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National & World Obama condemns slaying of Japanese journalist by IS (New) Obama condemns slaying of Japanese journalist by IS
President Barack Obama is calling the apparent beheading of a Japanese journalist by an Islamic State militant a "heinous murder" and declaring that the United States stands in solidarity with the Japanese people in denouncing a "barbaric act."
National & World Obama budget sets up battle with GOP-controlled Congress (New) Obama budget sets up battle with GOP-controlled Congress
After a year of relative peace in Washington's budget battles, President Barack Obama will lay out a $4 trillion budget on Monday that needles Republicans with proposals for higher taxes on the wealthy and businesses to pay for education, public works projects and child care.
National & World Balloon crew makes history crossing Pacific Ocean Balloon crew makes history crossing Pacific Ocean
A pair of American and Russian pilots has traveled farther and longer in a gas balloon than anyone in history, trying to eliminate any remaining debate over a century of records in long-distance ballooning.
National & World Victim's mom leaves as gory images shown at Hernandez trial Victim's mom leaves as gory images shown at Hernandez trial
The mother of the man former New England Patriots standout Aaron Hernandez is accused of killing was overcome with emotion Friday as a prosecutor showed the jury graphic photos of her son's body at the industrial park where he was found.
National & World George Zimmerman assault case dropped; ex-girlfriend recants George Zimmerman assault case dropped; ex-girlfriend recants
An aggravated assault case against George Zimmerman that was opened when his ex-girlfriend said he threw a wine bottle at her has been dropped because she recanted her story and stopped cooperating with investigators, according to a prosecutor.
National & World McCain to protesters: 'Get out of here, you low-life scum' McCain to protesters: 'Get out of here, you low-life scum'
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain kicked protesters out of a committee hearing Thursday, calling them "low-life scum" as they hollered for the arrest of one of the witnesses, former secretary of state Henry Kissinger.
National & World AP: Killer says his ideas influenced family suicide
Dan Lafferty sees himself as a prophet who will prepare the world for the second coming and has little following, but 10 years ago he started a relationship with a young woman who was drawn to him after reading a book chronicling the slayings that put him in prison.
National & World LAPD criticized for event featuring ex-Mexican Mafia leader
An ex-Mexican Mafia leader serving life in prison for murder was escorted by police to speak at a gathering of police chiefs and business leaders, prompting criticism from the mayor's office and a call for a probe from the head of the civilian oversight commission for the Los Angeles Police Department, which organized the event.
National & World Study: Chances of dying in a car crash plunged over 3 years Study: Chances of dying in a car crash plunged over 3 years
The chances of dying in a crash in a late-model car or light truck fell by more than a third over three years, and nine car models had zero deaths per million registered vehicles, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
National & World After killings by police, a debate over grand jury secrecy After killings by police, a debate over grand jury secrecy
For centuries, grand juries have held some of the criminal justice system's best-kept secrets. But their private process has come under extraordinary public scrutiny after recent decisions not to indict police officers in the deaths of unarmed men.
National & World Attorney General nominee defends Obama immigration changes Attorney General nominee defends Obama immigration changes
Confronting skeptical Republicans, attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch pledged a new start with Congress and independence from President Barack Obama Wednesday, even as she defended the president's unilateral protections for millions of immigrants in the country illegally.
National & World Tape: Scientist offers to build nuke bomb targeting New York
A disgruntled, former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist promised to build 40 nuclear weapons for Venezuela in 10 years and design a bomb targeted for New York City in exchange for "money and power," according to secret FBI recordings released Wednesday.