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After 16 years, mystery San Diego patient has a name

February 1, 2016 12:06 PM EST | AP

SAN DIEGO (AP) — In the 16 years that have passed since his van crashed near the U.S.-Mexico border, a severely brain damaged San Diego patient has been called only "Garage 66."

But the Mexican Consulate in San Diego announced Friday the man's identity has finally been confirmed.

Price tag for Biden cancer 'moonshot' at $1B in Obama budget

February 1, 2016 11:52 AM EST | AP

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will ask Congress for $755 million for cancer research in next year's budget, bringing the total price tag for Vice President Joe Biden's cancer initiative to $1 billion.

Obama will release his final budget proposal on Feb. 9. The White House says the funds are for new programs at the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration. The $755 million would join another $195 million in new cancer funds Congress approved in December.

The Latest: Man's testimony on where he was shot has changed

February 1, 2016 11:48 AM EST | AP

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a young black man who was shot and paralyzed by a Florida Sheriff's deputy in 2013. (all times local):

11:45 a.m.

NTSB to release documents in Amtrak crash investigation

February 1, 2016 06:31 AM EST | AP

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal accident investigations board is set to release documents that could shed light on the cause of a fatal Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia last year.

The National Transportation Safety Board has wrapped up its investigative phase into the crash that killed eight people and injured about 200 others. The board is releasing on Monday the factual information gathered so far.

Police say Chicago homicides climbed dramatically in January

February 1, 2016 11:37 AM EST | AP

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say the number of homicides in the city climbed dramatically in January to 51, in the bloodiest start to a year in at least 16 years.

The police department said Monday that there were 22 more homicides this January than in January 2015 and that the number of shooting incidents during the same period more than doubled to 242.

Slain Virginia teen mourned as investigation continues

February 1, 2016 06:09 AM EST | AP

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — A 13-year-old girl who police say was abducted and killed by a Virginia Tech student is being remembered by friends as an "angel" on Earth as investigators work to piece together the final moments of the teen's life.

David Eisenhauer, 18, has been charged with first-degree murder and abduction in the death of Nicole Madison Lovell, whose body was found Saturday in North Carolina, police said. Another Virginia Tech student, Natalie Keepers, 19, faces charges of improper disposal of a body and accessory after the fact in the commission of a felony.

US commander: More US, coalition forces likely to fight IS

February 1, 2016 11:34 AM EST | AP

WASHINGTON (AP) — The commander of military operations against the Islamic State group says there is a "good potential" he will need more U.S. and coalition forces to ramp up the fight as it extends across Iraq and Syria.

Army Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland is telling Pentagon reporters that he is working on ways to increase pressure on the Islamic State militants, and some options may require more troops on the ground to assist local Iraqi or Syrian forces. He would not detail whether those would be trainers or combat troops.

Georgia court: Immigrants can't sue state agency on tuition

February 1, 2016 11:28 AM EST | AP

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's highest court on Monday ruled against a group of young people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children and wanted access to in-state tuition at the state's colleges and universities.

However, the court decision hinged not on their immigration status, but on whether they were legally allowed to sue the state.

Police say Chicago homicides climbed dramatically in January

February 1, 2016 11:01 AM EST | AP

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say the number of homicides in the city climbed dramatically in January to 51, in the bloodiest start to a year in at least 16 years.

The police department said Monday that there were 22 more homicides this January than in January 2015 and that the number of shooting incidents during the same period more than doubled to 242.

The Latest: Mother says teen was bullied before her death

February 1, 2016 09:41 AM EST | AP

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the alleged abduction and slaying of a 13-year-old Virginia girl (all times local):

9:35 a.m.

Rhode Island boy with terminal cancer gets own license plate

February 1, 2016 10:40 AM EST | AP

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An 8-year-old Rhode Island boy with terminal cancer whose final wish was to become famous in China is getting his own license plate.

The state Division of Motor Vehicles says it will host Dorian Murray and his family at its Wakefield branch on Wednesday.

5 people dead in Michigan fire were from Mexico

February 1, 2016 10:31 AM EST | AP

NOVI, Mich. (AP) — Police say five restaurant co-workers who died in a house fire in suburban Detroit were from Mexico.

The public safety director in Novi released more details Monday, a day after five men died in a fire that might be linked to careless smoking and a mattress.

The Latest, Alabama abduction: Police want US Marshals' help

February 1, 2016 10:26 AM EST | AP

VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the search for two suspects in the abduction of a woman from her Alabama home (all times local):

9:25 a.m.

On historic foray, Castro visits France as Cuba opens up

February 1, 2016 10:25 AM EST | AP

PARIS (AP) — Cuban President Raul Castro is paying an historic state visit to France as the Caribbean island opens up its economy.

The trip comes after a breakthrough deal was reached in Paris in December to lighten Cuba's foreign debt — and days after France hosted the leader of another long-time pariah state: Iran.

Mystery surrounds Muslim cleric in US mountain compound

February 1, 2016 10:16 AM EST | AP

SAYLORSBURG, Pennsylvania (AP) — The influential Muslim cleric lives quietly on a gated 26-acre compound in the Pocono Mountains, where he prays, works, meets admirers and watches from afar as terrorism accusations that have landed him on Turkey's most-wanted list unfold in court.

Rarely seen in public, Fethullah Gulen has long been one of Turkey's most important scholars, with multitudes of followers in his native country and around the world. More recently, Turkey's increasingly autocratic president, Recip Erdogan, has accused Gulen of plotting to overthrow the officially secular government from his Pennsylvania idyll some 5,000 miles away.

Watching Monday: What to look for in the 2016 Iowa caucuses

February 1, 2016 10:09 AM EST | AP

WASHINGTON (AP) — At last, it's caucus day in Iowa. A few things to watch for on Monday as the nation gets its first glimpse of where the 2016 candidates really stand in the race for the Republican and Democratic presidential nominations:


Law enforcement leaders examine new use-of-force principles

February 1, 2016 03:19 AM EST | AP

WASHINGTON (AP) — Police across the United States are rethinking how they use force amid national outrage over questionable shootings and violent arrests.

The changes include efforts in Dallas to train officers to de-escalate situations by moving backward during target practice and arming some with sponge projectiles rather than guns. In Camden County, New Jersey, officers are taught about the sanctity of life and encouraged to take time to defuse a situation, even if a suspect is wildly waving a knife at them.

Among GOP rivals to Trump and Cruz, Rubio has most cash

February 1, 2016 09:55 AM EST | AP

WASHINGTON (AP) — Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, John Kasich and Chris Christie, the four Republican candidates in a showdown for their party's traditional supporters, closed last year with roughly as much money in the bank combined as Ted Cruz, the conservative insurgent they hope to topple.

And then there's Donald Trump, a celebrity businessman who has just begun to flex his billion-dollar bank account, lending his campaign $10.8 million from his personal wealth late last year.

Powerful winds persist as winter storm lashes California

February 1, 2016 09:50 AM EST | AP

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Powerful winds lashed Southern California Monday at the tail end of a winter storm bringing damaging gusts, heavy rain and mountain snow.

Interstate 5 leading in and out of Los Angeles County was briefly shut before dawn because of blowing snow and icy road conditions, the California Highway Patrol said.

Trial on North Carolina voter ID lawsuits likely to wrap up

February 1, 2016 09:49 AM EST | AP

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Closing arguments are expected in the federal trial on North Carolina's requirement that voters provide a picture ID to cast a ballot.

The trial is expected to conclude Monday, but the judge isn't expected to rule immediately. The trial began Jan. 25 in Winston-Salem as the U.S. Justice Department and the North Carolina NAACP challenged the requirement approved by North Carolina lawmakers.