Man freed in girl’s 1957 slaying speaks of prison, future

CHICAGO (AP) — Jack McCullough awoke a few months into his life sentence for the 1957 slaying of an Illinois schoolgirl as his cellmate plunged a shank fashioned from a toothbrush into his face, eventually dislodging his eye. Multiple inmates had vowed to kill him to avenge...

Pentagon misled lawmakers on military sexual assault cases

AP Photo/Molly Riley WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon misled Congress by using inaccurate or vague information about sexual assault cases in an effort to blunt support for a Senate bill that would make a major change in how the military handles allegations of sexual...

Still many questions about Zika’s threat to pregnant women

WASHINGTON (AP) — Zika may stand convicted of causing devastating birth defects but there still are lots of questions about how much of a threat the virus poses to pregnant women, and what to do about it. Part of the answer has to do with geography: So far, mosquitoes...

The Latest: 2nd possible fatality in Houston flooding

AP Photo/David J. Phillip HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on heavy rains and flooding in the Houston area (all times local): 2:40 p.m. Authorities say the body of a man has been found inside a truck that drove into high water on a Houston freeway service road. The victim could be...

Authorities search for brothers in couple’s disappearance

ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Authorities are searching for two brothers who were involved in a property dispute with a missing Washington state couple. Neighbors reported Patrick Shunn and his wife, Monique Patenaude, of Arlington missing on Tuesday when their livestock was left...

Oklahoma City a defining moment in Merrick Garland’s career

AP Photo/Rick Bowmer WASHINGTON (AP) — In Judge Merrick Garland’s courthouse office in Washington, there’s a framed photo of Oklahoma City’s Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building after the 1995 bombing that ripped away most of its front. There’s also a...

911 caller won’t be charged in Ohio Wal-Mart police shooting

A 911 caller won’t be charged for reporting a man waving a gun in a Wal-Mart store before police fatally shot the shopper, who’d picked up an air rifle from a shelf, a special prosecutor said Monday. The decision was made by Mark Piepmeier, the same prosecutor who had...

Houston area submerged after 16 inches of rain in 24 hours

AP Photo/David J. Phillip HOUSTON (AP) — More than a foot of rain fell Monday in parts of Houston, submerging scores of subdivisions and several major interstate highways, forcing the closure of schools and knocking out power to thousands of residents who were urged to...

Justices seem divided over Obama immigration actions

AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appeared divided between its liberal and conservative justices Monday over President Barack Obama’s immigration programs that could affect millions of people who are in the country illegally. The...

Give drug felons food stamps, many states now say

AP Photo/Grant Schulte LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska is desperate to stop the runaway growth of its prison population, but doing so depends a lot on people like Ronald Tillman. Tillman, 54, a paroled drug dealer who suffers from bipolar disease and a debilitating back...