SAN FRANCISCO—Four California inmates cut through the bars of a second-story jail window and rappelled down the building's side in an overnight escape bid, authorities said on Thursday. Two of the inmates who broke out of the Santa Clara County jail in San Jose were caught immediately, but the others remain at large, the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.
MEXICO CITY— Hundreds of mariachi folk musicians filled the streets of Mexico City on Tuesday to celebrate and serenade the feast day of Cecilia, the patron saint of music. Clad in their traditional cropped jackets and wide sombreros, the mariachi guitarists, trumpeters and violinists played songs and marched in procession to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. For years, Mexico City's mariachis have gathered to honor Saint Cecilia's feast day on Nov 22. Cecilia was an early Roman martyr who is often represented in art by a harp.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA -- (REUTERS) Veteran actress Florence Henderson, best known to a generation of baby boomers as all-American mother Carol Brady in the 1970s sitcom "The Brady Bunch," has...
SAN ANTONIO — A 31-year-old man suspected in the ambush killing of a police detective in Texas has apologized to the officer's family and said he "lashed out" in anger after several custody battles. Otis McKane was arrested Monday for the killing of 50-year-old Benjamin Marconi, a 20-year veteran of the San Antonio force who was gunned down as he sat in his squad car outside the department's headquarters. As he was escorted by officers outside the building late Monday, McKane told reporters he had been involved in several custody battles.
The driver charged with homicide in a Tennessee elementary school bus crash that killed five children and critically injured six others appeared to be speeding in the moments leading up to the wreck, police said. Johnthony Walker, 24, was driving the bus full of students home from Chattanooga's Woodmore Elementary School when, just before 4 p.m. CST, it veered off a road, flipped onto its side and smashed into a tree and telephone poll, according to a police affidavit.
WOLFSBURG, Germany — Volkswagen will need to conquer the Americas, the region at the center of its emissions scandal, to deliver a turnaround at its core VW brand, Europe's largest carmaker said on Tuesday. VW said it would launch a series of higher-margin SUVs, limousines and electric cars to try to win back customers in markets where it has long lagged competitors.
WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump will not pursue investigations against Hillary Clinton over her family's charity or her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, MSNBC said, dropping a threat made to his Democratic rival during the bitter presidential campaign. Republican Trump had vowed to jail Clinton and crowds at his rallies chanted "Lock her up." But he now believes she "has been through enough," MSNBC reported on Tuesday, citing an unidentified source.
TOKYO/SYDNEY — An Asia-Pacific trade deal stands almost no chance of working now that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has pulled the plug on it, proponents of the pact said on Tuesday, opening the way for China to assume the leadership mantle on trade. Japan and Australia expressed their commitment to the pact on Tuesday, hours after Trump vowed to withdraw from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership on his first day in office, calling the deal "a potential disaster for our country."
A bus carrying elementary students home from school in Chattanooga, Tennessee, crashed on Monday afternoon, killing at least six children and sending nearly two dozen to a hospital with injuries, authorities said. Speed appeared to have contributed to the 4 p.m. CST (2100 GMT) accident, Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher said. The accident left the bright yellow school bus wrapped around a tree, mangled and nearly severed in two. Two hours after the crash, rescue teams were still sifting through the wreckage of the bus, which was resting on its side.
SAN FRANCISCO — Christmas came early for U.S. gun shop owners — who saw a rush of firearms purchases ahead of the presidential election — but they may now be hard-pressed to match last year's record holiday sales. Gun merchants had a record October, federal background check data shows, as gun enthusiasts snapped up pistols and rifles on fears that Hillary Clinton would win the White House and seek to restrict ownership. Traffic has fallen off substantially since Republican Donald Trump, a gun rights supporter, won the presidency Nov. 8.