Planned Parenthood shooting: Domestic terrorism? It's knotty

WASHINGTON-- The man accused of killing three people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic brought several guns, ammunition and propane tanks that officials say he assembled around a car.

For hours, he holed up inside the clinic, unleashing a fusillade that wounded nine others and sent shoppers scattering inside surrounding buildings during a standoff with police.

Boston Marathon bomber's lawyers argue for new trial

BOSTON — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev — sentenced to death for his admitted role in the deadly 2013 attack — deserves a new trial to reconsider both his guilt and his punishment, his lawyers argued Tuesday.

US sending new special ops force to fight Islamic State

WASHINGTON — The U.S. will deploy a new special operations force to the Middle East to help fight Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday.

Police shooting in downtown Atlanta leaves 1 man dead

ATLANTA — Police officers ducked behind cars as gunshots whizzed through a busy part of downtown Atlanta, killing a South Carolina man who engaged officers in the gunfight, authorities said.

Lawmaker: Military better prepared for Benghazi-like attack

WASHINGTON — The U.S. military is better prepared now for an attack in Africa than it was when a U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya, came under a deadly siege in 2012, a member of the House Benghazi committee said Tuesday.

Police search for man accused in Sunday shooting

Lake Charles Police have an active warrant out for a local man accused in a shooting early Sunday morning in the 1800 block of 8th Street.

Sgt. Richard Harrell said Craig Henry, who lives in Lake Charles, is wanted for attempted second-degree murder.

Records: Suspect in pastor's wife's death to face 13 charges

INDIANAPOLIS -- An 18-year-old man arrested in the fatal shooting of an Indianapolis pastor's pregnant wife during an apparent home invasion will face 13 charges, including murder, according to court records updated Monday.

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry scheduled a Monday afternoon news conference to announce criminal charges in Amanda Blackburn's killing, but provided no other details.

Online court records show Larry Jo Taylor Jr., who was arrested overnight on a preliminary murder charge in her death, faces 13 charges that include murder, burglary, criminal confinement while armed with a deadly weapon and robbery resulting in serious bodily injury. It wasn't clear if all the charges arose from Blackburn's killing, or if they might also include charges stemming from Taylor's alleged involvement in the burglary of a nearby home shortly before she was attacked.

Texas man accused of rape at track

Troopers assigned to the Louisiana State Police Gaming Enforcement Division received information about a woman who was reportedly raped inside a horse barn at Delta Downs in Vinton.

The investigation resulted in the arrest of Canelario Mora-Alvarado of Dallas.

Troopers said the investigation revealed that earlier this week Mora-Alvarado entered a female’s room inside one of the barns located on the back side of the horse track. Mora-Alvarado then forced the female to have sex with him then left the room when another person began knocking on the door. A witness reported seeing Mora-Alvarado forcibly enter the room before the female began screaming.

Crime Briefs & Arrests

Task force arrests two for drugs 

The Combined Anti-Drug Task Force arrested two people on multiple charges Wednesday after a search of a residence turned up $8,000 worth of cocaine, crack, methamphetamine and prescription pills, authorities said.

Crime Briefs & Arrests

LC man arrested for failure to register

A sex offender who moved to Lake Charles on Sept. 28 was arrested Wednesday because he failed to contact police, officials said.

Cpl. Larry Moss said Lesley Allen Grace, 56, was charged with failure to register. Judge David Ritchie set bond at $50,000.