Report: Chicago police have 'no regard' for minority lives

CHICAGO (AP) — Police in Chicago have "no regard for the sanctity of life when it comes to people of color" and have alienated blacks and Hispanics for decades by using excessive force and honoring a code of silence, a task force declared Wednesday in a report that seeks sweeping changes to the nation's third-largest police force.

  • Written by DON BABWIN, Associated Press JASON KEYSER, Associated Press

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