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Islamic State issues video of beheading of U.S. hostage

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DUBAI - The Islamic State militant group released a video on Tuesday purporting to show the beheading of a second American hostage, journalist Steven Sotloff, raising the stakes in its confrontation with Washington over U.S. air strikes in Iraq. | Video

Three killed, two injured in Kansas City shooting

KANSAS CITY Mo. - Three people were killed and two more critically injured in a shooting spree in a south Kansas City neighborhood on Tuesday afternoon, police said.

02 Sep 2014

Key hearing on Detroit's historic bankruptcy begins in U.S. court

DETROIT - Detroit will not recover, and it may not survive as a major city if its debts are not significantly reduced during bankruptcy, a city attorney told a federal judge at the start of a critical phase of the case on Tuesday.

02 Sep 2014

'Java Juggs' coffee-stand brothel operator pleads guilty

SEATTLE - The owner of Seattle-area drive-up coffee stands that offered caffeine and sex acts and earned hundreds of thousands of dollars in tips for her baristas pleaded guilty to felony charges of fraud and promotion of prostitution, the county prosecutor's office said on Tuesday.

02 Sep 2014

Senator Begich pulls campaign commercial using grisly murder, rape

JUNEAU Alaska - Alaska Democrat Mark Begich has canceled a re-election campaign attack commercial citing grisly murders and child rape after the victims' family complained, the latest standoff in a key race for Republicans' bid to recapture control of the U.S. Senate.

02 Sep 2014

Despite dangers, U.S. journalist Sotloff was determined to record Arab Spring's human toll

WASHINGTON - Even for a freelance journalist covering the tumult in the Arab world, Steven Sotloff's travels seemed nonstop.

02 Sep 2014

Hawaii tropical fish collector denies scuba diving attack

KONA Hawaii - A Hawaii man who collects tropical fish for aquariums pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to a criminal charge stemming from an unusual underwater scuffle in which he is accused of ripping the breathing apparatus from the mouth of another scuba diver.

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Opponents of high-speed rail project petition California Supreme Court

- Opponents of California's controversial $68 billion high-speed rail project petitioned the California Supreme Court on Tuesday, arguing a court of appeals decision ignored the financial protections of voters.

02 Sep 2014

Girl who fatally shot Arizona gun instructor said weapon was too powerful

PHOENIX - A 9-year-old girl who fatally shot a gun range instructor with an Uzi submachine gun last week told her mother immediately afterward that the weapon was too much for her to handle and had hurt her shoulder, a sheriff's report released on Tuesday said.

02 Sep 2014

North Carolina brothers declared innocent, freed after 30 years in prison

RALEIGH N.C. - Two North Carolina men were declared innocent and ordered freed on Tuesday after spending more than 30 years in prison for the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl that recent DNA tests linked to another man.

02 Sep 2014

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