Hawaii emergency worker gets threats after misleading photo


HONOLULU (AP) — When an erroneous alert was sent out last month telling people in Hawaii that there was an incoming ballistic missile, Jeffrey Wong was an island away from the state's emergency management agency office where he works as an operations officer.


  • Written by By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER , Associated Press

After decade of delays, rail safety system still not ready

CAYCE, S.C. (AP) — As they begin to probe the circumstances of the fatal wreck in South Carolina, officials have already settled on one thing: that the crash between a passenger train and a freight car could have been prevented with technology already installed in parts of the U.S.


  • Written by By MEG KINNARD , Associated Press

Dow plunges 1,175 points in worst day for stocks since 2011


NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones industrial average plunged more than 1,100 points Monday as stocks took their worst loss in six and a half years. Two days of steep losses have erased the market's gains from the start of this year and ended a period of record-setting calm for stocks.

  • Written by By MARLEY JAY , AP Markets Writer

Child abductions rise as South Sudan war incites desperation

AKOBO, South Sudan (AP) — It's been almost two years since Deng Machar's three young children were abducted from his home and likely sold for cattle. Sitting in South Sudan's opposition-held town of Akobo, the 35-year-old pointed to the dirt beneath his feet.


  • Written by By SAM MEDNICK , Associated Press

States and cities are taking the lead on bump stock bans

In the immediate aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, there was a fevered pitch to ban bump stocks, the device that allowed the shooter's semi-automatic rifles to mimic the rapid fire of machine guns.


  • Written by By LISA MARIE PANE, Associated Press