Top Headlines for U.S. News From the Associated Press

Family representative: 'Titanic' actor Bill Paxton has died
By LINDSEY BAHR 26 Feb 2017 16:37

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A family representative says prolific and charismatic actor Bill Paxton, who played an astronaut in "Apollo 13" and a treasure hunter in "Titanic," has died from complications due to surgery....

Sessions' tough on crime talk could lead to fuller prisons
By ERIC TUCKER 26 Feb 2017 16:29

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The federal prison population is on the decline, but a new attorney general who talks tough on drugs and crime and already has indicated a looming need for private prison cells seems poised to usher in a reversal of that trend....

Report warns of state money fallout from health law repeal

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A sobering report to governors about the potential consequences of repealing the Obama-era health care law warns that federal spending cuts probably would create funding gaps for states and threaten many people with the loss of insurance coverage....

S. Carolina law makes it tough to lower Confederate flags
By JEFFREY COLLINS 26 Feb 2017 15:40

WALHALLA, S.C. (AP) -- In the aftermath of the racially motivated Charleston church slayings in 2015, the Confederate flag was removed from the South Carolina Statehouse during an elaborate nationally televised ceremony....

New York, North Carolina: When should teen be tried as adult
By ANNA GRONEWOLD 26 Feb 2017 15:12

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Luis Padilla remembers the terror he felt as a 16-year-old arrested on a robbery charge and locked up with adults in New York City's notorious Rikers Island jail. At one point, he pretended to be suicidal so he could be placed in the relative safety of a locked observation cell....

Rancor over development, crime shadow LA mayor's race
By MICHAEL R. BLOOD 26 Feb 2017 14:55

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's toughest competitor in his campaign for a second term might not be another candidate....

Neighbor: Bar attack suspect a 'drunken mess,' not political
By JIM SUHR and JOHN HANNA 26 Feb 2017 07:23

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) -- A Kansas man accused of shooting two Indian immigrants and a third man at a bar, in what some believe was a hate crime, was always a drinker but became a "drunken mess" after his father died about 18 months ago, a longtime neighbor said Saturday....

Muhammad Ali's son asked, 'Are you Muslim?' by border agents
By BRUCE SCHREINER 26 Feb 2017 07:08

Muhammad Ali's son, who bears the boxing great's name, was detained by immigration officials at a Florida airport and questioned about his ancestry and religion in what amounted to unconstitutional profiling, a family friend said Saturday....

DWI suspected in crash that hurt 28 at New Orleans parade
By REBECCA SANTANA 26 Feb 2017 07:05

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A man who allegedly plowed into a crowd enjoying the Krewe of Endymion parade on Saturday in the Mid-City section of New Orleans is being investigated for driving while intoxicated, police said....

Pre-existing conditions complicate health care replacement

CHICAGO (AP) -- As Republicans try to unite around a replacement for the Affordable Care Act, one of the most popular parts of the law will be among the most difficult to replace: the guarantee of health coverage for people with pre-existing conditions....

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