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Florida dad accused of throwing 5-year-old off bridge ruled incompetent

A Florida man charged with killing his 5-year-old daughter by throwing her off a bridge last month is not mentally competent to stand trial, a judge ruled Thursday.

Ex-Louisville guard Chris Jones reportedly accused of sexual assault

An arrest warrant reportedly has been issued against former Louisville guard Chris Jones, who faces charges of sexual assault against two women.

Angels' Josh Hamilton will need an improbable comeback to prove worth

As all his teammates assembled for the first time this season, in a clubhouse in Arizona on Wednesday, Josh Hamilton sat in a meeting room in New York, in street clothes, his baseball future on the line.

2 spectators killed, 1 injured at Chatsworth street race, police say

Two spectators were killed and a third seriously injured in Chatsworth early Thursday when a Ford Mustang racing another vehicle lost control and plowed into the crowd, Los Angeles police said.

Kings pay high price for Andrej Sekera, but look for payoff in playoffs

After his players justified his faith in them by launching an eight-game winning streak that turned their season around, Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi felt compelled to reward their efforts.

OneWest Bank takeover deal to be debated at hearing

CIT Group's $3.4-billion takeover of Pasadena's OneWest Bank will come under scrutiny today at a public-benefit hearing called by U.S. bank regulators.

Watch: Discussion on raising moral kids without religion

Cheer up, secular parents: Despite the benefits often associated with being religious -- comfort in knowing there's an afterlife, easily accessible communities that can quickly come to our aid and more -- you can (and many of you do) raise smart, well-adjusted, moral children who contribute...

One-bedroom condos on Maui starting at $189 for spring, early summer

Guests at six condo resorts in the upscale community of Wailea in south Maui could save as much as 30% on their accommodations in spring and early summer. 

Americans have more positive view of Democrats, trust GOP on issues

As the two political parties begin to gear up for next year’s presidential election, the public has a more positive general image of the Democrats but trust Republicans more on specifics, a newly released survey shows.

Deadly diarrhea disease C. difficile infects almost 500,000 in U.S. each year

Clostridium difficile, a bacterium that causes swelling of the colon and potentially deadly bouts of diarrhea, infects almost half a million people each year and contributes to the deaths of 29,000, according to new research.

More than 160 killed in Afghanistan avalanches

The death toll from avalanches in northeastern Afghanistan rose to more than 160, officials said Thursday, as rescue helicopters and trucks loaded with relief supplies struggled to reach victims in snow-logged mountain terrain.

CheapAir to start selling Cuba airfares online to U.S. travelers

CheapAir plans to be the first online travel website to start selling airfares to Cuba directly to U.S. fliers in a single transaction.

Baths vs. showers, an eco-smackdown

A reader frets that taking long baths may be bad for the planet. Umbra says she's in hot water.

Meet Obama’s chief resilience officer

Harriet Tregoning, a rock star in the world of smart growth and urban planning, is now the head of HUD’s Office of Economic Resilience.

Islamic executioner 'Jihadi John' identified as British national

The Islamic State militant nicknamed "Jihadi John" who beheaded several hostages including journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff has been identified in media reports.

Director Andrew Jarecki talks of getting to know 'Jinx's' Robert Durst

You might call Andrew Jarecki an expert in family dysfunction. His directorial debut, the Oscar-nominated documentary "Capturing the Friedmans," was a gripping portrait of a father and son accused of child molestation. The subject of his latest project, the six-part HBO series "The Jinx: The...

West Virginia lawmakers pass 20-week abortion ban

West Virginia's state Senate has approved an abortion ban at 20 weeks' pregnancy, as the state House of Delegates did earlier, and by hefty margins likely to withstand a possible veto.

American, 2 others pardoned in Mongolia mining tax evasion case

The president of Mongolia on Thursday pardoned an American and two Filipinos who had been sentenced to five years in prison on tax evasion charges involving their former employer, the mining company SouthGobi Resources.

Listless effort leads to Ducks' 3-0 loss to Ottawa

Between Monday's showdown with the Detroit Red Wings and Friday's rematch with the Kings, the Ducks on Wednesday took a night off.

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