Sheriff: Texas man killed by deputies appeared to hold knife

AP Photo/Eric Gay DALLAS (AP) — A second video that captured Texas deputies fatally shooting a man whose hands were raised appears to show that he was holding a knife, a sheriff said Wednesday, declining to release the video because the investigation is still going on....

Lesbian couple, like Kentucky clerk, standing up for beliefs

AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — As April Miller drove to work, still too stunned to grasp the magnitude of the fight erupting around her, an old song crackled over the car radio. “Will you still love me for the rest of my life?” the band Chicago...

Police officer killed in Illinois was on brink of retirement

AP Photo CHICAGO (AP) — Charles Joseph Gliniewicz was on the brink of retiring after a 30-year-career in law enforcement. At 52, the tall, tattooed police officer with a shaved head could still be tough and intimidating if the job called for it. But he also had a sweet side...

National parks seeing huge spikes in visitation this summer

AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Visitors heading to the Grand Canyon lately know they are going to get two things when they arrive: breathtaking views and long waits, whether it is to get into the national park itself or to find a parking...

Parents seek halt to 48-year-old’s gender reassignment

AP Photo/Michael R. Sisak DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A transgender woman whose parents went to court Wednesday to block her gender-reassignment surgery in Pennsylvania said she would rather die on the operating table than continue living with male anatomy. Christine Kitzler,...

A look at recent law enforcement deaths across the US

AP Photo CHICAGO (AP) — The killing of a veteran police officer northwest of Chicago is the latest in a string of recent law enforcement deaths. Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz’ death on Tuesday triggered a manhunt for three suspects around the small Illinois community...

North America’s tallest mountain gets new name _ and height

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — North America’s tallest mountain doesn’t just have a new name. It also has a new elevation. Denali, the Alaska mountain formerly known Mount McKinley, is now officially 10 feet shorter, measuring 20,310 feet at its highest point, the...

NYC council speaker endorses Hillary Clinton for president

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, a liberal who is becoming a national voice on issues such as immigration, has endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton for president. Mark-Viverito, a Democrat, made the announcement Wednesday in an op-ed for El...

Wills of millions of Americans now available online

BOSTON (AP) — Paul Revere left all his household furniture to an unmarried daughter. Harriet Beecher Stowe bequeathed her stock in several railroads and a Florida orange grove to her son. Daniel Webster willed a beloved grandson a gold snuff box with the head of George...

WWII vet transmitted news of Japanese surrender 70 years ago

AP Photo/Mike Groll MECHANICVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — Stephen Dennis enlisted in the Navy soon after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941. Less than a year later, the raw 19-year-old recruit was thrust into fighting off the Solomon Islands and survived one of the fiercest...