'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

Finding overdose killed Prince just the beginning of probe

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Word from authorities that Prince died of an overdose of fentanyl, a powerful opioid that is up to 50 times more potent than heroin, is far from the end of the investigation. In some ways, it's just the beginning.

  • Written by MICHAEL TARM, Associated Press AMY FORLITI, Associated Press

Family: Blue Angels pilot killed in crash dreamed of flying

SMYRNA, Tenn. (AP) — A Blue Angels pilot who died when his F/A-18 fighter jet crashed near Nashville, Tennessee, had wanted to fly since he was a child, relatives said.

  • Written by KRISTIN M. HALL, Associated Press LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press

Carter: Military will learn from 2 fatal training accidents

SINGAPORE (AP) — The U.S. military will investigate and attempt to learn from the tragic loss of life in two incidents Thursday, one in Texas, the other in Tennessee, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Friday.

  • Written by ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer