10/18/2013 12:57amBulletins are going out this week to owners of the other dozen or so swing rides of the type that broke last month at a Connecticut fair, advising them to check the gears and shafts in the motors for any problems using ultrasonic testing equipment, according to an official of the successor company of the ride's manufacturer.
10/18/2013 2:16amLawmakers and strategists from the Republican Party's establishment are lashing out at tea partyers and congressional conservatives whose unflinching demands triggered the 16-day partial government shutdown and sent the GOP's popularity plunging to record lows.
10/18/2013 2:25amMany veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have embarked on a new mission, but this transition from battlefield to university classroom isn't always easy.
10/18/2013 2:38amThe government is open for business again.
10/18/2013 2:51amNAME _ Jeh Charles Johnson.
10/18/2013 5:04amThousands of workers are demonstrating in Rome against the Italian government's new budget, which they say will bring more hardship.
10/18/2013 6:30amOur food was a little less safe, our workplaces a little more dangerous. The risk of getting sick was a bit higher, our kids' homework tougher to complete.
10/18/2013 7:40amThe North Texas teenager accused of kidnapping and killing a 6-year-old girl has been indicted on a charge of attempted capital murder in the shooting of a police officer.
10/18/2013 7:42amThe Dutch judges who ruled that taxing dog owners is discriminatory were apparently barking up the wrong tree.
10/18/2013 8:43amMany Californians dove under desks and tables at midmorning Thursday in a major drill of the "drop, cover and hold on" earthquake survival skill.
10/18/2013 8:46amA day after most furloughed federal employees went back to work, the Smithsonian's National Zoo is open to visitors again.
10/18/2013 9:36amThree companies behind private juvenile detention and treatment facilities at the heart of a juvenile justice scandal in northeastern Pennsylvania have settled a civil lawsuit for $2.5 million.
10/18/2013 9:39amA Texas man was arrested on murder charges nearly 45 years to the day after the bullet-riddled body of his alleged victim, a Bethlehem Steel employee, was found in a northeastern Pennsylvania field.
10/18/2013 9:46amRegrouping after a feud with Congress stalled his agenda, President Barack Obama is laying down a three-item to-do list for Congress that seems meager when compared with the bold, progressive agenda he envisioned at the start of his second term.
10/18/2013 10:37amInside a command center at a Chicago marketing agency, a small team of social media experts hunkers down to monitor online chatter about President Barack Obama's health care law, answer questions on Facebook from discouraged consumers and post information and advice on Twitter.
10/18/2013 10:57amWest Point Cadet Christer Horstman was on a mission _ to cut pork chops.
10/18/2013 11:08amThe Newark that Cory Booker is leaving behind as the state's newly elected U.S. senator is far more nuanced and complicated than could be captured in the boosterish campaign stump speeches or television sound bites for which the mayor is known.
10/18/2013 11:28amAn appeals court panel Friday wrestled with a challenge to force-feeding hunger strikers at Guantanamo Bay, with a lawyer for the detainees acknowledging he was seeking a ruling "that may lead to death."
10/18/2013 11:41amProsecutors have charged a convicted felon with murder in the disappearance and slaying of a federal criminal investigator in Northern California.
10/18/2013 12:49pmOfficer Sean Collier was dedicated to his work and loved life; to the 27-year-old bachelor, "every day was a good day," said Massachusetts Institute of Technology Police Chief John DiFava at a ceremony Friday to unveil a temporary memorial to Collier.
10/18/2013 1:05pmScheming to scuttle a major cigarette-smuggling case that spanned from Virginia to New York, an accused ringleader plotted behind bars to get witnesses killed, authorities said as they announced new charges against him.
10/18/2013 1:18pmA federal judge refused Friday to throw out criminal charges against former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who is accused of accepting bribes, free trips and other gratuities from contractors in exchange for helping them secure millions of dollars in city work.
10/18/2013 1:31pmIt always seemed likely that the partial government shutdown would end with a deal largely on President Barack Obama's terms. But that outcome wasn't preordained.
10/18/2013 1:35pmThe Kansas Supreme Court indefinitely suspended the law license of former state Attorney General Phill Kline on Friday, following allegations of ethical misconduct during his investigation of abortion providers.
10/18/2013 1:48pmA man who strangled and robbed his grandparents after they celebrated his release from prison was sentenced Friday to life behind bars at a court hearing punctuated by his profanity-riddled outburst.
10/18/2013 2:14pmRepublican Gov. Scott Walker is using his new book to renew his criticism of 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and raise his own national profile as a reformer who took on public sector unions and won.
10/18/2013 2:28pmA Kentucky museum that tells a Bible-based history of the world says it has acquired the fossil of a large dinosaur predator similar to a Tyrannosaurus rex that offers evidence of the Old Testament worldwide flood.
10/18/2013 2:41pmAntonia Brenner, an American nun who was raised in Beverly Hills and abandoned a life of privilege to live in a notorious Mexican prison, has died at the age of 86.
10/18/2013 2:42pmFormer city police Chief Nathan Harper pleaded guilty to federal charges that he conspired to steal police funds deposited into unauthorized credit union accounts and willfully failed to file income tax returns.
10/18/2013 2:45pmAfter six months of negotiations and a four-day strike in July, San Francisco's Bay Area Rapid Transit system and its workers had all but agreed on the typically contentious contract issues of wages and benefits. Then a deal fell apart, and workers went on strike Friday for a second time. The main sticking point: "work rules."
10/18/2013 2:48pmThis is how to make another gun rally in gun-friendly Texas stand out: Tell everybody to bring their rifles and shotguns to the Alamo, the state's most popular attraction, which sits downtown in the country's seventh-largest city. And be sure to invite the state's gun-friendliest politician, who also happens to hold the keys to the historic site.
10/18/2013 2:49pmRetired four-star Army general and former CIA director David Petraeus is joining the staff at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
10/18/2013 3:08pmA federal air marshal has been arrested and accused of taking cellphone photographs underneath women's skirts as they boarded a plane at Nashville International Airport.
10/18/2013 3:28pmFor President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats, this month's budget battles brought about a remarkable period of party unity, a welcome change for the White House after a summer of disputes over possible military action in Syria, government spying programs and the president's pick to lead the Federal Reserve.
10/18/2013 3:33pmThree men are charged with setting a New York City convent on fire and stealing a golden chalice from the building.
10/18/2013 3:35pmThe director of the Energy Department's National Energy Technology Laboratory has resigned and been replaced by his deputy on an acting basis.
10/18/2013 3:47pmA 6-year-old boy killed in the massacre in Sandy Hook Elementary School shouted for his classmates to run while the gunman paused to reload and was shot moments later, the boy's mother said Friday.
10/18/2013 3:53pmA New Jersey boy whose family was shunned by their Orthodox Jewish community after he went to authorities to report being sexually abused by a teacher urged other victims of sex abuse to speak out and get help from prosecutors.
10/18/2013 4:04pmU.S. Sen.-elect Cory Booker says he will officiate at weddings of both gay and heterosexual couples as the mayor of Newark now that New Jersey is allowing same-sex marriage.
10/18/2013 4:05pmFormer President George H.W. Bush says his wife is getting fed up with his flashy socks, so he's donated a bright pair with a cactus theme to a church fundraiser.
10/18/2013 4:08pmTwo weeks of courtroom debate over how much oil spewed into the Gulf of Mexico after BP PLC's 2010 rig disaster came to an end Friday _ marking the end of the second phase of a trial over the Deepwater Horizon explosion that killed 11 workers.
10/18/2013 4:24pmThe Illinois Supreme Court threw out a state law Friday that taxes certain Internet sales, saying the so-called "Amazon tax" violated federal rules against "discriminatory taxes" on digital transactions.
10/18/2013 4:26pmThe FBI announced Friday it has assigned its Joint Terrorism Task Force to lead a probe of laser attacks on the cockpits of two planes approaching LaGuardia Airport this week, inviting help from the public as well to fight a growing threat against the nation's air transportation.
10/18/2013 4:26pmCall it Gourd Central Terminal.
10/18/2013 4:38pmAuthorities say a man from a Texas town called Gun Barrel City was caught with a loaded revolver in his carry-on bag at New York City's LaGuardia Airport.
10/18/2013 4:42pmUsing a bathtub brought into court by prosecutors, neighbors of a former Utah doctor charged with murder in his wife's death demonstrated Friday how they found the woman's body.
10/18/2013 4:43pmA Colorado man survived six nights in near-freezing temperatures next to his friend's body before the wreckage of their truck was discovered off of a rural highway, authorities said Friday.
10/18/2013 4:44pmA traveling California faith healer and his pilot died Friday morning when their small Texas-bound plane crashed soon after taking off from a Kansas airport, authorities said.
10/18/2013 5:07pmThe U.S. and Romania have reached an agreement to allow American troops and cargo to use the Black Sea air base of Mihail Kogalniceanu as a transport hub as they move in and out of Afghanistan.
10/18/2013 5:13pmPresident Barack Obama will travel to New York next week to raise money for Democrats.
10/18/2013 5:19pmA woman from Samoa studying to become a Catholic nun has been charged in the District of Columbia with smothering her newborn son, police said.
10/18/2013 5:24pmThe White House says President Barack Obama has discussed Syria, human rights and other issues with Norway's new prime minister.
10/18/2013 5:57pmPresident Barack Obama on Friday nominated the Pentagon's former top lawyer to help craft the nation's counterterrorism policy as secretary of homeland security, suggesting a shift from the department's emphasis on immigration and border issues to a greater focus on security against possible attacks.
10/18/2013 6:09pmKentucky authorities say they have cited U.S. Sen. Rand Paul's 20-year-old son on alcohol possession by a minor at a Kentucky racetrack.
10/18/2013 6:10pmMore than a dozen fifth graders were injured when a 24-foot inflatable slide collapsed Friday afternoon at their Georgia elementary school, authorities said.
10/18/2013 6:19pmThe Missouri teen who says she was raped by an older boy at her high school and left passed out on her porch wrote in an online woman's magazine that the incident sent her into a spiral and she twice tried to commit suicide.
10/18/2013 6:27pmFlorida deputies have arrested the stepmother of a 14-year-old accused of bullying a girl prior to her suicide.
10/18/2013 6:29pmFederal prosecutors in New York say they've extradited four men from Mexico and Colombia as part of a three-year international drug investigation.
10/18/2013 6:30pmThe stepmother of a 14-year-old accused of bullying a Florida girl prior to her suicide was arrested and charged with child abuse after a video depicting the woman beating a boy was posted on Facebook, a sheriff said Friday.
10/18/2013 6:38pmKristopher Oswald said he did the right thing when he interrupted the assault of a woman in a Michigan Wal-Mart parking lot, even though it violated the national retailer's policies for employees.
10/18/2013 6:54pmAn autopsy of a fetus found in a teenage girl's shopping bag at a New York City lingerie store was inconclusive, and more tests will be needed to determine how the fetus died, the city medical examiner's office said Friday.
10/18/2013 7:05pmAuthorities are mulling whether to press charges against a Boy Scouts leader who purposely knocked over an ancient Utah desert rock formation and against the two men who cheered him on after they posted video of the incident online.
10/18/2013 7:15pmThe suspect in a deadly Reno bank robbery has a lengthy criminal record with 62 arrests dating back to 1967 and five felony convictions, federal prosecutors said.
10/18/2013 7:48pmA manager who allegedly faked a bomb threat to rob her own Los Angeles bank pleaded not guilty to federal bank robbery charges Friday.
10/18/2013 8:49pmSilence is golden. To the patrons of Eat restaurant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, it's more like $40.
10/18/2013 9:18pmSurveillance video showing a Dallas police officer shooting a mentally ill man standing still about 20 feet away contradicts the assertion of an officer that the man threatened his safety by lunging at him with a knife.
10/18/2013 9:52pmEight people, including a young girl in critical condition and three firefighters, were taken to hospitals on Friday with injuries sustained in a residential high-rise fire in Los Angeles that did its worst damage to just one apartment but left dozens of people displaced, authorities said.
10/18/2013 11:16pmSenior U.S. House Republican Bill Young was being remembered as a defense hawk, with a passion for looking after the needs of men and women in uniform and those of his constituents back in Florida. Young died Friday at age 82, a week after announcing from his hospital bed that he wouldn't seek a 23rd term.
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