Ricardo Portillo: Nearly 100 family and friends gathered at a candlelight vigil Sunday night in Salt Lake City home of Ricardo Portillo. Portilla was refereeing a soccer match, was punched by a player, and later died.
Harper Lee sues: Calling Atticus Finch! Author Harper Lee is suing her agent over the copyright to her classic novel, 'To Kill a Mockingbird.' She alleges she was tricked into signing away rights to the book, first published in 1960.
One of the three men who visited Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarvaev's dorm room after the bombing is seeking release from jail. Robel Phillipos, 19, is charged with lying to investigators.
Huge numbers of cicadas, the large black insects that produce a eerie loud noise when mating, are on the verge of emerging after a 17-year underground development cycle. They are expected to surface late this month.
Punched ref dies: Ricardo Portillo, 46, died Saturday after his brain swelled and he slipped into a coma. Police suspect a 17-year-old of punching Portillo in the face during a soccer game he was refereeing, after he issued the teen a yellow card.
Authorities are leaning more toward zero tolerance of teenagers who fling around online threats about acts of violence or terrorism. As a result, what might have once merited a slap on the wrist may today result in criminal charges.
The Texas fertilizer plant, targeted for years by thieves who wanted anhydrous ammonia to produce drugs, reportedly had no fence, alarms, or guards. Yet state regulators raised few security concerns before the deadly blast.
Saturday's more favorable weather and the heroic work of 1,900 firefighters have limited damage from a fast-breaking California wildfire in Ventura County. State outlook is for an active fire season; elsewhere in the US conditions are less ominous.
Witnesses at a May 8 hearing 'have critical information' about terrorist attack that killed the US ambassador and three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya, last year, says Rep. Darrell Issa. He says others might testify if they can overcome fear of retaliation by superiors.
Both sides in the debate over gun policy are indulging in stereotypes and name-calling, fueled by a distrust bred from previous culture war fights. As the NRA convention continues this weekend, are red and blue America really so far apart?
Toys R Us will go before the highest court in Massachusetts Monday, to appeal a $20 million award. A jury awarded the money to the Aleo family, who sued the toy company after their daughter was killed on an inflatable pool slide.
Tickets go on sale May 6 for an event featuring New Kids on the Block, James Taylor, Aerosmith, and other performers with Boston roots. Proceeds from the May 30 Boston Strong concert will go to the One Fund Boston, set up for victims of the marathon bombings.
Student visa snafu involving a Kazakh friend of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston bombing suspect, prompts US to beef up security checks. Will the episode undermine chances for comprehensive immigration reform?
The trial against Doctor Kermit Gosnell, who ran a Philadelphia inner-city abortion clinic and is charged with killing five people, has forced abortion supporters on the defensive and has energized anti-abortion activists.