Public remains anxious, pessimistic about soft economy

For the third year in a row, the nation’s economic recovery has hit a springtime soft spot. Reflecting that weakness, only 1 in 4 Americans now expects his or her own financial situation to improve over the next year, a new Associated Press-GfK poll shows. The sour mood is undermining support for President Barack Obama’s […]

Lots of attention for bombing rescuer, including visit from FBI

Just about everyone you can imagine stopped by Carlos Luis Arredondo’s little brick row house Wednesday to hear what he had to say about the Boston Marathon bombing. Reporters flew in from as far away as Paris, friends and neighbors strolled in, even two FBI agents made a visit. Virtually overnight, Arredondo has turned into […]

What now for gun control?

The impassioned push for new gun laws, born from the slaughter of schoolchildren, has collided with the marble-hard realities of Congress. Just persuading the Senate to debate tougher laws was considered a high hurdle for gun control advocates. They did it with the aid of Newtown, Conn., families, who brought photos and stories of the […]

After Senate defeat, gun control advocates vow to fight on

President Barack Obama and his gun control allies say Senate rejection of expanded background checks and other restrictions won’t stop their drive to reduce firearms violence. But their path to enacting gun curbs this year seems blocked by the National Rifle Association, and supporters of restrictions appear befuddled about what it will take to push […]

Video footage reveals possible suspect in Boston Marathon bombing

The painstaking work to identify a bombing suspect from reams of Boston Marathon footage yielded a possible breakthrough as investigators focused on a man seen dropping off a bag, and then walking away from the site of the second of two deadly explosions. The discovery of the image — found on surveillance footage from a […]

Final reunion for famed World War II aviators

At 97, retired Lt. Col. Richard Cole can still fly and land a vintage B-25 with a wide grin and a wave out the cockpit window to amazed onlookers. David Thatcher, 91, charms admiring World War II history buffs with detailed accounts of his part in the 1942 Doolittle Raid on Tokyo, in which he […]

FBI asking for help in finding Boston Marathon bomber

A bomber may have been seen amid the Boston Marathon revelers carrying an unusually heavy nylon bag, weighed down with shrapnel-packed explosives, the FBI has suggested. Or perhaps someone heard something beforehand as a culprit tested explosives or expressed an interest in attacking the race. Law enforcement agencies pleaded Tuesday for the public to come […]

Cops have suspect in ricin mailing to Senator

Police have a suspect in mind as they investigate a letter mailed to Sen. Roger Wicker that tested positive for poisonous ricin, a Senate colleague said. “The person that is a suspect writes a lot of letters to members,” Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said Tuesday as she emerged from a classified briefing. Authorities declined to […]

‘Pressure cooker’ devices used in Boston Marathon bombing

Federal agents zeroed in Tuesday on how the Boston Marathon bombing was carried out — with kitchen pressure cookers packed with explosives, nails and other lethal shrapnel — but said they still didn’t know who did it and why. An intelligence bulletin issued to law enforcement and released late Tuesday included a picture of a […]

Stories that emerged from the day of horror in Boston

  The twin bombs at the Boston Marathon killed three people and wounded more than 170 on Monday. Here are the stories of those killed and some of the injured. A LONG WAY FROM HOME A Boston University graduate student was one of the three people killed in the bombings at the Boston Marathon, the […]