Officials: Slain Los Angeles County officer was targeted

DOWNEY, Calif. (AP) — An officer shot to death while sitting in his car in the parking lot of Downey police headquarters was apparently targeted, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said Thursday.

2 Minnesota girls missing since 2013 found

ALEXANDRIA, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota authorities on Wednesday located two teenage sisters from Lakeville who have been missing for more than two years.

The girls were found at a horse farm in western Minnesota after police executed a search warrant, Lakeville police Lt. Jason Polinski told the Star Tribune ( ).

Netanyahu reportedly asking U.S. to release Pollard to Israel

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has asked the United States to allow convicted spy Jonathan Pollard to return immediately to Israel upon his upcoming release from a federal prison, a pro-government Israeli newspaper reported Thursday.

Paris attack mastermind was killed

PARIS (AP) — The Belgian extremist suspected of masterminding the deadly attacks in Paris died a day ago along with his female cousin in a police raid on a suburban apartment building, French officials said Thursday, adding it was still not clear exactly how he died.

Honda has most high-risk models in air bag recall

DETROIT (AP) — Cars and trucks from the 2008 model year or older that were originally sold or registered in high humidity areas along the U.S. Gulf Coast are getting top priority for repairs as the government commences the massive Takata air bag inflator recall.

Fighting Hawks picked as North Dakota nickname

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — University of North Dakota backers have selected Fighting Hawks as the school’s new nickname, the school announced Wednesday.

U.N.: Iran has started cutting back on nuclear technology

VIENNA (AP) — The U.N. nuclear agency says Iran has started cutting back on nuclear programs, which could have been reengineered into making weapons, in line with a deal between six world powers.

The assessment was in a report presented Wednesday by the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency to members of the U.N. Security Council and a restricted number of other nations.

Study: To avoid higher health law premiums, switch plans

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a well-known auto insurance commercial, a garrulous gecko promises you can save 15 percent if you switch insurers.

It turns out something similar is happening with the Obama administration's health insurance overhaul:

IS group says it killed Norwegian, Chinese captives

CAIRO (AP) — The Islamic State group said Wednesday that it has killed Norwegian and Chinese captives after earlier demanding ransoms for the two men.

2 dead, 7 arrested in raid targeting Paris attack mastermind

SAINT-DENIS, France (AP) — Amid gunfire and explosions, police raided a suburban Paris apartment where they believed the suspected mastermind of last week's attacks was holed up. The siege ended Wednesday with two deaths and seven arrests but no clear information on the fugitive's fate.