Child kills mother with her pistol in Wal-Mart

Child kills mother with her pistol in Wal-Mart

A 29-year-old woman described as a “beautiful, young, loving mother” was fatally shot by her 2-year-old son at a northern Idaho Wal-Mart in what authorities called a tragic accident. The little boy reached into Veronica J. Rutledge’s purse and her concealed gun fired, Kootenai County sheriff’s spokesman Stu Miller said. The woman was shopping Tuesday […]

Delay in treatments before Ebola patient died

Delay in treatments before Ebola patient died

A surgeon who contracted Ebola in his native Sierra Leone did not receive aggressive treatment until nearly two weeks after he first started showing symptoms — a delay that doctors said probably made it impossible for anyone to save his life. Dr. Martin Salia was in the 13th day of his illness when he reached […]

Remains identified as missing Virginia college student

Remains identified as missing Virginia college student

Remains found nearly a week ago in a rural area of Virginia are those of a missing university student, authorities said Friday, as they turned their attention to filing possible additional charges against the suspect accused of abducting her. University of Virginia sophomore Hannah Graham, 18, disappeared Sept. 13 after a night out with friends. […]

Mechanical problem blamed for fatal hayride crash

Mechanical problem blamed for fatal hayride crash

A mechanical problem caused a Jeep towing a wagon full of passengers to careen down a steep hill and slam into a tree during a Halloween-themed hayride in the woods, killing a teenager and injuring more than 20 other people, authorities said. Investigators were inspecting the Jeep to try to determine exactly what kept it […]

Ferguson faces more protests, doubt & anger

The shooting last month exposed an undercurrent of racial unrest in Ferguson

Ferguson faces more protests, doubt & anger

Elected leaders in the St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black 18-year-old was fatally shot by a white police officer hoped to use their first public meeting since Michael Brown’s death as a chance to promote community healing. Instead, they were greeted Tuesday night with anger, outrage and warnings of voter retribution at the ballot […]

Is Ferguson on a comeback trail?

Ferguson has raised new concerns on how police interact with the black community

Is Ferguson on a comeback trail?

The unmistakable signs of healing are beginning to dot Ferguson, even the small area of this St. Louis-area suburb that was the center of attention for three weeks. But those in the community know they’ve got a long way to go. Some merchants say business hasn’t come close to recovering from the aftermath of the […]

Decorated combat veteran dies in Virginia crash

Fontenot was flying the single-seat plane to New Orleans for a radar system upgrade

Decorated combat veteran dies in Virginia crash

The pilot killed in the crash of an F-15 jet this week in the remote Virginia mountains was a decorated combat veteran with 17 years of experience flying the planes, military officials in Massachusetts said Friday. The pilot, Lt. Col. Morris “Moose” Fontenot Jr., joined the Massachusetts Air National Guard in February and had been […]

9-year-old guns down firearms instructor

Indoor shooting ranges with high-powered weapons have become a popular attraction.

9-year-old guns down firearms instructor

The death of an Arizona firearms instructor by a 9-year-old girl who was firing a fully automatic Uzi displayed a tragic side of what has become a hot industry in the U.S.: gun tourism. With gun laws keeping high-powered weapons out of reach for most people — especially those outside the U.S. — indoor shooting […]

Few laws govern children at gun ranges

the notion of giving a 9-year-old a fully automatic Uzi made many queasy

Few laws govern children at gun ranges

A 39-year-old firing-range instructor was killed Monday while showing a 9-year-old girl how to use an Uzi submachine gun. Charles Vacca’s death at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range in White Hills, Arizona, has raised questions about allowing young children access to such weapons at firing ranges. SHOULD YOUNG CHILDREN HANDLE FIREARMS LIKE UZIS? Gun […]