Miss. ricin-letters case headed to grand jury

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The first time James Everett Dutshcke’s name came up in court regarding ricin-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama and others, he wasn’t the man charged in the case. And it was a defense…

The nation’s weather

Weather Underground Forecast for Thursday, May 02, 2013. A strong Spring storm will move out of the Rockies and into the Plains on Thursday, bringing weather more appropriate for Winter to some areas. Winter Storm Warnings will remain…

Activists say dozens killed in Syrian village

BEIRUT (AP) — Backed by warplanes, Syrian government troops pushed Thursday into the central districts of the city of Homs in an effort to oust rebels from the country’s third largest urban center, activists said. The regime pounded…

Quotations of the day

“He wasn’t a stupid kid. I’m surprised he would do something this foolish.” — Michael McKeown, 20, on former high school classmate Robel Phillipo, accused with two other friends of trying to protect Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.…

Physical by smartphone becoming real possibility

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s not a “Star Trek” tricorder, but by hooking a variety of gadgets onto a smartphone you could almost get a complete physical — without the paper gown or even a visit to the doctor’s…

430 dead so far in Bangladesh building collapse

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Rescuers found more bodies in the concrete debris of a collapsed garment factory building Thursday and authorities say it may take another five days to clear the rubble. In addition to the 430 confirmed…

Women’s groups decry appeal on morning-after pill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration’s decision to appeal a court order lifting age limits on purchasers of the morning-after pill set off a storm of criticism from reproductive rights groups, who denounced it as politically motivated and…

PROMISES, PROMISES: Obama’s IOUs start coming due

WASHINGTON (AP) — Presidential campaigns are long in the making, quick to be forgotten. But one part of them lives on for years: the victor’s promises. President Barack Obama paved his path to re-election with fewer promises than…

PROMISES, PROMISES: Obama $4T deficit cut plan

The issue: Even after a hard-fought deficit-cutting deal in 2011 and a tax-increase measure in January, Washington still has a considerable way to go to wrestle intractable budget deficits under control. The Congressional Budget Office estimates cumulative deficits…

US officials: More in favor of arming Syria rebels

WASHINGTON (AP) — Discussions within the Obama administration in favor of providing arms to the Syrian rebels are gaining ground amid new indications that President Bashar Assad’s regime may have launched additional chemical weapons attacks, U.S. and other…

Obama to pitch immigration overhaul in Mexico

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has his domestic ambition at the top of his travel agenda as he travels to Mexico on Thursday. To sell his immigration overhaul back home, he needs a growing economy in Mexico…

Ohio concealed weapons licenses up in early 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state attorney general says the number of Ohio licenses issued for carrying concealed weapons in the first three months of this year increase……

RI to become 10th state allowing gay marriage

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island is joining nine other states and the District of Columbia in allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry. Gov. Lincoln Chafee (CHAY’-fee) plans to sign gay marriage legislation into law Thursday following…

Final sections of 1 WTC spire to be lifted to roof

NEW YORK (AP) — The final pieces of the spire that will top One World Trade Center — and make it soar to a symbolic 1,776 feet when fully installed — are scheduled to be raised up to…

For 3, bomb suspect’s friendship leads to charges

BOSTON (AP) — Just hours before one of the Boston Marathon suspects and his brother allegedly gunned down a campus police officer, authorities say he exchanged a series of text messages with a friend who’d become suspicious after…

Pa. abortion trial deliberations go on; no verdict

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A jury has finished its second full day of deliberations in the murder trial of a Philadelphia abortion doctor without reaching a verdict. Dr. Kerm……

Indians angry at convicted spy’s death in Pakistan

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indians expressed outrage at the Pakistan government Thursday over the death of a convicted Indian spy who had been attacked with a brick by two fellow inmates in a Pakistan prison, a development New…

Ohio executes man who killed, raped 6-month-old

LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Ohio man convicted of killing a 6-month-old girl while raping her has been executed despite his arguments that he never meant to hurt her. Steve……

Penn State board to weigh governance reforms

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Proposals to change how Penn State is governed are headed to the school’s full Board of Trustees. The changes would include reducing th……