US court upends murder conviction of Blackwater contractor

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday overturned the first-degree murder conviction of a former Blackwater security contractor, ordering a new trial for the man prosecutors say fired the first shots in the 2007 slayings of 14 Iraqi civilians at a crowded traffic circle in Baghdad.


  • Written by By MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press

Idea of Democrats funding anti-abortion candidates draws ire

The proposal seemed modest in today's polarized political climate: The head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee suggested his group might help fund candidates who didn't share the party's support for abortion rights.

  • Written by By BILL BARROW and DAVID CRARY , Associated Press

Should springing of US terrorism convicts alarm Americans?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dozens of convicts serving time in U.S. prisons for terrorism-related offenses are due to be released in the next several years, raising the question whether that's something Americans should fear.

There's no easy answer.

  • Written by By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press

Search on after US Marine aircraft 'mishap' off Australia

OKINAWA, Japan (AP) — A search and rescue operation was underway Saturday for service members involved in the "mishap" of an aircraft off the east coast of Australia, U.S. Marine officials said.