Barbara Bush believed literacy could cure other ills

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — On a hot summer day in 1978, as her husband mulled his first presidential run, Barbara Bush headed to Houston's leafy Memorial Park for a jog while she thought about what issues she'd like to focus on should she become first lady….

Alabama mail-bomber the oldest executed in US modern times

ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama inmate convicted of the mail-bomb slayings of a federal judge and a civil rights lawyer during a wave of Southern terror in 1989 was executed by lethal injection Thursday, becoming the oldest prisoner put to death in the U.S. in modern times….

Gym employees accuse black member of not paying, call cops

Employees of an LA Fitness in New Jersey wrongly accused a black member and his guest of not paying to work out and called police, prompting an apology from the company….

AP Was There: The fiery end of the standoff near Waco, Texas

WACO, Texas (AP) — Around 6 a.m. on April 19, 1993, FBI agents moved in to end a 51-day standoff with the Branch Davidian religious sect near Waco, Texas, ramming holes in the group's compound with armored vehicles and spraying tear gas inside. About six hours later, smoke poured from…

Police say teen who searched for missing pal was his killer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 16-year-old who was part of a search party looking for a missing high school sports star led the group to discover the boy's body but investigators suspect he was the person who fatally stabbed his longtime friend and left his body in bushes near a…

Court sides with sanctuary cities in fight over grants

CHICAGO (AP) — The federal government cannot withhold public safety grants from cities that refuse to cooperate with President Donald Trump's immigration enforcement policies, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday, agreeing with a lower court judge who had imposed a temporary injunction last year….

The Latest: Southwest sought more time to inspect engines

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the Southwest Airlines plane that made an emergency landing in Philadelphia (all times local):…

Manhattan turf war: ‘Billionaires Row’ vs. homeless shelter

NEW YORK (AP) — Some of the world's wealthiest people have apartments in the half-dozen new skyscrapers built along a stretch of Manhattan's 57th Street known as "Billionaires Row." And soon they may have an unwanted new neighbor: a homeless shelter….

Nanny who killed kids while parents away convicted of murder

NEW YORK (AP) — A once-trusted nanny who butchered two children in her care while their parents were away was convicted of murder by a jury that didn't believe her claims she was too insane at the time of the crime to be held responsible….

Possibility of first-ever strike divides Arizona teachers

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — The question of whether Arizona teachers should walk off the job to call for increased school funding has both mobilized and stratified tens of thousands of educators, with some saying it's time for an unprecedented strike aimed at improving the system and others skeptical about shutting…

A boom, a whoosh of air and then terror on Flight 1380

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — There was a loud boom, and the plane started shaking violently. Air whooshed through the cabin, and snow-like debris floated down the aisle as oxygen masks dropped from the ceiling. Some passengers wondered if they would ever hug their children again. At least one bought in-flight Wi-Fi…

Regulators to require inspections after jet engine explosion

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — U.S. airline regulators said Wednesday that they will order inspections on engine fan blades like the one involved in fatal failure that killed a woman in a plane that made an emergency landing in Philadelphia….

Excavator blamed for island-wide blackout in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — An island-wide blackout hit Puerto Rico on Wednesday as the U.S. territory struggles to repair an increasingly unstable power grid nearly seven months after Hurricane Maria. Officials said an excavator accidentally downed a transmission line….

California city sued over vote to opt out of ‘sanctuary’

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Residents sued the tiny Southern California city of Los Alamitos on Wednesday to challenge a vote by elected officials to exempt the community from a state law that limits police collaboration with U.S. immigration authorities….

Bank executive killed in jet tragedy remembered as selfless

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico bank executive who died on a Southwest Airlines flight was remembered Wednesday as a dedicated mother of two who helped others find jobs, volunteered around Albuquerque and brought often fractious sides together….

‘It smells like death:’ Alabama endures NYC ‘poop train’

PARRISH, Ala. (AP) — A stinking trainload of human waste from New York City is stranded in a tiny Alabama town, spreading a stench like a giant backed-up toilet – and the "poop train" is just the latest example of the South being used as a dumping ground for other…

Pilot of Southwest flight with blown engine was Navy fighter

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Southwest Airlines pilot who made an emergency landing Tuesday after the jet apparently blew an engine, got hit by shrapnel and lost a window, is being praised for her "nerves of steel" in helping to prevent a far worse tragedy after the catastrophe killed one passenger…

‘For all women’: Tireless mom plans her 9th Everest summit

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Between raising two daughters and working as a dishwasher at Whole Foods, Lhakpa Sherpa just doesn't have time for training to climb Mount Everest. Even so, she has done it a record eight times – and hopes to outdo herself yet again….

Heavy rains ease, rescue efforts improve after Hawaii storm

HONOLULU (AP) — Heavy rains on Kauai let up on Monday, which helped emergency workers better rescue people stranded by flooding on the Hawaiian island….

Months later, mudslide survivors finding personal treasures

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When a torrent of mud crashed through Mari Mitchel's bedroom in Southern California three months ago, it carried away everything from massive pieces of antique family furniture to a tiny pouch that held her wedding and engagement rings and a beloved pendant….

Sacramento police release new video following fatal shooting

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sacramento police released 54 new video and audio clips Monday that add fresh details about the department's response following the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man….

Oklahoma wildfires kill 2; threat nears historic level

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Wildfires that have killed two people in western Oklahoma are nearing conditions not seen in at least a decade because of the mixture of high temperatures, low humidity and heavy winds, the National Weather Service said Monday….

8-year-old boy at school slashes other students with knife

SAUK RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) — An 8-year-old student took a kitchen knife to a central Minnesota elementary school and randomly attacked three other children Monday, authorities said….

7 inmates dead, 17 injured in South Carolina prison fighting

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina prisons spokesman says seven inmates are dead and 17 others required outside medical attention after hours of fighting inside a maximum security prison….

Spring storm moves east after blanketing central US in snow

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesotans slogged through a mid-April storm Sunday that dumped 2 feet (half a meter) of snow on parts of the Upper Midwest, coated roads with ice and battered areas farther south with powerful winds and tornadoes before plowing toward the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic U.S….

DA to air more evidence in eccentric heir’s murder case

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's been more than three years since the arrest of eccentric New York real estate heir Robert Durst in the execution-style shooting of his best friend years earlier in Los Angeles….

Man’s suicide unearths decades-old sex abuse revelations

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Karl Ward is long dead, but some say the once-revered school superintendent in a small Alaska fishing town was not the benevolent educator worthy of having the high school gym named in his honor….

Columbia offers scholarships to Syrians, despite visa ban

NEW YORK (AP) — Columbia University is moving ahead with a scholarship program for Syrian college students displaced by civil war, despite concerns that some students it accepts will be blocked from attending by President Donald Trump's travel restrictions….

The Latest: Minneapolis airport reopens after blizzard

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on spring storms in the Midwest (all times local):…

Teacher rebellion tests Republican grip on Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Three years ago, Robin Cooper voted for Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin. On Saturday, she vowed not to do it again….