Ex-Marine charged in stabbing death of Houston boy, 11

HOUSTON (AP) — A 27-year-old ex-Marine from Houston has been charged with murder in the stabbing death of an 11-year-old who was walking home from school last month, police said Saturday.

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UCLA shooter's 'kill list' had dead Minnesota woman, 2 profs

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former UCLA graduate student killed a woman in Minnesota before carrying two semi-automatic pistols and a grudge back to Los Angeles, where he fatally shot a young professor he once called a mentor and then killed himself, police said Thursday.

  • Written by AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press CHRISTINE ARMARIO, Associated Press

Japan praises boy who survived after abandonment in forest

TOKYO (AP) — Nearly a week after he was abandoned in the forest by his parents, the boy did not shed a tear when he was found safe Friday. The soldier who discovered him by chance in a military hut gave him two rice balls, which 7-year-old Yamato Tanooka ate ravenously. He looked a bit worn out but was "genki," the military said, using a Japanese word describing healthy children.

  • Written by YURI KAGEYAMA, Associated Press

'Deaths of despair' drag life expectancy lower for whites

NEW YORK (AP) — Rising drug and alcohol overdoses, suicides, and disease from chronic alcoholism — labeled "deaths of despair" by one expert — are cutting the lives of white Americans short by nearly a half a year on average.

  • Written by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer

5 dead, 4 missing after Army truck swept away in Texas flood

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — Five soldiers were killed and four were missing after an Army troop carrier was washed from a low-water crossing and overturned Thursday in a rain-swollen creek at Fort Hood, the Texas Army post said.

  • Written by JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press JIM VERTUNO, Associated Press