10/31/2013 12:32amNew York City mayoral hopefuls Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota debated for a final time, offering starkly different leadership styles for the very different versions of the future they see for the nation's largest city.
10/31/2013 1:06amAlaska's sole representative in the U.S. House now has another distinction: the longest-serving Republican in the chamber.
10/31/2013 1:22amDemonstrators in a Northern California town are protesting the shooting death of a 13-year-old boy by a sheriff's deputy, with some calling for the officer to face charges.
10/31/2013 1:23amPresident Barack Obama's soothing promise that Americans happy with their health insurance could simply keep it was doomed from the start, and everyone familiar with the market seemed to recognize that except the president. Even his aides said four years ago, early in the huge push for his health care law, that he wasn't to be taken literally on that point.
10/31/2013 1:27amBorn with a brittle bone disorder, 19-year-old Las Vegas resident Eric Doyle has experienced more than 500 painful fractures in his lifetime and is so fragile that he spent virtually all of his teen years confined to a hospital bed at his home.
10/31/2013 8:02amInvestigators in eastern Washington believe a 16-year-old new driver was speeding to "get air" on a section of road that teens use as jump when he crashed earlier this month, killing two 15-year-old girls in his car.
10/31/2013 8:14amA sex offender suspected of killing three Ohio women pleaded not guilty Thursday to updated charges including aggravated murder that could lead to a death sentence if he's convicted.
10/31/2013 8:16amA federal judge is allowing a condemned Ohio child killer to testify by video at a hearing over the state's plan to use a never-tried lethal drug combination on him next month.
10/31/2013 8:25amDozens of people reported seeing a fireball flash across Northwest skies at about 6 a.m. Wednesday, moving east to west.
10/31/2013 8:32amA woman who robbed an Oregon clothing boutique told the clerk: "Your money is insured. My kid isn't."
10/31/2013 8:40amAn annual hot-air balloon festival in New Mexico that draws visitors from around the globe says its attendance increased substantially this year over last.
10/31/2013 8:56amThe state Supreme Court on Thursday reversed a jury's wrongful death verdict against the state stemming from the April 16, 2007, killing of 32 students and faculty at Virginia Tech in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
10/31/2013 8:56amThe mother of a Minnesota man has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a well-known Wyoming-based wilderness training academy.
10/31/2013 9:37amA former volunteer firefighter charged in a string of arsons on the Eastern Shore has pleaded guilty to 68 counts.
10/31/2013 9:43amFor 2 1/2 years, a Somali man has languished in jail, waiting for his trial on piracy charges to begin _ even though the judge in the case says he's not a pirate and has concluded that the lengthy pretrial lockup violates his constitutional rights.
10/31/2013 10:11amMore than 47 million Americans who receive food stamps will see their benefits go down starting Friday, just as Congress has begun negotiations on further cuts to the program.
10/31/2013 10:17amWal-Mart is giving a disabled Colorado man his job back after he was fired as a store greeter for clocking in late after lunches.
10/31/2013 10:39amAn ex-police officer who fired 26 shots into the glass facade of a federal courthouse in West Virginia had a "deep hatred for the federal government," a recently broken heart and serious health problems before he was shot to death by an officer at the scene, a federal prosecutor said Thursday.
10/31/2013 10:44amImprisoned documents leaker Chelsea Manning says she'll go to court, if necessary, to receive treatment for gender identity disorder, also known as gender dysphoria.
10/31/2013 10:59amA 36-year-old Belgian businessman has pleaded not guilty to trying to ship products that could be used in nuclear-related programs from a Chicago-area company to Malaysia, via Belgium.
10/31/2013 11:07amThe National Park Service says crews will begin removing the scaffolding surrounding the Washington Monument starting in less than two weeks.
10/31/2013 11:52amA northwestern Pennsylvania woman has been jailed on charges she was under the influence of prescription medicine when she crashed head-on into another vehicle on Labor Day weekend, killing her young daughter, nephew and four people in the other vehicle.
10/31/2013 12:26pmWilliam C. Lowe had a bold idea: IBM should develop a personal computer that could be mass marketed, expanding the company's reach beyond businesses and into people's homes.
10/31/2013 12:45pmIn geopolitics, just as on the playground, even best friends don't tell each other everything. And everybody's dying to know what the other guy knows.
10/31/2013 12:51pmThe nation's largest landfill, where 130 million tons of garbage has been dumped, is closing Thursday after more than a half-century of service.
10/31/2013 12:51pmThe African Union says its members will introduce a resolution in the U.N. Security Council to delay the International Criminal Court trial of Kenya's leaders for a year.
10/31/2013 12:53pmRoyal Dutch Shell PLC will submit an Arctic offshore exploration plan for waters off northern Alaska but has not made a final decision on whether to drill in 2014, the company announced Thursday.
10/31/2013 12:58pmWhat might have been just another ugly holiday sweater has become something of a public relations issue for greeting card giant Hallmark.
10/31/2013 1:08pmAuthorities say a 7-year-old boy who was digging alone in a sand pile near his central Washington home died after the pile collapsed, burying his head, arms and shoulders.
10/31/2013 1:13pmTerrorists "found a second chance" to thrive in Iraq, the nation's prime minister said Thursday in asking for new U.S. aid to beat back a bloody insurgency that has been fueled by the neighboring Syrian civil war and the departure of American troops from Iraq two years ago.
10/31/2013 1:14pmA woman who was sentenced to life in prison as a teenager for killing her former pimp was released Thursday under a new California law that allows resentencing of certain inmates convicted as juveniles.
10/31/2013 1:26pmArchaeologists have uncovered 10,000-year-old Native American artifacts near a popular state-owned beach in the southern Adirondacks, making it among the earliest known occupied sites in New York state, officials announced Thursday.
10/31/2013 1:53pmA medical examiner has testified that the wife of a Utah doctor on trial for murder may have died from drug toxicity combined with heart disease.
10/31/2013 2:02pmOfficials say Israeli warplanes attacked a military target inside Syria.
10/31/2013 2:03pmA judge says a woman accused of splattering green paint at the Washington National Cathedral is incompetent to stand trial.
10/31/2013 2:09pmNo election may be too small or too local for the independent political groups vying for influence in the United States.
10/31/2013 2:10pmThe scene in a city-owned building may look like a hurricane has swept through Houston: Nurses giving vaccine shots, people scurrying around with files and papers and officials leaning over computers helping bleary-eyed parents fill out forms as their children munch on free pretzels.
10/31/2013 2:12pmBP plc announced plans this week to divest $10 billion in assets before the end of 2015.
10/31/2013 2:31pmSecretary of State John Kerry is hitting the road again, this time on a damage-control mission to the Middle East and Europe where rancor is high over U.S. strategies in Syria, Egypt and Iran as well as American surveillance activities revealed by ex-NSA analyst Edward Snowden.
10/31/2013 3:01pmA central Ohio woman accused of faking a cancer diagnosis for her 4-year-old son has been indicted on felony charges of child endangerment and theft.
10/31/2013 3:02pmJust two weeks after President Barack Obama saw his Democratic Party put up an unyielding front against Republicans, his coalition is showing signs of stress.
10/31/2013 3:14pmAfter a decade of work and billions of dollars spent, the modernization of the U.S. air traffic control system is in trouble. The ambitious and complex technology program dubbed NextGen has encountered unforeseen difficulties at almost every turn.
10/31/2013 3:24pmObama administration officials defended U.S. efforts in Syria Thursday against blistering criticism from Republicans who claim Washington has goals, but no strategy to find a solution that would end the bloody conflict affecting nations throughout the Mideast.
10/31/2013 3:28pmA woman traveled South Texas injecting people with what appears to be some kind of liquid rubber under the guise that it was collagen or Botox, local and federal authorities said Thursday.
10/31/2013 3:37pmWorkers who take advantage of special tax-free accounts to pay out-of-pocket medical expenses could soon be allowed to carry over up to $500 from one year to the next.
10/31/2013 3:45pmU.S. lawmakers will head to Europe to help address concerns abroad about alleged U.S. spying and convince the Europeans of the need to continue joint anti-terrorism efforts with the U.S., the chairman of a Senate subcommittee on European affairs said Thursday.
10/31/2013 3:53pmAn Ohio prison guard has resigned after the state says it found falsified logs documenting checks on a death row inmate who later committed suicide.
10/31/2013 4:03pmInterior Secretary Sally Jewell says Congress needs to do more than talk when it comes to national parks, forests and other public lands.
10/31/2013 4:12pmThe House Ethics Committee won't investigate eight House members arrested during an immigration protest near the Capitol earlier this month.
10/31/2013 4:24pmArcher Daniels Midland would be required to create new jobs in Decatur should the agribusiness giant receive state incentives for keeping its headquarters in Illinois, legislation filed Thursday said.
10/31/2013 4:26pmA New York company announced Thursday it hopes to build a 150-mile power line from the Canadian border under Lake Champlain and then across Vermont to the town of Ludlow where it would connect to the New England electric grid.
10/31/2013 4:27pmA 66-year-old great-grandfather told police he was filled with anger and alcohol when he shot two women with an assault rifle in a Detroit retirement home, enraged at what he believed were their persistent intrusions into his relationship with another woman.
10/31/2013 4:33pmThe head of the Border Patrol says his agents made about 420,000 arrests in the budget year that ended in September, a 15 percent increase from the previous year.
10/31/2013 4:54pmA lightning strike may have caused a pipeline rupture that spilled more than 20,000 barrels of oil in a North Dakota wheat field, federal regulators said in a report issued Thursday.
10/31/2013 5:12pmFederal officials have apprehended a person they believe carved a set of names into a national monument in Montana where explorer William Clark signed his moniker more than 200 years ago.
10/31/2013 5:13pmFormer Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker is starting his new job in an unusual position _ a freshman Democratic senator with celebrity status.
10/31/2013 5:13pmAfter two years of review, Montana and federal officials notified Exxon Mobil Corp. on Thursday that they intend to seek damages for injuries to birds, fish and other natural resources from a major crude oil spill into the Yellowstone River.
10/31/2013 5:16pmThe few remaining residents of a Pennsylvania coal town that was largely razed in the 1980s because of an underground mine fire that still burns today have gotten their wish _ to be left alone, free to live out their lives there.
10/31/2013 5:18pmAn instructor pilot is to blame for the June crash of an F-16 fighter at Luke Air Force Base west of Phoenix because he made a rapid climbing turn after hitting several birds while taking off, robbing the plane of airspeed and the ability to recover, according to an Air Force investigation report released Thursday.
10/31/2013 5:24pmImprisoned documents leaker Chelsea Manning says she'll go to court, if necessary, to get treatment for gender identity disorder, also called gender dysphoria.
10/31/2013 5:35pmA former Indiana State Police trooper acquitted in the slayings of his wife and two children after spending 13 years in prison has written a letter to supporters saying he feels blessed by the latest turn of events and is moving forward in his life.
10/31/2013 5:40pmFinally, the White House has pulled off a successful web launch.
10/31/2013 6:17pmThe California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday approved new safety regulations for transit agencies' rail workers that are believed to be the first of their kind in the nation.
10/31/2013 6:33pmEmployees from six Homeland Security Department offices have abused an overtime program and cost the government about $8.7 million a year, according an Office of Special Counsel letter and report sent Thursday to the president and Congress.
10/31/2013 6:56pmThe decision to grant a security clearance to a man who later killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard was made without a review of a critical police report, but background investigators still followed the correct standards, the top federal personnel management official told a Senate panel Thursday.
10/31/2013 7:04pmThe Vatican is taking the unusual step of conducting a worldwide survey on how parishes deal with sensitive issues such as birth control, divorce and gay marriage, seeking input ahead of a major meeting on the family that Pope Francis plans next year.
10/31/2013 7:18pmGovernment safety rules are changing to let airline passengers use most electronic devices from gate-to-gate.
10/31/2013 7:52pmA tunnel designed to smuggle drugs from Tijuana, Mexico, to San Diego was equipped with lighting, ventilation and an electric rail system, U.S. authorities said Thursday, making it one of the most sophisticated secret passages discovered along the U.S.-Mexico border.
10/31/2013 8:02pmIt was a chilling series of horrors: four mass killings involving four different families, in four states over four bloody days, leaving 14 adults and seven children dead.
10/31/2013 8:11pmTwo men were killed as heavy rains across Central Texas swelled rivers and creeks and triggered flash flooding Thursday, prompting dozens of rescues across a region that's been dealing with a long, punishing drought.
10/31/2013 8:19pmA paroled rapist who vanished after allegedly cutting off his ankle monitor was booked on suspicion of making dozens of threatening calls to the family of his 80-year-old victim, authorities said Thursday.
10/31/2013 9:24pmTen Kansas children and a school bus driver were pulled to safety from a fast-moving creek Thursday after the bus toppled into the water and landed half-submerged on its side.
10/31/2013 11:56pmThe boy, dressed up for court with his unruly blond hair slicked down, whispered with his lawyer but showed no reaction when a judge decreed that he be confined to a juvenile lockdown facility for murdering his neo-Nazi father when he was 10.