Final book in Alan Gregory series disappoints

“Compound Fractures” (Dutton), by Stephen White For more than 20 years, Stephen White has been writing about Alan Gregory, a psychologist in Boulder, Colo., who tends to get involved in major crimes. With the help of Detective Sam…

Sen. Cruz says he’ll renounce Canadian citizenship

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has released his birth certificate to reflect that he was born in Canada but says he will renounce citizenship from that country. Cruz first gave a copy of the document…

Ga. woman convicted of perjury to be sentenced

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — A woman whose former boss was convicted of fatally shooting her husband outside a suburban Atlanta preschool in 2010 is set to be sentenced after she was convicted of lying to authorities. Jurors on…

US judge approves force-feeding California inmates

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge approved a request from California and federal officials to force-feed inmates if necessary as a statewide prison hunger strike entered its seventh week. Officials say they fear for the welfare of…

Gay Fla. teen back in jail after plea deal pulled

VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida teen accused of having sex with her underage girlfriend is back in jail after prosecutors withdrew a plea deal. Authorities say 19-year-old Kaitlyn Hunt was booked into the Indian River County…

Spanish judge wants to question track security

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish judge investigating a train crash that killed 79 people wants to question whoever is responsible for rail security on the stretch where the accident occurred, making the driver no longer the only suspect…

Review: ‘Mortal Instruments’ album intoxicating

Various Artists, “The Mortal Instruments Soundtrack” (Republic Records) Successful film soundtracks have to complete a pair of difficult tasks. They must creatively echo the film they enhance and also stand up on their own. “The Mortal Instruments” soundtrack…

Vice president with son in Texas for medical tests

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is in Houston while his son undergoes medical tests after experiencing weakness and disorientation last week. Beau Biden, the Delaware attorney general, is undergoing tests Tuesday to determine what caused…

Pa. man, 102, honored for lifelong Ford loyalty

SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania Ford dealership has honored a 102-year-old man for his lifelong loyalty to the brand. The (Somerset) Daily American (http://bit.ly/1anH1GP ) reports Floyd Pullin was honored with a birthday cake, luncheon and…

Tenn. legislator to challenge US Sen. Alexander

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Sen. Lamar Alexander’s efforts to ward off a primary challenge from the right fell short Tuesday with Tennessee state Rep. Joe Carr’s announcement that he will mount a tea party challenge for the Republican…

Obama and ’72 Dolphins, a salute after 40 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — During the 1972 NFL season, the Super Bowl champion Miami Dolphins played 17 games without a loss. Then they went 40 years without White House acknowledgment of that unmatched feat. Until today. President Barack Obama…

W. Pa. councilman wants park drilling referendum

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A councilman representing the county that includes Pittsburgh wants voters to decide by referendum any time officials try to lease county-owned pa……

Insane Clown Posse feels qualified to do FUSE show

NEW YORK (AP) — They are the self-proclaimed “Most Hated Band in the World,” and now they’re bringing their own theater of the absurd to the Fuse Network with the aptly titled “Insane Clown Posse Theater.” For 24…

Rights group urges Gaza’s Hamas to halt executions

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — An international human rights group is demanding that Gaza’s Hamas government halt all planned executions, including that of a 28-year-old convicted of killing a child when he himself was still a minor.…

Democrats push ban on Ohio gov’s outside pay

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two House Democrats are championing a proposal that would ban a sitting Ohio governor from receiving outside compensation, including from firm……

Broncos player may be witness in murder case

DENVER (AP) — Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller could be called as a witness in the death penalty case against a man accused of stabbing five people to death in a Denver bar in October. Miller is among…

Lawyer raises concerns about jury in baby killing

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — The lawyer for a Georgia teenager charged with fatally shooting a 13-month-old baby in the face is objecting to the racial makeup of potential jurors. Jury selection began Monday in the trial of 18-year-old…

Photos: Torrential rains deluge the Philippines

Some of the Philippines’ heaviest rains on record fell for a second day, turning the capital’s roads into rivers and trapping tens of thousands of people in homes and shelters.

State Rep. Joe Carr announces Alexander challenge

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee State Rep. Joe Carr says he’ll challenge incumbent Lamar Alexander for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate next year. The decision to challenge Alexander means Carr will abandon his bid to oust…

ABC, CBS news gaining with different approaches

NEW YORK (AP) — Evening newscasts on ABC and CBS are both gaining ground on market leader Brian Williams of NBC News, but that’s one of the few things they have in common. Behind Diane Sawyer, second-place ABC…