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Stephen King in tweet slams congressman as "NRA sweetheart"

AUGUSTA, Maine — Author Stephen King is calling a Maine congressman an "NRA sweetheart" for receiving thousands of dollars from the gun rights advocacy group. King urges residents in a Tuesday tweet to not vote for Republican U.S. Rep.
Q&A: Yance Ford on race, justice and making Oscar history

Q&A: Yance Ford on race, justice and making Oscar history

NEW YORK — In the Oscar-nominated documentary "Strong Island," Yance Ford stares back at the camera with profound sorrow and calm resilience.
Government bombing of Damascus suburbs kills more than 100

Government bombing of Damascus suburbs kills more than 100

BEIRUT — Government forces bombed the northeastern suburbs of the Syrian capital for a second straight day on Tuesday, killing more than 100 people and raising the spectre of a full-scale offensive that could spell catastrophe for the nearly 400,000

Michigan State general counsel retiring amid Nassar fallout

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State University has announced the departure of its longtime vice-president for legal affairs as it deals with fallout over a disgraced sports doctor who sexually assaulted female athletes.
Stars, educators lead effort for kids to see 'Black Panther'

Stars, educators lead effort for kids to see 'Black Panther'

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — For years, Zavier Thompson has followed Marvel superhero movies. But the 16-year-old student in Albuquerque has always wanted to see a popular film with a black superhero and black themes.
Italy warns of election threat as rival parties court Russia

Italy warns of election threat as rival parties court Russia

ROME — Italian government officials are warning of possible foreign interference in the March 4 general election, sounding the alarm following the U.S.
Idaho lawmaker not sorry for yelling 'abortion is murder'

Idaho lawmaker not sorry for yelling 'abortion is murder'

BOISE, Idaho — A Republican Idaho state senator yelled "abortion is murder" at a group of students who were pushing for birth control legislation at the Statehouse and now faces an ethics complaint after a post from an unverified Twitter account told
Preventive treatment for peanut allergies succeeds in study

Preventive treatment for peanut allergies succeeds in study

The first treatment to help prevent serious allergic reactions to peanuts may be on the way. A company said Tuesday that its daily capsules of peanut powder helped children build tolerance in a major study.
Oklahoma man gets life without parole for hate crime killing

Oklahoma man gets life without parole for hate crime killing

TULSA, Okla. — A 63-year-old Oklahoma man convicted of murder and a hate crime in the fatal shooting of his Lebanese neighbour was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Iran TV airs images of site of airplane crash that killed 65

Iran TV airs images of site of airplane crash that killed 65

TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian search-and-rescue teams on Tuesday offered the first images of the site of an airplane crash in southern Iran that killed 65 people, with officials hoping to reach the aircraft's "black boxes" to learn exactly what downed the f