Ceremony marks 4-year anniversary of Giffords shooting

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Nineteen solemn bells rang Thursday morning to honor the victims of a shooting in Tucson at a political event for then-Rep. Gabby Giffords four years ago.

  • Written by ASTRID GALVAN, Associated Press

Friend: Florida girl thrown from bridge hated water

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Phoebe Jonchuck, the 5-year-old girl who police say was thrown from a bridge Thursday by her father, had long curly hair, a wide smile and loved princesses. She hated baths and water, making her death even more gut-wrenching.

  • Written by TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press

California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer to retire

WASHINGTON (AP) — California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, a tenacious liberal whose election to the Senate in 1992 heralded a new era for women at the upper reaches of political power, announced Thursday she will not seek re-election to a new term next year.

  • Written by KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press

France hunts for 2 suspects; Nation mourns their victims

PARIS (AP) — Scattered gunfire and explosions shook France on Thursday as its frightened yet defiant citizens held a day of mourning for 12 people slain at a Paris newspaper. French police hunted down the two heavily armed brothers suspected in the massacre to make sure they don't strike again.

  • Written by LORI HINNANT, Associated Press

5 things to look for as govt writes new dietary advice

WASHINGTON (AP) — You've heard it before: Eat fewer calories, more fruits and more vegetables. Those recurring themes as well as some new advice about sugar, salt, meat and caffeine could be part of the government's upcoming dietary guidelines for healthy eating.

  • Written by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press