06/20/2014 1:20amFor years, the U.S. has been clear about its intent to step back from Iraq. The restrained American military aid now being offered to defend Baghdad against a ferocious Sunni insurgency reaffirms the Obama administration's mantra that Iraq is still largely on its own.
06/20/2014 1:21amNew York lawmakers worked into the early morning hours to end their six-month session, churning through bills and striking deals to authorize medical marijuana and provide a reprieve to teachers worried about how the new Common Core standards might affect evaluations.
06/20/2014 1:22amNew York is set to become the 23rd state to legalize medical marijuana under an agreement announced by legislative leaders.
06/20/2014 1:50amPresident Barack Obama's announcement that he's sending military advisers to Iraq raises questions — in some quarters, red flags — about whether that could mean a return to warfare under another name.
06/20/2014 2:11amHealth officials say they have confirmed that a crow found in one of Chicago's western suburban counties has tested positive for West Nile virus.
06/20/2014 2:11amResearchers are looking for 1,000 people to test a drug's effect on Alzheimer's disease at the University of Kentucky's Sanders-Brown Center on Aging.
06/20/2014 2:20amThe director of South Carolina's probation department is set to address the newest class of graduates from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy.
06/20/2014 2:42amNot so long ago Kevin McCarthy was working as an aide to his local congressman in hot, dusty Bakersfield, California. Now the genial 49-year-old is a new face of the GOP, selected by House Republicans as their majority leader after a whirlwind round of politicking prompted by last week's primary election upset of Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia.
06/20/2014 3:10amGov. Bill Haslam's office is dismissing as a "political stunt" a letter signed by 15 Republican lawmakers demanding the resignation of Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman.
06/20/2014 3:10amMissouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation that continues a loan forgiveness program for students of large-animal veterinary medicine.
06/20/2014 4:10amA Livingston County woman who was convicted of animal cruelty in the death of one horse and the care of two other horses says the animal that died must have been poisoned by someone else.
06/20/2014 4:20amOne hundred children are expected to meet up at the Wet'N'Wild waterpark in Las Vegas to join in what may be the world's largest swimming lesson.
06/20/2014 4:40amThey were adopted off-the-books decades ago, scattered by a Georgia doctor who took $100 or $1,000 or something in between to send desperate couples home with new sons and daughters. Now some of the adoptees have turned to fresh DNA testing in hopes of reconnecting with the biological families they never knew, before time runs out.
06/20/2014 4:50amA mug shot of a Northern California man arrested on felony weapons charges has gone viral on social media, attracting more than 33,000 "likes" and drawing comments praising his high cheekbones, chiseled face and striking blue eyes.
06/20/2014 6:10amThe weeklong odyssey of a registered sex offender traveling with a missing teenage girl from Florida ended after a sighting by a Louisiana truck stop cashier triggered a lengthy police chase, authorities say.
06/20/2014 6:30amA suburban St. Louis school board has decided to keep a sexual health and education e-book available to middle-school students despite concerns from some parents.
06/20/2014 6:31amBall State University's top academic administrator will be its interim president for a month this summer.
06/20/2014 6:50amThe New Mexico Foundation for Open Government has renewed its request for the full release of an audit of 15 nonprofits that provided behavioral health services for needy New Mexicans.
06/20/2014 7:11amFirefighters have made significant strides in a wildfire that has consumed more than 21 square miles of forest and grazing land on the Navajo Nation.
06/20/2014 7:11amA fifth case of Legionnaires' Disease has been reported at a Wilson County facility.
06/20/2014 7:20amGov. Bobby Jindal wants Louisiana out of the Common Core education standards. There's just one problem: his executive power has legal limits, and he can't unilaterally yank the state out of Common Core.
06/20/2014 7:31amSouth Carolina State University, which has been battling financial problems and has had to seek a loan from the state, has now seen its accreditation status downgraded.
06/20/2014 7:31amForty-four Mississippi schools districts — the largest number in the Southeast — remain embroiled in lawsuits seeking to end decades of federal oversight.
06/20/2014 7:51amSalt Lake City police have launched an internal investigation into an officer's decision to shoot and kill a dog that was in its own backyard.
06/20/2014 7:51amDog bites are on the rise in Idaho Falls.
06/20/2014 8:10amA Billings woman is charged with intentionally hitting her 12-year-old son with her car.
06/20/2014 8:10amA sobbing businessman in his 30s called a hotline set up by his fellow Iraqi immigrants, desperate to talk to someone after fearing his father was the man he saw in an online news video of a beheading in northern Iraq.
06/20/2014 8:20amA 5-year-old Columbus boy lost his battle to cancer 12 months ago, but his "Angels" are still fighting for a cure.
06/20/2014 8:31amResidents in a Boise neighborhood evacuated after a car crashed into a home and severed a natural gas line are being allowed to return home.
06/20/2014 8:41amPaine College in east Georgia has been placed on probation by its accrediting body.
06/20/2014 8:51amThe East Baton Rouge Parish School Board has voted 10-1 not to extend Superintendent Bernard Taylor's three-year contract past its expiration in June 2015.
06/20/2014 9:01amMichigan State University has approved a 2.8 percent tuition increase for in-state, undergraduate students for the 2014-15 academic year.
06/20/2014 9:14amA 46-year-old man has died on a family backpacking trip in the backcountry of Weber County.
06/20/2014 9:21amThe Federal Aviation Administration says a pilot reported visual impairment after a laser struck an airliner landing at Los Angeles International Airport.
06/20/2014 9:21amInvestigators believe the improper use of cigarettes is to blame for a deadly house fire in Sparks.
06/20/2014 9:51amHouse Speaker John Boehner urged President Barack Obama Friday to send National Guard troops to the southern border to help deal with the surge of unaccompanied minors from Central America, calling it a "national security and humanitarian crisis."
06/20/2014 9:51amFormer Nevada Division of Parole and Probation chief Bernie Curtis has joined the staff of Rep. Mark Amodei.
06/20/2014 10:01amA Florida man has been charged with attempted murder after throwing a pan of hot grease and grits at a man who was on his front porch.
06/20/2014 10:01amAuthorities say a patient has been treated for minor facial cuts after a bullet partially shattered a New York City hospital window.
06/20/2014 10:11amUpgrades to the University of Oklahoma's stadium are on the agenda when the school's board of regents meets next week.
06/20/2014 10:11amThe burned father of two children who perished in a house fire spoke by telephone from his hospital bed to family, friends and neighbors holding a candlelight vigil in front of his northwest Las Vegas home.
06/20/2014 10:39amA 23-year-old man suspected of taking part in robberies in Idaho and Utah died while in custody after jumping over a railing and falling 13 feet at the Blaine County Jail in central Idaho, authorities said.
06/20/2014 10:51amOnly about half of the veterans diagnosed with PTSD last year after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan received the recommended therapy despite efforts by the Department of Veterans Affairs to beef up its mental health staffing, the Institute of Medicine said in a report released Friday.
06/20/2014 10:51amFire forged Kristin Curtis.
06/20/2014 10:51amGOODING . Decades ago, Jan Zollinger jumped at the opportunity to help a blind classmate at Brigham Young University.
06/20/2014 11:01amDonald Sterling can't seem to avoid trouble over recorded phone calls. In the latest twist to a downfall triggered by more recordings, the Los Angeles Clippers' owner allegedly threatened to "take out" his wife's lawyer and sue two doctors who declared him mentally unfit.
06/20/2014 11:01amThe man who led Las Vegas' main marketing organization through a banner tourism year is likely to get an 8 percent raise and a 50 percent bonus.
06/20/2014 11:11amA young green sea turtle found injured in Georgia last year has a new home in eastern Iowa, following three plane rides and nearly 1,200 miles of travel.
06/20/2014 11:21amA 19-year-old will serve at least six months in prison for smuggling a gun into a Philadelphia school where he was an alumni mentor.
06/20/2014 11:51amIn an election-year challenge to President Barack Obama, the Republican-led House on Friday overwhelmingly approved a $570 billion defense bill that halts any Guantanamo transfers for a year amid the furor over the American-for-Taliban swap and pulls back on government spying.
06/20/2014 11:51amThe body of an apparent drowning victim has been pulled from the Bear Lake State Park marina in northeast Utah.
06/20/2014 11:52amInvestigators recovered a body on Friday from the rubble of a suburban Denver house that was leveled by an unexplained explosion.
06/20/2014 12:01pmUniformed Las Vegas constables are suspending enforcement of a state law requiring new residents to promptly obtain in-state license plates.
06/20/2014 12:11pmSecretary of State John Kerry is heading to the Mideast this weekend to discuss Iraq's stability as a raging Sunni Muslim insurgency threatens the Shiite-led government.
06/20/2014 12:11pmA South Dakota health care provider has announced plans to build a new $16.5 million medical office building on the south side of Mitchell.
06/20/2014 12:16pmA handsome mug shot of a Northern California man arrested on felony weapons charges has gone viral on social media, attracting more than 64,000 "likes" and drawing comments praising his high cheek bones, chiseled face and striking blue eyes.
06/20/2014 12:21pmA home health care worker charged with involuntary manslaughter after her husband's disabled 33-year-old son was found dead at their home was ordered Friday to stop working as a nurse.
06/20/2014 12:21pmMental health suitability screenings for gun owners and sellers and consolidation of smaller emergency management dispatch centers are among the ideas being considered by a Connecticut commission charged with crafting public policy recommendations in light of the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
06/20/2014 12:21pmAn Arizona man was sentenced Friday to four years in prison for leaving his infant son unattended inside a hot car for several hours without air conditioning last summer.
06/20/2014 12:21pmAuthorities near Denver are searching for a man with a rifle who shot and wounded three people at the end of a rap concert last night.
06/20/2014 12:31pmThe Pentagon expects Iraq to agree in writing to legal protections for the military advisory teams that President Barack Obama is sending as part of an effort to stiffen Iraqi defenses against insurgents, a spokesman said Friday.
06/20/2014 12:31pmUniversity of South Carolina trustees are raising tuition rates by 3 percent next fall to help fund pay raises, retirement benefits and health care costs.
06/20/2014 12:34pmCleveland police should have stopped a car chase in November 2012 long before it ended with officers firing 137 rounds and killing two unarmed people, an Ohio prosecutor said in court filings.
06/20/2014 12:34pmHouse Majority Leader-elect Kevin McCarthy told religious conservatives Friday he knows they're frustrated and has heard the message. "We will unite," McCarthy promised.
06/20/2014 12:34pmA Portland State University archivist has uncovered a box of reel-to-reel recordings of campus speeches by figures such as Robert F. Kennedy and Allan Ginsberg.
06/20/2014 12:51pmPolice say one person is dead and two people are injured after a shooting in a neighborhood southeast of downtown Las Vegas.
06/20/2014 12:51pmThe full board of the Tennessee Board of Regents has voted to increase tuition at its institutions this year.
06/20/2014 12:51pmThe Alabama Department of Public Health says 14 people who ate in a Russellville restaurant two weeks ago have tested positive for salmonella.
06/20/2014 1:01pmJosh Earnest comes to the job of White House press secretary with a reputation for Midwestern affability and a style of relating to the media that's more honey and less vinegar.
06/20/2014 1:01pmTexas Gov. Rick Perry said it was a mistake for him to use a story about alcoholism to explain his views on homosexuality.
06/20/2014 1:01pmInvestigators on Friday ruled out the possibility that someone else killed a 32-year-old woman and her two baby daughters whose bodies were found in their car in a middle school parking lot in Hagerstown.
06/20/2014 1:11pmAn inmate who won a major case at the Michigan Supreme Court over a governor's power to change prison sentences is asking the court for additional help because the state's interpretation of the groundbreaking decision could block his release.
06/20/2014 1:31pmAll but closing the books on one of the most lurid crime cases in New York history, the city has agreed to a $40 million settlement with five men who were falsely convicted in the vicious 1989 rape and beating of a Central Park jogger, a city official said Friday.
06/20/2014 1:31pmThree people in central Florida face charges for feeding bears and other wildlife in an area where a woman was mauled by one in April.
06/20/2014 1:31pmSwedish diplomats acting for the U.S. have visited an American man detained by North Korea weeks ago.
06/20/2014 1:31pmAn Idaho Republican Party advisory committee turned combative Thursday while members discussed who held the chairmanship.
06/20/2014 1:41pmNote to parents: All those hours your kids spend blazing a trail of destruction in video games may not be a complete waste of time, after all.
06/20/2014 1:41pmSeveral hundred students from a struggling St. Louis County school district will not return next year to the St. Charles County school system where they had transferred.
06/20/2014 1:51pmThe suspect in an Idaho bank robbery has been arrested in southwestern Montana.
06/20/2014 2:00pmThe Army says a man found with a single gunshot wound at Arlington National Cemetery apparently committed suicide.
06/20/2014 2:01pmThe Public Charter School Commission has issued a letter of intent to revoke a southeastern Idaho school's charter.
06/20/2014 2:01pmU.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned Friday that any possible airstrikes against Sunni extremists in Iraq could be ineffective and backfire. He urged Iraq's feuding communities to unite against the terrorists who have captured a vast swath of territory.
06/20/2014 2:02pmThe Obama administration is launching an effort to accelerate protection of sage grouse along the California-Nevada line with $31 million in spending through 2024 to help ranchers and others improve habitat in what one top official says may be the best, last chance to keep the bistate population off the list of threatened species.
06/20/2014 2:11pmA building that was being demolished in southern New Jersey has collapsed and killed a worker.
06/20/2014 2:11pmGran fondos are all about bringing different types of cyclists together.
06/20/2014 2:11pmThe Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association has overhauled gender rules for boys and girls sports teams, which will make it nearly impossible for boys to play on girls' squads but will safeguard and possibly expand opportunities for girls.
06/20/2014 2:20pmNearly five years after a woman was charged with killing her 100-year-old roommate in a Massachusetts nursing home, a second-degree murder charge is still pending against her at the age of 102.
06/20/2014 2:20pmThe only member of the Supreme Court with school-age children is saving furiously for their college educations.
06/20/2014 2:31pmAnnaMaria Kiaresh does not consider herself a hero, nor does she consider herself to have done something extraordinary.
06/20/2014 2:41pmMore than 350 military officers and government employees have graduated from the U.S. Naval War College.
06/20/2014 2:41pmWith New York awash in murder and drugs, the 1989 rape and beating of a Central Park jogger by what was said to be a gang of "wilding" teens was seen as evidence of a city sliding into lawlessness. A quarter-century later, it stands instead as a $40 million symbol of failure by the justice system.
06/20/2014 2:41pmA 63-year-old Las Vegas man was acquitted of attempted murder, but convicted of battery, assault and reckless disregard for spraying gasoline on a man who annoyed him and setting it ablaze during an argument at a convenience store in October 2012.
06/20/2014 2:41pmSwedish diplomats acting for the U.S. have visited an American man detained by North Korea weeks ago.
06/20/2014 2:51pmMississippi's top education officials are expressing disappointment with Gov. Phil Bryant for calling Common Core "a failed program." The state superintendent and the chairman of the state Board of Education said Friday that the new academic standards are important to improving achievement in a state that has long lagged behind others.
06/20/2014 2:51pmA Las Vegas hospital is accusing a Nevada personal injury lawyer of defaming it with comments during a May news conference about a lawsuit stemming from a tuberculosis outbreak last year.
06/20/2014 2:51pmThe National Park Service is taking steps to ban drones from 84 million acres of public lands and waterways, saying the unmanned aircraft annoy visitors, harass wildlife and threaten safety.
06/20/2014 3:01pmThe University of Missouri system has added gender identity and gender expression to the non-discrimination policy at its four campuses.
06/20/2014 3:11pmThe state Board of Higher Education on Friday appointed Roy H. Saigo as interim president of Southern Oregon University, the Ashland-based school that's cutting academic programs because of budget woes.
06/20/2014 3:11pmMan gets 35 years in prison for fire that killed 9 during birthday sleepover in Cleveland.
06/20/2014 3:11pmThe Department of Veterans Affairs' acting inspector general said his office will look into the death of a Missouri veteran who was killed by police after pointing a gun at them, shortly after being told there was a 30-day wait to check in at a VA hospital for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder.