Judge gives Texas 'affluenza' teen nearly 2 years in jail

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A judge on Wednesday ordered a Texas teenager who used an "affluenza" defense in a fatal drunken-driving wreck to serve nearly two years in jail, a surprising sanction that far exceeds the several months in jail that prosecutors initially said they would pursue.

  • Written by NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press

In homelessness crisis, Hawaii eyes thatched 'hale' homes

HONOLULU (AP) — When Daniel Anthony spent the night sleeping in a traditional Hawaiian structure known as a "hale," the sound of rain falling on the thatched roof made him feel like he was sleeping in the forest.

  • Written by CATHY BUSSEWITZ, Associated Press

Napster co-founder bankrolls project to speed cancer work

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A project to speed development of cancer-fighting drugs that harness the immune system has academic and drug industry researchers collaborating and sharing their findings like never before.

  • Written by LINDA A. JOHNSON, AP Business Writer

Navy secretary to Marines: Women in combat is irreversible

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) — Navy Secretary Ray Mabus had a simple message Tuesday for 1,500 Marines and sailors: The decision to let women compete for all military combat positions is as irreversible as earlier edicts to integrate blacks and allow gays and lesbians to openly serve.

  • Written by ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press

Painkiller critics take aim at hospital surveys, procedures

WASHINGTON (AP) — Critics of how prescription painkillers are administered in the U.S. are calling on health officials to phase out hospital procedures and questionnaires used to manage pain.

  • Written by MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Health Writer