When Jennifer and Shane Winn and their children boarded American Airlines Flight 31 out of Los Angeles, it was with the excitement of any family taking their first trip to Hawaii. But they soon began to understand they were cooped up in an airplane, they were thousands of feet in the air and they could be in big trouble.
GREENVILLE, Texas – A drunken driver who struck and killed a pedestrian, then fled the scene has been sentenced by a Texas jury to life in prison for murder and leaving the scene of an accident involving death.
COMMERCE, Texas – Miss Black Texas 2016 claims she was wrongfully arrested recently after what she described as a road rage incident that ended badly in the parking lot of the local Wal-Mart in this east Texas city.
AUSTIN — With four days remaining in the 85th Legislature, lawmakers on Friday were still deadlocked over transgender bathroom use, leaving the prospect of a special session on the horizon.
Parents of several Alabama third-graders are pushing back against the popular wisdom that words can't hurt after their children were given end-of-year gifts that described some as "gloomy," "awkward," and "cruel."
OKLAHOMA CITY — After months of enthusiastic promises from state lawmakers that raises were on the horizon, Oklahoma teachers woke Wednesday morning to bleak news.
Jenny Jade was sleeping early Thursday morning when the walls of the Carson City brothel where she works started to violently shake.
Not so long ago, people like my Aunt Muriel thought of sunburn as a necessary evil on the way to a “good base tan.” She used to slather on the baby oil while using a large reflector to bake away. Aunt Muriel’s mantra when the inevitable burn and peel appeared: Beauty has its price.
June 1 marks the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs through the end of November. It’s a busy time for us at the Tropical Meteorology Project in Colorado State University’s Department of Atmospheric Science, where we are issuing our 34th annual Atlantic basin seasonal hurricane forecast.
ASHLAND, Ky. — An eastern Kentucky detention center recently expanded its inmate garden, growing a now six-acre area into a stable, substantial enterprise.
During nearly 50 years of visiting America’s national parks, we have discovered a number of interesting places that for a variety of reasons fail to make the bucket list for many travelers. Some, such as Big Bend National Park, are so isolated travelers are unwilling to make the long drive to get there. In other instances, parks don’t receive much public notice and remain off most travelers’ radar screens. From our perspective, the lack of crowds makes these parks particularly enjoyable to visit.
Calorie counting is a useful way to lose weight, but a new study suggests a fitness tracker could sabotage your efforts.
In the tug of war between the suburbs and the city, the suburbs are once again on top, growing faster than cities for the first time since 2010, according to new population estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.
WASHINGTON — On the ripped ground of an abandoned surface mine in Hernshaw, West Virginia, former coal miners attempt to grow a field of sweet-smelling lavender.
WASHINGTON - Health-care legislation adopted by House Republicans earlier this month would leave 23 million more Americans uninsured by 2026 than under current law, the Congressional Budget Office projected Wednesday - only a million fewer than the estimate for the House's previous bill.
ATLANTA – Concealed carry license holders on Georgia’s public college and university campuses will be responsible for knowing where handguns are allowed under a new state law, according to the University System of Georgia.
A year after being critically injured in a horrific accident on her bike, an Indiana woman vows to complete the cross-country ride she was preparing for.
DALTON, Ga. — What started as a social-media savvy way to preserve a memory soon turned viral and garnered more than half a million views and shares for a north Georgia man and his mother, whose life with Alzheimer’s makes remembering the good times all the more important.
Cherokee Nation citizens have taken to social media to complain that local convenience stores and other businesses will not accept tribal cards as a form of identification.
The much-anticipated meeting between President Donald Trump and Pope Francis – the third stop on the first overseas trip of Trump’s presidency – proved successful. Reports from the Vatican note that after “some initial awkwardness” the two men managed to exchange “smiles and pleasantries,” even amid their well-documented disagreements on issues ranging from immigration to the environment.
Members of the U.S. House Committee on Veterans Affairs are asking for more information about a VA outpatient clinic in Indiana following an investigation that found employees there changed veterans’ pain medication without doing physical assessments.
President Donald Trump promised his administration would bring about "clean coal," but his budget proposed slashing research the industry says it needs to make that a reality.
SALEM, Mass. — Police arrested a woman with a loaded handgun hidden in a purse pocket Tuesday as she sought to enter a courtroom during her boyfriend’s sentencing on drug and firearm charges.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Observers say a highly touted plan that could have generated nearly a billion dollars in revenue by taxing new services has proven too toxic for Oklahoma lawmakers to stomach.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's proposal to cut federal spending by more than $3.6 trillion over the next decade - including deep reductions for programs that help the poor - faced harsh criticism in Congress on Tuesday, where even many Republicans said the White House had gone too far.
WASHINGTON -- An association of state and local environment agencies, bolstered by former EPA officials, said Tuesday President Trump’s plan to slash environmental spending will cripple their ability to enforce clean air and water regulations across America.
TIFTON – State legislators tasked with crafting a plan to tackle rural Georgia’s woes started off their work with an issue that dogged them this legislative session: broadband access.
ATLANTA -- By the time Georgia's 6th District votes in the June 20 special congressional election, $40 million -- perhaps more than $130 per ballot -- will have been spent to pick one-435th of one-half of one of the three branches of one of America's governments. This is an expensive funeral for Tip O'Neill's incessantly quoted and increasingly inapplicable axiom that "All politics is local."
The Texas House of Representatives approved legislation Monday that would require transgender schoolchildren to use bathrooms that correspond to their "biological sex," putting the state on the verge of enacting a "bathroom bill" similar to one that drew controversy in North Carolina.
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Despite complaints that it could harm working families trying to deduct mortgage, childcare and student loan expenses from their taxes, Republican House members Monday pushed through a measure capping how much Oklahomans can claim.
MANCHESTER, England - The Islamic State claimed Tuesday one of its "soldiers" carried out a deadly blast in Manchester that killed at least 22 people, including teenagers and others streaming out of a pop concert.
From 2014 to 2015, the United States experienced its largest annual increase in firearm deaths over the past 35 years, a 7.8 percent upturn in a single year. In 45 of the 50 states the rate of overall deaths from firearms increased and the firearm homicide rate rose in every state except West Virginia.
WASHINGTON – Should America’s school children be offered strict nutritional foods they aren’t used to or tasty but less healthy fare?
A shortage of homes for sale has bedeviled U.S. house hunters in recent years, so why don't builders build more? One problem is that they're running out of lots to build on-at least in the places that people want to live.
A Mississippi state lawmaker is under fire after calling for the lynching of leaders who supported the recent removal of Confederate monuments in Louisiana.
LAWRENCE, Mass. — A young black bear's jaunt through Massachusetts on Monday came to a swift end early in the afternoon as it was tracked down and tranquilized by police. The bear was then carted off by the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.
BECKLEY, W. Va. –– As the first black female police officer, Patrolman Charlene Diggs is bringing the Beckly Police Department closer to its goal of a qualified, diverse police force.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus took a final, bittersweet bow Sunday, staging its last three shows here after 146 years of entertaining American audiences with gravity-defying trapeze stunts, comically clumsy clowns and tamed tigers.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's first major budget proposal on Tuesday will include massive cuts to Medicaid and call for changes to anti-poverty programs that would give states new power to limit a range of benefits, people familiar with the planning said, despite growing unease in Congress about cutting the safety net.
Chris Francis has developed a reputation as a rock star in shoe world. His shoes have been worn by Mötley Crüe’s Mick Mars, former Runaways guitarist Lita Ford, Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols and Prince’s former lead guitarist, Donna Grantis.
HAVERHILL, Mass. –– Students in a special needs program at Haverhill High School in Massachusetts had been eagerly waiting for a nice day to plant their Learning Garden, which finally arrived on Tuesday.
The fidget spinner craze has been sweeping elementary and middle schools. As of May 17 every one of the top 10 best-selling toys on Amazon was a form of the hand-held toy people can spin and do tricks with. Kids and parents are even making them for themselves using 3D printers and other more homespun crafting techniques.