• Alligator kills 28-year-old Texas man during late-night swim

    Associated Press
    Updated: 1 hr ago

    ORANGE, Texas — A man has died after an alligator attacked him during a late-night swim at a Southeast Texas marina. Police in Orange, near the state line with Louisiana, say the unidentified 28-year-old man was swimming in a bayou early Friday morning when the attack occurred....

  • Aly Raisman in ESPN's Body Issue: 'I think imperfection is beauty'

    By Avery Stone, USA TODAY
    Updated: 1 hr ago

    Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman becomes the latest athlete to grace ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue. In her accompanying interview, the 21-year-old discussed her intense training regimen and the challenges of being an Olympic-level athlete. From ESPN: "I'm not sure training seven...

  • Woman shot to death at busy San Francisco tourist attraction

    Associated Press
    Updated: 2 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO — Kathryn "Kate" Steinle was out for an evening stroll with her father along the San Francisco waterfront when she was killed by a man who police said she didn't know. The shooting occurred Wednesday evening while still light at Pier 14 — one of the busiest tourist...

  • Fireworks-filled van explodes on California freeway

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    IVANPAH, Calif. (AP) — A van packed with fireworks has exploded and burned on a Southern California freeway, clogging the main road between Los Angeles and Las Vegas at the beginning of the Fourth of July holiday weekend. California Highway Patrol Officer Ryan Camara says the box van...

  • Reelz rescues Miss USA pageant, dropped by NBC in Trump flap

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Miss USA pageant, left without a TV home following blowback against co-owner Donald Trump over his comments on Mexican immigrants, has been rescued by the Reelz channel. Reelz CEO Stan E. Hubbard said in a statement Thursday that the cable and satellite channel...

  • Church fires not usually arson; weather found as cause in SC

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    GREELEYVILLE, S.C. (AP) — As social media buzzed about church fires in the South, investigators announced Thursday that weather caused a destructive blaze at a predominantly black church in South Carolina. The State Law Enforcement Division said in a statement that investigators found...

  • Kentucky clerk sued for not issuing gay-marriage licenses

    Associated Press
    Updated: 16 hr ago

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Four Kentucky couples are suing a clerk who is refusing to issue gay-marriage licenses — or any marriage licenses at all — following the U.S. Supreme Court decision that same-sex couples have a legal right to marry. The American Civil Liberties Union of...

  • Authorities: Suspect high on meth during killings of Arizona couple

    Associated Press
    Updated: 16 hr ago

    FLORENCE, Ariz. — A missing Phoenix-area couple were killed and buried in the yard of a man who told investigators he was high on methamphetamine when he shot the husband and wife, authorities said Thursday. The disclosure came after the bodies of Michael Careccia, 44, an airline...

  • TV news crews robbed of cameras during live broadcasts

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — News crews from two San Francisco Bay Area television stations were robbed at gunpoint and a cameraman was pistol whipped during live broadcasts on Thursday. The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://tinyurl.com/nr7oxnp) that the robbery and assault occurred at...

  • NASCAR tracks unite, ask fans not to fly Confederate flag

    Associated Press
    Updated: 16 hr ago

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR's national series tracks announced Thursday that they are asking fans to refrain from displaying the Confederate flag at races following the deadly attack at a South Carolina church two weeks ago. The facilities vowed to have the most "welcoming...

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