12/31/2013 1:03amThey are some of the rarest bobblehead dolls ever produced. They're released erratically. They're given away for free, not sold. And if you get a certificate to claim one, you have to redeem it at a Washington law office.
12/31/2013 1:04amIn an almost annual ritual, Congress is letting a package of 55 popular tax breaks expire at the end of the year, creating uncertainty _ once again _ for millions of individuals and businesses.
12/31/2013 1:05amFifty-five temporary tax breaks are expiring at the end of the year. Among the big ones:
12/31/2013 6:56amAbout half of Americans expect 2014 to be a better year than 2013, according to the recent AP-Times Square New Year's Eve poll. And judging by the typical questions pollsters use to measure the public mood, it doesn't seem like it could be much worse.
12/31/2013 7:11amFive men heading to a party were shot and a woman apparently was pistol-whipped, police and a community advocate said Tuesday, marking a year-end outburst of violence in a Brooklyn neighborhood that has struggled with crime even as it hit record lows.
12/31/2013 7:28amA New Hampshire state representative has apologized for driving into a group of ducks outside a Nashua hotel last week.
12/31/2013 8:58amA new trial has been scheduled for a man accused of setting a 1989 fire that killed a family of four in New Hampshire.
12/31/2013 9:06amA man charged with trying to bilk the Boston Marathon bombing victims' fund out of more than $2 million has filed a federal lawsuit claiming state police violated his constitutional rights when they arrested him.
12/31/2013 9:29amThe 2014 Chevrolet Malibu packs a surprise: It's the first mainstream mid-size sedan sold in the United States with standard automatic engine stop-start that saves gasoline.
12/31/2013 9:57amA Pennsylvania state trooper has been placed on unpaid leave and charged with pepper-spraying his girlfriend's 13-year-old son because the boy stayed in bed instead of going to school.
12/31/2013 10:05amOn the surface, an 11-year-old Illinois boy who likes Legos and zombies would seem to have little in common with a U.S. senator focused on Iran sanctions and immigration reform.
12/31/2013 11:13amPolice were adding extra patrols around pot shops in eight Colorado towns that plan to allow recreational sales to anyone over 21 on Jan. 1. Officials at Denver International Airport installed new signs warning visitors their weed can't legally go home with them.
12/31/2013 11:18amAlong the bank of the James River in Richmond and next to luxury condominiums, a movement is brewing to place beer cellars built in 1866 on the National Register of Historic Places.
12/31/2013 11:20amThe Associated Press is asking Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio's transition team to open his swearing-in ceremony to the news media.
12/31/2013 11:33amAn MSNBC host apologized Tuesday morning after she and panelists on her weekend program faced criticism for poking fun at a photo of Mitt Romney, his wife and their nearly two dozen grandchildren, zeroing in on the Romneys' recently adopted African- American grandchild, Kieran.
12/31/2013 11:43amThe stock market was unstoppable in 2013.
12/31/2013 12:01pmThe White House says it is disappointed that peace talks in Northern Ireland have ended without an agreement.
12/31/2013 12:39pmIn a story Dec. 27 about Jonnie R. Williams Sr. stepping down as CEO of Star Scientific Inc., The Associated Press reported erroneously that state and federal authorities are investigating Williams' relationship with Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. A prosecutor investigated Cuccinelli's failure to promptly disclose thousands of dollars in gifts from Williams and his company but concluded in July that the attorney general broke no laws.
12/31/2013 1:42pmThe mystery illness that has killed 27 bald eagles in Utah this month appears to be West Nile Virus, state officials said Tuesday.
12/31/2013 1:48pmThe new year is bringing a host of new laws taking effect in January or thereabouts. A look at some state and local laws that are making news:
12/31/2013 1:50pmA federal judge on Tuesday struck down a Florida law requiring applicants for welfare benefits to undergo mandatory drug testing, ruling it was unconstitutional and shouldn't be enforced.
12/31/2013 2:10pmMexican license plates are common in parking lots of shopping malls in U.S. border cities. They will be even more familiar after Mexico raises its federal sales tax in border regions to match the rest of the country, say merchants and shoppers.
12/31/2013 2:35pmDuring his tenth round of Mideast shuttle diplomacy, Secretary of State John Kerry will try to get Israel and the Palestinians to agree to the outlines of a final peace agreement, but doesn't expect a "big breakthrough" during his trip to the region this week, a senior State Department official said Tuesday.
12/31/2013 3:32pmA federal judge upheld most of New York's new gun control law on Tuesday, rejecting arguments that its bans on large-capacity magazines and the sale of some semi-automatic rifles violate Second Amendment rights.
12/31/2013 3:39pmDr. John W.V. Cordice, a surgeon who was part of the medical team that saved Martin Luther King Jr. from a nearly fatal stab wound in 1958, has died at age 95.
12/31/2013 3:41pmA small Missouri brewery has responded to a cease and desist letter from Starbucks by sending the coffee chain a check to cover what it calls the profit from use of the word "Frappicino" _ a check for $6.
12/31/2013 3:59pmA bank director accused of losing millions of investors' dollars before vanishing last year was arrested Tuesday during a traffic stop in a city in south Georgia.
12/31/2013 4:01pmCongress and the White House need to restore funding to the nation's federal courts to keep from undermining "the public's confidence in all three branches of government," Chief Justice John Roberts said Tuesday in his year-end report.
12/31/2013 4:11pmHours after a boisterous Christmas dinner at her grandfather's, 13-year-old Zainee Hailey came home and took out her family's trash, a chore she rotated with her siblings. She bundled up the trash bag and stepped outside her Newark home into the path of a stray bullet authorities said was meant for someone else.
12/31/2013 4:47pmA California girl declared brain dead after tonsil surgery will remain on life support for at least another week after a state judge on Monday extended a deadline.
12/31/2013 5:38pmA man apparently killed his wife and their two children before turning the gun on himself in a Southern California home, police said Tuesday.
12/31/2013 6:03pmTom Edwards grew up in a family that's been cutting trees and hauling timber in the Pacific Northwest for more than a century. The Spanaway, Wash., resident says he has worked as a logger since he was a kid _ it's just what an able-bodied youngster was expected to do.
12/31/2013 6:23pmTom Edwards grew up in a family that's been cutting trees and hauling timber in the Pacific Northwest for more than a century. The Spanaway, Wash., resident says he has worked as a logger since he was a kid _ it's just what an able-bodied youngster was expected to do.
12/31/2013 6:41pmThe White House says it remains "deeply concerned" about the fragile security situation in South Sudan.
12/31/2013 6:50pmIt lit up the world and showed us all our way. It served presidents, princes, and paupers with equal alacrity. It brought the writings of Yeats, Joyce, Rowling, and Trudeau to millions of bed-readers, and helped countless people around the world avoid stubbing their toes in the dark.
12/31/2013 7:15pmA woman walking across a Boston drawbridge was crushed to death Tuesday after an operator raising the bridge for a boat to pass heard her screams and lowered it, accidentally trapping her between the two plates, investigators said.
12/31/2013 8:10pmA man is in custody after police got calls about a possible gunman at a San Antonio hospital, but officers say no shots were fired, no injuries were reported and no one saw a gun.