Man who lost hand in sausage-making ordeal cut off own arm

U.S. 09/26/18, 13:28

A 69-year-old Vietnam vet who lost a hand after it got stuck in a meat mixer while he was making sausage at his North Dakota home says he had to slice off his left arm above the wrist with a butcher knife or risk bleeding to death.In his first public ...

Kavanaugh drama: high stakes for rivals in abortion debate

U.S. 09/26/18, 13:12

Among those riveted by the drama of Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination are the rival sides in America's abortion debate, each convinced that the nationwide right to abortion is at stake.During his Senate confirmation hearing in early September, Kavanaugh deflected questions about whether he might favor overturning Roe v. Wade, ...

Bump stocks: What’s changed since Las Vegas shootings

U.S. 09/26/18, 13:07

The gunman in the Las Vegas mass shooting was armed with 23 AR-style weapons, 14 of them fitted with "bump stocks" that allowed them to mimic fully automatic fire.The devices were little-known before they were used in the Oct. 1 rampage, the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. And ...

Ted Cruz takes unlikely role as a bulwark of stability

Texas 09/26/18, 13:02

Ted Cruz is talking again about chaos in Washington, only this time he's not the one causing it. "If the next two years are nothing but a political circus of impeachment that paralyzes the federal government, that effectively locks every federal agency in gridlock, then I think we will see little ...

Uber agrees to $148M settlement with states over data breach

U.S. 09/26/18, 12:21

Uber has agreed to pay $148 million and take steps to tighten data security, after the ride-hailing company failed for a year to notify drivers that hackers had stolen their personal information.Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced the settlement Wednesday between Uber Technologies Inc. and all 50 states and the ...

Blocked US grizzly hunts fuel call for species law changes

U.S. 09/26/18, 11:17

A court ruling that blocked grizzly bear hunts in the U.S. West carries far wider political implications amid a push by Congress for sweeping changes to how imperiled species are managed.The ruling restored protections for more than 700 grizzlies in and around Yellowstone National Park. It will likely force federal ...

Heavy rains spur flooding, rescues in NYC area, New England

New York 09/26/18, 10:11

Heavy rains in the New York City region and southern New England have led to flooding that required rescues of motorists and residents. The rains started Tuesday afternoon and continued through most of the night.Authorities in Bogota (bah-GOH'-tah), New Jersey, were caught on video rescuing a driver and elderly passenger ...

Gaines’ Magnolia Market at Silos in Waco to host church

Texas 09/26/18, 09:30

The stars of TV's "Fixer Upper" have invited a congregation that worships under a Texas highway bridge to use the lawn of nearby Magnolia Market at the Silos for services during road construction.Pastor Jimmy Dorrell welcomed the offer from Chip and Joanna Gaines as Church Under the Bridge in Waco ...

Murder suspect told police blacks should be ‘exterminated’

New York 09/26/18, 09:15

A white supremacist accused of stabbing a black man to death with a sword on a New York City street told police he wanted to purge the Earth of black people.According to his videotaped confession, James Jackson told investigators after his arrest in the March 20, 2017, stabbing death of ...

Update: Prosecutor says accuser good with Cosby sentence

U.S. 09/26/18, 08:17

The Latest on the sentencing of Bill Cosby (all times local):7:50 a.m.A prosecutor who tried Bill Cosby in his sexual assault case says the comedian's chief accuser, Andrea Constand, told her she was happy with his three-to-10-year prison sentence.Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Kristen Feden said Wednesday on NBC's "Today" ...

Startups shook up the sleepy razor market. What’s next?

New York 09/26/18, 06:33

What do you hate shopping for? Toothpaste? Diaper rash cream? Sunscreen? The guys who founded Harry's shaving club spend a lot time thinking about this question.Armed with $112 million in new financing, the online startup that took on razor giants Gillette and Schick with its direct-to-consumer subscription model is investigating ...

Parkland school shooting leads to new Vermont gun laws

Florida 09/26/18, 05:49

For decades, Vermont, a largely rural state with a long history of gun ownership and a low crime rate, has resisted calls to restrict gun ownership. But in February, the attitude that gun restrictions weren't needed changed in less than a day.The day after the Feb. 14 school shooting in ...

Anita Hill: Kavanaugh hearing isn’t a referendum on #MeToo

U.S. 09/26/18, 04:15

Anita Hill says she 'can't imagine' the upcoming Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Brett Kavanaugh will be fair to his accuser. But she says the much-anticipated hearing shouldn't be seen as a referendum on the #MeToo movement.Hill has been back in the spotlight since Christine Blasey Ford accused Kavanaugh of ...

: Despite shootings, states return to familiar patterns

Florida 09/26/18, 03:01

Shortly after last year's shooting massacre on the Las Vegas strip, Ohio Gov. John Kasich convened a working group to explore possible reforms to state gun laws.A Republican, Kasich wanted to be sure the panel's members clearly supported the Second Amendment. Yet it also was to be bipartisan, with members ...