Governor signs repeal of death penalty in Md.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Opponents of capital punishment marked a milestone Thursday as Maryland become the first state south of the Mason-Dixon line to abolish the death penalty. Passage of the bill was a significant victory for Democratic…

Judge OKs release Illinois man charged with terror

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge has agreed to release an Illinois teenager charged with trying to support a foreign terrorist organization. U.S. Magistrate Daniel Martin ruled Thursday that 18-year-old Abdella Ahmad Tounisi could be released under home…

Manziel talks football, friendships and fame

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Johnny Manziel has decided he’s not going to allow the pitfalls of fame stop him from having a good time, forging friendships with rival quarterbacks or even going back to class — in person.…
Pet Project: May 2, 2013

Pet Project: May 2, 2013

Jennifer Campbell with the Kansas Humane Society answers your pet questions and also shows off a kitty.…

Pentagon report: NKorea moving toward nuke missile

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says North Korea appears headed toward its announced goal, which is to be able to strike the U.S. with a nuclear-armed missile. In a report to Congress Thursday, the Pentagon made no estimate…

Rubio seeks to boost border language in new bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Marco Rubio says a new immigration bill he helped write needs stronger border security provisions or it will fail in the House and may even struggle to pass the Senate. The Florida Republican is…

Man killed after firing shot at Houston airport

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston police say shots have been fired at the city’s largest international airport and at least one man has been injured. Houston police spokesman John Cannon says a call came in at 1:35 p.m. on…

Physical Penguins defense rattles Islanders

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins aren’t getting ahead of themselves after dispatching the New York Islanders in Game 1 of their playoff series Wednesday. Pittsburgh rolled to a 5-0 victory despite playing without star Sidney Crosby, who…

Physical Penguins defense rattles Islanders

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins aren’t getting ahead of themselves after dispatching the New York Islanders in Game 1 of their playoff series Wednesday. Pittsburgh rolled to a 5-0 victory despite playing without star Sidney Crosby, who…
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Shawnee approves Google Fiber

Officials in Shawnee have approved an agreement authorizing the launch of Google Fiber in the Kansas City suburb.…

Attorney general out of Va. ex-mansion chef case

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A judge has granted Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s request to withdraw from the politically charged embezzlement case against a former Virginia Executive Mansion chef. Circuit Judge Margaret Spencer on Thursday deferred until May 14…

Jay-Z joins pitch to redevelop suburban NY arena

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — Jay-Z is part of a group trying to renovate Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum outside New York City. The rapper and music mogul attended a meeting Thursday on Long Island, where the media was briefed…

Jurors hear voicemail saying Jackson was sick

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Five days before Michael Jackson died, his manager called the singer’s doctor and said Jackson was sick. A voicemail from the manager was played Thursday for a Los Angeles jury in the lawsuit by…

Hagel: US rethinking possibly arming Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the Obama administration is rethinking its opposition to arming rebels opposed to the Syrian government. Hagel told a Pentagon news conference that the administration is considering a range of options.…

Oil drilling technology leaps, clean energy lags

NEW YORK (AP) — Technology created an energy revolution over the past decade — just not the one we expected. By now, cars were supposed to be running on fuel made from plant waste or algae — or…