Brief thaw lifts sprits and raises flooding risks

A runner runs along the lake shore Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Chicago. Weeks of subfreezing weather are giving way, at least briefly, to temperatures in the 50s, putting cities on guard for flooding, roof collapses and clogged storm drains. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato) A runner...

Meteorologist gets personal about ‘old man winter’

CHICAGO (AP) — National Weather Service meteorologist Gino Izzi has a message to those who think the bright sunshine over parts of the Midwest this week means the brutal winter is over: “Forgetaboutit.” In a report issued Wednesday, the meteorologist veered...

Los Angeles cardinal unlikely to face charges

FILE – In this Feb. 6, 2008 file photo, Cardinal Roger Mahony officiates during Ash Wednesday services at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles will pay $13 million to settle 17 clergy abuse lawsuits, including...

Nebraska law that allowed Keystone XL struck down

FILE – In this March 11, 2013 photo, a sign reading “Stop the Transcanada Pipeline” stands in a field near Bradshaw, Neb., along the Keystone XL pipeline route through the state. A Nebraska district court struck down a law that allowed the Keystone XL oil...

Neglected teen’s dad charged with murder in Tenn.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The father of a disabled teenage girl in Tennessee who died from gangrene and infected bedsores due to neglect has been charged with first-degree murder along with a home-health aide. The Shelby County District Attorney’s Office said in a news...

Pa. couple sent to prison for 2nd prayer death

Catherine Schaible walks from the criminal justice center Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Philadelphia. Herbert and Catherine Schaible who believed in faith-healing were sentenced Wednesday to 3.5 to seven years in prison in the death of a second child who was sick but didn’t...

Soldier suspended for defending empty casket photo

This photo posted to the instagram account belonging to Spc. Terry Harrison shows a dozen soldiers clowning around a casket draped in a flag at a National Guard training facility in Arkansas. The Wisconsin National Guard on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 announced that it had suspended...

Body found believed to be missing Missouri girl’s

This photo provided by Greene County Sheriff’s Office, Craig Michael Wood is shown. Wood has been jailed on suspicion of first-degree murder in the abduction and death of a 10-year-old girl, police said Wednesday. A body believed to be that of Hailey Owens was found...

Governor: Colorado pot market exceeds tax hopes

FILE – In this Feb. 14, 2014, file photo, pot store employee Sam Walsh informs a first time customer about different strains of marijuana, a white board listing prices and sales tax, inside the retail shop at 3D Cannabis Center, in Denver. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper...

Body of missing 10-year-old found in southwest Mo.

In this photo provided by the Greene County, Mo., Jail is grade school coach Craig Michael Wood who police said Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, has been jailed on suspicion of first-degree murder in the abduction of a 10-year-old Hailey Owens in Springfield, Mo. Police say search crews...