BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The parents of a 15-year-old who was fatally shot by police inside his Brownsville middle school say they want to know why officers took lethal action, shooting the eighth grader at least two times. Jamie Gonzalez's parents say authorities used unnecessary force. But police say the teenager refused to drop the weapon, which turned out to be a pellet gun.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — U.S. album sales rose more than 3 percent last year for the first gain since 2004. It's a sign that rising digital sales are finally stemming the decade-long decline of CDs. Nielsen SoundScan says the uptick to 458 million album sales was helped by the hugely popular sophomore album "21" from British singer Adele, which sold 5.8 million. Michael Buble's "Christmas," racked up 2.5 million album sales.



LOS ANGELES (AP) – Seven in 10 pet owners say they believe animal shelters should be allowed to euthanize animals only when they are too sick to be treated or too aggressive to be adopted. Only a quarter of people who took part in the poll said animal shelters should sometimes be allowed to put animals down as a population control measure.


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican presidential contender Ron Paul has some harsh words for rival Newt Gingrich. The Texas congressman called Gingrich a "chicken hawk" for avoiding military service during the Vietnam era while supporting U.S. military engagements overseas. Paul was a flight surgeon in the Air Force during that time.The former House speaker has said Paul's foreign policy views are dangerous.