WCSG National News Archives

Indianapolis grasps for answers in a violent year

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis is in the grip of one of its most violent years on record.

The Indiana capital has already recorded 60 homicides and is on pace to have its deadliest year in eigh...

Obama to tackle youth sports concussion issue

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is holding a White House Summit today to draw attention to young athletes and concussions.

Among those attending will be representatives of professional s...

Fires continues to grow in the West

— Firefighters in Arizona and California have their hands full battling wildfires. In Arizona, a blaze between Flagstaff and Sedona increased to 32 square miles yesterday. In the foothills of Centra...

Weather service team to rate North Dakota tornado

WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) — A National Weather Service team is heading to western North Dakota to assess the strength of a tornado that injured nine people and destroyed eight trailers at a workers' c...

US honors veterans over Memorial Day weekend

— The nation is marking Memorial Day with somber ceremonies, flag planting at cemeteries and parades.

On Sunday, a Manhattan congregation tied gold ribbons on the church's fence in honor of falle...

House Ignores President Over Defense Spending

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is bucking the Pentagon and pressing ahead today with a $601 billion defense authorization bill that spares planes, ships and military bases in an election-year nod to ho...

Stormy Weather

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal forecasters are expected to predict a slower than usual hurricane season this year.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will release today the agency's out...

Gov't: Airlines should disclose bag, seat fees

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is going to bat for passengers confused by the increasing array of fees charged by airlines.

The Transportation Department is proposing new rules to require the d...

Most destructive of San Diego County wildfires nearing containment

SAN MARCOS, Calif. (AP) — Fire officials say the most destructive of Southern California's recent wildfires is about 90 percent contained, and it should be fully contained by Thursday.

The wildfi...

1.8M pounds of ground beef recalled

(AP) — Officials say a Detroit-based business is recalling about 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products sold for restaurant use in four states that may be contaminated with the bacteria E. coli....

Cooler temperatures for San Diego area

SAN MARCOS, Calif. (AP) — Cooler temperatures are forecast for the San Diego area today, where earlier this week firefighters had been battling nine wildfires. Some of them have been extinguished, b...

Obama helps dedicate 9/11 museum

NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama will help open the National September 11 Memorial Museum today in New York.

He'll dedicate the museum along with 9/11 survivors, rescuers and victims' famil...

Report highlights child labor on US tobacco farms

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Human Rights Watch says children as young as 7 are working long hours in U.S. fields harvesting tobacco under sometimes hazardous and sweltering conditions.

The group intervi...

Gay-rights groups in 3 states closely eye Va. Case

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A three-judge federal appeals court panel hears arguments today in a Virginia same-sex marriage case that could also affect similar laws in neighboring states.

Gay-rights act...

More snow could come to Colorado but dry, heat, and wind in CA

DENVER (AP) — There's a winter storm warning for most of northern Colorado and parts of southern Wyoming into this morning.

A powerful storm already has dropped more than a foot of wet snow in th...

Cleaning up after the storm

DALLAS (AP) — Home and business owners, utility crews and city workers are cleaning up around the Dallas-Fort Worth area after savage thunderstorms left widespread damage in their wake.

Today's c...

Circus set to resume performances after accident

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is preparing for the first performance of its "Legends" show since an aerial accident sent eight acrobats plummeting to the groun...

Republicans meet to limit debates, set 2016 plans

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican National Committee wants to take more control over how the party picks a nominee.

The RNC is scheduled to convene Wednesday in Memphis, Tennessee, to name a commi...

High court ruling favors prayer at council meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says prayers that open town council meetings do not violate the Constitution even if they routinely stress Christianity.

The court said in 5-4 decision Monday ...

Clamp snapped in circus accident

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A public safety official in Rhode Island says investigators looking into what happened to send eight circus acrobats plummeting to the ground during a performance have found ...

Apple, Samsung jury deliberating

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A California jury will enter another day of deliberations Friday in an effort to reach a verdict on a legal fight between Apple and Samsung over smartphone technology.

The...

2 inmates killed, hundreds injured in Florida jail explosion

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A county spokeswoman says two inmates have been killed in an apparent gas explosion at the jail in Pensacola, Florida, and more than 100 others were injured.

Kathleen Castr...

Flooding in Florida Panhandle, Alabama Coast

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Heavy rains and flooding have left people stranded in houses and cars in the Florida Panhandle and along the Alabama coast, the latest areas of the country to be pummeled by a...

Death toll 11 from Monday's tornadoes

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Deadly tornadoes continue to take a toll on the South. Officials have now raised the death toll from yesterday's storms to 11.

That means at least 28 people dead from tornado...

Storms continue to cause damage across the South

A deadly tornado ripped through Arkansas.

Pres. Obama says he wants everyone affected to know that the federal government is on the ground to help. He says the Federal Emergency Management Agency w...

Annual event....Bible being read on US Capitol steps

WASHINGTON (AP) — On the west steps of the U.S. Capitol this week, the entire Bible is being read aloud, non-stop, from Genesis to Revelation.

The 25th annual U.S. Capitol Bible Reading Marathon ...

Explosion in Washington state business district

NORTH BEND, Wash. (AP) — An explosion and fire has destroyed or damaged several businesses east of Seattle.

Eastside Fire and Rescue spokesman Wes Collins says there have been two minor injuries....

US durable goods orders up 2.6 percent in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods posted a solid gain for the second straight month in March. A key category that signals business investment plans incre...

Backers, opponents of Michigan ban react to ruling

DETROIT (AP) — A woman who successfully sued the University of Michigan over racial preferences says the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold a state ban on using race in university admissions is...

Federal safety officials see alarming surge in rail shipments of hazardous liquids

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the National Transportation Safety Board is expressing alarm at a dramatic increase in hazardous liquids being hauled in freight trains.

NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersma...

Officials say security tight for Boston Marathon

BOSTON (AP) — State and local officials are hoping for a safe but still enjoyable day for the 36,000 runners planning to participate in the Boston Marathon and the hundreds of thousands of spectator...

Highway shooting suspect in custody

GRANDVIEW, Mo. (AP) — Authorities in Missouri say a man suspected in a series of random vehicle shootings over the past few weeks lives close to where at least six of the reported shootings happened...

US judge overturns North Dakota abortion law

— A federal judge has overturned a North Dakota law banning abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy and before many women know they're pregnant.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland on Wedne...

GM to ask bankruptcy court for lawsuit protection

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors plans to ask a federal bankruptcy judge to shield the company from legal claims for conduct that happened before its 2009 bankruptcy.

The automaker's strategy is in ...

Tributes planned to mark Boston Marathon bombing

— Between 2:30 and 3 o'clock this afternoon, a flag-raising ceremony and a moment of silence will be held at the finish line of the Boston Marathon to mark the one-year anniversary of the explosions...

Congressional report presses for e-cigarette rules

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A new Congressional report says concerns about electronic cigarettes underscore the need to regulate the fast-growing industry.

The report released Monday highlights several ...

10 people killed in crash between bus and FedEx truck

—One 18-year-old says more than 40 students on board a fiery bus were able to escape through a window that someone had kicked open.

But others weren't as fortunate.

Authorities in Northern Cal...

Toyota recalls about 6.4 million vehicles globally

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota is recalling 6.39 million vehicles globally for a variety of problems spanning nearly 30 models in Japan, the U.S., Europe and other places.

No injuries or crashes have been r...

Obama Says Wage Gap for Women Still Exists

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies in Congress are making a concerted election-year push to draw attention to women's wages. They are linking Obama's executive action...

New Crash Test Ratings Out in 2014

DETROIT (AP) — Only two of nine midsize SUVs got the highest rating in crash tests done by an insurance industry group.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says General Motors' Chevrolet E...

Flyers So-So About Airlines Performance

DALLAS (AP) — Airlines are falling behind schedule more often and mishandling more bags, but customers aren't making a federal case out of it.

Academics who study the airline industry say that co...

Long-Time News Anchor/Interviewer to Retire

NEW YORK (AP) — Barbara Walters plans to make her final appearance on "The View" on May 16, part of a daylong retirement celebration that will include ABC News naming its New York headquarters after...

Second trip into nuclear dump expected today

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Crews investigating a radiation leak from the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico plan to make a second trip into the half-mile-deep ...

4 dead after Fort Hood shooting

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — Authorities say the soldier who opened fire on fellow soldiers at Fort Hood was an Iraq War veteran who was being treated for mental illness.

Ivan Lopez allegedly killed t...

Chrysler recalling 870,000 SUVs for brake defect

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler is recalling nearly 870,000 SUVs because corrosion may make the vehicles' brakes harder to use.

Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs from the 2011 through 2014 model...

Last-minute rush

WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials say a mad rush to sign up for health insurance before last night's midnight deadline could put the government on track to have more than 7 million Americans enrolled.

...

Congress: GM twice failed to fix defect

DETROIT (AP) — A new memo from the House subcommittee investigating the General Motors recalls says GM discussed two separate fixes for an ignition switch defect but canceled them without taking act...

Court hands setback to Texas abortion law critics

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld Texas' tough new restrictions on abortion, meaning Dr. Lester Minto's clinic near the Mexican border will stay closed.

But Minto, who has b...

Boston mourns 2 firefighters killed in blaze

BOSTON (AP) — Boston residents are mourning the deaths of two firefighters who were killed when a fire driven by strong winds whipped through a brownstone and trapped them in the basement.

Tribut...

National Weather Service extends flood warning and watch in Washington state mudslide area

SEATTLE (AP) — The National Weather Service has extended a flood warning in the area of the Washington state mudslide.

The warning is in effect until 6 p.m. Wednesday for the North Fork of the St...

Health law birth control coverage before justices

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court hears arguments today on whether Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties must provide insurance coverage for contraceptives that the owners say violates their ...

No signs of life after huge Washington landslide

— Rescue crews in Washington state are still working amid fading hope of finding any survivors in the debris from a massive mudslide that killed at least eight people.

Their spirits had been rais...

Preacher Fred Phelps dies at 84

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Fred Phelps has died at the age of 84.

The Westboro Baptist Church that Phelps founded in Topeka, Kan., was small and unaffiliated with any denomination, but its members were...

Applications for US jobless aid rose slightly

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 5,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 320,000, which is close to pre-recession levels and suggests a stable job mark...

Justice Dept. settles with Toyota

— The U.S. has reached a settlement with Toyota over its failure to disclose safety problems. A person close to a four-year criminal investigation says the Justice Department will announce the $1.2 ...

Illinois voters to pick GOP governor nominee

— Illinois voters are going to the polls to choose a Republican who will try to win back the governor's office.

Businessman Bruce Rauner is leading in the polls and fundraising heading into Tuesd...

Delta flight loses piece of wing, lands safely

— A Delta flight from Orlando, Fla., landed safely in Atlanta after declaring an emergency because a part of the plane's wing was missing.

The Federal Aviation Administration says Flight 2412 lan...

Rescuers continue searching rubble from NYC blast

NEW YORK (AP) — Workers searching a pile of rubble from a gas explosion are using sound devices to probe for voices and telescopic cameras to peer into small spaces.

Fire Department of New York C...

Graco adds more than 403,000 child seats to recall

DETROIT (AP) — Graco Children's Products has added 403,222 child seats to last month's recall of 3.8 million to replace faulty harness buckles.

But the added seats won't end a dispute with the U....

7th person confirmed dead in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — Searchers in New York City have now found a seventh body in the rubble of two apartment buildings. A gas leak triggered the blast yesterday morning on Park Avenue and 116th Street in...