Authorities say a woman accused of killing a young mother and abducting a 3-day-old boy had suffered a recent miscarriage. Officials in Montgomery County say Verna McClain had told her fiancé she had given birth to his child. After she had a miscarriage, McClain allegedly killed Kala Golden and abducted tiny Keegan Golden from outside […]

Republicans controlling the House are eying big cuts to food stamps and would make it more difficult for illegal immigrants to claim child tax credits as they piece together legislation to cut $261 billion in the coming decade. It’s the first step in a GOP exercise aimed at cutting domestic programs to forestall big Pentagon […]

Richard Land may want to start studying his Bible closer before spewing hypocrisy and insensitivity on the airwaves. During a recent broadcast, Land, who heads the public policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, condemned President Obama, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, and the Rev. Al Sharpton, among others, for their condemnation of the unjust killing […]

Mitt Romney sought to inoculate himself Tuesday against Democratic charges that he favors the rich, saying his as yet-to-be disclosed tax plans will not benefit the well-to-do at the expense of others. “I’m going to keep the burden on the upper-income people the same as it is today,” the Republican presidential nominee-in-waiting said as he […]

Raquel Nelson faced a dilemma after she was convicted of vehicular homicide in the jaywalking-related death of her 4-year-old son: She could serve a year of probation for the conviction or risk a new trial and lengthier penalty for a crime she doesn’t believe she committed. On Tuesday, though, Nelson picked a third option. Her […]

In the wake of Trayvon Martin’s death, the NAACP urged Congress Tuesday to swiftly take up a decade-old bill that would define and examine how much of a problem racial profiling is in America. On a day when the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on racial profiling, Hilary Shelton, director of the NAACP’s Washington […]

Managing one’s weight and observing a diet with fresh fruits and vegetables are key components to weight loss and preventing or managing diabetes, according to Dr. Mark Hyman, chairman of the Institute for Functional Medicine and founder and medical director of The UltraWellness Center. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, one in […]

Fire tore through a row house early Monday, killing two young children and two adults in the city’s third fatal blaze in a week. The blaze broke out at the two-story home in west Philadelphia shortly before 4:45 a.m., Executive Chief Richard Davison said. A 23-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene, and a […]

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation that would require thousands of people applying for welfare to pass a drug test before they could receive benefits. The Republican-controlled Legislature passed the law over the opposition of Democrats. Backers say it will ensure that welfare benefits are used for their intended purpose and not to subsidize […]

A seemingly divided Supreme Court on Monday weighed a potentially costly challenge to the pharmaceutical industry’s practice of not paying overtime to its sales representatives. The justices questioned whether the federal law governing overtime pay should apply to the roughly 90,000 people who try to persuade doctors to prescribe certain drugs to their patients. Many […]

Edolphus Towns, the Democratic congressman from New York City who was a longtime political stalwart for his working-class Brooklyn district, won’t be running for a 16th term, his office said Monday. Towns assistant Allan Joseph told The Associated Press that the 77-year-old lawmaker will retire in January after 30 years in Congress. Towns, who would […]

A judge entered not guilty pleas Monday for two Oklahoma men accused of going on a racially-motivated shooting spree in a predominantly black section of Tulsa this month, killing three people and wounding two others. Jake England and Alvin Watts appeared in Tulsa County District Court via closed-circuit television from jail, where they have been […]