08/29/2013 12:44amThe New York Police Department's use of the stop-and-frisk tactic, a defining issue in the city's mayoral campaign, was the focus of a prickly Republican mayoral debate.
08/29/2013 1:20amFor many among the tens of thousands of Americans who thronged to the National Mall to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, President Barack Obama's challenge to seize the cause of racial equality from the "glorious patriots" of the tumultuous 1960s struck a deep generational chord.
08/29/2013 2:13amFrom the nation's capital to a Georgia mountain carved with a Confederate memorial, church bells and hand bells served to answer Dr. Martin Luther King's call from 50 years ago to "let freedom ring" for all people.
08/29/2013 5:35amIf Nidal Hasan plans to welcome a death sentence as a pathway to martyrdom, the rules of military justice won't let him go down without a fight _ whether he likes it or not.
08/29/2013 6:22amThe University of Dayton is giving 100 students free bicycles in exchange for their promise not to bring cars to the southwest Ohio campus for two years.
08/29/2013 7:29amElko County prosecutors have dropped attempted murder charges against a Utah man accused of beating a hitchhiker and leaving him for dead in the desert.
08/29/2013 8:11amA bus carrying some members of Martin Luther King Jr.'s family was involved in a minor traffic incident while leaving the March on Washington commemoration, but no one was hurt.
08/29/2013 8:35amNew Jersey has approved a request from a national atheist group's president for a license plate with the word atheist after a brief flap.
08/29/2013 9:18amAuthorities in the District of Columbia say they've arrested a man for making threats against Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.
08/29/2013 9:19amPresident Barack Obama will speak to the AFL-CIO's Quadrennial Convention next month in Los Angeles.
08/29/2013 9:21amThe government is seeking the early release from prison of a former Alabama politician whose daughter died in a racist church bombing in Birmingham in 1963.
08/29/2013 9:45amDriving in America has stalled, leading researchers to ask: Is the national love affair with the automobile over?
08/29/2013 10:17amGeorge Zimmerman's wife says she's going to have to "think about" whether she stays married to him.
08/29/2013 11:06amHospital officials say conjoined boys born last month in Dallas have been safely separated and are doing well.
08/29/2013 11:10amBob Woodward is scheduled to teach a journalism seminar at Yale University in the spring.
08/29/2013 11:13amAn officer struggling to subdue a woman at the scene of a family dispute acted properly when he hit her in the head and wrestled her to the ground, despite her repeatedly telling officers she was pregnant, the police chief said.
08/29/2013 11:47amThe United Nations says some of its chemical weapons experts in Syria will personally take samples to laboratories around Europe after leaving Damascus on Saturday morning.
08/29/2013 11:57amA man with a history of harassing and threatening Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has been arrested after he allegedly sent an email to the FBI and media threatening to decapitate the first-term congresswoman.
08/29/2013 12:24pmA woman who admitted abandoning a dog later found at the bottom of a trash chute in a case that became a cause celebre and led to tougher animal cruelty laws was sentenced to probation Thursday by a judge who urged the animal's supporters to "put things in perspective."
08/29/2013 12:25pmA central New York maintenance worker duped out of a winning $5 million scratch-off ticket will get his money next month, seven years after being scammed out of the jackpot, state lottery officials said Thursday.
08/29/2013 12:59pmPresident Barack Obama has briefed House Speaker John Boehner on Syria in a conversation in which the Republican leader pressed the president to make the case to the nation and Congress for military action.
08/29/2013 1:13pmFederal inspection teams have been conducting spot safety checks of rail shipments of crude oil from the booming Bakken oil region in Great Plains states in response to last month's rail disaster in Canada, U.S. officials said Thursday.
08/29/2013 1:38pmCommuters fed up with traffic-clogged streets have a new option to get around the San Francisco Bay region: pedal power.
08/29/2013 1:46pmThe Federal Trade Commission on Thursday accused a small Atlanta-based medical lab that specializes in cancer detection of not doing enough to protect its patients' online records, resulting in the leak of Social Security numbers and birth dates of more than 9,000 consumers.
08/29/2013 1:51pmStates can request permission to ignore parts of the No Child Left Behind education law through the spring of 2016, the Education Department said Thursday.
08/29/2013 1:57pmA meeting of the U.N. Security Council's permanent members ended quickly Thursday with no sign of progress on an agreement over Syria's crisis.
08/29/2013 2:16pmA Delaware judge says a lender is entitled to seize the former presidential yacht Sequoia from its current owners.
08/29/2013 2:19pmAs part of its $160 million proposed discrimination settlement with black financial advisers, Merrill Lynch has agreed to make sweeping changes that "may well change the landscape of Wall Street," attorneys said Thursday in court filings.
08/29/2013 2:54pmThe Washington-Moscow Hot Line, used by U.S. and Russian leaders for frank discussions about crises including the 1967 Six-Day War and the Soviet Union's 1979 invasion of Afghanistan, marked its 50th birthday Thursday with the nations still grappling with competing interests in regional conflicts.
08/29/2013 2:56pmPenn State's student-run newspaper is bringing back its sex column.
08/29/2013 3:09pmPenn State's student-run newspaper is bringing back its sex column.
08/29/2013 3:13pmThe White House and a breakout group of eight Republican senators have been unable to find agreement in their attempts at reaching a bipartisan budget deal, separated by long-standing differences over whether to only reduce spending on large benefit programs or whether to combine those cuts with increased tax revenue.
08/29/2013 3:18pmA Kentucky man called 911 just minutes after killing his wife, sobbing and confessing to a dispatcher that he fatally shot the cancer-stricken woman, and asking to take a last look at her before his arrest, according to recordings released Thursday.
08/29/2013 3:26pmThe recent spate of fast-food worker strikes is another sign of the need to raise the minimum wage for all workers, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said in an interview with The Associated Press.
08/29/2013 3:44pmMonths after gun control efforts crumbled in Congress, Vice President Joe Biden stood shoulder to shoulder Thursday with the attorney general and the top U.S. firearms official and declared the Obama administration would take two new steps to curb American gun violence.
08/29/2013 3:52pmA co-owner of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey retail chain Bare Feet Shoes has been sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for paying workers off the books to avoid nearly $600,000 in federal taxes.
08/29/2013 3:55pmThree more women are accused in the 2011 attack on a southwestern Illinois Red Lobster waitress who was pummeled after serving the wrong fish order.
08/29/2013 3:56pmPopsicles, fans and outdoor classes were no match for a late-summer heat wave in Minneapolis, where schools finally gave up after struggling through three miserable days of classes, while soaring temperatures also were giving students time off in Colorado, Nebraska and Iowa.
08/29/2013 3:59pmNews that hundreds of threatened desert tortoises face euthanasia with the pending closure of a refuge near Las Vegas has generated a storm of reaction that has government officials scrambling to find alternatives and fielding offers from people wishing to adopt the reptiles or make donations.
08/29/2013 4:01pmA dozen men filed a broad new lawsuit against the Boy Scouts and former adult leaders Thursday, saying that abuse occurred regularly in Washington state sites such as a popular camp outside of Seattle.
08/29/2013 4:12pmA former U.S. Marine lieutenant who faced murder charges for shooting a pair of unarmed Iraqis has been named as the new director of the N.C. Division of Veterans Affairs.
08/29/2013 4:14pmPhillip Agnew hoped to deliver his message to tens of thousands observing the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, but time worked against him. Now he's making up for being cut with an online video.
08/29/2013 4:16pmA 60-year-old National Park Service employee was critically injured in an apparent assault in southeastern Arizona, and her government-owned truck was later found in a border town about 40 miles away, authorities said Thursday.
08/29/2013 4:16pmSecret budget documents show that a U.S. military laboratory in Afghanistan analyzed DNA from Osama bin Laden's corpse and confirmed his identify shortly after he was killed by a Navy SEAL team.
08/29/2013 4:24pmProsecutors portray a friend of the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect as a liar who misled terrorism investigators, but his lawyers said after his indictment Thursday it'll be clear in time that authorities shouldn't have charged him.
08/29/2013 5:12pmThe White House says President Barack Obama's decision on a possible military strike against Syria will be guided by America's best interests, suggesting the U.S. may act alone if other nations won't help.
08/29/2013 5:23pmDespite 75 years of federal marijuana prohibition, the Justice Department said Thursday that states can let people use the drug, license people to grow it and even allow adults to stroll into stores and buy it _ as long as the weed is kept away from kids, the black market and federal property.
08/29/2013 5:39pmThe 89-year-old son convicted of stealing millions of dollars from philanthropist Brooke Astor recently said he has regrets about what happened, a parole hearing document released Thursday shows.
08/29/2013 5:49pmNew York City police say they've arrested a woman after she offered an undercover officer a $60,000 stamp collection to kill her husband.
08/29/2013 6:23pmHalf an hour after putting her two children to bed, a Phoenix mother discovered they were gone. Frantic and fearful they had been kidnapped, she called police, who spotted her car near her apartment and tried to pull it over.
08/29/2013 6:24pmA Democratic congressman says that President Barack Obama has yet to make any decision on the timing or scope of a possible U.S. military intervention in Syria.
08/29/2013 6:27pmThe nation's top intelligence official said Thursday that he'll now release figures every year on how many new top secret court orders and national security letters are issued and how many people are targeted because of them.
08/29/2013 6:29pmA second man accused of posing as a Mormon missionary and beating and robbing a Las Vegas resident was arrested Wednesday.
08/29/2013 6:31pmThe mother of a 14-year-old girl who was raped by her teacher and later committed suicide appeared at a raucous Thursday protest against the judge who sentenced the man to a month in jail and said the victim was "older than her chronological age."
08/29/2013 6:43pmAn Army sergeant based at Fort Campbell has pleaded guilty for his part in the theft of fuel from a military base in Afghanistan.
08/29/2013 6:47pmA growing season that began unusually wet and cold in the Midwest is finishing hot and dry, renewing worries of drought and its impact on crops.
08/29/2013 6:56pmFast-food workers and their supporters beat drums, blew whistles and chanted slogans Thursday on picket lines in dozens of U.S. cities, marking the largest protests yet in their quest for higher wages.
08/29/2013 7:28pmAirports are known for having endless vending machines, restaurants and magazine stands designed to help make traveling more comfortable. But now, there's a new stop along the terminal that caters specifically to nursing mothers.
08/29/2013 7:36pmThe intelligence linking Syrian President Bashar Assad or his inner circle to an alleged chemical weapons attack is no "slam dunk," with questions remaining about who actually controls some of Syria's chemical weapons stores and doubts about whether Assad himself ordered the strike, U.S. intelligence officials say.
08/29/2013 8:22pmBP PLC says Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has misrepresented its record in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, including how much it has spent on cleanup.
08/29/2013 8:47pmBritish Prime Minister David Cameron lost a vote endorsing military action against Syria by 13 votes Thursday, a stunning defeat that will almost guarantee that Britain plays no direct role in any U.S. attack on Bashar Assad's government.
08/29/2013 8:54pmThe National Security Agency on Thursday disputed a published report that secret intelligence budget files provided by agency leaker Edward Snowden show that the surveillance agency warned in 2012 that it planned to investigate up to 4,000 cases of possible internal security breaches.