• In this May 20, 2010, file photo, former Massey Energy Company Chief Executive Officer Don Blankenship pauses as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Health and Human Services subcommittee hearing on mine safety. Blankenship, who goes on trial Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, in Charleston, West Virginia, faces up to three decades in prison if convicted over how he ran the Upper Big Branch Mine, which exploded in 2010, killing 29 miners.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

    Ex-coal baron readies for trial in deadly mine explosion

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Don Blankenship ascended from a modest, single-mother upbringing in Appalachia to personally make almost $20 million off coal in one year. He battled unions, spent millions as lead puppeteer behind Republican state politics and fought regulators over safety and environmental rules, which his mines often broke.

  • Correction: Freeway Shootings-Charges story

    PHOENIX (AP) — In a story Sept. 25 about the indictment of the Phoenix freeway shooting suspect, The Associated Press reported erroneously on the timeline of shootings tied to Leslie Allen Merritt Jr. The indictment says the first shooting may have occurred as early as Aug. 22.

  • In this June 9, 2015 file photo, former House Speaker Dennis Hastert departs the federal courthouse in Chicago after his arraignment on charges of violating banking rules and lying to the FBI after he allegedly agreed in 2010 to pay $3.5 million to someone to hide past misconduct. Prosecutors and attorneys for Hastert told a federal judge Monday Sept. 28, 2015 that they’re talking about a possible plea deal. (AP Photo/Christian K. Lee, File)

    Ex-House Speaker Hastert lawyers talking possible plea deal

    CHICAGO (AP) — A possible plea agreement is being negotiated in the hush-money case of former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, attorneys told a judge Monday, meaning potentially embarrassing details about the underlying actions in the case may never be divulged in court or anywhere else.