Woman, 82, tracks down and meets 96-year-old birth mother

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — After 50 years of searching, and with a lot of help from her granddaughter, Betty Morrell has finally met her 96-year-old birth mother. She also has forged a close friendship with a sister she never knew she had. Morrell, of Spring Hill, Florida, flew to...

Authorities: Couple suspected in crime spree found; man dead

MILTON, Fla. (AP) — The search for a Missouri couple suspected in a series of robberies and abductions in Alabama and Georgia ended in the Florida Panhandle early Friday with authorities there saying the man is dead and the woman taken into custody. Blake Fitzgerald died...

Authorities: Couple suspected in crime spree found; man dead

MILTON, Fla. (AP) — The search for a Missouri couple suspected in a series of robberies and abductions in Alabama and Georgia ended in the Florida Panhandle early Friday with authorities there saying the man is dead and the woman taken into custody. Blake Fitzgerald died...

Conn. governor critical of town considering arming teachers

KENT, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut town is considering a program that trains teachers to use guns in the event of an active shooter, and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has come down hard on the idea. Kent selectmen voted 2-1 on Wednesday to present information about the “FASTER...

Florida readies for a fight with Zika virus

AP Photo/Steve Cannon MIAMI (AP) — Florida’s history of fighting off mosquito-borne outbreaks puts the state in perhaps better position than most when it comes to the Zika virus. In 2014, chikungunya, a virus spread by the same species of mosquito as Zika, infected a...

2 NYC police officers wounded in public housing shooting

AP Photo/Julio Cortez NEW YORK (AP) — Two police officers were shot and wounded by a gunman they encountered in the stairwell of a public housing project they were patrolling, and the gunman later killed himself, authorities said. Police said three officers were on the...

The Latest: Police say gunman who shot 2 cops killed himself

AP Photo/Julio Cortez NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on two police officers shot in a New York public housing complex (all times local): 10:15 p.m. Two police officers shot and wounded while patrolling a New York housing project apparently were attacked by a gunman who later...

2 police officers shot in New York public housing complex

AP Photo/Julio Cortez NEW YORK (AP) — Two police officers patrolling a housing project were shot and wounded by a gunman who apparently later killed himself with the same weapon a few miles from where Mayor Bill de Blasio was delivering his State of the City address on...

VA: Wait times recorded incorrectly at Colorado clinic

DENVER (AP) — Workers at a Colorado Springs VA clinic incorrectly reported that some veterans got appointments sooner than they actually did, while at least 288 veterans had to wait longer than the government’s 30-day target, federal investigators said Thursday. The...

Official: Massive LA-area gas leak could be capped in a week

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California official outlined a plan Thursday to cap the massive Los Angeles-area gas leak by the end of next week. Wade Crowfoot, an adviser to Gov. Jerry Brown, told residents of Porter Ranch that the final phase to intercept the ruptured well should...