US won't seek death penalty against Benghazi suspe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department will not seek the death penalty against Ahmed Abu Khattala, the suspected Libyan militant charged in the Benghazi attacks that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, federal officials announced Tuesday.

  • Written by ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press

Staples, Office Depot scrap merger after judge blocks deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Staples and Office Depot said Tuesday they are scrapping their planned $6.3 billion merger after a federal judge blocked the deal, saying the government had made the case that the combination would likely hurt competition in office supplies.

  • Written by MARCY GORDON, AP Business Writer

Sanders' West Virginia win makes up little ground on Clinton

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — White House dreams fading, Bernie Sanders added another state to his tally against Hillary Clinton with a win in West Virginia on Tuesday — a victory that will do little to slow the former secretary of state's steady march toward the Democratic presidential nomination.

  • Written by LISA LERER, Associated Press KEN THOMAS, Associated Press

US gears up missile defense system in Europe to Russia's ire

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A U.S. missile defense system aimed at protecting Europe from ballistic missile threats is moving into higher gear this week, with a site in Romania becoming operational on Thursday and officials breaking ground at another site in Poland a day later.

  • Written by VANESSA GERA, Associated Press

Tornadoes hit Plains; 2 dead, homes destroyed in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Tornadoes destroyed homes, overturned vehicles and stripped the bark from trees as they churned across Oklahoma, part of a strong series of storms that hit the Plains.

  • Written by DANIEL C. HOUSTON, Associated Press