FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2012, file photo, voters fill the polling booths in Montpelier, Vt. With more than 3 years to the 2016 election, it’s safe to say polling on presidential preferences this far out is meaningless. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

DIGITS: For 2016, focus on feeling, not the field

You know all those polls that say Hillary Rodham Clinton has the lead in the race for president in 2016? Ignore them. Polling on presidential preferences this far out is...…
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Mob boss ‘Whitey’ Bulger guilty in 11 killings

James "Whitey" Bulger, the feared Boston mob boss who became one of the nation's most-wanted fugitives, was convicted Monday in a string of 11 killings and dozens of other gangland crimes, many of them committed while he was said to be an FBI informant.…
A portion of a building rests in a sinkhole Monday, Aug. 12, 2013 in Clermont, Fla. The sinkhole, 40 to 50 feet in diameter, opened up overnight and damaged three buildings at the Summer Bay Resort.  (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Sinkhole causes resort villa to partially collapse

As glass broke, the ground shook and lights went out, vacationers evacuated a central Florida resort building before a sinkhole caused a section of the villa to partially collapse early Monday.…
FILE - This combination of undated file photos provided by the San Diego Sheriff's Department shows James Lee DiMaggio, 40, left, and Hannah Anderson, 16. A massive search entered a seventh day Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, for DiMaggio, suspected of abducting 16-year-old family friend Hannah. DiMaggio is suspected of killing Hannah's mother Christina Anderson, 44, and her 8-year-old brother Ethan Anderson, whose bodies were found Sunday night in DiMaggio's burning house in California near the Mexico border. (AP Photo/San Diego Sheriff's Department, File)

Teen found safe in Idaho; alleged abductor killed

CASCADE, Idaho (AP) - San Diego County Sheriff's officials say the man suspected of abducting 16-year-old Hannah Anderson has been killed in Idaho and the teen has been found safe.…
Fleet Master Chief Marco Ramirez of U.S. Pacific Fleet, right, speaks with sailors and victims' advocates about sexual assault aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013. Top U.S. Navy commanders in the Asia-Pacific region have formed a task force to discuss sexual assault issues as the branch fights to stem a military-wide problem within its ranks. Leaders in the U.S. Pacific Fleet from all over its wide territory met by teleconference this week for the first time to outline how they'll share successes and failures during monthly meetings. (AP Photo/Oskar Garcia)

US Pacific Fleet forms task force on sex assault

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — Top U.S. Navy commanders in the Asia-Pacific region have formed a task force to discuss sexual assault issues as the branch fights to stem a m...…
Soldiers guard a security checkpoint outside the Lawrence H. Williams Judicial Center on the second day of the trial for Maj. Nidal Hasan at Fort Hood, Texas on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. The standby attorney for the soldier charged in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage accused Hasan on Wednesday of deliberately charting a course toward a conviction and death sentence, abruptly halting the trial after only one day. Lt. Col. Kris Poppe, Hasan's lead court-appointed standby attorney, said he is willing to step in and be Hasan's defense lawyer. But he asked that his responsibilities as co-counsel be minimized if Hasan, who is representing himself at trial, continues to work toward being executed. (AP Photo/San Antonio Express-News,Lisa Krantz)

Soldiers describe gunfire, being shot at Fort Hood

Staff Sgt. Michael Davis took cover under a desk when he realized the rapid gunfire wasn't from a training exercise at his Texas military base. He saw blood spray, then someone else get shot. When the soldier thought it safe to flee, he stood up — but he was quickly shot in the back.…

Toyota recalls 342,000 Tacoma pickups

DETROIT (AP) — Toyota is recalling 342,000 Tacoma midsize pickup trucks because the front seat belts can malfunction. The recall affects 2004 to 2011 Access Cab model...…
FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, file photo, a military bugler waits for the funeral procession of Pfc. Michael Pearson to arrive at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Ill. Pearson was one of 13 killed during the Fort Hood shootings.  Maj. Nidal Hasan will stand trial, in a court-martial that starts Tuesday, for the shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, that left 13 people dead and more than 30 people wounded on Nov. 5, 2009(AP Photo/John Smierciak, File)

Key questions about Fort Hood shooting trial

After years of delay, Maj. Nidal Hasan stood trial Tuesday in a court-martial for the shooting rampage at Fort Hood that left 13 people dead and more than 30 people wounded at the Texas military base on Nov. 5, 2009.…
FILE - In this Wednesday, March 6, 2013 file photo, workers wearing protective gears take a survey near tanks of radiation contaminated water at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma town, Fukushima prefecture, northeast of Tokyo. The operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant says it is struggling with its latest efforts to stop contaminated underground water leaks from running into the sea. TEPCO said Tuesday, Aug. 6 that some of the water was seeping over or around "chemical walls" it had created by injecting chemicals into the soil that solidify into a wall. (AP Photo/Issei Kato, Pool, File)

Radioactive water may overflow at Japan plant

The operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant said Tuesday it is struggling with its latest efforts to stop contaminated underground water leaks from running into the sea.…
Jeff Bezos, CEO and founder of Amazon, is illuminated by a display screen at the introduction of the new Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Paperwhite in Santa Monica, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Amazon founder Bezos to buy Washington Post

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos is buying The Washington Post and other newspapers for $250 million. The longtime publisher, The Washington Post Co....…
A Yemeni soldier stops a car at a checkpoint in a street leading to the U.S. embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013. Security forces close access roads, put up extra blast walls and beef up patrols near some of the 21 U.S. diplomatic missions in the Muslim world that Washington ordered closed for the weekend over a ``significant threat'' of an al-Qaida attack.  (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

State Dept: Posts in 19 countries to remain closed

Amid online "chatter" about terror threats, U.S. diplomatic posts in 19 cities in the Muslim world will be closed at least through the end of this week, the State Department said.…