Shooting by 9-year-old girl stirs debate over guns

| |Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

The accidental shooting death of a firing-range instructor by a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi has set off a powerful debate over youngsters and guns, with many people wondering what sort of parents would let a child handle a submachine gun.

Sources: US considering new relief mission in Iraq

| |Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

The Obama administration is considering a humanitarian relief operation for Shiite Turkmen in northern Iraq who have been under siege for weeks by Islamic State militants, U.S. defense officials said Wednesday.

Audio in Missouri case could hold clues to shooting

| |Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

The 12-second recording, made on a smartphone with the app Glide, a video messaging service, is believed to have captured Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson shooting Michael Brown to death on Aug. 9.

Former inspector urges nuclear regulators to close California plant

| |Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014

A former federal inspector has urged regulators to shut down California's last nuclear power plant until it can be determined whether the facility can stand up to an earthquake off the Central Coast.

Obama back in DC amid crises, as if he never left

| |Monday, Aug. 25, 2014

While in office, former President George H. W. Bush once plaintively asked, "What is it about August?"

Mourners urge black Americans to take action

| |Monday, Aug. 25, 2014

The mourners filled an enormous church to remember Michael Brown — recalling him as a "gentle giant," aspiring rapper and recent high school graduate on his way to a technical college.

Businesses: Quake cleanup shouldn't deter tourists

| |Monday, Aug. 25, 2014

The earthquake that jarred California's wine capital caused $1 billion in damage, Napa County officials estimated Monday as business owners mopped up high-end vintages that spilled from barrels and bottles and swept away broken glass in the rush to get the tourist hotspot back in shape for the summer's final holiday weekend.

Legal questions arise for fantasy day game biz

| |Monday, Aug. 25, 2014

Some of the newest incarnations of fantasy football look a lot more like gambling than intricate, outsmart-your-opponent strategy games.

New fear: What happens in Ferguson if no charges?

| |Friday, Aug. 22, 2014

Conditions calmed this week in Ferguson after nights of sometimes violent unrest stemming from the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer. But a delicate and crucial question lingers: What happens if the grand jury now considering the case doesn't return a charge against the officer?

Foley case lays bare debate over paying ransom

| |Friday, Aug. 22, 2014

The beheading of freelance journalist James Foley has forced a new debate between the longtime U.S. and British refusal to negotiate with terrorists, and Europe and the Persian Gulf's increasing willingness to pay ransoms in a desperate attempt to free citizens. The dilemma: How to save the lives of captives without financing terror groups and encouraging more kidnappings.