Air pollution taking hold over Northern Utah
Another air pollution season is taking hold in northern Utah with lung-busting soot levels soaring.
'SNL' plans to add black female cast member
NBC's "Saturday Night Live" plans to add one and possibly two black female performers to its cast as soon as January.
Orr: Detroit pensions still at risk in bankruptcy
Detroit's emergency manager says an effort to raise $500 million to help retirees still won't prevent pension cuts as the city works on a plan to emerge from bankruptcy.
Ex-city manager agrees to plead guilty in tax case
The disgraced former city manager of the Los Angeles suburb of Bell has agreed to plead guilty to charges that he filed a false federal income-tax return to illegally reduce his tax liability.
Yale describes 1858 prison memoir by black man
Yale University says an 1858 manuscript it acquired is the earliest known prison memoir written by an African American.
Sponges squeezed out of evolutionary distinction
Sponges are getting squeezed out of a distinctive role in evolution. A new study says they don't represent the oldest branch of the animal family tree after all.
Missing American in Iran was working for CIA
An American who vanished nearly seven years ago in Iran was working for the CIA on an unapproved intelligence-gathering mission that produced one of the most serious scandals in the recent history of the CIA.
White House won't dispute North Korean execution story
The White House on Thursday said it can't independently confirm reports of the execution of the uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, but said it has "no reason to doubt" the report.
MegaMillions jackpot is fifth largest in US history
The jackpot for Friday night's Mega Millions lottery drawing is now the second-biggest in the game's history, and the fifth largest jackpot of any kind in U.S. history.
US Navy investigator will plead guilty in bribery case, lawyer says
The lawyer for a senior U.S. Navy investigator said Thursday that his client plans to plead guilty in a massive bribery scheme involving an Asian defense contractor.
Feds try to smooth out rocky health care transition
The Obama administration is strongly encouraging health insurance companies to cut consumers some slack in January, when new coverage takes effect under the president's massive overhaul.
Ex-Senate chief of staff faces child porn charges in court
The former chief of staff for a Tennessee senator made his first court appearance in Washington Thursday, on charges of possession and distribution of child pornography.
White House promises to resolve concerns over press access
President Barack Obama wants to address growing media concerns about limited access to his events -- including the restricted coverage of his trip to South Africa with former President George W. Bush, the White House said Thursday.
More than 200 sickened by marijuana in Colorado, CDC says
Synthetic marijuana is believed to have sickened more than 200 people in Colorado during an outbreak earlier this year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control said Thursday.
Judge accepts newlywed bride's guilty plea in husband's death
A federal judge in Montana on Thursday accepted a guilty plea from a woman accused of pushing her newlywed husband off a cliff, to his death, at Glacier National Park last summer -- just eight days after they married.
Feds to examine NY commuter rail line for safety
Starting Monday, federal rail experts will be judging safety compliance and culture at the New York commuter railroad that suffered a deadly derailment this month. And the investigation is expected to last for two months.
Slain pregnant mother was a prostitute, Ohio official says
A pregnant woman who was raped and killed last year had turned to prostitution to make ends meet -- and died after answering a Craigslist ad offering $200, an Ohio prosecutor said Thursday.
Charges coming in death of NYC student, prosecutor says
A Pennsylvania district attorney said Thursday that charges will be filed in the death of a New York City college student, that occurred during a fraternity ritual.
Family of killed student doubts officer's version of events
Family and friends are gathering to remember a Texas college student who was fatally shot by a campus police officer during a traffic stop last week.
Cell phone calls on airplanes up to airlines, FCC says
As one part of the federal government looks to remove restrictions on making mobile phone calls from airplanes, another federal agency is apparently considering its own prohibition.
Health website glitches force extension for most ill patients
Technology problems with President Barack Obama's health care website are forcing the administration to extend a federal insurance plan for some of the sickest patients by a month.
Ex-DC teacher pleads guilty to child porn charges
A former private school teacher, who once appeared on the FBI's list of most wanted fugitives, pleaded guilty on Thursday to child pornography charges.
Broker of US budget deal says it's best available option
The co-architect of a new budget deal in Congress conceded Thursday that the political accommodation is modest, but said it moves a fiscally-challenged government "in the right direction."
Woman accused in newlywed murder case will not testify
A Montana woman accused of killing her new husband just eight days after they were married, by pushing him over a cliff at Glacier National Park, will not testify in her defense.
NASA suspects bad valve for space station trouble
U.S. aeronautics officials are scrambling to figure out what's wrong with a critical cooling unit at the International Space Station which unexpectedly shut down this week, officials said Thursday.
Ohio man seeks clemency in mercy killing of ill wife
An attorney for an Ohio man convicted of shooting his ailing wife to death at a hospital said Thursday that they will seek clemency from the governor in the case.
Chicago prosecutors will not retry man freed from prison
Chicago prosecutors have decided not to retry a man questionably convicted in a 30-year old rape case, that forced him to spend three decades in prison before he was finally freed.
NYC mayor says arms website selling guns illegally
New York City investigators spent eight weeks this year monitoring gun sales on the website Armslist.com -- a firearms classified marketplace known as a Craiglist for weapons.
New York City often turns sour during holidays
For sharp-elbowed New Yorkers accustomed to walking where they need to go at a big-city pace, the holiday season isn't the most wonderful time of the year.
Search for missing Idaho plane suspended, officials say
Air and ground crews on Thursday suspended their search for a plane that went missing in Idaho's backcountry nearly two weeks ago, with five people aboard, authorities said.
Minnesota man accused of Army ID theft
A Minnesota National Guard member and self-described commander of a militia group is accused of stealing classified information from his former military unit at Fort Bragg, N.C.
Girl's mother praises boy's kissing suspension
The mother of a girl involved in the case of a 6-year-old Colorado boy who was suspended for giving a classmate unwanted kisses says the school did the right thing.
FDA targets antibiotics in meat
The Food and Drug Administration is taking new action to help phase out the use of antibiotics in meat.
In protest, Festivus pole put up at Florida Capitol
To protest a Nativity scene, a Florida man has put up a Festivus pole with beer cans at the state Capitol.
California halting Sriracha sauce shipments
The Southern California-based maker of Sriracha says it can't ship any more of its popular hot sauces to food distributors until next month because the state Department of Public Health is now enforcing stricter guidelines.
Western governors gather in Las Vegas for meeting
Leaders from around the West are meeting in Las Vegas to discuss land use, wildfires and environmental conservation.
Subpoenas related to Georgia Gov. ethics complaints
Two employees of the state ethics commission have received federal grand jury subpoenas seeking documents regarding ethics complaints involving Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, according to two people with knowledge of the case.
Health chief sees 'positive trends' on federal website
As consumers face a Dec. 23 enrollment deadline if they want to have coverage on the first of the year, the federal health insurance website serving 36 states continues to have issues. Just yesterday, there was an extended maintenance outage.
DHS fires employee for running racist website
The U.S. Homeland Security Department has fired an employee who runs a website predicting and advocating a race war, about four months after he was put on paid administrative leave, officials said Wednesday.
Pilot of Asiana 747 was worried about landing, NTSB says
The pilot of the Asiana Airlines jet that crashed in San Francisco last summer was worried about landing, because a system used to guide planes down was turned off at the time, testimony revealed Wednesday.
Budget deal offers stability for Pentagon, less money for vets
Working-age military retirees would see fewer dollars in their federal pensions, and the Pentagon would get some long-sought stability in spending under Congress' budget deal.
US House votes to dig up veteran involved in homicide
The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed legislation that instructs the Veterans Affairs Department to unearth the remains of an Army veteran, after police said he killed a woman and injured three others before taking his own life.
NY train crash sparks nationwide review of speed rules
Federal regulators on Wednesday ordered railroads across the country to review rules about speed, after the New York derailment that killed four people last week.
Woman shot and killed at Los Angeles nursing home
A 58-year-old woman was shot and killed at a Los Angeles nursing home on Wednesday, and a suspect was taken into custody, authorities said.
Jury fails to reach verdict on Arizona killer's punishment
Jurors on Wednesday failed to reach a verdict for the punishment for an Arizona inmate, who kidnapped and murdered a retired Oklahoma couple three years ago.
Parents of Georgia teen found dead in school gym want inquiry
Lawyers for the parents of a teenager, who was found dead rolled up inside a gym mat at a Georgia high school, are calling on the state's governor to order a coroner's inquest in the case.
Mother, child released from Hospital after Nevada rescue
A mother and her youngest child were discharged Wednesday from a hospital, one day after being rescued -- along with four other group members -- from the bitter cold Nevada mountain wilderness.
Prosecutors won't file charges against Zimmerman
Prosecutors will not file domestic violence charges against George Zimmerman after his girlfriend said in a sworn statement that she did not want to pursue the case, officials said Wednesday.
NY woman pleads guilty to running bogus cancer scam
A New York woman, who raised thousands of dollars while falsely claiming that she had cancer, has pleaded guilty to charges that included grand larceny and forgery.
Elevator company fined for 49ers stadium death
California safety officials have issued more than $50,000 in fines, against an elevator company whose employee was killed while working on the new San Francisco 49ers stadium in Northern California.
Judges consider former Virginia lacrosse player's appeal
The Court of Appeals of Virginia is considering a request for a retrial, by a former University of Virginia lacrosse player who was convicted in the 2010 beating death of his ex-girlfriend.
Another lawsuit challenges health law's mandatory contraception rule
Religious broadcaster James Dobson is suing the federal government over a requirement in the Affordable Care Act that his ministry must include the morning-after pill and other emergency contraception in its health coverage.
Man released after spending 30 years in prison for rape
A man convicted of rape nearly 30 years ago -- who said Chicago police tortured him until he confessed to the crime -- was released from prison Wednesday after spending the better part of three decades behind bars.
Family of dead US Marine files lawsuit over missing heart
The parents of a fallen U.S. Marine, whose body returned from Greece missing its heart, have changed their federal lawsuit to add the Greek government and an Athens hospital as defendants.
Deputy who shot teenager didn't violate policy, review says
A preliminary review by sheriff's officials in Northern California shows that a deputy, who shot and killed a 13-year-old boy armed with a BB gun, did not violate the department's policy regarding the use of deadly force.
Ex-Arizona police officer headed to prison for deadly shooting
A former Phoenix police officer on Wednesday pleaded guilty to manslaughter, in a deal that spares him a separate trial on charges of second-degree murder and animal cruelty.
SUV crashes into California Starbucks, eight sent to hospital
Eight people are in the hospital, one of them with serious injuries, after an SUV crashed into a Starbucks cafe in Northern California, authorities said Wednesday.
Parents of Sandy Hook victims still hopeful for gun control change
Despite a year of setbacks, the parents of children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre a year ago insist they won't lose the fight to reduce gun violence.
Man ran over stranded motorists after refusing help, police say
A man who got into a fight with motorists, whose car had overturned in Colorado, is suspected of later running down and killing one of them, authorities said Wednesday.
Tuskegee airman William Booker dies at age 90
One of the first African American military aviators, who flew with the famed Tuskegee Airmen, died last month at the age of 90, family members said Wednesday.
Senator says chief of staff's home searched in investigation
Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander said Wednesday that his chief of staff has been placed on leave, after it was learned that his home was being searched as part of a child pornography investigation.
Six missing adults and children found alive in Nevada
A northern Nevada hospital official says two adults and four children missing for two days in below-zero cold are in "good shape."
Hawaii plans $2.5M in fixes to Big Island harbor
Hawaii officials plan $2.5 million in fixes and improvements to a harbor on the Big Island as the second phase of a project for commercial and recreational boats.
UK tourist moves toward suits in NYC taxi crash
A British tourist who lost her leg when a taxi jumped a curb and hit her in New York's Rockefeller Center has taken steps toward suing for millions of dollars.
Billy Graham weaker since 95th birthday party
A spokesman for the Rev. Billy Graham says the evangelist has generally been weaker since his 95th birthday celebration last month but his vital signs are good.
No bail for two charged in Philly collapse
A judge has ruled that two men facing charges in a building collapse that killed six people will remain behind bars until their next court date in February.
Podesta returning to White House as climate adviser
John Podesta, a former chief of staff under President Bill Clinton, will rejoin the White House staff -- this time as President Obama's counselor to focus on energy and climate change issues.
Marine's body sent home without heart, lawsuit claims
The parents of a U.S. Marine sergeant, who died while stationed in Greece, filed a lawsuit against the Department of Defense on Tuesday -- saying the soldier's heart was missing when his body arrived home for burial.
IRS nominee promises to restore trust with US public
The man chosen by President Obama to take over the Internal Revenue Service told senators on Tuesday that he will work to restore the general public's trust in the tax agency.
Obama departs South Africa after Mandela memorial
President Barack Obama is heading back to Washington from South Africa, where he urged the world on Tuesday to emulate a man he called "the last great liberator of the 20th century."
Handshake between Obama, Castro sparks controversy
The White House said Tuesday that it was just a brief handshake and an exchange of greetings -- but since it involved the president of the United States and the leader of Cuba, there are some who are angered by it.
Adults, children missing in Nevada snow found safe
After two days of searching, authorities on Tuesday found two adults and four children -- who've been missing in the frigid mountains of northern Nevada since Sunday -- alive and well, officials said.
Bird strike caused $8M US Air Force jet crash, officials say
U.S. Air Force investigators confirmed on Tuesday that a bird strike caused the crash of an $8 million fighter jet in Texas during a training flight last July.
NYC terror drill prompted by Kenya mall attack, police say
Police officials conducted a middle-of-the-night terror drill at a closed New York City shopping mall in response to the deadly attack earlier this year in Kenya, authorities said Tuesday.
Skeletal remains of two infants found in Ohio home
The skeletal remains of two infants were found inside a deceased woman's mobile home in northeast Ohio, authorities said Tuesday.
NJ city to quiz gun vendors on safety issues
New Jersey's second-largest city will start requiring vendors bidding on gun contracts to answer questions about their positions on gun safety issues.
Newtown has seen horror, grief and hard choices in past year
It's been a painful and frenetic year for the town of Newtown, Connecticut. Now, with winter on its doorstep once again, residents there are bracing for the day everyone calls simply '12/14.'
Woman who carried dead fetus in bag headed to trial
A teenage girl who was allegedly busted for shoplifting -- while carrying a dead fetus in a shopping bag -- at a Manhattan lingerie store is headed to trial.
Grandmother of US luge team member killed in NY crash
The grandmother of a member of the U.S. Olympic Luge team has been killed in a weather-related car crash in upstate New York, authorities said Tuesday.
Forecasters lower snow expectations in eastern US
Forecasters are downgrading their outlook for the storm that's brought snow to parts of the East Coast and the Appalachian Mountains, now calling for snowfall totals of one to three inches.
Florida A&M University no longer on probation sparked by hazing
Florida A&M University is no longer on probation. The accrediting organization voted Tuesday on FAMU's status, and officials said voting to lift the university's probation was the best possible option.
Video captures speeding driver before fiery Ohio crash
Dashboard camera video, recorded by two state troopers, shows a car traveling at high speeds moments before a fiery two-car crash that killed a Toledo couple on the Ohio Turnpike last month.
Gas main fire forces evacuations in Bay Area
Several homes near the Oakland hills were evacuated on Tuesday morning after an underground gas main fire broke out in the area, authorities said.
Atlanta Braves stadium may be used for green space
Media baron Ted Turner said Tuesday that he is shocked the Atlanta Braves baseball team is moving out of the ballpark named after him, after just 16 years of occupancy there.
Accused bride's brother gives teary testimony in murder trial
The teenage brother of a Montana woman, who's accused of pushing her husband over a cliff eight days after they were married, broke down on the witness stand when asked to describe his feelings toward her.
Freediving grows in popularity despite risks
The recent death of a New York man while freediving in the Bahamas highlights the dangers of the sport.
Dozens of fires, 15 arrests in East Lansing
East Lansing police say at least 15 people were arrested during a rowdy celebration of Michigan State's victory over Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game.
Gays challenge exclusion from Vietnamese parade
Gay rights activists are demanding the organizers of a Vietnamese new year's parade in Orange County allow them to march.
Georgia schools officials sentenced in contract scheme
Prosecutors say the former chief operating officer of a county school district in Georgia, her ex-husband and the district's ex-superintendent have been sentenced in a racketeering and theft scheme.
Scans can find harmless lung cancers, study says
New research suggests lung cancer isn't always as deadly as doctors once thought. The researchers say almost 1 in 5 lung cancers detected in screening scans are probably so slow-growing that they would never cause problems.
Oklahoma leaders say Satanic monument unlikely
Legislative leaders in Oklahoma are seeking to ease public concern over a plan by a group of Satanists to erect a monument at the state Capitol.
Minnesota coach accused of tattooing minor
A Minnesota high school gymnastics coach is on paid leave after police cited him for tattooing a minor without her parents' permission.
New York Times reporters sue Homeland Security in FOIA fight
Two reporters for The New York Times have sued the Department of Homeland Security after they were questioned at a New York airport as they headed to overseas assignments.
Flight 93 crash site valued at $1.5 million
An eminent domain commission has found that the western Pennsylvania site where United Flight 93 crashed on Sept. 11, 2001 was worth more than the government paid, but far less than the former owner claimed.
Chief: Fatally shot student charged at officer
Authorities say a San Antonio university student was charging toward an officer with his hand raised when he was fatally shot during a traffic stop.
Verdict reached in California city corruption trial
Jurors in the corruption trial of a former city official in the Los Angeles suburb of Bell say they have reached a verdict.
Girlfriend wants charges dropped against Zimmerman
George Zimmerman is asking a judge to change the terms of his bond so he can have contact with the girlfriend he's accused of assaulting, who even says she doesn't want him charged with aggravated assault, battery and criminal mischief.
Prison time for ex-Ohio band director in sex case
A former high school band director in western Ohio has been sentenced to seven and a half years in prison after a jury found him guilty in a case involving sexual conduct with female students.
Massachusetts congressional race heading to wire
The final two candidates seeking to fill Edward Markey's seat in the U.S. House of Representatives are making their final appeals to voters in the state's 5th Congressional District.
Mormon church explains past ban on black pastors
The Mormon church on Monday provided its most extensive explanation to date about its past exclusion of African Americans from the priesthood, with a new Web posting that for the first time disavows previous teachings.
LA County deputies charged in FBI corruption case
A federal indictment on Monday named seven Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies charged with conspiracy and obstruction of justice at the nation's largest jail system.
US vet held in North Korea says statement was coerced
The 85-year-old American veteran who's been detained for weeks in North Korea said Monday a videotaped confession he made while he was being held was given involuntarily and under duress.
Winter storm's impact continues ripple across US
Snow and bitter cold temperatures have snarled traffic again on Monday -- and caused another 1,600 commercial flight cancellations across the United States.
NOAA says dead whales suffered from malnutrition
Necropsies performed on nearly a dozen whales found dead in the Florida Keys show that they were emaciated and suffered from malnutrition, officials said Monday.
Accused Hernandez accomplice seeks detail on charge
An attorney for a so-called "right-hand man" of former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez wants more detail from Massachusetts prosecutors about the accessory to murder charge he's been given.
California man gets five years in 'sextortion' case
A 27-year-old Southern California man, who admitted hacking into hundreds of social media and email accounts to get women to pose naked for him, was sentenced Monday to five years in federal prison.
Ex-San Diego mayor sentenced for sexual harassment
Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner on Monday apologized to his family, his staff and supporters, the people of San Diego, and the women he that he hurt and offended.
NJ man didn't know he had knife in back, police say
Authorities say a New Jersey man awoke after a long night's sleep to discover a knife stuck in his back. Apparently, he couldn't tell why his back was hurting when he got up Sunday so he had his brother take a look.
Obama, Clinton, former president Bush depart for South Africa
President Barack Obama -- along with the First Lady, former president George W. Bush and Hillary Clinton -- departed for South Africa on Monday, to attend a national memorial service for Nelson Mandela.
Supreme Court to determine airline's liability in pilot lawsuit
As part of a $1.4 million defamation lawsuit, the U.S. Supreme Court is questioning whether a Wisconsin airline can be held liable for reporting one of its pilots as mentally unstable and potentially armed.
Second bear suspected in woman's mauling euthanized
Another bear has been trapped and euthanized in a Florida neighborhood where a woman walking her dogs was recently mauled, authorities said Monday.
Ancient lake on Mars may have supported life, NASA says
The Curiosity rover on Mars has uncovered signs of an ancient freshwater lake on the Red Planet that may have supported tiny organisms for tens of millions of years, NASA said Monday.
Jury hears ex-cop charged in deadly shooting after Katrina
A former New Orleans police officer testified Monday, at his retrial, that he thought he saw a gun in the hand of the man he shot to death outside a strip mall in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
New Mexico officer will appeal firing over van shooting
A New Mexico State Police officer, who opened fire at a minivan carrying a disobedient driver and her five children during a chaotic October traffic stop, plans to appeal his firing, his attorney said Monday.
Winter storm heaps snow onto East Coast, Rocky Mountains
Roads have been slippery in much of the Northeast for Monday morning's commute, as a slow-moving storm that dumped snow and ice on the mid-Atlantic region continues up the east coast.
'Acts of kindness' in Connecticut to mark rampage anniversary
"Acts of kindness" to honor the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings were started on Monday by volunteers, elected officials, and one of the children critically wounded during last year's rampage.
California deputy who shot teen back at work amid investigation
A Northern California sheriff's deputy who shot and killed a 13-year-old boy -- who was carrying a BB gun that looked similar to an assault rifle -- is returning to duty as police continue to investigate.
Couple, four children missing after playing in Nevada snow
A search was launched by Nevada authorities on Monday for a couple and four children, who went out to play in the snow and still haven't returned home, officials said.
Obama, First Lady to attend Tuesday service for Mandela
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will attend a memorial service in South Africa on Tuesday honoring Nelson Mandela, the White House said Sunday.
Two-year-old Chicago girl dies in dog attack
A two-year-old Chicago girl's death from a dog attack over the weekend has been ruled a homicide by the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.
Senate Dems push Obama nominees, GOP bides time
First, Senate Democrats shackled Republicans' ability to block nominations. Now, Democrats are ready to muscle President Obama's picks for pivotal judgeships and other top jobs in the Senate.
US gas prices up three cents a gallon, report shows
The average price of gasoline in the U.S. is up three cents a gallon in the past two weeks, after it fell for nine consecutive weeks before November, an industry report said Sunday.
Winter weather system icing up east coast, grounding flights
It's a real mess along the East Coast as a mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow moved through the area on Sunday -- part of the winter weather system that has swept across the nation.
Connecticut police believe man killed three women, himself
Police in Connecticut say a man they suspect killed three women took his own life minutes after officers confronted him.
Bride goes to trial in Glacier Park newlywed death
The bride was having second thoughts eight days after her wedding, and the couple took their argument to a trail in Montana's Glacier National Park. Only one of them returned alive.
Scientists test ideas in bird botulism outbreaks
Scientists are stepping up efforts to learn where and how many Great Lakes water birds are getting fatal food poisoning.
Satanists seek spot on Oklahoma Statehouse steps
Republican lawmakers in Oklahoma may have unwittingly opened the door to a satanic statute when they approved a Ten Commandments monument for the Statehouse steps.
Officials cease whale rescue efforts in Everglades
Wildlife officials say that after losing sight of a pod of whales that was stranded in the Everglades, they are ceasing rescue efforts.
Rhode Island gun-permit tiff puts officials' jobs in danger
The Rhode Island town of Exeter has become a battleground in the broader debate over gun laws as residents decide whether to recall four council members who wanted to tweak the way concealed gun permits are issued.
Internet giants weigh in on Ohio defamation suit
From Twitter and Facebook to Amazon and Google, the biggest names of the Internet are blasting a federal judge's decision in a defamation lawsuit by a former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader convicted of having sex with her former high school student.
Thousands expected at Paul Walker SoCal memorial
Friends, fans and high-performance car enthusiasts are heading to Santa Clarita for a memorial for "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker, who was killed there last week in a high-speed car crash.
No hugs allowed? Madison targets pro cuddlers
A new snuggling business in Wisconsin's capital city may have closed amid scrutiny from city officials.
Madoff fraud still stings ex-clients 5 years later
Bernard Madoff's former clients are still struggling to move on five years after his massive Ponzi scheme was exposed.
California health exchange shares thousands of names
The California health exchange is giving the names of tens of thousands of consumers to insurance agents without their knowledge.
US vet Merrill Newman, home from North Korea
A tired but smiling 85-year-old U.S. veteran detained in North Korea for several weeks has returned home.
4.5 magnitude earthquake rattles central Oklahoma
A 4.5-magnitude earthquake has shaken central Oklahoma, just weeks after the second anniversary of the strongest earthquake ever recorded in the state.
Family, friends gather to remember LIRR massacre
About a dozen people have gathered to lay wreaths and flowers on the platform of the Long Island Rail Road to remember a deadly shooting on the commuter rail 20 years ago.
Flight diverts to Washington state after teen dies
A Delta Air Lines flight from Seattle to Atlanta has been diverted to Spokane International Airport after a 16-year-old boy died on board.
US seeks delay of Paris auction of Hopi masks
The American Embassy in Paris is asking a French auction house to delay the planned sale of sacred objects from two Native American tribes.
Suffering from Alzheimer's, Georgia man fatally shot
The last walk that Ronald Westbrook took started around 1 a.m. He slipped unnoticed from his North Georgia home with his two dogs.
2 inmates die of apparent overdoses at New York's Attica
New York State Police say two inmates at the Attica state prison have died of apparent drug overdoses the same day.
Bosnian memories preserved in St. Louis
Five thousand miles from Sarajevo, a small Catholic college in St. Louis wants to preserve the intimate stories of Bosnian exiles displaced by war in the former Yugoslavia two decades ago.
Ohio auction features items from Nancy Drew author
Typewriters and a desk from the home of the original author of the Nancy Drew mystery books are going up for auction in Ohio.
China seeking to export apples to US
China has its sights set on exporting its fruit to the United States. And growers in Washington, who harvest the bulk of America's apple crop, are OK with it.
South Carolina mayor's brother-in-law killed in Charlotte
Police say the brother-in-law of the mayor of Columbia, S.C., was shot and killed outside a Charlotte store.
Gene therapy scores big wins against blood cancers
Doctors are reporting a major advance against leukemia and other blood cancers.
Cops: New Hampshire teen missing 2 months wrote letter to mom
Police say a New Hampshire teenager who disappeared nearly two months ago on her way home from school has sent a letter to her mother.
New York railway has until Tuesday to analyze lines
The Metro-North Railroad has until Tuesday to identify where its lines have major speed changes under an emergency order set down by federal authorities in the wake of a deadly train derailment.
Police: Pennsylvania newlyweds killed man for thrills
Police say two young Pennsylvania newlyweds lured a man to his death with a Craigslist ad because they wanted to kill someone together.
Man's strange behavior cast him as only suspect in wife's murder
At a hearing to determine probable cause on Friday, witnesses testified that while emergency responders tried to save the life of an Orem woman, her husband threatened them.
US welcomes North Korea's release of American
The State Department says it is welcoming North Korea's decision to release an elderly American tourist.
Man charged in New York in ancient statue smuggling case
The former manager of a now-closed Manhattan gallery has pleaded guilty for his role in an international scheme to smuggle ancient Buddhist and Hindu sculptures.
BP notches win in bid to block settlement payments
A federal judge has temporarily suspended BP oil spill settlement payments to businesses while he reconsiders the company's arguments against compensating those that cannot trace losses directly to the nation's worst offshore oil spill.
New York judge questions delay in rogue trader case
A federal judge in New York is questioning why it took so long for the government to go after a rogue trader with Goldman Sachs.
Records: Slain East St. Louis mom feared for life
An East St. Louis woman who prosecutors say was stabbed to death by her former boyfriend appeared to anticipate she was in danger the day he was freed again from jail.
4 dead of hypothermia in Bay Area cold snap
Four people in Santa Clara County died of hypothermia Thursday as the region was gripped by freezing temperatures overnight.
Reindeer on Colorado mall visit escapes
A runaway reindeer broke free from Santa in Colorado Thursday, running away while the Big Man was inside a mall visiting with children.
New Mexico officer in van shooting is fired
The New Mexico State Police officer who fired shots at a minivan full of children during a chaotic October traffic stop has been fired.
Holmes defense wants sanity hearing held in secret
Attorneys for Colorado theater shooting defendant James Holmes are asking the judge to bar the public and media from hearing pretrial testimony from the psychiatrist who evaluated Holmes' sanity.
NSA defends global cellphone tracking as legal
The National Security Agency is defending its tracking of foreign cell phones overseas. It says the practice is legal under a U.S. presidential order governing all U.S. government spying.
FDA approves breakthrough hepatitis C drug
Gilead Sciences Inc. said on Friday that the federal government has approved its much anticipated hepatitis C drug, that is expected to offer a faster cure to millions of people infected with the liver-destroying virus.
US intelligence adviser resigns amid Chinese firm concern
A longtime adviser to the U.S. Director of National Intelligence has resigned after the government learned he was a paid consultant to a Chinese tech company that's considered an espionage threat, officials said Friday.
FDA approves first drug for rare sexual disorder
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug to treat an unusual condition that causes painful, curved erections in men, officials said Friday.
Mother, infant critical after deadly California house fire
An infant and her mother are in critical condition after surviving a fire that killed her husband and two other children in a California house fire, fire officials said Friday.
After derailment, feds order changes for NYC railway
Federal authorities have issued an emergency order instructing New York's Metro-North Railroad to modify its signal system, after a passenger train derailed earlier in the week.
Bad weather impairs search for missing Idaho plane
Bad weather and a lack of new information are hindering the search for a private plane that disappeared Sunday in the mountains of central Idaho, officials said Friday.
Small plane forced to land in Northern California park
The pilot of a small plane escaped with only minor injuries on Friday after he was forced to land at a Northern California park, authorities said.
Feds may have to drop charges against bomb hoaxster
A Pennsylvania man accused of trying to smuggle fake bombs past security at Kansas City International Airport on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks still isn't mentally competent to stand trial, prosecutors said Friday.
Smoke in West Virginia school sends 37 people to hospitals
Nearly 40 people were taken to hospitals on Friday after smoke from a furnace at a nearby business drifted into an elementary school's ventilation system, authorities said.
Ohio Amish girl won't be forced to have chemo
Attorneys in Ohio said Friday that a court-appointed guardian is dropping her attempt to force an 11-year-old Amish girl with leukemia to resume chemotherapy.
Obama will travel to South Africa for Mandela funeral
U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to South Africa next week to pay respects to legendary civil rights advocate Nelson Mandela, the White House announced Friday.
Colorado teacher doesn't regret controversial 'castration' remarks
A western Colorado school board member has told a Denver newspaper that she doesn't regret recent remarks, in which she said boys should be castrated if they want to use the girls' locker room.
US Army soldier charged with murder has PTSD, attorney says
The defense attorney for a U.S. Army sergeant charged in the double murder of a couple near Georgia's Fort Stewart said Friday that the soldier suffers from brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder, stemming from combat in Afghanistan.
Winter storms kill more than 1,000 US flights, power in Texas
Winter storms moving across the United States have knocked out power to more than a quarter of a million homes and businesses, and more than 1,000 commercial flights have been interrupted by the Arctic blast.
After Montana teacher's death, suspect's trial in doubt
The murder of a high school teacher has weighed heavily in rural Montana. Friday, the fate of her accused killer rests not with a jury, but with experts evaluating whether he is competent to stand trial.
California family settles lawsuit over school gun accident
The family of a Southern California elementary student, who was injured when another student pulled the trigger of a rifle mounted on a police motorcycle at a school assembly, has settled a lawsuit.
Couple orders breakfast at McDonald's, gets cash instead
A Tennessee couple got much more than they expected in their to-go order at a McDonald's drive-thru this week -- when they ordered a hot breakfast, but got a bag of cold cash instead.
Charges dropped against North Carolina man in kids' deaths
A judge on Thursday dismissed manslaughter charges against a North Carolina man accused in the deaths of his daughter and a nephew, who died in a dirt pit the man had dug at the home.
Jailed Utah doctor attempts suicide after murder conviction
Corrections officials intervened in a suicide attempt on Thursday by Utah physician Martin MacNeill, who was convicted last month in the drowning death of his wife in a bathtub, authorities said Friday.
UNH fires women's hockey coach for player contact
The University of New Hampshire has fired its women's hockey head coach Brian McCloskey after an investigation into inappropriate physical contact he allegedly had with a player during a recent game.
Crews trying to reach stranded Tennessee climber
Rescue crews in Tennessee are trying to rescue a hiker that became stranded out on a ledge near the Margarette Falls, authorities said Friday.
Bishop returns to jail after contacting girlfriend
A judge has revoked bail for a defense contractor accused of giving military secrets to his Chinese girlfriend because he sent her a letter and email.
Guilty plea for NYC man who smuggled rhino horns
A New York City antiques dealer has pleaded guilty to conspiracy for smuggling artifacts made from rhinoceros horns from the U.S. to China.
Suspect in eight killings in Mexico held on $1M bond
A man sought in the killing of eight Mexican municipal government officials 13 years ago is being held on $1 million bail in California on marijuana-cultivation charges while authorities sort out their next step.
American chemistry teacher shot jogging in Benghazi
The State Department has confirmed that an American citizen was shot and killed in Benghazi, Libya, today.
Bloomberg touts legacy before NYC business group
Outgoing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg grew emotional while speaking about the future of the city he has led for 12 years.
Sisters of marathon suspect's widow at grand jury
The sisters-in-law of dead Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev have testified before a federal grand jury looking into the deadly attack.
Man released amid questions about child abuse case
A man convicted 21 years ago of child abuse involving satanic rituals at a daycare he ran with his wife has been freed amid questions about the case's evidence.
New papers show Kennedys' aftermath of JFK's death
Newly-released papers show in the aftermath of the assassination of his brother John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy and other family members fielded expressions of condolences from around the world while dealing with the tragedy.
Budget deal: Big obstacles, New Year's deadline
New obstacles are showing up for congressional negotiators who are seeking to ease the automatic spending cuts that are squeezing both the Pentagon and domestic federal programs.
House Democrats urge Obama to suspend deportations
Nearly 30 House Democrats are urging President Barack Obama to suspend deportations of immigrants living here illegally, and extend relief to many of the estimated 11 million unregistered aliens.
Stolen radioactive shipment no danger to US, White House says
The Obama administration has no reason to believe that a stolen shipment of highly radioactive cobalt-60, that was recovered in central Mexico, posed a threat to the United States, the White House said Thursday.
White House backs off on claims Obama never met uncle
The White House on Thursday said that President Obama briefly lived with his Kenyan uncle, who faced deportation charges earlier this week over a long-standing order that he be kicked out of the U.S.
Illinois governor signs pension overhaul into law
The law, which reduces retirement benefits for state employees, takes effect in June -- but court challenges are expected. Several unions have already called the benefit cuts unconstitutional.
Second victim dies of injuries in hospital stabbing
A second victim has died from critical injuries he sustained in a stabbing attack last month at a Texas hospital, officials said Thursday.
Transgender Connecticut police officer files complaint
A transgender police officer has filed a complaint with a Connecticut agency, alleging her supervisors created a hostile work environment because of her gender identity.
ACLU sues feds over foreclosure fighting tactic
The American Civil Liberties Union sued a federal agency on Thursday, asking it to disclose efforts to stop municipalities from using eminent domain to bail out underwater homeowners.
New Mexico officer in van shooting suspended
The New Mexico State Police officer who opened fire at a minivan full of children during a chaotic traffic stop has been suspended, authorities said Thursday.
Woman unknowingly tweeted about death of husband
A Washington state woman, who regularly monitors police scanner traffic, unknowingly live-tweeted about a death in a freeway crash on Wednesday -- the victim of which turned out to be her husband.
Search resumes for missing plane in Idaho
Teams on the ground and in aircraft are searching again for five people who were aboard a plane that disappeared Sunday in the mountains of central Idaho.
Arctic air spreading frigid temps across Midwest US
Frigid arctic air continued to sweep across the middle of the United States on Thursday -- sending temperatures plummeting below the freezing mark and dropping more than a foot of snow on some parts.
Dem leader nixes budget deal without jobless benefits
The leader of House Democrats on Thursday said her followers won't support any year-end budget deal unless it includes plans to extend expiring unemployment benefits for long-term victims of the recession.
Stranded whales in Florida Everglades getting plenty of help
Wildlife workers are returning to Everglades National Park in Florida on Thursday to try leading 41 stranded pilot whales out of dangerously shallow waters and back into the deep ocean, where they belong.
Two arrested after deadly shooting near North Carolina college
Authorities in North Carolina arrested two men late Wednesday night after the shooting deaths of two people near Wingate University, which prompted a campus lockdown.
Terror suspects in US plan to change pleas next week
Two men, who were extradited from Great Britain last year for allegedly supporting terrorists, are expected to change their pleas in court next week, authorities said Thursday.
Child dead, others injured after Idaho school bus crash
Authorities say one child has died and four children and one adult were injured when a dump truck collided with a school bus carrying students to an elementary school in southwestern Idaho.
NYC train operator suspended without pay, railroad says
The engineer driving the commuter train that went off the rails in New York City last weekend has been suspended without pay, officials said Thursday.
Jackie's birth records given to Kennedy library in Boston
A hospital on Long Island, N.Y., announced Thursday that it's donating Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' birth records to the Kennedy family library in Massachusetts.
NY residents were cooking meth, not chicken wings
Two people were making methamphetamine -- not chicken wings, like they told police -- when their central New York apartment caught fire, authorities said Thursday.
Lawyer for Detroit 'underwear bomber' makes appeal
A federal appeals court on Thursday heard arguments in the case of a Nigerian man who tried to blow up a Detroit-bound jet on Christmas 2009 with explosives underneath his clothing.
Broadband in schools gets boost from tech gurus
The effort to get high-speed broadband in every school is getting a boost from the philanthropy of two technology gurus — Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates.
Wife of bounty hunter 'Dog' sees charge dismissed
Harassment charges have been dismissed against the wife of TV bounty hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman.
California couple conceives rare identical triplets
Doctors at a Northern California hospital say a couple has given birth to a rare set of naturally conceived identical triplets.
Arrest made in Calif. in Mexico slayings from 2000
Federal authorities in California have arrested a man accused of killing eight government officials in a Mexican city 13 years ago, and he has been handed over to Mexican authorities.
Pentagon says staff cutbacks will save $1 billion by 2018
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday that slashing his Pentagon staff by 20 percent will save at least $1 billion over the next five years.
Obama hopes young Americans aren't put off by health woes
President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he hopes young people don't get discouraged by how hard it has been to implement his signature health care reform law.
Twenty now under arrest over Huntington Beach melee
Police say they've now arrested 20 people in connection with a night of violence that followed a surfing contest in Huntington Beach.
Florida lawyer convicted in $800M fraud case
A South Florida attorney was convicted on Wednesday of money laundering and fraud conspiracy charges, for playing a role in an $800 million insurance fraud scheme involving investments in death benefits.
NAACP leader, 11 others convicted in NC protests
A judge on Wednesday found North Carolina NAACP President William Barber, and 11 others, guilty of second-degree trespassing and violating building rules while protesting in April at the state legislature.
Final report confirms suicide of Ohio captor Castro
Authorities concluded Wednesday that Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro committed suicide by hanging, just weeks into a life sentence with no chance for future parole.
GOP's Palin says 'war on Christmas' is being waged
Former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin on Wednesday promoted her new book and complained about what she called a "war on Christmas" during an appearance at Liberty University.
Officials seek half-million dollar fine in Arizona firefighters' deaths
Arizona's workplace safety agency on Wednesday recommended that the state Forestry Division pay more than a half-million dollar penalty in the deaths of 19 firefighters last summer.
Bay area train disabled on tracks; reports of smoke
At least one San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit train station was closed on Wednesday after a train became disabled in a nearby tunnel, as smoke emanated from the scene.
Accused LAX gunman appears in public for first time
A man charged with killing a Transportation Security Administration officer and wounding three others in a shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport appeared in court on Wednesday.
Teen pleads not guilty to rape, murder of school teacher
A 14-year-old Massachusetts boy has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, aggravated rape and armed robbery -- in the killing of his high school math teacher.
Student wounded by gunfire at Orlando high school
A central Florida high school was placed on lockdown Wednesday afternoon, after a student there was wounded by gunfire and taken to the hospital, school officials said.
Skydivers return to site of deadly accident to resume jump
Skydivers from around the world on Wednesday resumed their airplane jumps at a prominent Arizona skydiving location where two people died on Tuesday.
Alaska scientist reprimanded over emails retires
An Alaska scientist, whose observations of drowned polar bears helped galvanize the global warming movement, has retired as part of a settlement with the federal government.
NTSB blames pilot for Arizona crash that killed six
A federal investigation on Wednesday blamed the pilot for a plane crash that killed six people in Arizona two years ago, including a man and his three young children.
Sandy Hook 911 tapes show calm response by police
Recordings of 911 calls from last December's massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut show that dispatchers responded in a calm and methodical manner, the tapes showed Wednesday.
White House counsel decides to stay until spring
President Obama's White House counsel has decided to stick around for a while longer. Instead of leaving at the end of the year, as she previously promised, Kathryn Ruemmler said Wednesday she will stay until spring.
Whales stranded in shallow water of Florida Everglades
Florida wildlife officials are traveling to a remote area of the Everglades National Park to help pilot whales that have become stranded in shallow water there, officials said Wednesday.
Man faces gun charges after Connecticut campus lockdown
Police found newspaper clippings about mass shootings at the home of a University of New Haven student arrested on Tuesday while allegedly carrying two handguns, and stashing an assault rifle in his car.
Second trial begins for ex-police officer in Katrina shooting
Opening statements began Wednesday in the retrial of a former New Orleans policeman who shot and killed a man in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Florida man pleads not guilty in wife's Facebook death
A Florida man on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the killing of his wife, whose bloody corpse was displayed online in photos he posted to Facebook just moments after her death.
Massive winter storm freezes Rocky Mountain West
At least six deaths are blamed on a snowy winter storm that's pushing through the Rocky Mountains and the Midwest, bringing bitterly cold temperatures and treacherous driving conditions.
Facial transplants thriving two years after surgeries
New research on face transplant surgery may help in developing future operations for accident victims needing this kind of drastic cosmetic surgery, experts said Wednesday.
Family of Navy Yard shooting victim files wrongful death suit
The family of a woman killed during the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard in September is filing a lawsuit against the U.S. Navy, the Department of Veterans Affairs and two defense contractors in federal court.
US ambassador to UN: Ratify treaty on disabled
The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is urging the Senate to ratify a global treaty on the rights of the disabled, arguing that it would benefit Americans when they are overseas.
Trial opens for ex-BP engineer who deleted texts
A federal prosecutor has vowed to prove that a former BP drilling engineer destroyed evidence when he deleted hundreds of text messages from a mobile phone after the company's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
George H.W. Bush given LBJ Foundation award
The Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation has given former President George H.W. Bush an award for his public service and government career.
Woman wearing plenty of pink robs Maryland bank
Police are searching for a woman wearing plenty of pink who robbed a bank in a Maryland suburb of the nation's capital.
Satellite launched aboard private SpaceX rocket
A new communications satellite that has both public and government applications has been launched into space aboard a private rocket.
Cyber Monday draws $1.74B billion holiday dollars
Cyber Monday is still on top.
Connecticut university locked down after gunman report
The University of New Haven said a suspect was taken into custody and weapons were recovered on Tuesday, following a report of a man near the Connecticut school's campus with what appeared to be a rifle.
Kansas man jailed for four deaths still not charged
A 22-year-old man has yet to be charged in connection with the deaths of a southeast Kansas mother and her three children a week after being jailed.
Obama to cite income gap in economic speech
President Barack Obama wants to draw attention to the income gap between rich and poor in an economic address meant to both spur short-term congressional action and help set the agenda for the remainder of his presidency.
Ex-president Clinton says better rules needed on spying
Former president Clinton said there needs to be clarity with U.S. spying. During his administration, he says American agencies might have spied on leaders thought to be engaging in hostile acts against the U.S.
Arctic cold front felt across US West, Midwest
Temperatures across the western half of the United States are dropping by as much as 40 degrees below normal on Tuesday, as an Arctic cold-air mass moved south.
Nativity scene on display at Florida Capitol
Christmas manger scenes in public spaces have often been the subject of legal fights in the U.S., but the American Civil Liberties Union says the scene installed by the Florida Nativity Scene Committee at the Capitol is legal.
Montana judge says he should be censured for remarks
A Montana judge under fire for commenting that a 14-year-old rape victim appeared older than her true age said Tuesday that he deserves to be censured, but not removed, from the bench for his remarks.
Prosecutors say teen apologized for NYC rink shooting
The teenager accused in a shooting, that caused chaos and bloodshed at a midtown Manhattan skating rink, last month gave an incriminating statement Tuesday saying he was sorry for hurting a bystander.
Obama tries to move past health care website woes
The Obama administration is trying to move past the woes of its health care website by launching a two-pronged strategy -- aimed at avoiding enrollment snafus come January, while trying to refocus attention on the benefits of the law.
DNA testing company faces class action lawsuit
A California genetic testing company is facing a class action lawsuit, which alleges that the Silicon Valley startup misled customers about its DNA test kit.
Man accused of killing Colorado teens pleads not guilty
A man accused of killing two teenage boys after friends said the they tried to blackmail him pleaded not guilty in Adams County court on Tuesday.
NY governor says train operator should be punished
The governor of New York on Tuesday said the operator of the train involved in a derailment that killed four people on Sunday should be "disciplined in an appropriate way."
US man in Cuba prison asks Obama for help with release
An American man who has spent four years in a Cuban prison is now asking President Barack Obama to get involved in securing his release.
Health care subsidies vulnerable to fraud, audit says
A new U.S. Treasury inspector general's report says that health care subsidies under the new health care law may be vulnerable to fraud.
Health officials say passenger doesn't have tuberculosis
Authorities in Phoenix said Tuesday that tests indicate a passenger, whose presence on a flight from Texas caused a tuberculosis scare, doesn't have the infectious disease.
Edward Heffron, of WWII's 'Band of Brothers,' dies
Edward J. "Babe" Heffron, whose World War II service as a member of the Army's famed Easy Company was recounted in the book and TV miniseries "Band of Brothers," has died at the age of 90, a family member said Tuesday.
Florida activists join immigrants in national fast
Three immigrant advocates on a hunger strike ended their three-week fast on the National Mall on Tuesday, while a new group of fasters including U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy Jr. took their place.
Father, two children dead after California apartment fire
A father and his two young children were killed Tuesday after a fire broke out at their apartment in central California, authorities said.
Feds ease prison restrictions on marathon suspect
In court documents filed Tuesday, prosecutors said the restrictions have been modified to allow several people to disseminate Tsarnaev's communications to third parties for the purpose of preparing his defense.
NYC engineer too distraught to talk with NTSB, union says
Investigators said they plan to continue interviewing the distraught engineer of a derailed New York City commuter train, which killed four people last Sunday, until probably Wednesday.
Cleveland captor Castro intentionally killed self, examiners say
Two consultants for the Ohio Department of Corrections concluded Tuesday that Cleveland captor Ariel Castro intentionally committed suicide in his prison cell, and did not die while attempting to achieve a sexual asphyxiation thrill.
Notre Dame sues over federal birth control mandate
The University of Notre Dame, an affiliate of the Roman Catholic Church, is suing the Obama administration over a federal requirement that its health insurance plans for students and employees cover birth control.
Not guilty plea entered for Mississippi Ricin suspect
A man charged with sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and other officials pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to new charges that while in jail, he tried to recruit someone to send another ricin letter to provide an alibi.
Obama's uncle faces deportation hearing
President Barack Obama's Kenyan-born uncle is expected to appear Tuesday at a new deportation hearing to argue that he should be allowed to stay in the United States.
Four SF Giants minor league players hurt in van crash
An Arizona fire official said that four people with the San Francisco Giants' minor league baseball team were injured Tuesday morning when their passenger van crashed near a hotel.
Seattle ferry theft raises security questions
The man accused of taking a commercial ferry from the Seattle waterfront is due in court Monday afternoon as prosecutors prepare charges.
Rash of police shootings renews calls for reform
A rash of police shootings across New Mexico has prompted renewed calls for reform of law enforcement procedures.
Indiana teen seeks juvenile status in death retrial
A 15-year-old boy sentenced to 25 years in prison as an adult after pleading guilty three years ago to conspiracy to commit murder in the killing of a friend's stepfather is set to ask a northern Indiana judge to allow his retrial to be held in juvenile court.
Updated healthcare.gov gets mixed reviews
Consumers are reporting a mix of successes and failures as they try logging onto the updated healthcare.gov site.
Pretrial set for Cleveland double-murder suspect
A convicted sex offender charged with two murders and 173 counts of rape in Cleveland is in court for a pretrial hearing.
$1.3M Mega Money ticket sold in Miami to expire
Florida Lottery officials say a winning Mega Money ticket worth $1.3 million remains unclaimed.
Mississippi judge refuses to grant gay couple's divorce
A woman who filed for divorce from her wife says a Mississippi judge has refused to grant it because the marriage wasn't recognized under state law.
4 dead in train crash reflected New York's diversity
The four New Yorkers who died in the commuter train that derailed over the weekend led lives that reflected the diversity of the city they had just entered — but will never see again.
ACLU sues US bishops over Catholic hospital ethics
The American Civil Liberties Union is taking aim at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and its ethical guidelines for Catholic hospitals.
LAX shooting suspect to appear in court Wednesday
A man charged with killing a Transportation Security Administration officer during an attack at Los Angeles International Airport last month is scheduled to make his first court appearance Wednesday.
Derailed train sped as it approached 30 mph zone, NTSB says
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board on Monday said a train that derailed in New York City over the weekend was traveling 82 miles an hour as it approached a 30-mile-an-hour zone.
Security firm settles with Zimmerman for $30k
The firm hired to provide security for George Zimmerman and his family while he awaited trial for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin has reached a settlement with the former neighborhood watch volunteer and his attorney.
Man accused of sending ricin letters faces new charge
A man accused of sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and other officials is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday on a new charge.
White House says 375k visitors to revamped health care site
The federal government's new health care exchange website received more than 375,000 visitors by noon Eastern Time on Monday, the White House said -- a surge in users on the first day of what's effectively the site's relaunch.
Mass. gubernatorial hopeful outlines criminal justice reform
Democratic Massachusetts gubernatorial hopeful Juliette Kayyem unveiled a plan on Monday that she claims will help overhaul the state's criminal justice system, with a focus on rehabilitation and curbing waste.
Arizona's governor orders another child welfare inquiry
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer announced Monday a second outside review of the state's child welfare agency, to ensure that thousands of child abuse and neglect reports that were closed without being investigated are properly handled.
Obama reveals $100 million HIV research initiative
President Barack Obama on Monday announced a new initiative at the National Institutes of Health, to find a new generation of therapies -- and possibly even a cure -- for HIV.
Long commute in NYC as derailment investigated
Some commuters into New York City had to endure an extended trip by train, bus and subway on Monday, as crews continue to clear the site of a train derailment that killed four people and injured dozens of others Sunday.
Rise in earthquake activity may continue in Midwest
After decades of little seismic activity in Oklahoma, earthquakes have now become more common -- and a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey suggests that residents will probably have to endure them in the future.
Pennsylvania court clerk defends gay-marriage licenses
A court clerk in suburban Philadelphia, who defied Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage by signing licenses for scores of gay couples, is now urging the state's highest court to overturn an order that required him to stop.
Medical tech gets 39 year prison term for spreading Hep C
A traveling medical technician was sentenced on Monday to serve nearly 40 years in prison, for infecting dozens of patients in four states with hepatitis C -- through tainted syringes he used to inject narcotics.
Artist sues US gov't for using Statue of Liberty on stamp
An embarrassing mistake involving a Statue of Liberty postage stamp, that was issued two years ago, is now coming back to haunt the U.S. Postal Service.
Hubble Telescope best shot at learning comet's fate
The Hubble Space Telescope is the best bet for figuring out whether Comet ISON disintegrated during its brush with the sun last week, or whether part of it survived, NASA said Monday.
Federal health website recovering nicely, report says
Efforts to get the troubled HealthCare.gov website up to snuff continue Monday, as the Obama Administration claims that the worst of the glitches, bugs and delays may be over and the site is on the mend.
US Supreme Court rejects tax request by Amazon
On this Cyber Monday, when online retailers are expecting their biggest sales day of the year, there has been a setback in court for Amazon.com that could affect holiday sales for the retail giant.
Newtown will release 911 tapes of Sandy Hook shooting
City officials in Newtown, Connecticut on Wednesday will release the 911 telephone recordings made during the deadly shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December.
Four Tennessee high school students killed in car crash
Four Tennessee high school seniors were killed in a single-car crash over the weekend, apparently when they left a game of 'zombie tag' to get something to eat, officials said Monday.
Trial begins for police officers accused in homeless man's death
Opening statements got underway on Monday in the trial of two California police officers charged in the death of a schizophrenic homeless man -- a case that fueled protests and led to the resignation of a police chief.
Ohio high school locked down after report of boy with gun
A police SWAT team arrived at a northern Ohio high school on Monday to investigate reported sightings of a student with a gun, authorities said.
Second trial opens for officer who killed man after Katrina
For the second time in three years, a federal jury is set to hear the case against a former New Orleans police officer who shot and killed a man outside a strip mall -- amid the chaos after Hurricane Katrina.
Princeton club accountant stole $100k, police say
An accountant for a famous Princeton University musical-comedy group has been charged with embezzling more than $100,000 from the club over the last three years, officials said Monday.
Louisiana man dies after falling off houseboat
A 54-year-old Louisiana man died over the weekend after he fell off a houseboat during a hunting trip, authorities said Monday.
California Arab sparks debate over ethnic mascots
For decades, a Southern California high school has had a black-haired, mustached man wearing a head scarf known as the Arab as its mascot. It's just one of numerous sensitive mascots in the nation behind the debate over this political issue.
Actor Paul Walker dead after fiery crash near LA; speed eyed
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office said Sunday that speed was a factor in the fiery one-car crash that killed actor Paul Walker and a business associate on Saturday.
Hollywood expresses grief over Paul Walker's death
Hollywood has taken to Twitter in an outpouring of grief following the death of actor Paul Walker, who was killed in a fiery car crash in California on Saturday.
Ex-BP engineer charged over texts heads to trial
A jury is set to hear the Justice Department's case against a former BP drilling engineer charged with deleting text messages and voicemails about the company's response to its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
NTSB to probe derailment that killed four, injured over 60
Federal investigators will try to determine why a New York City commuter train derailed while rounding a curve in the Bronx, killing four people and injuring more than 60.
Local gas drilling laws get a key airing in Ohio
A closely watched lawsuit in Ohio is asking a question that's burning in cities and towns throughout shale country: Should state law trump local regulations when it comes to drilling?
Hepatitis C victims to attend tech's New Hampshire sentencing
Victims of a former hospital technician who infected patients with hepatitis C are getting a chance to face him, and some of them are traveling from Kansas to New Hampshire to do it.
Connecticut university to test pot for contaminants
The University of New Haven is developing a new process for identifying mold, bacteria and other contaminants in marijuana by using DNA profiling and analysis.
NTSB officials trying to reach Alaska crash site
The National Transportation Safety Board says it's working Sunday to get investigators to the scene of a plane crash in remote southwest Alaska that killed four people and injured six Friday night.
California police officers on trial in homeless man's death
Two California police officers accused in the death of a homeless man are heading to trial more than two years after the violent confrontation.
Arias fades from view as case veiled in secrecy
For months, Jodi Arias was a television staple and practically every minute of her murder trial was broadcast live.
Three railroad workers dead after New Mexico derailment
Authorities say three train operators were killed when their freight train derailed in southern New Mexico's Grant County and plunged down a ravine.
Two killed in horse-drawn buggy collision near Pittsburgh
Authorities say a vehicle crashed into a horse-drawn Amish buggy in western Pennsylvania, killing two people and injuring a third.