Santa Monica gunman was mentally evaluated

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Seven years before he went on a shooting rampage that killed five people, including his father and brother, John Zawahiri kept bomb-making materials at his house and threatened students and teachers at a school…

Quotations of the day

“I did not know 1 billion records a day were coming under the control of the federal executive branch.” — Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., on the massive collection of phone records and Internet data by the National Security…

Details of the Senate immigration bill

A look at the immigration overhaul bill now before the Senate: ___ BORDER SECURITY —The bill makes it a goal that there be 100 percent surveillance of the border with Mexico and that 90 percent of would-be crossers…

Lawsuits over government surveillance languish

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Before there was Edward Snowden and the leak of explosive documents showing widespread government surveillance, there was Mark Klein — a telecommunications technician who alleged that AT&T was allowing U.S. spies to siphon vast…

Pair face murder trial in 2nd faith-healing death

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia couple who believes in faith healing over medicine faces a murder trial in the death of their second son in four years. Herbert and Ca……

OTC morning-after pill sales coming _ but not yet

WASHINGTON (AP) — Don’t look for the morning-after pill to move next to the condoms on drugstore shelves right away — but after a decade-plus fight, it appears it really will happen. Backed into a corner by a…

US-China climate deal was long in the works

WASHINGTON (AP) — Disparate interests including environmental activists and business interests are joining to support a first-of-its-kind deal between the U.S. and China to phase out a chemical blamed for climate change. Although it took most proponents by…

NSA debate pits far left, right against the middle

WASHINGTON (AP) — Revelations of massive government collections of Americans’ phone and email records have reinvigorated an odd-couple political alliance of the far left and right. A number of Democratic civil liberties activists and libertarian-leaning Republicans say the…

Attention turns to vote-counting on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — Backers of far-reaching immigration legislation are turning their attention to courting support and counting votes after the Senate pushed the contentious bill over early procedural hurdles. Two votes to place the bill formally before the…

Lawmakers concerned over US surveillance programs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers are voicing their confusion and concern, and some are calling for an end to sweeping surveillance programs by U.S. spy agencies after receiving an unusual briefing on the government’s yearslong collection of phone records…

Priest, ex-teacher get prison in Philly abuse case

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A judge has sentenced a Roman Catholic priest to six to 12 years in prison and a former teacher to eight to 16 years in a sex-abuse case that brought dow……

Unusually massive line of storms aim at Midwest

WASHINGTON (AP) — Meteorologists are warning that a gigantic line of powerful thunderstorms is likely to threaten one in five Americans. The storm system packing tree-toppling winds is forecast to rumble Wednesday from Iowa to Maryland. The continuous…

Syrian extremist rebels raid Shiite village

BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say Syrian rebels have attacked a village in the country’s east, killing dozens of Shiites there, mostly pro-government fighters. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says at least 60 died in Hatla village…

Ohio panel OKs new rules for exotic animals

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — New guidelines regulating exotic animals in Ohio will require owners to meet new caging, safety and caretaking standards. The new rules were rev……

Ohio panel OKs proposed deer hunting rules

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio legislative panel has signed off on new deer hunting regulations that cut the number of animals that hunters could kill statewide. The rul……

Feds: Bulger at center of murder, mayhem in Boston

BOSTON (AP) — As the highly anticipated trial of reputed mobster James “Whitey” Bulger gets under way, jurors will hear prosecutors and defense attorneys describe a man who has been a legendary figure in Boston for decades. The…

Defense hints at plea in Ohio kidnapping-rape case

CLEVELAND (AP) — A man accused of holding three women captive in his Cleveland home for about a decade was scheduled for his first court appearance Wednesday to answer to hundreds of charges, including rape and kidnapping. Ariel…

Defense hints at no trial in Ohio kidnap-rape case

CLEVELAND (AP) — The defense for a man accused of holding three women captive in his Cleveland home for about a decade is hinting a trial can be avoided with a plea if he esc……

NY hearing on reporter’s sources in Colo. shooting

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for a New York City-based reporter who’s being asked to name her sources in a story on the Colorado theater shooting are asking an appellate court to quash a subpoena that requires her…