Prosecutor: Va. Tech students plotted girl's stabbing death

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Two Virginia Tech students carefully planned the kidnapping and killing of a 13-year-old girl, buying cleaning supplies and a shovel at separate Wal-Mart stores, and then hiding her body in the trunk of a Lexus, a prosecutor alleged on Thursday.

  • Written by TOM FOREMAN Jr., Associated Press BEN NUCKOLS, Associated Press

Airline CEO: Explosive residue found in Somalia incident

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The head of the airline whose jetliner was damaged in an explosion shortly after takeoff from Somalia said Thursday that investigators have found what appears to be residue from explosives, though he cautioned that the findings were inconclusive.

  • Written by ADAM SCHRECK, Associated Press

World pledges $10B for Syrians, but peace prospects bleak


LONDON (AP) — World leaders pledged more than $10 billion Thursday to help fund schools, shelter and jobs for refugees from Syria's civil war, money that British Prime Minister David Cameron said "will save lives, will give hope, will give people the chance of a future."

  • Written by JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press

Senate Democrats block energy bill in impasse over Flint

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats on Thursday blocked a comprehensive energy bill after majority Republicans balked over hundreds of millions of dollars in emergency federal aid to Flint, Michigan, to fix and replace the city's lead-contaminated pipes.

  • Written by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press

5 years trimmed from ex-cop's sentence in Katrina body case

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An ex-New Orleans police officer who burned the body of a man shot to death by a fellow officer in the chaos following Hurricane Katrina had his 17-year-sentenced reduced by more than five years Thursday by a federal judge.

  • Written by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press