• Panel defeats bill banning use of ‘secret’ execution drugs

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia legislative committee has defeated a measure that sought to prohibit officials from using execution drugs they received from another state if they don’t reveal the source of the drugs.

  • In this Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, file photo, Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks speaks to the media and members of the public from a balcony at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Wedneday Feb. 3, 2016 that he will accept arrest by British police if a U.N. working group investigating his claims decides that the three years he has spent inside the Ecuadorean Embassy doesn't amount to illegal detention. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

    The Latest: Legal expert questions reported Assange ruling

    LONDON (AP) — The Latest on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and impending finding by a U.N. body on his detention (all times local):

  • Sheriff’s Office: Man sought in 2014 fatal stabbing

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Dona Ana County authorities have obtained a warrant to arrest a man in the 2014 fatal stabbing in the Las Cruces area.

  • A female reveller celebrates in front of the cathedral during the start of the street carnival in Cologne, Germany, on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. After a string of robberies and sexual assaults on New Year's Eve in the city that police say were committed largely by foreigners, German authorities are keen to avoid a repeat of those events during the five-day street party. ( AP Photo/Martin Meissner

    New Year’s attacks overshadow start of Cologne Carnival

    COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Cannon fire followed by a rain of confetti heralded the start Thursday of Cologne’s annual Carnival, when hundreds of thousands of revelers take to the streets and pubs of the ancient German city for five days of boisterous partying.

  • David Daleiden, center, one of the two anti-abortion activists indicted last week, addresses the media with attorney's Jared Woodfill, left, and Terry Yates after turning himself in to authorities Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, in Houston. Daleiden and Sandra Merritt are charged with tampering with a governmental record, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. (AP Photo/Bob Levey)

    Activist behind Planned Parenthood video surrenders in Texas

    HOUSTON (AP) — An anti-abortion activist’s plan to reject a plea deal offering probation for charges related to making undercover Planned Parenthood videos likely means his goal is to use a trial as a public platform to criticize the nonprofit, according to legal experts.

  • Ex-NBA All-Star Jayson Williams charged with drunken driving

    DELAWARE, N.Y. (AP) — Former NBA All-Star Jayson Williams, who served more than a year in prison for the 2002 accidental shooting death of a limo driver, has been charged with drunken driving after he crashed his vehicle in upstate New York.

  • Western retirees at Thai resort busted for playing bridge

    BANGKOK (AP) — Almost three dozen mostly elderly bridge-playing Westerners have found themselves the surprise targets of a vice crackdown under Thailand’s military government.

  • In this image made from video and provided by WMAR-TV, in Baltimore, David Eisenhauer conducts an interview discussing his athletic and academic aspirations for a weekly feature on high school athletes in the Baltimore area. Now the subject of shocking murder charges. Eisenhauer, an 18-year-old freshman engineering student and distance runner at Virginia Tech, is jailed without bond on charges of kidnapping and fatally stabbing a 13-year-old girl. (WMAR-TV via AP)

    Va. Tech murder suspects left few clues to possible motives

    BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Two Virginia Tech students carefully planned the kidnapping and killing of a 13-year-old girl, arranging a pre-dawn rendezvous online after buying cleaning supplies and a shovel at separate Wal-Mart stores, a prosecutor alleged Thursday.

  • This image provided by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shows a poster part of the Blue Campaign to raise public awareness of human trafficking.   Awareness campaigns are underway at airports from New York to Los Angeles, as DHS has posted messages on video monitors and airport shopping bags. Other industries, including hotels and trucking, also are increasing efforts to detect trafficking. (Department of Homeland Security via AP)

    Columbus joins airports boosting human trafficking awareness

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus airport is joining its counterparts nationwide in training employees to recognize signs of human trafficking in an effort to curb exploitation.

  • Actor and comedian Bill Cosby, right, arrives for a court appearance Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Norristown, Pa.  Cosby was arrested and charged with drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home in January 2004.  A judge will decide whether to dismiss a sexual assault case against the comedian over an unwritten promise of immunity that a former prosecutor says he gave Cosby's now-deceased lawyer. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    Cosby case moves forward; deposition a key trial question

    NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — As a sexual assault case against actor Bill Cosby moves forward, a key battle will be waged over explicit testimony he gave in a deposition more than a decade ago.