Church attacker nurtured jihad in quiet French town

SAINT-ETIENNE-DU-ROUVRAY, France (AP) — Adel Kermiche nursed his obsession with jihad in this quiet French town alongside the Seine River, and his twice-thwarted attempt to join Islamic State extremists in Syria ended with an attack on an elderly priest celebrating Mass in its sturdy stone church.

  • Written by LORI HINNANT, Associated Press

Sheriff: Deputy 'one of the luckiest men in America'

GRETNA, La. (AP) — A Louisiana sheriff on Wednesday called his deputy "one of the luckiest men in America" after a suspect's weapon malfunctioned as he pointed it at the officer.

  • Written by CAIN BURDEAU, Associated Press

For would-be Reagan assassin, freedom only days away

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the past decade, the man who shot President Ronald Reagan has quietly spent a growing number of his days living with his 90-year-old mother in a gated community in Williamsburg, Virginia. On Wednesday, a judge finalized John Hinckley Jr.'s transition to freedom, ordering that Hinckley can permanently leave the psychiatric hospital where he was confined after the assassination attempt.

  • Written by BEN NUCKOLS, Associated Press