01/31/2014 1:53amAaron Alexis, who killed 12 people at Washington's Navy Yard, was able to convince Veterans Affairs doctors before the shooting rampage that he had no mental health issues despite serious problems and encounters with police during the same period, an Associated Press review of his confidential medical files has found. A timeline of events leading up to the Sept. 16, 2013, killings:
01/31/2014 2:16amAmanda Knox is facing what seemed like a distant worry when she was giving national television interviews and promoting her autobiography last year: the possibility of being returned to Italy to serve decades in prison for the death of her roommate, Meredith Kercher.
01/31/2014 2:35amThe White House has rebuffed repeated protests by some of President Barack Obama's top environmental allies that his climate strategy won't work.
01/31/2014 4:20amA southeast Ohio grandmother has been charged with child abuse for allegedly gagging an 11-year-old granddaughter with soiled men's underwear.
01/31/2014 6:20amConnecticut officials say a fire at a quarry that has supplied granite for the Statue of Liberty and other landmarks is likely to smolder for several days.
01/31/2014 7:50amAmanda Knox said Friday she will fight the reinstated guilty verdict against her and an ex-boyfriend in the 2007 slaying of a British roommate in Italy and vowed to "never go willingly" to face her fate in that country's judicial system .
01/31/2014 8:06amLt. Chuck Nadd knew something was up when Anheuser-Busch's private jet flew him from Fort Drum in New York to his hometown in central Florida within hours of his return from a tour in Afghanistan in early January.
01/31/2014 8:39amPolice in North Carolina have charged a teenager with attempted murder in the shooting of four youths earlier this week at a church playground.
01/31/2014 9:29amHeavy snow is forecast for northern and central Illinois on Saturday.
01/31/2014 9:38amGunfire one Mardi Gras weekend on boozy Bourbon Street, a mass shooting at a neighborhood jazz parade that wounded 19 and the gunshot deaths of three children in 2013 nearly overshadowed a promising statistic New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu touts as he seeks re-election Saturday: the city's murder rate dropped last year.
01/31/2014 9:44amHurricane forecasters hope color-coded maps will help coastal residents understand how dangerous storm surge can be.
01/31/2014 9:48amAmanda Knox says she'll never willingly go back to Italy to face a 28 1/2-year prison sentence for a murder conviction that was upheld by an Italian court.
01/31/2014 10:04amThe Democrats' committee to elect senators raised $52.6 million last year and has more than $12 million in the bank to defend their majority.
01/31/2014 10:04amThe Food and Drug Administration is proposing new rules to keep food safe while it's transported.
01/31/2014 10:12amThe U.S. intelligence chief, James Clapper, said this week that the loss of state secrets as a result of leaks by former National Security Agency analyst Edward Snowden was the worst in American history. Clapper backed up his assertion with dire forecasts about emboldened enemies abroad, but some historians and researchers said the U.S. has struggled with even more devastating intelligence breakdowns over the past century.
01/31/2014 10:25amA South Carolina company that has installed protective window coverings at the U.S. Capitol and other buildings around the world is apologizing for an email advertisement that used a photo of the shot-out entrance to a Connecticut elementary school where 20 children and six adults were killed.
01/31/2014 10:35amCaesars Entertainment Corp. says it plans to replace Las Vegas' shuttered Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon in the spring with a swanky 188-room hotel renamed the Cromwell.
01/31/2014 10:41amThe top 10 most popular dog breeds in the United States in 2013, according to the American Kennel Club's registry:
01/31/2014 11:04amThe European Union's chief foreign policy official says the next round of nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers will be held Feb. 18 in Vienna.
01/31/2014 11:14amAbout 50 residents in a southeast Mississippi town have been evacuated after 18 cars of an 85-car train derailed, spilling chemicals.
01/31/2014 11:26amSchool officials violated state anti-discrimination law when they would not allow a transgender fifth-grader to use the girls' bathroom, according to a ruling by the highest court in Maine that's believed to be the first of its kind.
01/31/2014 11:40amIt's puppy love for the record books: The Labrador retriever was the nation's most popular dog breed last year for a 23rd year in a row, the American Kennel Club announced Friday.
01/31/2014 11:46amAir travelers will likely endure delays at San Francisco International Airport in spring and summer because of construction work on some runways.
01/31/2014 11:59amMassachusetts prison officials on Friday said they will appeal a decision that would force them to provide taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery for an inmate serving a life sentence for murder.
01/31/2014 12:03pmMore Mexican gray wolves live in the wild in the Southwest than at any time since the federal government began reintroducing the endangered predator in the region, officials said Friday.
01/31/2014 12:07pmThe gunman who killed 12 people in last year's rampage at Washington's Navy Yard convinced Veterans Affairs doctors before the shootings that he had no mental health issues despite disturbing problems and encounters with police during the same period, according to a review by The Associated Press of his confidential medical files.
01/31/2014 1:01pmThe Republican National Committee raised almost $81 million last year and has $9 million banked for this year's elections.
01/31/2014 1:20pmTechnology experts are gathering to brainstorm ways to improve access to the Internet and information in Cuba, considered one of the least connected countries in the Western hemisphere.
01/31/2014 1:27pmA suspicious package that briefly shut down parts of Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama contained only food.
01/31/2014 1:35pmThe lawyer representing a 17-year-old teen shot in the wrist by police at a Hawaii high school blames the shooting on the state Education Department failing to give the boy the psychiatric support he needed.
01/31/2014 1:39pmA New York judge on Friday approved most of the $8.5 billion Bank of America settlement over investor losses from mortgage-backed securities, concluding that trustee Bank of New York Mellon acted reasonably with one exception.
01/31/2014 1:42pmThe trustee for a bankrupt railroad said Friday that he anticipates victims of a fiery derailment that killed 47 people in Quebec could eventually share in a "nine-figure" settlement fund.
01/31/2014 1:43pmA tumultuous week of peace talks aimed at stemming Syria's bloodbath ended Friday with no progress to show and a lingering standoff over President Bashar Assad's future.
01/31/2014 1:49pmIt was no coincidence on Friday when William Bratton entered a packed auditorium at police headquarters in lower Manhattan to the strains of the fabled U.S. Cavalry tune "Garryowen."
01/31/2014 1:50pmAn independent team named by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to review the state's troubled child welfare agency is calling for a top-to-bottom overhaul of the department to focus it purely on child safety.
01/31/2014 1:57pmThe lawyer representing the mother of the 17-year-old knife-wielding teen shot in the wrist by police at a Honolulu high school blames the shooting on the state education department's failure to give the boy the psychiatric support he needs.
01/31/2014 2:01pmA former manager at an Iowa slaughterhouse will spend 30 more months in prison for harboring and financially exploiting immigrant workers who were in the U.S. illegally, a federal judge ruled Friday.
01/31/2014 2:05pmThe Texas Board of Education imposed tighter rules Friday on the citizen review panels that scrutinize proposed textbooks, potentially softening fights over evolution, religion's role in U.S. history and other ideological matters that have long seeped into what students learn in school.
01/31/2014 2:30pmThe House Oversight Committee is looking into Navy contracting practices amid a widening federal probe into a multimillion-dollar bribery scheme involving a Singapore-based defense contractor accused of offering prostitution services and pricey vacations to Navy officers.
01/31/2014 2:38pmA Connecticut prisoner who said he was forced to sleep on a mattress that smelled of mildew and missing much of its stuffing was awarded $12,000 Friday by a jury that concluded he suffered cruel and unusual punishment.
01/31/2014 2:46pmThe lingering effects of drought across the Great Plains in recent years have led to another decrease in the U.S. cattle herd.
01/31/2014 2:56pmThe goodwill surrounding a deal to resolve how New York City carries out its stop-and-frisk crime-reducing tool is raising hopes that the new mayor will amicably resolve other disputes that have spilled into the courts as well, including the police department's eavesdropping in Muslim communities.
01/31/2014 3:12pmA man accused of plotting shooting attacks at a movie theater and a Walmart in southwest Missouri was found guilty of first-degree assault and armed criminal action Friday.
01/31/2014 3:22pmA nephew of former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter Friday in the death of a man he got into a fight with outside a bar in 2004.
01/31/2014 3:34pmA craft brewer still has hopes of one day using drones to deliver its lager to ice fishing anglers on Minnesota lakes by air, despite being grounded by federal aviation officials after a recent test run.
01/31/2014 3:36pmProsecutors say the court-ordered psychiatric evaluation of a 12-year-old accused of shooting two classmates in New Mexico is complete.
01/31/2014 4:03pmMary Scanlon had no idea a $3 purchase from a Goodwill store in Phoenix would turn out to be a rare link to the civil rights movement's most revered leader.
01/31/2014 4:09pmJurors delivered a split verdict Friday for a western Colorado woman whose two sons died of overheating after she left them in a running SUV last winter.
01/31/2014 4:22pmThe Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena filed for bankruptcy protection Friday as part of a proposed $15 million settlement for hundreds of victims who say clergy members sexually abused them over decades while the church covered it up.
01/31/2014 4:30pmMeteorologists in the Midwest took to social media on Friday to quell rumors that a winter storm expected to move into the region next week could dump up to 30 inches of snow in some areas.
01/31/2014 4:34pmA Princess Cruises vessel docked Thursday night in a Houston-area port after more than 180 people became sick. It was the second cruise ship to return to its U.S. port this week after passengers and crew members contracted a suspected stomach illness. The other cruise, affiliated with Royal Caribbean, returned early to New Jersey on Wednesday.
01/31/2014 4:34pmThe Democratic National Committee raised close to $65 million last year and spent almost the entire haul.
01/31/2014 4:47pmAn Arizona woman has been accused of trying to kill her hospitalized husband by injecting fecal matter into his IV line, police in suburban Phoenix said Friday.
01/31/2014 4:53pmNew Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez's political campaign paid a law firm $250,000 in December for legal costs related to Justice Department and Senate Ethics Committee investigations into his ties to a major donor, according to disclosure forms filed Friday. The Democrat has also set up a legal trust to raise money as the investigations continue.
01/31/2014 4:57pmA week after emerging from an ordeal that began with her husband killing her son and himself and continued with her being placed in a psychiatric unit against her will, a Vermont woman said Friday that the state's mental health system needs big changes.
01/31/2014 4:59pmAn Ohio man's family has fulfilled his dying wish _ to be buried astride his beloved Harley-Davidson motorcycle encased in a see-through casket.
01/31/2014 5:05pmA couple accused of imprisoning the wife's daughters in a Tucson home now face new charges in a second Arizona county where they lived previously.
01/31/2014 5:05pmAn independent team named by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to review the state's troubled child welfare agency on Friday called for a top-to-bottom overhaul of the department to focus it purely on child safety.
01/31/2014 5:20pmRoman Polanski. Edward Snowden. Manuel Noriega. Over the years, the famous and the infamous have been caught up in the legal process called extradition, which governs whether one country will turn over fugitives from justice to another country.
01/31/2014 5:53pmProsecutors filed charges Friday against two former Boy Scout leaders accused of toppling one of the ancient rock formations at Utah's Goblin Valley State Park.
01/31/2014 5:56pmA sport utility vehicle carrying six women lost control on an icy western Michigan roadway and spun into the path of a pickup truck early Friday, causing a crash that killed four and injured five, authorities said.
01/31/2014 6:10pmProsecutors have charged Justin Bieber's friend Lil Za with two counts of drug possession after detectives found him with ecstasy and oxycodone in the singer's mansion earlier this month.
01/31/2014 6:19pmA Los Angeles suburb is spicing up its lawsuit against a hot-sauce manufacturer it claims polluted the air with pungent smells.
01/31/2014 6:41pmRegulators closed a small lender in Idaho on Friday, marking the third U.S. bank failure of 2014 after 24 closures last year.
01/31/2014 6:43pmThe Navy has awarded a $44 million contract to make repairs to the Navy Yard building in Washington where a gunman killed 12 people.
01/31/2014 6:51pmTwo suspects are in custody following a brazen broad-daylight robbery at the Cartier store in midtown Manhattan.
01/31/2014 7:01pmPresident Barack Obama's new declaration that he's open to legalizing many immigrants short of citizenship sounds a lot like House Speaker John Boehner and other GOP leaders, an election-year compromise that numerous Republicans as well as Democrats crave.
01/31/2014 7:06pmVice President Joe Biden says Iraq's self-ruled northern Kurdish region must work with Iraq's government to resolve conflicts over revenues for exported oil.
01/31/2014 7:14pmThe White House says a new environmental assessment from the State Department isn't the last step in deciding whether the Keystone XL pipeline can be built.
01/31/2014 7:20pmThe long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline cleared a major hurdle toward approval Friday, a serious blow to environmentalists' hopes that President Barack Obama will block the controversial project running more than 1,000 miles from Canada through the heart of the U.S.
01/31/2014 7:21pmReal estate mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump provided a preview Friday of what a Trump-for-governor campaign might look like.
01/31/2014 7:25pmIt was the photo that ran worldwide after an Italian court once again convicted Amanda Knox in the sensational murder case involving her and her former boyfriend: A person, covered by a coat, leaving her mother's Seattle home and speeding away in a car.
01/31/2014 7:27pmA lawyer for a former loyalist of Gov. Chris Christie says the governor knew about lanes closings near the George Washington Bridge at the time they occurred and that the governor gave contrary information at a Jan. 9 news conference.
01/31/2014 7:30pmFor the past decade, millions of Americans have passed on the biggest football game of the year to watch something way cuter. By now it's an established fact: Television doesn't get much more adorable than puppies.
01/31/2014 7:40pmA Utah cafeteria manager and her supervisor have been placed on leave during an investigation into why lunches were taken from students who owed money on food accounts.
01/31/2014 8:06pmA federal grand jury has indicted three men on charges of causing a Los Angeles-area wildfire that burned five homes.
01/31/2014 8:18pmA photo of a Border Patrol agent helping a child shoot a powder-filled ball at a target resembling a person sparked outrage by activists, who say the scene appeared to represent the shooting of an immigrant.
01/31/2014 8:43pmA woman has been found guilty of manslaughter in connection with the illicit silicone buttocks injections that prosecutors say killed a Georgia woman in 2012.
01/31/2014 9:10pmA woman has been found guilty of manslaughter in connection with the illicit silicone buttocks injections that prosecutors say killed a Georgia woman in 2012.
01/31/2014 10:40pmA cruise ship that had more than 180 passengers and crew fall sick with an apparent stomach virus returned to a Houston-area port early due to a dense fog advisory and not because people were vomiting and had diarrhea, a Princess Cruises spokeswoman said Friday.
01/31/2014 10:56pmA San Francisco porn company was fined more than $78,000 this week by state safety officials for maintaining dangerous workplace conditions, among them allowing performers to have sex on camera without using condoms.
01/31/2014 11:21pmAuthorities say they've arrested a Long Island police officer who's accused of targeting Hispanic motorists and stealing cash from them during traffic stops.