AP Top U.S. News at 7:54 p.m. EDT

After 170 years, remains of US troops return from Mexico
DOVER, Del. (AP) -- Remains thought to be those of U.S. troops who died in the Mexican-American War have been flown to a military mortuary in Delaware in an effort to determine whether they belonged to militia members of a Tennessee regiment known as "The Bloody First."...

Authorities: School shooter killed father before rampage
TOWNVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- A teenager killed his father at their home Wednesday before going to a nearby elementary school and opening fire with a handgun, wounding two students and a teacher, authorities said....

Official: Teacher, 1 child from shooting in good condition
TOWNVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- The Latest on the shooting at an elementary school in South Carolina that left two students and a teacher wounded (all times local):...

Michelle Obama says America 'needs an adult' in White House
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Michelle Obama told supporters in Philadelphia on Wednesday that candidates don't change once they become president and that America "needs an adult in the White House."...

AP: Across US, police officers abuse confidential databases
DENVER (AP) -- Police officers across the country misuse confidential law enforcement databases to get information on romantic partners, business associates, neighbors, journalists and others for reasons that have nothing to do with daily police work, an Associated Press investigation has found....

Massive Texas district isn't big enough for either candidate
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A West Texas congressional district sprawls 58,000-plus square miles and two time zones, from San Antonio to just outside El Paso. Yet neither the Republican who represents it nor the Democrat trying to reclaim the seat actually lives there....

Man rescued at sea was suspected in grandfather's slaying
BOSTON (AP) -- A 22-year-old man rescued from a life raft after a fishing trip that left his mother missing and presumed dead had been a suspect in the still-unsolved 2013 slaying of his rich grandfather, adding to the multitude of questions swirling around him and what happened at sea....

Despite harsh reviews, Trump resists new debate approach
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) -- Unmoved by harsh debate reviews, a defiant Donald Trump showed no sign Wednesday of making any big changes before his second faceoff with Hillary Clinton, pressing ahead with a strategy focused on speaking directly to his white working-class loyalists across the Midwest....

Black man shot dead in California just after police arrived
EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) -- Police in the San Diego suburb of El Cajon shot and killed a black man a minute after arriving near a strip mall to investigate a report of a mentally unstable person walking in and out of traffic, an official said Wednesday....

Witness says he told Gov. Christie's aides about bridge plot
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Republican Gov. Chris Christie's senior staffers and advisers were told about the political revenge plot involving the George Washington Bridge at a time the governor has said he was still largely in the dark, the former bridge authority official testifying in the lane-closing trial said Wednesday....

US Video
Interactives
A year after the Gulf oil spill, problems remain
Local governments spent BP money with abandon
Civil War celebrations stir controversy
States' attempts to resist health care reform
A look at extremist attacks on the U.S. government
Gun law changes across the U.S.
A look inside the Statue of Liberty
A look around the Statue of Liberty
A look at Guantanamo's history
Up to the Minute
Major national seafood company sued for racial harassment

21 oil pipeline protesters arrested at construction sites

The Latest: Mayor concerned man shot by police in 1 minute

Man rescued at sea was suspected in grandfather's slaying

Police say Maine man drove 146 on I-95

Cautious approval, skepticism for Penn Station overhaul plan

Police identify Maryland officer who shot suicidal man

Official: Teacher, 1 child from shooting in good condition

Jury recommends death for dad of starved, beaten 2-year-old

Wells Fargo CEO to face lawmakers with better defense