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Chaos in Cleveland? Odds of contested convention increase

Posted: 04/06/2016 - WASHINGTON -- The chances of a contested Republican national convention just got higher with Donald Trump's loss to Ted Cruz in Wisconsin. Despite his wide lead in the delegate count, Trump isn't scooping up delegates fast enough to ensure he'll win a majority during the primaries and caucuses. A look at what's known -- and, more importantly, unknown -- about how a contested convention might work.

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Country legend Merle Haggard dies at 79

Updated: 04/07/2016 - NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Country giant Merle Haggard, who celebrated outlaws, underdogs and an abiding sense of national pride in such hits as "Okie From Muskogee" and "Sing Me Back Home," died Wednesday at 79, on his birthday.

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Under fire on abortion, Trump fights to court women

Posted: 03/31/2016 - MADISON, Wis. -- Donald Trump is fighting to convince a skeptical Republican Party he can improve his standing among women, even as he takes back an explosive comment about abortion and attacks the credibility of a female reporter police say was illegally grabbed by the GOP front-runner's campaign manager.

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Obama shortens prison sentences for 61 drug offenders

Posted: 03/30/2016 - WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama commuted the prison sentences of 61 drug offenders on Wednesday including more than a third serving life sentences, working to give new energy to calls for overhauling the U.S. criminal justice system.

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Obama turns attention to growing opioid abuse problem

Posted: 03/29/2016 - ATLANTA -- The trajectory of opioid deaths in the United States is trending in the wrong direction and has to be moved to the top of the federal government's radar screen along with the threat of terrorism and promoting a strong economy, President Barack Obama said Tuesday.

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Trump: Campaign manager 'innocent' of battery

Posted: 03/29/2016 - WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump says his campaign manager is "absolutely innocent" following a decision by Florida police to charge him with battery.

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Oklahoma officials investigating cause of fire

Posted: 03/28/2016 - MEDICINE LODGE, Kan. -- Oklahoma Forestry Services officials are still investigating the cause of a wildfire that consumed an estimated 620 square miles of mostly rural land in Oklahoma and Kansas since last week. Fire personnel are focused on containing its spread.

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Cruz-Trump spat over wives takes nastier turn

Posted: 03/25/2016 - DANE, Wis. -- Ted Cruz branded Donald Trump a "sniveling coward" Thursday as the feud between the Republican presidential contenders over their wives took a nastier turn.

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Thousands trace Jesus' footsteps on Good Friday in Jerusalem

Posted: 03/25/2016 - JERUSALEM -- Thousands of Catholics and Protestants are commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ by following the path in Jerusalem's Old City where, according to tradition, he walked on the way to the cross.

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American Muslims decry Cruz community surveillance comments

Posted: 03/23/2016 - DEARBORN, Mich. -- Some American Muslims feel they are once again on the defensive following presidential candidate Ted Cruz's suggestion that Muslim-dominated neighborhoods should be subject to increased surveillance in the wake of the deadly attacks in Brussels.

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Obama attends baseball game in Cuba

Posted: 03/22/2016 - HAVANA -- President Barack Obama has arrived for a much-anticipated exhibition baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball and the Cuban national team.

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U.S. announces agriculture agreement with Cuba

Posted: 03/21/2016 - HAVANA -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that the United States and Cuba will share agricultural research and ideas, a move designed to help U.S. farmers better understand the Cuban market.

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American IS fighter: I made a bad decision

Posted: 03/18/2016 - IRBIL, Iraq -- The American Islamic State group fighter who handed himself over to Kurdish forces in northern Iraq earlier this week said he made "a bad decision" in joining the IS, according to a heavily edited interview he gave to an Iraqi Kurdish television station.

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Conservatives plot Trump demise as he eyes Arizona win

Posted: 03/17/2016 - PHOENIX -- Fearful of a Donald Trump nomination to lead the GOP, conservative leaders huddled privately in Washington on Thursday in search of a plan to stop the billionaire businessman. His Republican rivals braced for another Trump victory, this time in delegate-rich Arizona.

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CDC guidelines aim to curb painkiller prescribing

Updated: 03/15/2016 - WASHINGTON -- Prescription painkillers should not be a first choice for treating common ailments like back pain and arthritis, according to new federal guidelines designed to reshape how doctors prescribe drugs like OxyContin and Vicodin.

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Viewer Guide: Kasich, Rubio seek survival, Clinton momentum

Posted: 03/15/2016 - WASHINGTON -- Five more states chime in to the rambunctious campaign 2016 conversation on Tuesday, and no one's listening with greater interest than Marco Rubio and John Kasich, both of them desperate to win their home states and avoid being flattened by Donald Trump's steamroller. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton is out to reclaim momentum after Bernie Sanders rocked her with a Rust Belt upset in Michigan.

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IS leader al-Shishani dies of wounds from U.S. strike in Syria

Updated: 03/15/2016 - BAGHDAD -- A top Islamic State commander and feared ethnic Chechen jihadi fighter Omar al-Shishani has died of wounds suffered in a U.S. airstrike in Syria, a senior Iraqi intelligence official and the head of a Syrian activist group said Tuesday.

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Amtrak train derails in Kansas, injuring at least 32

Posted: 03/14/2016 - CIMARRON, Kan. -- An engineer noticed a significant bend in a rail and applied the emergency brakes before a passenger train derailed in western Kansas early Monday, an official said.

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