinton won't take a stand on the emerging trade deal with Pacific nations, which he calls "enormously important issue" she's been dodging. A day after launching his longshot...

  • GOP candidate Marco Rubio to make 'Pawn Stars' stop in Vegas

    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio is expected to spend his 44th birthday paying a campaign visit to the most famous pawn shop in Las Vegas. The Florida senator's Thursday afternoon appearance at the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop on Las Vegas Boulevard, a working...

  • Obama: Time left in office 'really concentrates the mind'

    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) — President Barack Obama says the relatively short amount of time he has left in office "really concentrates the mind." Obama told supporters at a Miami fundraiser Wednesday that "we've got to get people involved" politically so Congress ultimately responds to them on...

  • House passes testing reform, change in grad requirements

    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The state House of Representatives on Wednesday advanced a dramatic change in Washington's high school graduation requirements. House Bill 2214, which would need to pass the Senate on Thursday or die when the special session ends, would temporarily eliminate the...

  • Insurer to pay $300,000 in Michigan scared-to-death dispute

    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) — An insurance company has agreed to pay $300,000 to settle a lawsuit over the death of an 85-year-old man, ending an unusual dispute over whether the driver may have been literally scared to death before his car slammed into a tractor-trailer in suburban Detroit, court...

  • Judge considers best option for girl charged in stabbing

    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — One of the two Wisconsin girls charged with trying to kill a friend to please a fictitious horror character would have her mental health issues better served in juvenile court, defense attorneys told a judge Wednesday. Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren...

  • Tours on USS Arizona Memorial suspended after ship hits dock

    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    HONOLULU (AP) — Tours on the USS Arizona Memorial have been suspended indefinitely after a vessel struck and damaged the structure's dock Wednesday, the National Park Service said. Instead, boats were taking visitors to a spot in Pearl Harbor near the memorial where they can view it...

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