Details scant in Virginia girl's death; police, mom to speak

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — David Eisenhauer and Natalie Keepers were promising engineering students at Virginia Tech, described by those who knew them as ambitious and focused. Nicole Madison Lovell was an energetic 13-year-old who bore emotional and physical wounds, suffering from bullying over the scars from her liver transplant. How their lives intersected in tragedy remains a mystery.

  • Written by TOM FOREMAN Jr., The Associated Press ALLEN G. BREED, The Associated Press

Obama, GOP leaders meet as campaign din hinders compromise

WASHINGTON (AP) — Searching for potential compromise, President Barack Obama is bringing the Republicans who run the House and Senate to the White House to try to hash out an agenda for his final year, even as his top legislative priorities appear to be losing steam.

  • Written by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press

Fight over hostage's fate broke up California jail escapees

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Three inmates who teamed up to pull off an intricate escape from a California jail stuck together and eluded authorities for nearly a week. Then authorities said their alliance began to unravel over a disagreement on whether to kill a cab driver they'd taken hostage.

  • Written by AMY TAXIN, Associated Press GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press

Carter to boost Pentagon funding on aid, equipment to Europe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior defense officials say the Pentagon will seek to quadruple the amount it is spending on military aid to Europe, amid expanding threats from Islamic State militants and an increasingly aggressive Russia.

  • Written by LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press