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Kansas lawmakers OK bill to void local gun rules

Posted: 04/06/2014 - Kansas legislators have given final approval to a bill nullifying city and county gun restrictions and ensuring that it's legal across the state to openly carry firearms.

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'Acoustic event' in plane search

Posted: 04/06/2014 - It's being described as an "acoustic event" but officials leading the search for a missing Malaysian airliner in the Indian Ocean are repeating their cautions that it's not a confirmed sound from a black box.

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Mozilla CEO resignation raises free-speech issues

Posted: 04/05/2014 - The resignation of Mozilla's CEO amid outrage that he supported an anti-gay marriage campaign is prompting concerns about how Silicon Valley's strongly liberal culture might quash the very openness that is at the region's foundation.

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Prison on lockdown after weapons, alcohol found

Updated: 04/05/2014 - Illinois' biggest maximum-security prison is on lockdown after corrections officers uncovered more than a dozen crude weapons, gallons of homemade alcohol and a hoard of juice used to make the intoxicants.

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China ship hears 'signal'; unclear if jet-related

Updated: 04/05/2014 - A Chinese ship involved in the hunt for the missing Malaysian jetliner reported hearing a "pulse signal" Saturday in southern Indian Ocean waters with the same frequency emitted by the plane's data recorders, as Malaysia vowed not to give up the search for the aircraft.

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Conservationists claim victory on new farm bill

Posted: 04/05/2014 - Wildlife and environmental groups are claiming victory for conservation practices in the new farm bill, where two of their top priorities made it into law.

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McDonald's exits Crimea

Posted: 04/04/2014 - McDonald's closed its three restaurants in Crimea as it evaluates the "evolving situation" on the Black Sea peninsula.

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Fort Hood gunman had argument with other soldiers

Posted: 04/04/2014 - The Fort Hood soldier who gunned down three other military men before killing himself had an argument with colleagues in his unit before opening fire, and investigators believe his mental condition was not the "direct precipitating factor" in the shooting, authorities said Friday.

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Woman faces sentence in breast feeding overdose

Posted: 04/04/2014 - A South Carolina woman faces 20 years to life in prison when she is sentenced for killing her 6-week-old daughter with what prosecutors say was an overdose of morphine delivered through her breast milk.

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Official: Mental health factor in Fort Hood attack

Posted: 04/03/2014 - A Fort Hood official says the unstable mental condition of the gunman who killed three people and wounded 16 others at the Texas military post is believed to be an underlying cause of the attack.

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Hagel: Too soon to draw conclusions from shooting

Posted: 04/03/2014 - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says it's too soon to draw any broad conclusions about safety at U.S. military bases after the deadly shootings at Fort Hood, Texas.

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Obama and top lawmakers consult on Ukraine crisis

Posted: 04/03/2014 - President Barack Obama is thanking congressional leaders for approving aid for Ukraine, but urging them to go further by adopting changes to the International Monetary Fund.

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Gunman kills 3, wounds 16 at Fort Hood Army Base

Updated: 04/03/2014 - A soldier opened fire Wednesday on fellow service members at the Fort Hood military base, killing three people and wounding 16 before committing suicide at the same post where more than a dozen people were slain in a 2009 attack, authorities said.

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Newtown residents want gunman's house torn down

Posted: 04/02/2014 - Some Newtown residents are calling for the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter's home to be torn down and replaced with a park or nature preserve, according to a new community survey.

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Dog escapes Texas backyard, somehow gets to Ohio

Posted: 04/02/2014 - A small dog that escaped its fenced-in yard in Texas was found outside a southwest Ohio animal shelter, and its owners have no idea how he traveled more than 1,000 miles in a few days.

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Supreme Court voids overall campaign donor limits

Posted: 04/02/2014 - The Supreme Court further loosened the reins on political giving Wednesday, ruling that big campaign donors can dole out money to as many candidates and political committees as they want as long as they abide by limits on contributions to each individual campaign.

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