Craig Roshaven of Daytona Beach, Fla., center, rings a symbolic bell as protesters against the death penalty demonstrate Wednesday, Feb. 26. 2014, at the Florida State Prison near Starke, Fla., before the execution of Paul Howell, who, in 1992 killed Florida Highway Patrol Trooper James Fulford. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)

Man executed for pipe bomb death of Fla. trooper

Paul Augustus Howell, 48, was condemned for the killing of Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Jimmy Fulford on Feb. 1, 1992, when the package exploded during a traffic stop.…
Rat Bite

Boy’s death from infected rat spurs suit vs. Petco

The death of a 10-year-old San Diego boy from a bacterial infection he reportedly got from his pet rat prompted his family to sue retailer Petco, saying they want to raise awareness among parents.…

Army study gives women taste of combat tasks

The Pentagon ordered last year that women must have the same opportunities to serve in combat jobs as men, with thousands of positions slated to open to both genders in 2016.…
David Hall, co-founder of Professional Coin Grading Service, poses with some of 1,427 Gold-Rush era U.S. gold coins, at his office in Santa Ana, Calif., Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014.  A California couple out walking their dog on their property stumbled across the modern-day bonanza: $10 million in rare, mint-condition gold coins buried in the shadow of an old tree. Nearly all of the 1,427 coins, dating from 1847 to 1894, are in uncirculated, mint condition, said Hall, who recently authenticated them. Although the face value of the gold pieces only adds up to about $27,000, some of them are so rare that coin experts say they could fetch nearly $1 million apiece.  (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Couple stumbles upon $10 million in rare coins

Nearly all of the 1,427 coins, dating from 1847 to 1894, are in uncirculated, mint condition, said David Hall, co-founder of Professional Coin Grading Service of Santa Ana, which recently authenticated them. …
In this Feb. 14, 2014, file photo, President Barack Obama tours a local farm that has been affected by drought with Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown, left, Joe Del Bosque, Empresas Del Bosque, Inc., right, and Maria Gloria Del Bosque, Empresas Del Bosque, Inc., in Los Banos, Calif. NASA scientists have begun deploying satellites and other advanced technology to help California water officials assess the state's record drought and better manage it, officials said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

NASA turns research to California drought

The California Department of Water Resources has partnered with NASA to use the space agency's satellite data and other airborne technology to better measure the snowpack, groundwater levels and predict storms.…
NYC-Fraud-Case

28 new indictments in NY disability fraud case

The case already involved 106 people and $22 million in what the Manhattan district attorney's office says were ill-gotten psychiatric disability benefits. …
GM

GM’s woes continue

The Detroit-based automaker has seen problems with a recent recall, as well as failing to place a car on a major reviewer's top 10 list.…
Meat labeling

California slaughterhouse under criminal probe

A congressman says federal officials have launched a criminal probe of a Northern California slaughterhouse that recently recalled more than 8.7 million pounds of beef.…
Marijuana

First Colorado county reports pot taxes

A southern Colorado county with two recreational marijuana stores has become the first in the state to announce tax totals from the new industry.…
Asiana Airlines

US penalizes Asiana Airlines over crash

U.S. transportation officials have penalized Asiana Airlines $500,000 for failing to assist family members of passengers on a flight that crashed last year at San Francisco airport.…
Map locates section of the Mississippi River that was closed due to an oil barge spill.

Lower Mississippi River reopens after oil spill

About 31,500 gallons of light crude oil spilled into the river after a tank barge pushed by the towboat Hannah C. Settoon collided with another towboat Saturday afternoon, officials said.…
This photo taken Jan. 28, 2014, Coast Guard officer William Pless communicates on the radio while steering the 45 foot Coast Guard vessel through a dense fog during a patrol off the San Diego coast in San Diego. With the drug war locking down land routes across Latin America and at the U.S. border, smugglers have been increasingly using large vessels to carry multi-ton loads of cocaine and marijuana hundreds of miles offshore, where the lead federal agency with extensive law enforcement powers is the Coast Guard, a military service roughly the size of the New York Police Department. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

Seafaring drug smugglers challenging Coast Guard

Only a third of suspected drug smuggling boats or aircraft out of South America that were tracked by U.S. intelligence in cocaine-trafficking corridors in the Pacific and Caribbean were stopped last year. …
U.S. Rep. John Dingell, center, is welcomed as he arrives at the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber (SWCRC) Legislative forum held at the Crystal Gardens in Southgate, Mich. on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in American history and a champion of Detroit's auto industry, has announced his retirement. (AP Photo)

Longest-serving congressman to retire

Rep. John Dingell, who played a key role in some of the biggest liberal legislative victories of the past 60 years, said Monday that he will not try to add to what is already the longest congressional career in history.…