Obama to re-up Dempsey as joint chiefs chairman

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he’s re-enlisting Gen. Martin Dempsey for another term as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The president also says he’s asking Adm. Sandy Winnefeld to serve another term as Dempsey’s…

OWN to air ‘All My Children,’ ‘One Life to Live’

NEW YORK (AP) — “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” are returning to TV. Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network says it’s acquired the first 40 episodes of the daytime dramas’ revival on The Online Network. They’ll air…

Iraq War vet pleads guilty in wife’s death

MILWAUKEE (AP) — An Iraq War veteran who initially pleaded insanity in the fatal shooting of his wife, a Milwaukee-area police officer, instead changed his plea to guilty Wednesday after two doctors concluded that his mental-health issues weren’t…

Mich. man recognizes mom as bank robbery suspect

BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The FBI says a Michigan man who recognized his mother in surveillance photos of a bank robbery called police to turn her in. MLive.com (http://bit.ly/18gvfgh ) reports the man told police his mother…

Gay marriage ruling draws muted response in SF

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Today’s Supreme Court ruling that cleared the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California has been greeted with applause by a crowd that gathered at San Francisco’s City Hall. But at the same…

Lawmakers want more details before funding Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is balking at the administration’s first attempt to pay for lethal aid for the Syrian rebels until the White House presents a more fully developed proposal than one they got last week from Secretary…

Supreme Court ruling worries blacks in Ala county

COLUMIBANA, Ala. (AP) — Much has changed in Shelby County since Congress passed the 1965 Voting Rights Act to protect minority rights at the polls, but much hasn’t. The county — which successfully challenged one of the law’s…

Mexico faces challenges in tackling corruption

MEXICO CITY (AP) — It’s a scandal a day in Mexico: an ex-governor sent to jail, another under investigation, mysterious money popping up in senators’ bank accounts, politicians passing stacks of bills on YouTube. Scandals are nothing new…

Artists, activists unite at Bradley Manning trial

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — There’s no shortage of Bradley Manning supporters at his court-martial. On most days, 10 to 20 sympathizers have filled the courtroom seats available to the media and public. They come to support the…

Stars react to Supreme Court gay-marriage rulings

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hollywood has long been a vocal supporter of marriage equality, with some stars — including Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie — saying they’d hold off on tying the knot until the right to wed…

Supreme Court ruling worries blacks in Ala county

COLUMIBANA, Ala. (AP) — Black residents are wondering what might happen to their electoral chances in the Alabama county at the heart of the Supreme Court decision blocking part of a civil rights law. Located near Birmingham, Shelby…
Traffic Camera Fines

House approves traffic camera ban

Update Ohio lawmakers are considering a measure that would bar local governments across the state from using cameras to determine whether motorists have run red lights or been speeding.…

Devo drummer Alan Myers dies of brain cancer

The longtime former drummer of the band Devo, best known for the 1980 song “Whip It,” has died after a battle with brain cancer. He was 58. Alan Myers died Monday in Los Angeles, where he lived. Devo…

US targets makers, distributors of synthetic drugs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Drug Enforcement Administration and other federal agencies are serving hundreds of search and arrest warrants across the U.S. in a monthslong crackdown on those who make and distribute synthetic designer drugs. DEA officials say…

Student loan deal seems on edge of falling apart

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid says a bipartisan agreement being offered on student loan interest rates is not an acceptable deal. That could block efforts to dodge a doubling of student loans’ interest rates. Democratic…

Kennedy writes that DOMA made some marriages unequal

WASHINGTON (AP) — According to the Supreme Court opinion that rejected part of the Defense of Marriage Act, the effect of that law was to “identify a subset of state-sanctioned marriages and make them unequal.” Justice Anthony Kennedy…

Power struggle underway in rebel-held Syrian town

BEIRUT (AP) — A slogan painted in small letters on a school wall reads, “We the people want Syria to be a civil, democratic state.” Scrawled next to it in bigger letters is the response from an unknown…

Pope signals Legion of Christ reform to continue

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is signaling he will sign off on the reform process of the Legion of Christ religious order, which was disgraced by revelations its founder was a pedophile. In a letter made public…

Jackson’s son says father feared concert promoter

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Jackson’s eldest son testified Wednesday that his father was excited about going back on tour before his death but wasn’t happy about the terms of the ill-fated shows. Prince Jackson told jurors his…