Polls close in Crimea as US entirely rejects referendum
The U.S. is rejecting the Crimea referendum's results before they are even released, as the White House said Sunday's vote on secession is contrary to Ukraine's constitution and the world will not formally recognize it.
Victims of NYC apartment explosion remembered
As workers finish clearing away the rubble of two New York City apartment buildings that collapsed in Harlem last week, a pair of congregations gathered Sunday to mourn its destroyed church and two women who were among those killed.
White House says Russia's action in Ukraine may cost dearly
The White House said Sunday that if Russian President Vladimir Putin doesn't back down in Ukraine, he will face penalties from the West that will hurt the Russian economy and diminish Moscow's influence in the world.
US lags as commercial drones take off around globe
The U.S. government bars commercial use of drones, no matter how seemingly benign. But already, photographers, real estate agents, moviemakers and others are hurrying to embrace the technology.
Connecticut town struggles to meet mental health demand
Officials in Connecticut are attempting to ensure that free mental health therapy remains available to those who still need it following the December 2012 massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Los Angeles Police Department gets Lamborghini patrol car
The Los Angeles Police Department is getting a Lamborghini. But don't expect to see the sports car — colored black and white and decked out with police decals -- pursuing fugitive drivers down the city's freeways.
Army general's deal dismisses sex assault charge, attorneys say
Defense attorneys said Sunday that a U.S. Army brigadier general has agreed to accept a plea deal that includes the dropping of sexual assault charges against him.
Winter not yet done as more snow expected in East US
Spring is just days away but winter is not leaving quietly. Much of the East Coast enjoyed spring-like temperatures Saturday. That's expected to change by Monday with the arrival of another late-winter storm.
St. Patrick's Day festivities kick off amid political tensions
St. Patrick's Day festivities are in full swing with the usual merriment of bagpipes and beer, but political tensions lingered in the northeastern U.S., where city leaders will be conspicuously absent from parades over gay rights issues.
Some California cities seek water independence
California's historic drought has forced some rural communities to ration water. And some California communities want to rely less on water piped in from distant sources and tap their own supplies instead.
Russia claims US drone intercepted over Ukraine region
Russian authorities on Saturday claimed to have intercepted a U.S. surveillance drone over Ukraine's Crimea region, fueling a little more tension to an already terse situation on the eve of a critical referendum vote.
Alabama family reunited after adoptions in Ukraine
An Alabama couple and the four children that they adopted amid the violence in Ukraine have been safely reunited, family members said.
New hearing set for US Army general's sex assault case
The trial of a U.S. Army general, who has been accused of sexual assaulting a female captain under his command, will head back to a North Carolina courtroom.
Young boy survives after falling on NYC subway platform
New York authorities said Saturday that a three-year-old boy has survived a scrape with a New York City subway train after falling on the station platform.
LA subway dig uncovers prehistoric artifacts
Scientists have long known that years before tourists were trekking along Los Angeles' Miracle Mile, dinosaurs had done the same. Now, thanks to a subway dig, they're discovering that sea lions may have swam there too.
Chicago River runs green for traditional St. Patrick's Day tribute
As per tradition, the Chicago River is glowing a bright emerald green this weekend as the city kicks off its annual St. Patrick's Day celebrations.
California woman, no longer a fugitive, is set free
Charges have been dropped against a 60-year-old San Diego woman who escaped from a prison in 1977 after authorities learned she had surrendered decades ago, and been sentenced to time served.
Ohio Turnpike reopens after deadly pileups; trooper recovering
Traffic on the Ohio Turnpike returned to normal on Saturday following a massive pileup about halfway between Toledo and Cleveland this week that left three people dead.
Basement could hold clues in deadly NYC explosion
Firefighters are continuing efforts to clear the debris at the site of a deadly New York City explosion so that investigators can access the basements of the two flattened buildings to search for clues.
Brady telling voters he's a 'reliable Republican'
Gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady is spending the weekend telling GOP voters he's a "reliable Republican."
US goes high-tech to help oversee Afghan aid work
Faced with the drawdown of American troops in Afghanistan, the top U.S. aid agency wants to step up its use of smartphones, satellite imagery and GPS cameras to oversee tax-funded development projects that U.S. aid workers can't visit.
National security team briefing Obama on Ukraine
The White House says President Barack Obama is getting regular updates on the situation in Ukraine.
Obama seeks to stay neutral in CIA-Senate spat
For President Barack Obama, a public spat between his trusted ally at the CIA and a loyal Democratic senator has put into sharp focus his complicated role in managing the anti-terror programs he inherited from George W. Bush.
Two convicted in New York City kidnap-rape-killing plot
A retired New York high school librarian and a New Jersey auto mechanic have been convicted of scheming to carry out gruesome fantasies of kidnapping, raping, torturing and killing women and girls.
Suspect in deadly South By Southwest crash charged
The man police say killed two people when he smashed his car through a barrier and into a street full of attendees at the South By Southwest festival has been charged with capital murder.
Man killed by authorities was 'Into the wild' hunter
According to a relative, a man who was shot to death by Alaskan authorities last weekend was a moose hunter -- who also found the body of a young wanderer, whose story was featured in the movie "Into the Wild."
US stands by charges against Boston bomb suspect
Prosecutors on Friday said that they oppose a motion by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's lawyers to dismiss some charges against the Boston Marathon bombing suspect.
American Airlines jet turns back after bird strike
A flight from Tulsa to Dallas/Fort Worth was forced to turn around and return to the airport on Friday after the plane apparently struck some birds, officials said.
Missing transponder is key question in Malaysian jet mystery
As the search continues for a missing Malaysian Airlines flight, a key question that remains is regarding what happened to the Boeing 777's transponder.
Alabama man again faces death penalty for children's deaths
An Alabama man is again facing the death penalty for throwing four children off a bridge, as the state supreme court ruled Friday that a lower court's decision to overturn his conviction was wrong.
Retrial set for Florida man in shooting over teens' loud music
A Florida man who was convicted of attempted murder in a confrontation with teenagers over their loud music won't be sentenced until after his retrial on a murder charge.
WWII sailor in famous Times Square kissing photo dies
A man who became famous for a photo taken by a Life magazine photographer of him kissing a woman in Times Square after World War II ended has died at the age of 86.
Man charged with threatening Kentucky governor, family
A Kentucky man has been officially charged with threatening to kill Governor Steve Beshear, his wife and their family in a series of Facebook postings.
State Department offers $3 million bounties for terror leaders
The U.S. State Department is offering bounties of up to $3 million each for three members of a Somalia-based extremist terror group with ties to al-Qaida, officials said Friday.
Oregon man afraid to return to US, lawyer says
An attorney for a man who claims he was tortured in the United Arab Emirates at the behest of the U.S. government said Friday that his client is too afraid to attempt to travel back to the United States.
Border agent kidnapped, attacked Honduran women, FBI says
A diplomatic official said Friday that three women who were kidnapped and assaulted in Texas this week by a Border Patrol agent, who himself later turned up dead, had come from Central America.
San Diego Zoo performs first-ever C-section on gorilla
Veterinarians at the San Diego Zoo on Friday said they performed a rare cesarean section on one of its animals this week. In fact officials said it was the first time veterinarians at the zoo performed the procedure on a gorilla.
LA airport union wants emergency training for workers
A union report on Friday said thousands of workers at Los Angeles International Airport didn't know what to do when a gunman opened fire last year in a terminal.
Indian diplomat re-indicted in US visa fraud case
An Indian diplomat has been re-indicted on U.S. visa fraud charges that touched off an international controversy last year after she was arrested and strip-searched in New York City.
Enough have enrolled for stable health care, Obama says
President Obama on Friday said that more than four million Americans have signed up for his new health care program -- which is enough to make his signature law work.
New health insurance rights for same-sex couples
The Obama administration is spelling out new health insurance rights for same-sex couples. Starting next year, health plans that offer spousal coverage to heterosexual couples cannot deny it to legally married same-sex couples.
Malaysian plane may have been hijacked, US official says
A U.S. official said Friday that investigators are examining the possibility that someone intentionally caused the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jet with 239 people on board, and that it may have been an act of piracy.
Former NYC mayor gives Couric first interview since leaving office
In his first major interview since leaving office, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg strongly defended many of his signature policies, in a wide-ranging interview with news anchor Katie Couric.
Fugitive on the run for over 30 years captured in Florida
A military fugitive convicted of premeditated murder, who escaped federal custody and had been on the run for more than 30 years, has finally been captured in South Florida, authorities said Friday.
Passengers from crippled plane say experience was frightening
Some passengers who were aboard a flight at Philadelphia International Airport, when the plane's nose gear collapsed on the runway, said the experience was harrowing -- and some even claimed there was a fire in the back of the plane.
California man arrested for biting nose off infant
A northern California man was taken into custody on Friday after police say he bit the nose off his one-month-old son because he was frustrated with the infant's crying.
No charges against man who mistook son for home intruder
A Connecticut man who shot a knife-wielding prowler in a ski mask to death -- only to learn it was his 15-year-old son, will not face prosecution, a source told the Associated Press Friday.
Man who threatened shooting for retweets arrested
Police have arrested a 20-year-old southern California man who allegedly threatened to shoot a random pedestrian if his Twitter post was retweeted a hundred times.
South Carolina capital city unveils civil rights markers
Officials in Columbia, the capital of South Carolina, on Friday unveiled nine historical markers recalling the city's civil rights legacy during the struggle for racial equality of the 1950s and '60s.
Eighth body pulled from wreckage of NYC apartment buildings
Officials in New York City said that an eighth body was recovered late Thursday from the wreckage of two apartment buildings, which were devastated by an apparent gas explosion.
Former Fiesta Bowl chief executive sentenced to prison
A former longtime Fiesta Bowl chief executive was sentenced Thursday to eight months in federal prison, after acknowledging that he participated in an illegal campaign contribution scheme.
Police say hockey player killed himself by asphyxiation
Authorities concluded on Thursday that a 20-year-old Michigan minor league hockey player died of self-inflicted asphyxiation earlier this week, inside his car parked outside a Wal-Mart store.
Mormon missionary dies after fall in Micronesia
A 20-year-old Mormon missionary has been killed after suffering a deadly fall in the Guam area of Micronesia, church officials said Thursday -- marking the second Mormon missionary death so far this year.
Explosion in NYC could have been prevented, utility says
The head of the utility serving New York City's East Harlem neighborhood said that Wednesday's explosion and collapse of two apartment buildings might have been prevented, if more people had called sooner about a suspected gas leak.
Female victim identified in deadly crash at Texas festival
A medical examiner in Texas on Thursday released the identity of the second person who died in Austin, when a car crashed through a street barricade during the South by Southwest Music Festival.
Four dead in North Carolina after double-murder, officials say
Sheriff's deputies in North Carolina on Wednesday found a couple dead in their home, and an ensuing manhunt led to the death of a law enforcement officer and the suspected gunman, authorities said.
Passengers evacuated from plane at Philadelphia airport
Passengers have been evacuated from a Florida-bound flight at Philadelphia International Airport on Thursday, after an apparent mechanical failure, officials said.
Border agent found dead, three women hurt, FBI says
The FBI on Thursday said that a U.S. Border Patrol agent found dead in southern Texas has become the focus of an investigation, prompted by the kidnapping and assault of three females.
Officials search for whale entangled in fishing gear, buoys
Officials are looking for a humpback whale that was recently spotted off the Hawaiian coast of Niihau, which appears to be caught in fishing gear and is dragging red buoys.
NY man denies he held women captive as prostitutes
A suburban New York man has denied charges that he forcibly kept a teenager and a women inside his home and forced them to work as prostitutes.
National Archives to unseal more records of Clinton White House
The National Archives on Friday will release 4,000 additional pages of documents involving former President Bill Clinton's administration -- including records about the 2000 presidential election and its subsequent recount in Florida.
Harlem blast a reminder of NYC's aging infrastructure
While its exact cause remains unknown, a deadly explosion that leveled two New York City apartment buildings hooked up to a 127-year-old gas main has provided a jarring reminder of just how old much of the city's infrastructure is.
BLM investigating graffiti at historic Nevada cave
Federal officials are offering a $1,000 reward after someone spray-painted phrases including "I love Rachael" at a historic archaeological site in western Nevada, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management said Thursday.
Families wait for word on missing in NYC building collapses
Family members of one of the five people still missing after Wednesday's deadly explosion and building collapse in New York City say they are still hopeful that he will be found alive.
Colorado court says some marijuana cases can be overturned
Colorado's second-highest court ruled Thursday that some people who were convicted in the past of possessing small amounts of marijuana can ask for those convictions to be thrown out, now that pot is legal in the state.
Officials update New Mexico community on nuke dump leak
Authorities will host another town hall meeting to update New Mexico residents about the radiation leak from the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump there, officials said.
Police find body in backyard of missing Nevada woman
Authorities have discovered a body in the backyard at the home of a missing northern Nevada woman, whose husband committed suicide after police questioned him about her disappearance.
Sex trade study finds residential Asian brothels in Seattle
A study of the sex trade in eight cities in the United States found that the Seattle area is unique in one way -- residential brothels, typically run by Asian women.
Judge orders government to save NSA phone data
A judge on Thursday directed the federal government to save phone data, that was gathered under a National Security Agency surveillance program, beyond a five-year limit.
Florida teen accused of poisoning teacher's diet soda
A 15-year-old Florida boy has been accused of trying to poison his high school teacher by putting hand sanitizer in her Diet Coke, authorities said Thursday.
Couple overdose on heroin with kids in McDonald's play area
An Indiana couple have been locked up in Ohio on child endangering charges after police said they used and overdosed on heroin in a McDonald's restaurant play area.
ACLU trying to force Florida to recognize same-sex marriages
Eight gay couples and the American Civil Liberties Union have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to force the state of Florida to recognize same-sex marriages that are performed in other states.
Major League Soccer adds gay player protections
Major League Soccer has agreed to new implement efforts to protect gay players from possible discrimination and harassment, after meetings with New York's attorney general.
Boston bombing hearing moved to Washington DC
A House Homeland Security Committee spokesman confirmed Thursday that the hearing scheduled for this spring in Boston will be held instead in Washington, D.C., next month for bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Gunman accused in theater shooting also texted, records show
A retired police captain who allegedly shot a man in a movie theater because he was text messaging had himself sent a text message to his son moments before the incident, records show.
Two dead after fugitive's car plows into crowd at Texas festival
Two people are dead and two others are in critical condition after a suspected drunk driver, who was running from police, crashed through barricades and into a group of people at the South By Southwest festival in Texas.
Bin Laden aide knew of 'something big' pre-9/11, agent says
An FBI agent testified Thursday that Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, who was an al-Qaida spokesman, said he heard before Sept. 11 that "something big was going to happen," but he didn't know what it was.
Malaysian jetliner flew for hours after disappearance, officials believe
The Wall Street Journal has reported that U.S. investigators believe that a missing Malaysian jetliner flew on for four more hours after it first lost contact with air traffic controllers last weekend.
Judge says too late for decorated soldier to get Medal of Honor
A Kentucky woman's 17-year quest to see her veteran husband win a Congressional Medal of Honor has come to a disappointing end for her, as a judge said a technicality will prevent her from continuing the fight.
Ex-Manson follower granted parole for 1972 murders
A California board on Wednesday approved the release of former Charles Manson follower Bruce Davis, but Gov. Jerry Brown — who vetoed parole for Davis just last year — can still stop his parole.
Louisiana mother charged in poisoning of son with Down syndrome
A Louisiana woman has been charged with first-degree murder after police say she injected alcohol-based hand sanitizer into the feeding tube of her 17-month-old son, who was afflicted with Down syndrome.
Fight continues over Arizona race, sex abortion ban
Two civil rights groups that challenged an Arizona law, that bans abortions based on the race or sex of the child, are now appealing a judge's dismissal of the suit.
Magnitude-4.4 quake hits rural central California
The U.S. Geological Survey said Wednesday that a 4.4 magnitude earthquake struck central California just after 7:00 p.m. near the south end of Sequoia National Forest.
Supreme Court justice denies block to gun magazine law
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Wednesday denied an emergency request by the National Rifle Association, to block enforcement of a California city ordinance that bans gun magazines capable of holding more than 10 bullets.
Three dead, others missing after explosion levels NYC buildings
Rescue workers have not yet been able to wade into the rubble of two apartment buildings in a New York City neighborhood, to look for additional victims of an explosion that killed three people Wednesday morning.
Bomb suspect tried to sue business partner, officials say
An Oklahoma man who is accused of mailing an inoperable bomb to a famous Arizona sheriff once unsuccessfully sued a former business partner, authorities said Wednesday.
Tire that caused Florida van crash was part of recall
Federal safety officials investigating a deadly church van crash in northern Florida last month said the accident was triggered by the catastrophic failure of a tire -- that was actually part of a July 2012 recall.
Utah truck driver accused of keeping sex slaves in semi
Federal charges were filed on Wednesday against a Utah commercial truck driver, who is accused of keeping sex slaves in his semi's trailer for months at a time.
Concealed carry applications skyrocket in California
Californians have flooded sheriff's offices with applications for permits to carry concealed guns, driven from demand sparked by a court ruling last month that made it easier for residents to obtain the hard-to-get permits.
Married women can't divorce in Alabama, judge says
A judge ruled on Wednesday that two women who were legally married in Iowa cannot divorce in Alabama, because the state doesn't officially recognize same-sex marriages.
NTSB to investigate blast, building collapses in NYC
The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a team of experts to New York City to investigate Wednesday's explosion and building collapse in East Harlem, officials said.
White House told of CIA move against Senate aides
The White House said the Central Intelligence Agency's top lawyer gave a "heads up" before the CIA filed a criminal complaint with the Justice Department against Senate Intelligence Committee staffers earlier this year.
Senate bill would expand child care, boost safety
Child care providers who receive federal support would have to undergo criminal background checks, know first aid and CPR and get other medical training -- under a bill moving forward in the Senate.
Why CIA, senators still feuding over 9/11 secrets
The festering dispute between the CIA and Senate investigators that exploded in public this week shows just how hard it can be to learn from the past and move on.
Two dead after blast levels New York City apartment buildings
An explosion leveled two apartment buildings in New York City's East Harlem neighborhood on Wednesday -- killing two people and injuring many others, authorities said.
Maryland girls charged with abusing disabled teen boy
Two teenage girls in southern Maryland tormented a boy with a diminished mental capacity, coerced him into sexual acts and made video recordings of the abuse, authorities said Wednesday.
Three who assaulted couple went to wrong home, police say
Investigators in Wisconsin say a home invasion, in which a man was severely beaten and his pregnant wife was repeatedly sexually assaulted, actually stemmed from the perpetrators going into the wrong house.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer ditches plan to seek third term
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer announced on Wednesday that she will not seek a third term in office -- ending months of speculation about whether she might challenge the Arizona Constitution that limits office-holders to two terms.
NFL teams, developer reach deal to build NJ mega-mall
Plans for building a new mega-mall in New Jersey's Meadowlands are back on. The New York Giants and New York Jets say they have settled legal issues with a developer regarding American Dream, the retail and entertainment complex.
Mexico cartel associates plead guilty to bribery charge
Three Mexican citizens pleaded guilty on Wednesday to attempting to bribe a federal judge who was hearing a case on how the Zetas drug cartel laundered money by trading in American racehorses.
New Jersey girl who sued parents for child support returns home
A northern New Jersey honor student who attempted to take her parents to court, to financially support her after she moved out of their home, has returned home and reunited with her parents.
Man freed after spending decades on Louisiana death row
A Louisiana man who spent nearly 30 years in prison, on death row no less, said Wednesday that it feels good to finally be freed -- after a judge approved a motion to vacate his murder conviction.
Police chase driver suspected of taking SUV with child inside
Colorado police are tracking a man who stole an SUV from a gas station on Wednesday morning, while a four-year-old child was inside, authorities said.
Zimmerman says he's trying to be a good person, help others
The man acquitted of killing Trayvon Martin said Wednesday in an interview that he is trying to be a good person, and that he thinks he can help others after the ordeal he has gone through.
United Airlines flight likely hit severe turbulence, NTSB says
Federal officials said Wednesday that a United Airlines flight from Denver to Billings likely encountered severe clear-air turbulence over Wyoming, which caused a sudden loss of altitude that injured 11 of the 114 people on board.
Boston suspect seeks dismissal of some charges
A federal judge on Wednesday scheduled to hear a request by lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, to dismiss some of the charges against him.
Dentists urged to help solve identify of body found in Detroit
Authorities are asking Detroit-area dentists for help in identifying the mummified remains of a woman found in a car last week. Investigators believe she is Pia Farrenkopf, but the identity hasn't been settled.
Storm-aid accusation part of Christie's review, Lt. Gov says
New Jersey's lieutenant governor said Wednesday that allegations that she threatened to withhold Superstorm Sandy aid to a city in need will be included in Gov. Chris Christie's internal report on scandals plaguing the administration.
Bill Clinton raises money for daughter's mother-in-law
Former president Bill Clinton is wading into a hotly contested U.S. House primary in southeastern Pennsylvania, to raise money for a Democrat who also happens to be the mother-in-law of Chelsea Clinton.
Obama to meet with Ukraine prime minister on Wednesday
President Obama will meet with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Wednesday in Washington, D.C. to discuss the ongoing Russian military incursion in the Crimea Peninsula, the White House said.
Michigan police discover body of missing hockey player
The Saginaw Spirit minor league hockey team has confirmed that police found the body of one of its players, who disappeared eight days earlier after receiving discipline from the club.
Cold and snow returns to Midwest, East after brief warm stretch
The Midwest and the Eastern Seaboard are bracing for another blast of below-normal temperatures and heavy snowfall, after a few days of temperatures slightly above normal for this time of year.
Defense contractor will plead guilty to giving girlfriend secrets
A civilian defense contractor, who is accused of giving military secrets to a Chinese girlfriend half his age, will be entering a guilty plea in court later this week, his attorney said.
Obama's low approval rating hints at possible trouble for Dems
President Obama has notched the worst job approval rating of his presidency -- which signals that trouble may be brewing for the Democratic party in this year's critical midterm elections, according to a new survey.
Senator says people should go to jail if CIA charges are true
A U.S. senator said Tuesday that people should go to jail if the charges of CIA interference with the work of a Senate committee turn out to be true.
Terrorism not ruled out in Malaysia plane disappearance
CIA Director John Brennan said Tuesday that he still wouldn't rule out terrorism as a possible cause of the disappearance of a Malaysian jetliner last weekend.
Boston-Washington Amtrak train stuck for five hours
Passengers on an Amtrak train from Boston to Washington, D.C., say they were stuck in Connecticut for about five hours Tuesday because of a mechanical problem.
Idaho prison chief takes leave as grandson charged with murder
The head of Idaho's Department of Correction is taking a leave of absence as his grandson faces a murder charge in southern Idaho, authorities said Tuesday.
Crews assess Montana flood damage as water recedes
Water levels returned lower on Tuesday along flooded rivers in Montana and Wyoming, while authorities scramble to restore road access for hundreds of people who were left isolated by the high waters.
Man accused of sending explosive package to Arizona sheriff
Federal investigators said Tuesday that an Oklahoma man mailed a suspicious package, containing explosives, to famously-aggressive Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio last year.
Republican Party has high hopes in Colorado races
The Republican National Committee is pouring new resources into Colorado, after the GOp snagged recruits to challenge Sen. Mark Udall and Gov. John Hickenlooper.
Los Alamos studying alternatives for toxic waste
With the nation's only underground nuclear waste dump closed by a mysterious leak, Los Alamos National Laboratory has begun looking at alternatives for getting toxic waste off its campus.
Teen in baby killing wants to be tried in juvenile court
A Georgia teenager charged as an accomplice in the fatal shooting of a 13-month-old boy in his stroller wants his trial moved to juvenile court so he can avoid being prosecuted for murder — a legal move the baby's mother opposes.
Feinstein shifts tone in calling out CIA search
Sen. Dianne Feinstein's outspoken criticism of what she's calling "CIA interference" in a congressional investigation is in sharp contrast to her defense of an intelligence-gathering community, that some say trample on civil liberties.
Health care enrollees may miss six million member goal
President Obama's administration said Tuesday that the White House's new health care law made marked progress in February, but could well miss officials' unofficial goal of signing up six million people.
Intrigue at the top as CIA, Senate feud goes public
A quarrel between the CIA and the Senate that's been rumbling beneath the surface for years burst into full view Tuesday when Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., laid it all out in eye-popping detail on the Senate floor.
Gene mapping study shows promise, but challenges remain
These days, it's faster and cheaper than ever to decipher a person's entire DNA. But a preliminary study in 12 healthy people suggests that looking for disease risks in that manner might not be ready for the masses.
Weather forecasters say social media can help with warnings
Forecasters hope that new social media practices can help further the reach of tornado warnings and keep more people out of harm's way, officials said Tuesday.
Justin Bieber's ride-along companion sues NY Daily News
The woman who was riding with Justin Bieber in a Lamborghini when he was arrested in South Florida earlier this year has sued the New York Daily News, accusing the newspaper of libel.
Washington DC officials let marijuana initiative advance
Elections officials in the District of Columbia are allowing a ballot initiative to go forward, that would let the city's voters decide whether possession of up to two ounces of pot should be legal in the nation's capital.
Navy admiral expresses concerns about NSA changes
The Navy admiral nominated to be the next head of the troubled National Security Agency told senators Tuesday that if the U.S. government turns over the telephone records, it could result in higher costs and delays identifying threats.
Southwest Airlines bans landings on runway of UPS crash
Southwest Airlines has prohibited its pilots from landing on the Alabama runway where a UPS cargo jet was trying to land when it crashed at Birmingham's airport last year.
Prosecutors say witness testimony would show terrorism
Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that a judge should allow a witness to testify against a British citizen, who pleaded guilty in Connecticut to supporting terrorists through websites.
50 years later, New York City murder still fascinates
A half century after Kitty Genovese was stabbed to death in New York City while her screams for help were seemingly ignored, the crime continues to fascinate many.
CIA director says agency didn't hack Senate computers
CIA director John Brennan said on Tuesday that his spy agency did not hack into government computers that Senate staffers were using to investigate the agency's Bush-era interrogation programs.
White House not taking sides on CIA hacking claims
The White House said Tuesday that President Obama agrees with CIA Director John Brennan that it's important to get to the bottom of whether the spy agency violated any laws with respect to a Senate panel's investigation.
Man dies after getting caught in in Montana avalanche
A man who was back-country skiing in southwestern Montana on Monday has died in an avalanche -- becoming the fourth avalanche fatality in the state so far this year.
Pennsylvania man pleads guilty to posting Obama threat
A northeastern Pennsylvania man on Tuesday pleaded guilty to posting a threat to kill President Obama on the White House website, saying "you will stand down or be shot dead" for purportedly breaking the constitution.
Senator says CIA search of computer system was improper
The CIA may have violated the principle of separation of powers, when it searched a computer network that had been set up for Congress to use in its investigation of possible abuses in a detention and interrogation program.
Man gets 22-year prison sentence for strangling wife
A northern New Jersey man who strangled his wife and stuffed her body in a 55-gallon drum was sentenced Tuesday to serve 22 years in prison.
Men plotted to torture, kill women and girls, prosecutors say
A former New York City high school librarian and a New Jersey man were systematic and deadly serious about plots to abduct, rape, torture and kill women and young girls, prosecutors said Tuesday.
'Octomom' pleads not guilty to welfare fraud
"Octomom" Nadya Suleman on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to a fourth count of committing welfare fraud, accused of wrongly collecting an additional $10,000 in benefits from the state.
Skydiving association ups first-time jumper age to 18
The U.S. Parachute Association will increase the minimum age for first-time skydivers nationwide to 18-years-old starting May 1, replacing a provision that allowed younger teens to jump with parental consent.
Doctor appointed for James Holmes' sanity exam
A psychiatrist has been appointed to conduct a second sanity evaluation of the man charged with killing 12 people in a Colorado movie theater two years ago, but the doctor's name hasn't been released.
Elephants prove discerning listeners of us humans
They say an elephant never forgets. Now it turns out they may be discerning listeners, too.
Senator Joe Manchin seeks to block new painkiller
U.S. Senator Joe Manchin is calling on the government's top health official to overturn the approval of a powerful painkiller, arguing that the pill Zohydro could add to the national epidemic of prescription drug abuse.
DC mayor says claims in court are 'absolute lies'
District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray is denying accusations by federal prosecutors that he was aware of an off-the-books "shadow campaign" during his 2010 bid for mayor.
Oklahoma House legislator won't seek re-election
A Republican state representative from Yukon says he will not seek a fifth term in office.
Navy admiral relays concerns about NSA changes
The Navy admiral nominated to be the next head of the troubled National Security Agency is expressing concerns about the U.S. government turning over the bulk collection of telephone data to an independent third party, saying it could result in higher costs and delays identifying potential threats.
National Rifle Association seeks to block gun magazine ban
The National Rifle Association is asking Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy to block the enforcement of a new California city ordinance that bans gun magazines capable of holding more than 10 bullets.
Over a dozen cases of mumps reported in Ohio, officials say
Public health officials said Monday that more than a dozen mumps cases have been confirmed in an outbreak at Ohio State University, and officials expect to see more cases in the near future.
NY shooting victim thanks supporters in new video
A well-connected Long Island businessman, who was wounded in a shooting outside his high-end catering hall last month, released a video Monday thanking friends and family for their support.
Autopsy says driver who killed himself, four others was drunk
An autopsy report revealed on Monday that a man who killed four people and himself while driving the wrong way on a Florida highway had more than twice the state's legal limit of alcohol in his system.
Snowden speaks to tech crowd in Texas by video link
A crowd at the South By Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, on Monday received some advice on protecting their privacy -- from none other than NSA leaker Edward Snowden.
Woman blames abusive husband after driving kids into ocean
The first thing a pregnant South Carolina woman said after driving a minivan carrying her three young children into the ocean off Florida was that she was abused by her husband, a police report said Monday.
Judge denies new trial in slaying of Missouri girl
A judge on Monday denied granting a new trial for a young Missouri woman who pleaded guilty to murder for the slaying of a nine-year-old neighbor girl.
Lawyers say ex-Christie aide has no reason to refuse subpoena
Lawyers for a New Jersey legislative panel that is investigating the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal say a former aide to Gov. Chris Christie has shown no valid legal purpose for refusing to comply with a subpoena.
Appeals court sets Virginia same-sex marriage case for May
A federal appeals court on Monday tentatively scheduled arguments for May regarding the state of Virginia's constitutional ban on same-sex marriages.
Nearly a dozen hurt after Boston commuter train derails
An MBTA Green Line train derailed in Boston on Monday afternoon after running into a wall -- sending nearly a dozen people to hospitals with minor injuries, authorities said.
Metro-North worker struck and killed by train in NYC
New York City's Metro-North Rail Road has said that one of its employees was struck and killed by a train, while working on tracks in Manhattan during the early morning hours on Monday.
Pennsylvania woman on missing Malaysia flight, employer says
A company official said Monday that a western Pennsylvania woman was among the 239 people aboard a Malaysia Airlines jet that disappeared en route to China over the weekend.
Maryland prison guards sentenced to two years for assault
Two former state correctional officers are going to federal prison for two years, for conspiring in the severe beating of an inmate at a correctional institution near Washington, D.C. six years ago.
LAPD arrests accused killer in severed head, limbs case
Los Angeles police said Monday that they have solved the case of a severed human head that was discovered two years ago near the famous Hollywood sign.
Sandy Hook gunman's father wishes son was never born
The father of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter Adam Lanza has said in series of recent interviews with The New Yorker that his son couldn't "get any more evil," and that he now wishes his son had never been born.
Protests in Florida over controversial 'stand your ground' law
Civil rights activist Al Sharpton on Monday led a group of several hundred people on a march to the Florida state Capitol to protest the state's "stand your ground" law -- which arguably led to the death of Trayvon Martin and others.
Supreme Court asked to force reporter to identify sources
Lawyers for the man charged with killing 12 people in a Colorado movie theater nearly two years ago are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to force a Fox News reporter to identify her sources in a story about the defendant.
Students, teacher charged in bullying of disabled boy
A substitute teacher and five students at a Cleveland area high school were charged Monday after police say a 14-year-old developmentally disabled boy was apparently bullied in a gym class.
Elderly Alabama woman lived with husband's corpse
Alabama authorities said Monday that an elderly woman who suffers from Alzheimer's disease lived with her husband's corpse for a month after he died, not realizing what happened.
Florida man's sentencing delayed as attorney quits case
A Florida judge on Monday delayed until Friday a decision on whether he will sentence a man convicted of attempted murder during a confrontation over loud music ahead of his retrial on first-degree murder.
Iowa GOP chairman surprises with plan to resign
The chairman of Iowa's Republican Party will step down later this month once a replacement can be chosen.
Can GOP neutralize immigration as election issue?
Will the apparent slow death of immigration legislation have any political repercussions this year?
Obama adviser: Too early on cause of downed plane
White House Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken says that it is too early to tell whether foul play was a factor in the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines flight.
No consensus on notifying victims of data breaches
The data breach at Target has refocused attention on the patchwork of state consumer notification laws — and it's renewed a push for a national standard.
Spring forward: Daylight saving time has arrived
A sure sign that spring is on the horizon: daylight saving time has arrived.
State Department: 3 Americans on missing plane
The State Department confirms that three Americans were aboard the Malaysia Airlines jet that vanished Saturday.
Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows
Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:
Obama: It's time to give America a raise
President Barack Obama says he's hearing from business owners across the country who are voluntarily paying their workers more than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.
Kansas Democrats upbeat about governor's race
Kansas Democrats feel upbeat about their chances of unseating Republican Gov. Sam Brownback this year as Democratic challenger Paul Davis makes school funding a major issue.
Tea party challengers struggle to continue success
Tea party candidates are challenging establishment Republicans across the country this year but fewer seem likely to win that in previous elections. Wary of challenges from the right, incumbent Republicans are courting tea party voters more aggressively and raising more money to pour into primary campaigns. In the year's first primary in Texas, Republican Sen. John Cornyn and Rep. Pete Sessions defeated tea party opponents after spending heavily on advertising.
Obama warns party to focus on 2014, not 2016
Democrats could get walloped in the November elections.
Judge rejects Justice Dept. request on phone records
A federal judge has rejected a Justice Department request to keep telephone records collected by the National Security Agency beyond a five-year limit, saying that to do so would further infringe on the privacy interests of U.S. citizens.
FBI marks anniversary of ex-agent's Iran disappearance
The family of a former FBI agent who went missing from the Iranian resort of Kish Island on Friday renewed its plea for his release on the seventh anniversary of his disappearance.
California proposal would ban SeaWorld killer whale shows
A California state lawmaker wants to prohibit SeaWorld in San Diego from using killer whales in its shows, after watching the documentary "Blackfish" -- which says the whales become more aggressive to humans after long periods in captivity.
Florida family was sickened by LSD-tainted meat, officials say
A Florida woman, who was nine months pregnant, and her family became ill earlier this week after eating meat tainted with LSD, authorities revealed on Friday.
Florida congressman won't be charged in fight allegation
Investigators in Florida are not charging U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson over fight with his estranged wife, saying probable cause doesn't exist to support claims by the woman that he pushed her against the front door of their home.
California police officers plead not guilty to embezzlement
The attorneys for two California police officers, who are accused of embezzling a city-owned patrol car, say the men had permission from the City Council to transfer ownership of the vehicle.
Woman killed by handgun hidden in thrift store clothing
A woman working at a Chicago thrift store was killed Friday when a loaded gun that was inside dropped-off clothing accidentally discharged, wounding her in the chest, authorities said.
US Border Patrol reveals guidelines for risky situations
The U.S. Border Patrol on Friday released guidelines on how agents are instructed to use deadly force in dealing with potentially dangerous immigrants along the Mexican border.
Accuser says Army general threatened to kill her, family
A U.S. Army captain on Friday testified that a brigadier general threatened to kill her and her family if she ever told anyone about their three-year affair.
Republicans lose when they pick moderates, ex-senator says
Former Sen. Rick Santorum on Friday said that Republicans tend to lose elections when they nominate moderates as their presidential contenders.
Pentagon says about 20k Russian troops in Ukraine
The Pentagon on Friday estimated that there are now approximately 20,000 Russian troops in Ukraine, as additional forces have gone into the country over the past week.
Obama trampling civil liberties, Kentucky senator says
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said Friday that President Obama is running roughshod over Americans' civil liberties, by violating the Constitution with drone strikes on American citizens and the collection of millions of phone records.
LAPD officer killed, another hurt in crash with truck
A veteran Los Angeles police officer was killed and his rookie partner was critically injured Friday when their patrol car collided with a big rig on a residential street in Beverly Hills, officials said.
Appeals court must reverse phone data ruling, ACLU says
Civil rights lawyers on Friday urged a federal appeals court to strike down a judge's ruling upholding the National Security Agency's collection of millions of Americans' telephone records.
Girlfriend of NJ Powerball winner drops lawsuit
A New Jersey woman won't hit the jackpot in her attempt to get a piece of her former boyfriend's $338 million Powerball win, as she decided to drop her lawsuit Friday.
Judge says Navy deal for rifle silencers may be legit
A judge on Friday questioned the viability of a prosecution against a man accused of illegally building hundreds of untraceable rifle silencers under what had been a secret contract with the Navy Seals.
Blind man survives track fall as LA train arrives
Officials say a blind man who walked off the edge of a Los Angeles subway platform bounced off one of the rails below, landing in a tiny alcove in the track bed just wide enough to keep him from being hit by an approaching train.
Charges delayed against California educator in sex case
Arraignment has been postponed for a California educator who was charged with sex crimes after a former student confronted her years later by phone, and posted video of the conversation on YouTube.
Heavy punishment on Russia could backfire on US, Europe
Talk about harsh punishment against Russia for its military invasion into Ukraine are economic complications -- and they are sparking worries that sanctions levied against Moscow could backfire on the U.S. and Europe.
'Spring forward' for daylight saving time this weekend
A sure sign that spring is on the horizon -- as it's time to set the clocks forward for daylight saving time, which officially starts this Sunday at 2 a.m. local time.
Former Christie aide fights order to give up records
A former aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said in legal documents that there's a real threat of self-incrimination if she gives lawmakers the records they want from her, as they look into a political payback scandal involving Christie's office.
King family wants input on Georgia MLK memorial
The estate of Martin Luther King Jr. has warned Georgia's governor that it wants input on any monument erected to the slain civil rights icon that might be built on the grounds of the state Capitol.
Ohio man walked into school and groped girl, police say
Police in northern Ohio say a man walked into a middle school and lured a 12-year-old girl into an empty office where he took two laptop computers and two cameras before fondling her.
Governor signs Massachusetts bill banning 'upskirt' photos
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed a bill on Friday that would update state law to prohibit so-called "upskirt" photos taken of women in public.
FBI investigates prison company that ran Idaho facility
The FBI has taken over a criminal investigation into private prison company Corrections Corporation of America, which ran an Idaho prison that was known as 'Gladiator School.'
Tool to compare health plans tested with consumers
A website being tested in Illinois aims to address widespread confusion about choosing an insurance plan on the government sites that are a cornerstone of President Barack Obama's health care law.
Remains could be those of missing Denver woman
Authorities said Friday that recently discovered remains are likely those of a Colorado woman who disappeared nearly three years ago.
US senator says Obama has 'flawed' foreign policy
Sen. Marco Rubio said Thursday that President Obama has a "flawed foreign policy" that has led to a number of international hot spots -- from Russia's push into the Ukraine to Iran's attempt to develop nuclear weapons.
Man accused of setting boy on fire to be tried as adult
It's been more than 15 years since a Texas boy was set on fire on his eighth birthday -- allegedly by a then 13-year-old, who can now be tried for murder as an adult, a judge has ruled.
US fighter jets, warship arrive in Ukraine region
Six U.S. F-15 fighter jets have arrived in Lithuania to bolster air patrols as the stand-off over Russia's military incursion into Ukraine continues, the Pentagon said Thursday.
Obama raises stakes in Ukraine standoff with Putin
President Obama raised the stakes Thursday in the standoff with Russian President Vladimir Putin, by imposing sanctions against Moscow and rejecting plans for a referendum on the future of Ukraine's Russian-occupied Crimea.
SC woman drove van with kids into ocean, police say
A pregnant South Carolina woman who drove her minivan -- which carried her three young children -- into the Atlantic Ocean off the Florida coast has been hospitalized for mental evaluation, authorities said Thursday.
Florida Supreme Court says immigrants can't get law licenses
The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that immigrants who are inside the country illegally cannot be given a license to practice law -- in the case of a man who arrived in the U.S. when he was nine years old.
Hubble Telescope captures disintegrating asteroid
The Hubble Space Telescope has captured the first pictures of a disintegrating asteroid. Scientists say it began breaking up early last year -- the sunlight slowing pulling the asteroid apart by increasing its rotation.
Grenade caused Camp Pendleton deaths, Marines says
The U.S. Marine Corps said Thursday that a dropped or kicked grenade probably caused an explosion that killed four Marines during a training exercise last year at Camp Pendleton.
Alabama lawmakers pass execution drug secrecy bill
Alabama on Thursday became the latest state in the nation to try and shield the names of the manufacturers and suppliers of the drugs the state uses to execute prisoners.
Disruptive passenger forced emergency landing, FBI says
The FBI said Thursday that a Southwest Airlines flight from Seattle to Northern California made an emergency landing in Oregon because of an unruly passenger.
Obama destroying 'American dream,' Louisiana governor says
Republican Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Thursday accused President Obama of launching an assault on the "American dream" -- by trying to redefine success in the U.S. through dependence upon government.
World Digital Library hits milestone with 10,000 items
The World Digital Library, which is led by the Library of Congress, is reaching a milestone of 10,000 items with the addition of ancient manuscripts from the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, officials said Thursday.
NSA leaks will cost US billions, top military leader says
The top U.S. military officer said Thursday that it will take two years of study and billions of dollars to overcome the loss of security to military operations and tactics that were revealed in the massive stash of documents taken by Edward Snowden.
Obama to Latinos: Last call for health care signup
President Obama is urging uninsured Latinos to sign up for health care through new exchanges before the window closes at the end of March.
Gov. Christie tries to rally GOP in wake of bridge scandal
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie criticized the media on Thursday as he returned to the national stage for the first time since becoming ensnared in a political revenge scandal in his home state.
Prosecutors want to retry suspect before sentencing
Prosecutors have opposed a motion to delay the sentencing for a man convicted of attempted murder, until after he is tried for shooting a teenager to death in the incident.
Starbucks cup identifies Washington state rape suspect
A discarded Starbucks cup helped lead police to a rape suspect in Olympia. The cup had a sticker with coffee information that showed it had been bought earlier that day at a Starbucks drive-thru.
Woman spends 15 hours in Central California bay
The U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday that a woman was rescued alive from a Central California bay after spending about 15 hours overnight in a partially submerged raft.
Congressional committee probing roadside survey
The chairman of the House transportation committee wants to make sure a federal roadside survey on drinking and drugged driving is conducted appropriately, after motorists complained about being forced off the road to participate.
Three executives charged in major NY law firm collapse
Three former leaders of a once-potent New York law firm are facing fraud charges stemming from its collapse, in the nation's largest law firm bankruptcy.
Family rescued from van submerged in Florida ocean
A family from South Carolina is safe after their minivan became submerged in the Atlantic surf on Florida's Daytona Beach.
Pa. neighbor charged in slaying of Iowa rep's siblings
Pittsburgh police have charged a neighbor with killing two sisters of an Iowa state lawmaker during a break-in and robbery at their home last month.
Calif. man who hid assets in divorce is sentenced
A Northern California businessman who declared bankruptcy and then hid his assets to avoid paying child support and alimony following a contentious divorce has been sentenced to more than 17 years in prison.
Dog saved man's life after snowmobile accident in Alaska
A 52-year-old Trapper Creek man said his dog saved his life after a snowmobile crash in the woods.
Fire forces people to flee Detroit apartment building
A fire has gutted an apartment complex on Detroit's west side, forcing dozens of people out of their homes. Many of them jumped from windows on the second and third floors.
Ohio woman on trial denies slave labor allegations
One of two defendants accused of enslaving a mentally disabled woman for two years with her child is denying the allegations at trial in Ohio.
Tenn. man charged for murder of missing nursing student case
Authorities said a man has been charged with kidnapping and murder in the disappearance of a Tennessee nursing student nearly three years ago.
Towed Canadian ship to arrive at Pearl Harbor
Canadian defense officials say a disabled naval refueling ship being towed by an American tug after an engine fire has been making good progress toward Pearl Harbor.
General to admit guilt on three counts but denies assault
Lawyers for a U.S. Army general say he will admit guilt on three criminal charges, but he maintains his innocence on five remaining counts stemming from allegations he sexually assaulted a junior officer.
NY rabbi and teacher arrested in child porn case
A Brooklyn rabbi and teacher at a girl's seminary has been arrested on a child pornography distribution charge.
Biden promotes $35M proposal to test backlog of rape kits
Vice President Joe Biden said a proposed $35 million grant program will get untested rape kits off the shelves in order to help put criminals behind bars.
State Department accuses Putin of lying on Ukraine
The U.S. State Department is turning up the rhetorical heat on Russian President Vladimir Putin, for statements he made about the situation in Ukraine that the U.S. says are lies.
Gene therapy seems safe, may help control HIV
Researchers have modified genes in the blood cells of a dozen HIV patients to help them resist the AIDS virus, and say the treatment seems safe and promising for future treatments.
Senate set to vote on military sexual assault bill
The Senate is heading for a showdown over legislation to curb sexual assaults in the military, by stripping senior commanders of their authority to prosecute rapes and other serious offenses.
'Upskirt' photos on Subway not illegal, Boston court says
The highest court in Massachusetts has determined that a man who took cell phone photos up the skirts of women riding the Boston subway did not violate state law, because the women were not "nude or partially nude."
Attorneys using fear to prosecute bin Laden aide, lawyers say
Prosecutors in New York on Wednesday described Osama bin Laden's son-in-law as a murderous mouthpiece for al-Qaida. But defense attorneys say the government is trying to take advantage of the post-9/11 political climate.
Agency to investigate health exchanges across US
The investigative arm of Congress has agreed to look into problems with state health exchange websites around the country, government officials said Wednesday.
NC sheriff deputies shared racist video game, officials say
Federal prosecutors say deputies of a North Carolina sheriff, accused of illegally targeting Latino drivers, shared links to a bloody video game where players shoot people entering the country illegally, including children and pregnant women.
Gambler sues, says he lost $500,000 playing drunk
Nevada gamblers lost nearly $20 million on Super Bowl bets last month. But one man -- who was playing table games while others were focused on the football championship -- is trying to get back $500,000 he lost that weekend.
Police officer charged with killing girlfriend's puppy
Authorities in Maryland have charged a Baltimore police officer with animal cruelty after they say he killed his girlfriend's puppy and sent her a photo of the dog's body.
Police trying to find out how third-graders got marijuana
Authorities in a Central California city are trying to determine how three third-graders caught smoking marijuana obtained the drug, police said Wednesday.
Defense says Boston bombing suspect's remark not serious
Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said Wednesday that a remark he made to his sister during a prison visit was meant to be humorous and was not something incriminating, as prosecutors have suggested.
Defendants say shoe bomb plotter has motive to lie
Two British citizens who pleaded guilty in Connecticut to supporting terrorists through websites say a man prosecutors want to testify for their sentencing has an incentive to lie because he's benefiting from his cooperation.
Tons of cocaine seized at sea brought to San Diego
The U.S. Coast Guard said Wednesday that more than $120 million worth of cocaine, seized in nine operations off Central America, has been brought to San Diego.
Two-year extension expected for canceled health plans
The Obama administration will allow a two-year extension for people whose individual health insurance policies don't comply with requirements of the new health care law -- defusing a difficult issue for Democrats in an election year.
House Speaker says Congress will look into DC pot bill
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday that he is sure Congress will look at a law passed by the Washington, D.C. Council that decriminalizes possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.
Obama criticizes Senate vote on civil rights pick
President Obama said the Senate's failure to move ahead on his choice to run the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division is a "travesty based on wildly unfair character attacks against a good and qualified public servant."
Facebook to prohibit posts for illegal gun sales
Under pressure from gun control advocates, social media giant Facebook on Wednesday agreed to delete posts from users selling illegal guns or offering weapons for sale without background checks.
Immigrant woman charged in beating death of newborn
A suburban New York housekeeper, who is an undocumented immigrant from Honduras, on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging her with murder in the death of her newborn child.
Doctors hope for cure in a second baby born with HIV
Doctors have revealed that a second baby born with the AIDS virus may have had her infection put into remission and possibly cured by very early treatment.
Chemical reaction caused deadly Arizona fireworks blast
Authorities in Arizona say a chemical reaction between fireworks and mixing compounds being transported in a car caused an explosion that fatally injured a California man.
Arizona sued over rules limiting abortion drug use
Abortion providers are suing the state of Arizona to try to block new abortion rules that limit the use of the most common abortion-inducing drugs.
Hillary Clinton compares Putin's actions to Hitler's
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has compared Russian President Vladimir Putin's actions on the Crimean peninsula of Ukraine to those of Adolf Hitler during the 1930s.
Zimmerman dropping bid to get prosecutors to pay
George Zimmerman and his attorneys are dropping efforts to get prosecutors to pay for evidence they say was withheld before his trial for killing Trayon Martin.
Mass. Man found incapable to stand murder trial
A Massachusetts man charged with murder in the 2011 killings of his sister, his mother and his mother's boyfriend has again been found incompetent to stand trial.
California gold discovery spurs rush of theories
When a California couple found $10 million in gold coins on their property last week, it has set off a Gold Rush of theories over who left behind all that cash.
Republican group shows support for gay marriage
A group of current and former Republican lawmakers say they support making same-sex marriage legal in Utah and Oklahoma because it's consistent with Western conservative values of freedom and liberty.
Driver refuses plea bargain after lap around Manhattan
A driver facing criminal charges for speeding around Manhattan and rejects a plea offer involving two months in jail for a stunt seen online.
Oil and gas drilling site explosion injurestwo
Static electricity is being blamed for a massive explosion and fire at an oil and gas drilling site north of Greeley that injured two workers.
German home-school family avoids deportation
An attorney for a German couple who lost their bid for U.S. asylum in order to home-school their children says deportation proceedings against the family have been deferred indefinitely.
Low funding for US-German project puts launch at risk
NASA will have to preserve its infrared airborne observatory unless it can get some financial help from international partners.
Closings start in NY trial of five Madoff former employees
A prosecutor has started closing arguments in the New York trial of five former employees of Bernard Madoff by telling jurors that each of the defendants played a "crucial role" in the mammoth fraud.
Third Corvette pulled from Ky. museum's sinkhole
Workers have plucked a third Corvette from a giant sinkhole that swallowed eight classic cars at a Kentucky museum.
Redwood park closes road to seize redwood poachers
Authorities say unemployment and drug addiction have spurred an increase in the destructive practice of cutting off the rugged growths at the base of ancient redwood trees to make lacey-grained coffee tables.
Alabama House approves abortion restrictions bill
The Alabama House of Representatives has approved several abortion restrictions, including one that bans them once a fetal heartbeat is detected.
Former Black Panther freed after four decades for killing cop
A former leader of the Black Panthers has been released from prison more than four decades after being convicted of killing a Baltimore police officer.
Latino group leader says Obama is 'deporter in chief'
The head of a prominent Latino advocacy group is calling President Obama the "deporter in chief." Janet Murguia, the president and CEO of the National Council of La Raza, made the comments in a speech Tuesday night.
California governor candidate compares Obama to Hitler
A Republican candidate for California governor is comparing President Obama's gun control policies with those of dictators such as Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and North Korea's Kim Jong Il.
US House pushes bill to ease flood insurance hikes
The House is pressing ahead with legislation to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
Man accused of three murders found incompetent
A judge has again found that a 20-year-old Massachusetts man is not competent to stand trial on murder charges in the 2011 killings of his mother, sister, and the mother's boyfriend.
Lawmakers again press US government on marijuana rules
Some Republicans in Congress are pressing the Obama administration for more information about where it stands on legalizing marijuana, and the government's plans to enforce longstanding federal drug laws.
Health care agency passes $1 trillion milestone
The federal government's largest health care agency on Tuesday passed the $1 trillion mark in President Obama's new budget, a milestone for the Department of Health and Human Services.
Republicans denounce Obama's 2015 budget plan
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday that President Obama is offering what he said is perhaps his most irresponsible budget yet -- a $4 trillion budget that would pour money into programs aimed at boosting the economy.
Obama's 2015 budget tries to have it both ways
President Obama tried to have it both ways Tuesday with an election-year budget that paid faint lip service to reducing federal deficits, then piled on about $1 trillion in tax increases and hundreds of billions in higher spending.
NASA plots daring flight to Jupiter's watery moon
NASA is plotting a daring robotic mission to Jupiter's watery moon Europa, a place where astronomers speculate there might be life. The space agency set aside $15 million in its 2015 budget proposal
Canadian navy ship towed to Hawaii after fire, officials say
A Canadian navy ship is being towed to Hawaii's Pearl Harbor after an engine fire left 20 sailors with minor injuries. Officials said HMCS Protecteur was in the Pacific Ocean north of Hawaii when the fire broke out last week.
Several hurt in collision between train, car in LA
A light rail commuter train and a car collided in Los Angeles on Tuesday -- as 13 people were injured, two seriously, in the collision -- which involved a Metro Blue Line train on East Washington Boulevard.
NJ housing complex explosion causes heavy damage
An explosion at a town house complex in a suburb of New Jersey's capital city appears to have caused heavy damage, authorities said Tuesday.
Asteroid passing by Earth will be closer than moon
An asteroid is headed this way. But even though it will come closer than the moon, NASA astronomers say it will pose no danger to life on Earth.
Former teen star's DUI case near resolution in NY
A lawyer representing 1970s teen heartthrob David Cassidy said Tuesday a drunken driving charge against the star has been reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor, and returned to a town court near Albany for resolution.
DC area, US Northeast caught up in more winter weather
A blast of arctic air has pushed record-breaking low temperatures into some parts of the mid-Atlantic and the Northeast United States on Tuesday -- regions that have already been hammered by a tough winter.
Supreme Court favors police sued over deadly chase
The U.S. Supreme Court appears likely to rule in favor of police officers in Arkansas, who were involved in a car chase that ended with the deaths of the fugitive driver and his passenger.
Pentagon says 2015 budget would keep links to Europe
A proposed 2015 U.S. defense budget shrinks the armed forces, but it keeps a commitment to support European allies at a time of tension over Russia's military involvement in Ukraine, the Pentagon said Tuesday.
Texas polls open after some experience weather delays
Some frigid weather made for a dangerous drive to the polls for some voters in the primary election in Texas, where polling locations opened on a four-hour delay because of icy conditions.
Man guilty of stealing physician's identity, treating patients
A man accused of stealing a South Carolina physician's identity -- and illegally treating hundreds of patients -- on Tuesday pleaded guilty to committing health care fraud.
AG says Kentucky won't appeal order on gay marriage
Kentucky's attorney general said Tuesday that he won't appeal an order to recognize same-sex marriages from other states and countries and will allow a judge's order to take effect this month.
US Air Force Academy begins another cheating probe
The U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs is conducting its fourth probe of cheating at the school in the last ten years, authorities said Tuesday.
Report cites rash of problems at Massachusetts drug lab
An investigation has found a rash of problems at a now-closed Massachusetts drug lab, that was shut down after a chemist admitted faking test results in criminal cases, throwing the state's legal system into turmoil.
SkyWest flight slides off runway at Montana airport
A SkyWest Airlines airplane slid off the main runway at Missoula International Airport in Montana on Tuesday morning, officials said.
Giant virus revived after more than 30,000 years
Researchers have revived a giant virus more than 30,000 years old, recovered from the permafrost of northeast Siberia, a report said Monday.
Southwestern Indiana county finds 3,700 uncounted 2012 votes
Officials in a southwestern Indiana county say 3,700 early votes cast in the 2012 general election went uncounted because of an error by an electronic voting machine technician.
Kansas City makes pitch for Republican convention
Winter weather was no deterrent for a Kansas City delegation of about two dozen people who are leading the effort to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.
Texas officials advise on bad weather voting
The Texas Secretary of State is advising county election officials to extend polling hours and combine voting locations in case of bad weather.
New Oklahoma House speaker shakes up leadership
The newly elected speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives has announced several changes to the chairs and vice chairs of various House committees.
Pentagon suspends military engagements with Russia
The Pentagon says it is suspending exercises and other activities with the Russian military, in light of Moscow's military involvement in Ukraine.
NM sets deadlines for handling waste at nuclear dump
The New Mexico Environment Department is giving the federal government a deadline for dealing with radioactive waste that's sitting above ground at a nuclear dump near Carlsbad.
Shutdown cost national parks at least $414M, officials say
The Obama administration said Monday that the government shutdown last fall resulted in nearly eight million fewer visitors to national parks, which cost them and surrounding communities an estimated $414 million in lost visitor spending.
Frigid temps predicted for East Coast unusual for March
Forecasters say temperatures are expected to dip into the single digits in much of the region early Tuesday morning. That's unusual after March 1, which is sometimes referred to as the start of "meteorological spring."
Former tribal leader pleads not guilty in killings
The lawyer for the former leader of a small California Indian tribe is asking the community not to prejudge the woman as she faces trial on allegations that she shot and killed four people and tried to kill two others.
Doctors call for more study of marijuana for seizures
A medical group of epilepsy experts is calling on the federal government to reconsider classifying marijuana as a dangerous drug so that its impact on seizures can be studied.
Study says LA Fire Department needs overhaul
According to new research, the Los Angeles Fire Department is too big and unwieldy -- and should be divided into four geographic areas and a new deputy chief should be hired to handle paramedics.
Friends are biggest source of abused prescription drugs
According to a new study, most people who abuse addictive prescription painkillers in the United States get them at no cost from friends or relatives.
Girl costs father $80k because Facebook post violated deal
A Florida teenager's Facebook post has cost her father an $80,000 legal settlement because it violated terms of the agreement, officials said Monday.
Man accused in LAX airport shooting to be moved
Government lawyers said Monday that they need more time to decide whether to seek the death penalty against the man accused of killing a Transportation Security Administration screener at Los Angeles International airport last year.
Philadelphia reporter hit with wall of snow from plow
A reporter who was covering the aftermath of a snowstorm in New Jersey got quite a surprise while on live television -- as she was covered by a wall of snow from a passing plow.
Man charged in shooting at Detroit tax business
A man who authorities say shot three people at a Detroit tax-preparation business was charged Monday with attempted murder, weapons violations and other crimes.
First Corvette pulled from sinkhole at Kentucky museum
The recovery of eight classic Chevrolet Corvettes, which were all swallowed by a huge sinkhole, began on Monday at the National Corvette Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, officials said.
Dow drops 200 points amid Ukraine-Russia standoff
Global stock markets are down sharply Monday -- as the Dow dropped over 200 points -- amid tensions over Russia's military advance into Ukraine and the threat of sanctions by Western governments.
Supreme Court will hear North Carolina teeth whitening case
The U.S. Supreme Court will examine the North Carolina dental regulatory board's claim that only dentists should be allowed to whiten teeth -- and not day spas and tanning booths.
US Supreme Court to hear appeal over juror dishonesty
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to determine whether a juror's comments during trial deliberations can be used to show dishonesty during the jury selection process.
US gov't finalizing tighter, cleaner gas regulations
President Obama's administration is moving forward with a dramatic reduction in sulfur in gasoline and tighter emissions standards for cars, arguing the move will eventually save thousands of lives per year.
Snowstorm closing business, affecting flights in eastern US
The governors of Virginia and Tennessee have declared a state of emergency, as the latest winter storm dumps snow and ice on parts of the eastern United States.
Kennedy says she rejected plea because she was innocent
A few days after her acquittal on drugged driving charges, the daughter of Robert F. Kennedy said she won her case because she was innocent, she had competent counsel and she was willing to go to trial to prove her case.
Trial of bin Laden's son-in-law begins in New York City
A federal court in New York City will begin hearing charges that Osama bin Laden's alleged son-in-law conspired to kill Americans as al-Qaida's spokesman after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Vietnam veterans sue US military over PTSD discharges
A federal lawsuit, filed Monday, is accusing the U.S. military of failing to upgrade the discharges of Vietnam veterans who developed post-traumatic stress disorder.
$2 million settlement reached in Ohio caged kids case
Attorneys for eleven adopted and foster children who were forced to sleep in cages by their adoptive parents in northern Ohio have reached a $2 million settlement.
Filmmaker says OSHA never gave documents in SeaWorld case
The director of a documentary that explored a killer whale's involvement in the death of a SeaWorld trainer said a Labor Department investigator who probed the incident didn't provide filmmakers with any confidential documents.
Woman who fired 'warning shot' faces 60 years in prison
A 33-year-old woman could end up in prison for what amounts to life when she is retried for firing a warning shot in the direction of her estranged husband, purportedly in self-defense, thanks to an unusual gun law in Florida.
Obamas attend dance recital for daughter Sasha
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are attending their youngest daughter's dance recital at an arts center in the Maryland suburbs of the capital.
Analysis: Limited US, European options in Ukraine
Despite blunt warnings about costs and consequences, President Barack Obama and European leaders have limited options for retaliating against Russia's military intervention in Ukraine, the former Soviet republic now at the center of an emerging conflict between East and West.
Obama to Russia: There will be 'costs' for Ukraine
President Barack Obama is warning Russia "there will be costs" for any military maneuvers it launches in Ukraine, a move U.S. and Ukrainian officials say they believe to be already underway.
Clinton advisers sought to soften her image
Newly released documents show that Hillary Rodham Clinton's advisers tried to "humanize" her public image during her husband's time in the White House and as she prepared to run for the Senate in New York.