APNewsBreak: Gunman to plead guilty in TSA officer slaying

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A gunman who killed a federal airport screener and wounded three others in a terrifying rampage at Los Angeles International Airport three years ago agreed to plead guilty to all counts in a deal that spares him the death penalty.

  • Written by BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press, AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press

Florida braces for 'life-threatening' Tropical Storm Hermine

CEDAR KEY, Fla. (AP) — People on Florida's Gulf Coast put up shutters, nailed plywood across storefronts and braced Thursday for Tropical Storm Hermine, which the state's governor called potentially life-threatening as forecasters said it could strike land as a hurricane.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Amid threats of violence Venezuelan opposition tests resolve

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro promise to flood the streets of Caracas Thursday in a major test of their strength and the government's ability to tolerate growing dissent.

  • Written by JOSHUA GOODMAN, Associated Press

Explosion at SpaceX launch pad destroys rocket, satellite

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A massive explosion erupted Thursday at SpaceX's main launch pad, destroying a rocket as well as a satellite that Facebook was counting on to spread internet service in Africa.

  • Written by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer