2 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — A student gunman opened fire Thursday at a Southern California high school, killing two students and wounding three others before he was captured in grave condition after shooting himself in the head, authorities said.
Texas baby born without much of his skin finally goes home
HOUSTON (AP) — A baby boy born in Texas without much of his skin is finally at home. Ten-month-old Ja’bari Gray had been receiving treatment at Texas Children’s Hospital, but he was released Wednesday following an experimental skin transplant in May.
Doctor accused of unnecessary surgeries held without bail
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The website of a Virginia gynecologist describes his surgical skills as “unparalleled.” But federal prosecutors say many of the procedures Dr.
Charlottesville suit seeks to link online talk to violence
The white nationalist rally that took a deadly turn in Charlottesville, Virginia, during the summer of 2017 shocked Americans with its front-row view of hatred on the rise.
Missouri woman charged after husband’s body found in freezer
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities are searching for a woman after finding her husband’s corpse in a freezer in a bedroom inside her southwest Missouri home, where it may have been stored for nearly a year.
Report: Lack of leadership led to Kansas player’s death
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A scathing report following an independent investigation into the heatstroke death of a 19-year-old football player who collapsed after the first day of conditioning practice at a Kansas community college found “a striking lack of leadership.” Braeden Bradforth, a 315-pound (140 kilogram) defensive lineman for the Garden City Community College, was found unconscious outside his dorm room after practice on Aug.
California faces fraught path out of wildfire, power crisis
The utility that serves more than 5 million electrical customers in one of the world’s most technologically advanced areas is now faced again and again with a no-win decision: risk starting catastrophic deadly wildfires, or turn off the lights and immiserate millions of paying customers.
Walmart where man killed 22 reopens amid increased security
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Walmart has quietly hired off-duty officers at its stores in El Paso, Texas, where a gunman police say targeted Mexicans opened fire in a store in August and killed 22 people.
Plan would protect 21 coral hot spots in Gulf of Mexico
A plan to protect corals in the Gulf of Mexico is close to becoming a law, drawing cheers from environmental groups who believe leaving the corals alone would help vulnerable ocean ecosystems to grow.
Authorities find malnourished girl after online teacher tip
A teacher administering an online test who heard an 11-year-old student say she was hungry and only allowed to eat a small plate of rice each day alerted investigators in Ohio that something was amiss.
Man accused in 1987 Canada abduction faces sentencing in US
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Canadian man accused of abducting his toddler son in Toronto in 1987 and living on the lam for three decades is being sentenced Thursday in the U.S.
Pastor: Jimmy Carter ‘up and walking’ post brain surgery
ATLANTA (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter was already “up and walking” just a day after undergoing surgery to relieve pressure on his brain from bleeding linked to recent falls, his pastor said.
Old dogs, new tricks: 10,000 pets needed for science
SEATTLE (AP) — Can old dogs teach us new tricks? Scientists are looking for 10,000 pets for the largest-ever study of aging in canines.
Georgia executes man for store clerk's killing in 1994
JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — A man convicted of killing a Georgia convenience store clerk 25 years ago was put to death late Wednesday night, authorities said.
California regulators order inquiry into power outages
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California regulators opened a formal investigation Wednesday into preemptive power outages that blacked out large parts of the state in October, drawing strong rebukes from public officials and residents who said the shut-offs were too broad and poorly executed.
YouTuber accused of abusing kids for poor performance dies
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona woman accused of abusing her adopted children who starred on her popular YouTube channel has died, authorities said Wednesday.
NTSB: Coast Guard ignored duck boat safety proposals
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Federal transportation safety investigators criticized the U.S. Coast Guard Wednesday for ignoring suggestions over nearly two decades to improve tourist duck boats, changes they say might have prevented last year's Missouri accident that killed 17 people.
Ex-insurance exec gets 6 months in college admissions scam
BOSTON (AP) — A former California insurance executive was sentenced to six months in prison for paying $450,000 to get his son and daughter admitted to the University of Southern California as fake athletic recruits.
Arctic blast spreads shivers from Maine to Deep South
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An arctic blast that sent shivers across the Midwest spread to the eastern U.S. on Wednesday, with bitter weather breaking records from Mississippi to Maine.
Officer: I quit Proud Boys over fears of ‘far-left’ attacks
A Connecticut police officer who belonged to a far-right group accused a civil rights activist who had complained to his department of trying to “silence conservative voices,” according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press.
US superbug infections rising, but deaths are falling
NEW YORK (AP) — Drug-resistant “superbug” infections have been called a developing nightmare that could set medicine back a century, making conquered germs once again untreatable.
Greta Thunberg hitches low-carbon ride across Atlantic
HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg hitched a renewable-energy ride back to Europe on Wednesday, sailing into the Atlantic on a trip she hopes will get her to Madrid in time for another climate conference, and then home for the holidays.
Asylum-seekers get attorney access before return to Mexico
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that a Guatemalan family seeking asylum in the United States must be granted attorney access before being forced to wait in Mexico as their case winds through U.S.
Justice Dept. rolls out new program to combat gun violence
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Attorney General William Barr announced a new initiative Wednesday that would better enforce the U.S. gun background check system, coordinate state and federal gun cases and ensure prosecutors quickly update databases to show when a defendant can’t possess a firearm because of mental health issues.