Missing couple feared man sought in their disappearance

SEATTLE (AP) — Patrick Shunn and Monique Patenaude worried about getting on the wrong side of the man who lived a little ways up an old logging road from their 21-acre spread in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. When they sued other neighbors over a property dispute...

States seek ways to regulate steep air-ambulance costs

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The first time Jason Ebert needed an air ambulance, it saved his life. The second time, it nearly broke the bank. Both times, Montana doctors ordered Ebert flown 150 miles from Bozeman to Billings for treatment. But while insurance covered the first...

APNewsBreak: DC schools chief asked contractor for $100K

AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais WASHINGTON (AP) — Emails obtained by The Associated Press show that District of Columbia Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson asked a troubled contractor for a $100,000 contribution to a Kennedy Center gala honoring teachers. The contractor,...

Prosecutors: Teen killed man, posed with gun on Facebook

SEATTLE (AP) — Prosecutors have accused a Seattle teen of fatally shooting a man, stealing his money and then posing with the victim’s gun in a picture she posted on Facebook after the killing. Seattlepi.com reports (http://goo.gl/cljj8i ) that the 16-year-old was...

Immigrant kids placed with adults who are in US illegally

AP Photo/Eric Gay LOS ANGELES (AP) — The vast majority of immigrant children who arrive alone at the U.S. border are placed by the government with adults who are in the country illegally, federal data reviewed by The Associated Press show. The government has long said that...

Freddie Gray, 1 year later: What has changed in Baltimore?

AP Photo/Patrick Semansky BALTIMORE (AP) — When Freddie Gray died April 19, 2015, and riots erupted, Baltimore and its residents were forced to confront issues that had plagued them for decades, community leader Ericka Alston said. “I think for Baltimore as a...

Religious group sues San Francisco over open-air urinal

AP Photo/Jeff Chiu SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A religious organization has filed a lawsuit against the city of San Francisco to remove an open-air urinal it calls unsanitary and indecent from a popular park. The Chinese Christian Union of San Francisco filed a civil complaint...

Adjusting to life _ and leaner wallets _ after the gas boom

AP Photo/Michael Rubinkam TOWANDA, Pa. (AP) — Jami Patel spends long hours behind the front desk of a nearly empty motel, desperate for someone, anyone, to check in. Hardly anyone ever does, not since the once-booming natural gas industry pulled up stakes amid a prolonged,...

Standoff halts traffic, work for hours at California Capitol

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A vehicle covered in scribbled writing blocked traffic across from the California Capitol on Monday, stopping traffic for hours, leading police to close nearby businesses and disrupting some government operations as officers tried to talk to a man...

Alaska man mauled by bear on student outing

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska man has been mauled by a bear, according to Alaska State Troopers. Troopers’ spokeswoman Megan Peters says in an email to The Associated Press that 35-year-old Forest Wagner, of Fairbanks, has been transported to an Anchorage hospital....