Polygamous sect leaders facing food stamp fraud charges

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Investigators say they noticed something strange when they began tracking food stamp transactions coming out of two small convenience stores in a polygamous community on the Arizona-Utah border.

  • Written by BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press LINDSAY WHITEHURST, Associated Press

Speaker: Legal steps to stop Obama from closing Guantanamo

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan said Wednesday Republicans are taking legal steps to stop President Barack Obama from closing the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a day after the president unveiled his plan to shutter the facility and move the detainees to the United States.

  • Written by ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press

Russian leader pushes Syria truce deal amid skepticism

BEIRUT (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke Wednesday with key players in the Syria conflict, including President Bashar Assad, ahead of a U.S.-Russia-engineered cease-fire, as the opposition voiced concerns that the truce due to begin later this week will only benefit the Syrian government.

  • Written by ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press

Tornadoes ravage South, threat remains for more twisters

CONVENT, La. (AP) — Tornadoes ripped through an RV park in Louisiana and damaged nearly 100 homes and apartments in Florida, and forecasters warned that more twisters were possible Wednesday as the deadly storm system moved to the East Coast.

  • Written by MAX BECHERER, Associated Press MELISSA NELSON-GABRIEL, Associated Press