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At least 4 tornado touchdowns confirmed in northern Illinois

At least four tornadoes touched down overnight in northern Illinois, causing damage and forcing thousands of soccer fans to seek shelter during the Copa America semifinal in Chicago. The National Weather Service in Chicago says survey crews will on Thursday morning investigate damage along three separate supercell paths. The weather ...

1 body recovered as Coast Guard searches Gulf debris field

The U.S. Coast Guard has recovered one body while searching a debris field believed to be part of a sailboat belonging to a Florida man and his three teenage children. Coast Guard officials didn't identify the body found Wednesday afternoon some 33 miles off Florida's southwest coast. Capt. Gregory Case ...

Dems stage election-year sit-in on guns, GOP unmoved

A drained and dwindling group of Democrats, some draped in blankets and toting pillows, carried their remarkable House floor sit-in past daybreak Thursday, disrupting the business of Congress in the wake of the Orlando shooting rampage with demands for gun-control votes in an extraordinary scene of protest broadcast live to ...

Julian Brown smiles while wearing Google Glass glasses and talking with Jena Daniels, a clinical research coordinator at The Wall Lab in Stanford, Calif., Wednesday, June 22, 2016. Like many autistic children, Brown, 10, has trouble reading emotions in people's faces, one of the biggest challenges for people with the neurological disorder. Now Brown is getting help from "autism glass" - an experimental device that records and analyzes faces in real time and alerts him to the emotions they're expressing. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Can Google Glass help autistic children read faces?

Like many autistic children, Julian Brown has trouble reading emotions in people's faces, one of the biggest challenges for people with the neurological disorder. Now the 10-year-old San Jose boy is getting help from "autism glass" — an experimental device that records and analyzes faces in real time and alerts ...

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks to media outside his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 22, 2016. Former Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio announced he will run for re-election to the Senate from Florida, reversing his retirement plans under pressure from GOP leaders determined to hang onto his seat and Senate control. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

With Rubio in, others step out in Florida's Senate race

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio's decision to run for president set off a scramble to replace him. His last minute decision to run for re-election set off a scramble — though much smaller — to get out of the Senate race. A crowded Republican Senate primary has become much less so ...

Census: Asians remain fastest-growing racial group in US

Asians remain the fastest-growing racial group in the United States, according to new information from the Census Bureau. The nation's Asian population grew at 3.4 percent between July 2014 and 2015, with migration responsible for the majority of the growth, government officials said Thursday. There are now 21 million Asians ...

2 Floridas emerge in attitudes toward LGBT community

Florida's Key West is one of the most gay-friendly places in the country. The Florida Panhandle — many locals call it the Redneck Riviera — is a different story. The massacre of 49 people in a gay nightclub happened between these extremes, forcing many Floridians to reconsider their assumptions about ...

Citing doubts, LA prosecutors want to free convicted killer

Los Angeles County prosecutors will ask a judge Thursday to free a man convicted seven years ago of killing a college student, citing new doubts about his guilt. Raymond Lee Jennings is serving 40 years to life in state prison following a 2009 conviction. "My office has been presented with ...

Big accreditor of for-profit colleges could lose authority

A vote by an advisory panel to the Education Department could set the nation's largest accreditor of for-profit colleges firmly on a path to closing its doors, potentially leaving hundreds of thousands of students at risk of losing access to federal financial aid. The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and ...

This photo provided by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office shows Deputy David F. Michel Jr. A pedestrian walking down a busy commercial strip of a New Orleans suburb in the middle of the afternoon shot Michel multiple times, killing him, after being stopped by the officer Wednesday, an official said. (Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office via AP)

Louisiana sheriff calls deputy's death 'cold-blooded murder'

A sheriff's deputy in a New Orleans suburb was just about to search a suspect when the 19-year-old flipped around, pulled out a gun and reaching over the officer, shot him in the back, a Louisiana sheriff said, calling the incident a "cold blooded murder." Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand ...

Teen dead from apparent drowning at spring

Officials say a Tampa Bay area teen is dead from apparent drowning after a visit to a north Florida spring. The Tampa Bay Times (http://goo.gl/sRCxpC) reports that 16-year-old Terry Marshall died Saturday at a Gainesville hospital. A day earlier, Marshall and his friends visited Blue Springs Park in Gilchrist County. ...

California wildfires stall, other Western blazes grow

Major wildfires in Southern California were kept at bay amid cooler, more humid weather, while blazes elsewhere in the West saw big growth and potential danger. Improved weather in the aftermath of a severe heat wave allowed firefighters to make progress against two fires in the steep San Gabriel Mountains ...

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2016, file photo, New York Rangers' Keith Yandle (93) works with the puck as New York Islanders' Frans Nielsen (51) follows during an NHL hockey game in New York. Yandle signed with the Florida Panthers early Thursday, June 23, three days after the team acquired the high-scoring defenseman’s negotiating rights in a trade with the Rangers. The Panthers sent a sixth-round pick in the draft this week to the Rangers on Monday, and now owes New York a fourth-round pick next year after successfully signing the 29-year-old Yandle. He was set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

Panthers sign free-agent defenseman Keith Yandle

Keith Yandle signed with the Florida Panthers early Thursday, three days after the team acquired the high-scoring defenseman's negotiating rights in a trade with the New York Rangers. The Panthers sent a sixth-round pick in the draft this week to the Rangers on Monday, and now owe New York a ...

Unruly plane passenger leads to emergency landing in Tucson

Authorities say a Compass Airlines flight headed to Los Angeles had to make an emergency landing in Tucson after a passenger made a threat to the flight crew. The plane landed at Tucson International Airport on Wednesday afternoon and was met by a group of law enforcement officers including the ...

Police probe whether drug dealing led to death of 3 people

Investigators are trying to determine if drug dealing played a role in a shooting that killed three people and wounded another in Washington state, authorities said. The investigators found half a pound of methamphetamine, heroin, thousands of dollars in cash and about half a dozen firearms in a travel trailer ...

AP Source: DNA test shows Colorado inmate not Prince's son

DNA test results show a Colorado prison inmate is not Prince's son, a person who has seen a sealed document said. The finding means that Carlin Q. Williams is not entitled to inherit a fortune worth up to $300 million. The person who spoke to The Associated Press Wednesday was ...

FL Lottery

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ These Florida lotteries were drawn Wednesday: Cash 3 Evening 3-0-5 (three, zero, five) Cash 3 Midday 0-6-0 (zero, six, zero) Fantasy 5 01-11-21-31-36 (one, eleven, twenty-one, thirty-one, thirty-six) Lotto 06-07-10-25-39-44 (six, seven, ten, twenty-five, thirty-nine, forty-four) Estimated jackpot: $9 million Lotto XTRA 03 (three) Mega Millions ...

Winning numbers drawn in 'Lotto' game

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Wednesday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's "Lotto" game were: 06-07-10-25-39-44 (six, seven, ten, twenty-five, thirty-nine, forty-four) Estimated jackpot: $9 million

Winning numbers drawn in 'Powerball' game

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Wednesday evening's drawing of the "Powerball" game were: 14-40-42-43-52, Powerball: 17, Power Play: 3 (fourteen, forty, forty-two, forty-three, fifty-two; Powerball: seventeen; Power Play: three) Estimated jackpot: $184 million ¶ ___ ¶ Online: ¶ Multi-State Lottery Association: http://www.powerball.com/

The Latest: Tornado watch issued overnight for Indiana

The Latest on severe weather in the Midwest (all times local): 11:45 p.m. The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for much of Indiana until 5 a.m. EDT as severe weather moves through the Midwest. The weather service also issued a flood advisory for northern and north central ...

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