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Silk Road Founder Gets Life for Creating Online Drug Site

Ross William Ulbricht

NEW YORK—A San Francisco man who created the underground drug-selling website Silk Road was sentenced Friday to life in prison by a judge who cited six...


Egypt Frees Egyptian-American Sentenced to Life in Prison

CAIRO— Egyptian authorities freed an Egyptian-American on Saturday who was sentenced to life in prison and had been on hunger strike for over a year, forcing him to renounce his Egyptian citizenship as a precondition of his release. Mohammed Soltan, …... Read More

  • Tex Toler watches the Llano River rise, Friday, May 29, 2015, in Llano, Texas, after another round of heavy rain. Officials are closely monitoring the levels of rivers in Texas engorged by heavy rain last weekend. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

    Latest on Flooding: Texan Swept Away in Storm Confirmed Dead

    1:10 p.m. (CDT) Authorities say a body found in the Houston Ship Channel was that of an 87-year-old man who had been missing since a... Read more

  • Ground military base, about 85 miles southwest Salt Lake City, Utah. (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart)

    Anthrax Shipments Came From Military Site in Utah Desert

    SALT LAKE CITY—The U.S. Army’s mistaken shipment of live anthrax samples to government and commercial laboratories occurred at a military post in a desolate stretch... Read more

  • US President Barack Obama gestures for the crowd to keep quiet about his visit to the O&H Danish Bakery to buy kringle pastries so that First Lady Michelle Obama wouldn't find out about the visit, during a town hall event on the economy at Racine Memorial Hall in Racine, Wisconsin, June 30, 2010. (Saul  Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

    US Economy Shrank at 0.7 Percent Rate in First Quarter

    WASHINGTON— The U.S. economy went into reverse in the first three months of this year as a severe winter and a widening trade deficit took... Read more

  • A house built on tall piers is surrounded by flood water from the San Jacinto River Thursday, May 28, 2015, in Kingwood, Texas. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

    Latest on Flooding: 12 Rescued in Community South of Dallas

    6:45 a.m. (CDT) Johnson County officials say they have evacuated 12 people who were caught in floodwaters. Officials said some homes in the county some... Read more

  • A valley in the Sequoia National Park normally covered in snow this time of year is seen during an aerial survey of the snowpack done by the Californian Department of Water Resources, Tuesday, April 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

    Why Record Heat Is Burning California to a Crisp

    Two facts are indisputable: California remains in the grip of one of the worst droughts in history, and 2014 was one of the hottest years... Read more

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    Love Shopping at Boutiques? Do It on Yelp!

    I live in New York City, where just about every fashion brand has a flagship store. Still, it’s hard to find a unique item that’s... Read more

  • A house built on tall piers is surrounded by flood water from the San Jacinto River Thursday, May 28, 2015, in Kingwood, Texas. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

    Heavy Rain Eases Texas Drought, but High Water Could Linger

    HOUSTON—This week’s record rainfall in Texas eased the state’s drought and swelled rivers and lakes to the point that they may not return to normal... Read more

  • In this photo provided by Karen Jenkins, her husband, Rick Jenkins, poses for a photo in the front yard at their home in Gilroy, Calif., Wednesday, May 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Karen Jenkins)

    Rebates Drive Grass Removal Frenzy During California Drought

    LOS ANGELES—There’s a torrent of Californians taking advantage of rebates for ripping out water-guzzling lawns during the drought, and that’s providing a big boost to... Read more

  • Thousands of Iraqi soldiers take part in a training exercise led by the Spanish Army and under the guidance of the US military in the Basmaya camp in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on May 27, 2015. (Ali al-Saadi/AFP/Getty Images)

    US to ‘Fine Tune’ Iraq Strategy in Light of Ramadi Debacle

    WASHINGTON—Pentagon leaders are trying to “fine tune” U.S. strategy for ousting the ISIS from Iraq, focusing on faster and better training and arming of Sunni tribes... Read more

  • A worker climbs out of a hole dug around the Gay Head Lighthouse while moving the historic structure in Aquinnah, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Thursday, May 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Iconic Martha’s Vineyard Lighthouse Begins Move Inland

    AQUINNAH, Mass. — A Martha’s Vineyard lighthouse that is among the most endangered historic landmarks in the U.S. began its gradual march away from a... Read more

  • FILE- In this May 6, 2015 file photo, Defense Secretary Ash Carter testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. U.S. military leaders are looking for ways to improve and speed up the program to train and equip Iraqi forces, including options to better prepare Sunni tribes to join the fight, Carter said Thursday. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

    Carter Seeks Ways to Improve Iraq Training, Equipping

    SINGAPORE—U.S. military leaders are searching for ways to bolster the Iraqi forces following the Islamic State group’s takeover of Ramadi earlier this month, Defense Secretary... Read more

  • Mexico fans cheer their team against Bolivia during a friendly match in preparation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup on Feb. 24, 2010 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. Mexico won 5-0. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

    Visa Becomes First FIFA Sponsor to Warn It Could Jump Ship

    LONDON—Worried that their reputations will be tarnished by their links to FIFA, major sponsors are demanding that soccer’s global governing body clean up its act,... Read more

  • U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach, center,  holds up the settlement agreement with the City of Cleveland as he speaks at a news conference Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Civilians Get New Authority in Cleveland Police Settlement

    CLEVELAND—Cleveland’s settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice on reforming the city’s troubled police department calls for civilians to play influential roles in investigating... Read more

  • In this Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 photo, a visitor to the Resorts World Casino at the Aqueduct racetrack plays an electronic slot machine, in the Queens borough of New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

    US Gambling Market Saturated, Yet Casinos Keep on Coming

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.—The casino market in the northeastern United States is saturated, yet that’s not stopping some states from approving gambling legislation and companies from... Read more

  • A small crowd gathers near the scene of a multiple shooting at Al's Place Barber Shop, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Andre J. Jackson)

    Detroit Suburb Reaches $1.4M Settlement in Police Beating

    INKSTER, Mich.—A lawyer for a man who was severely beaten by a police officer says a Detroit suburb has agreed to settle a lawsuit for... Read more

  • In this courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, right, and defense attorney Judy Clarke are depicted watching evidence displayed on a monitor during his federal death penalty trial Monday, March 9, 2015, in Boston.  (Jane Flavell Collins via AP)

    Boston Marathon Bomber to Be Sentenced June 24

    BOSTON—Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR’ tsahr-NEYE’-ehv) will be formally sentenced to death on June 24. U.S. District Judge George O’Toole Jr. set the date... Read more