Ex-chemistry student gets 20 years in plot to behead US vet

CINCINNATI (AP) — A former chemistry student was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in prison for plotting to behead a U.S. military veteran and attack a police station in support of the Islamic State group….

“Joy” or “hope”? Holiday giving may depend on how you voted

NEW YORK (AP) — This holiday season, elves and "joy" may be on the way out and "peace" and "hope" on the way in. A divisive election that left half the country deflated and the other half rejuvenated could reverberate...

Branca, pitcher who gave up ‘Shot Heard ‘Round World,’ dies

Ralph Branca's career was defined by that one high-and-inside fastball….

Man who killed abortion doctor gets more lenient sentence

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The man who seven years ago ambushed and fatally shot one of the few U.S. doctors performing late-term abortions was given a more lenient sentence Wednesday of at least 25 years in prison before becoming eligible for parole….

Texas’s highest court: ‘San Antonio 4’ are innocent

DALLAS (AP) — Texas' highest criminal court on Wednesday exonerated four San Antonio women who spent almost 15 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of sexually assaulting two girls, opening the door for the women to seek potentially millions of dollars...

US Navy serves up turkey alongside sorties on Thanksgiving

ABOARD THE USS EISENHOWER (AP) — While millions of Americans celebrate Thanksgiving with family and home-cooked meals, the 5,200 sailors aboard the USS Eisenhower are busy launching fighter jets to strike Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria….

Trump’s UN pick has a national reputation as healer-in-chief

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Gov. Nikki Haley has developed a national reputation as a racial conciliator who led the charge to bring down the Confederate flag at the Statehouse and guided South Carolina through one of its darkest moments, the massacre at a black church….

Trump’s illegal immigration stance may boost private prisons

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The population of American prisons is likely to rise for the first time in nearly a decade with President-elect Donald Trump's promise to detain and deport millions of immigrants who are in the country illegally and his selection of...

5 states struggle with surging numbers of foster children

NEW YORK (AP) — The number of U.S. children in foster care is climbing after a sustained decline, but just five states account for nearly two-thirds of the recent increase. Reasons range from creation of a new child-abuse hotline to widespread outrage over the deaths of...

‘They’re a lot like us’: Program pairs inmates, wild horses

ELK GROVE, Calif. (AP) — Jail inmates and wild horses are helping each other learn to adapt through a California program aimed at preparing both for society….