10/09/2013 1:14amThe Federal Reserve's decision last month to maintain the size of its economic stimulus was a shocker. Just about everyone expected a pullback in its bond purchases, which have helped keep loan rates low.
10/09/2013 1:17amLos Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck made a surprising entrance at the Los Angeles Police Museum last month when he stealthily zipped into the parking lot on a souped-up, racing-style, all-electric motorcycle.
10/09/2013 4:20amU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Brunei for meetings with top officials from China and its smaller Southeast Asian neighbors, in which he will urge all countries to cool tensions over territorial disputes in the South China Sea.
10/09/2013 4:53amA woman from a wealthy New York City suburb has pleaded guilty to running a multimillion-dollar marijuana-growing operating in a Queens warehouse.
10/09/2013 6:16amThe United States and China wrestled for influence in Southeast Asia on Wednesday as regional leaders opened an annual summit where the Chinese looked to take advantage of the absence of U.S. President Barack Obama to showcase their rising global clout.
10/09/2013 7:04amA 27-year-old South Carolina man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for killing a trick-or-treater who came to his door on Halloween 2008.
10/09/2013 7:41amQuiet, please. Your dinner will now be served.
10/09/2013 7:45amThe chancellor of the University of Mississippi says the disruptions at a campus play with gay slurs and inappropriate laughter from the audience is an opportunity to educate students about tolerance.
10/09/2013 9:09amA U.S. debt default in the event that a politically divided Congress fails to raise the federal borrowing limit would imperil the entire global economic recovery, a senior International Monetary Fund official warned Wednesday.
10/09/2013 9:43amFor the record, the Internal Revenue Service official in charge of implementing a big part of the new health care law tells Congress she has never knowingly consorted with the devil.
10/09/2013 9:47amAn outside Democratic group is airing television ads in 10 Republican-held congressional districts tying lawmakers to the tea party and the ongoing federal government shutdown.
10/09/2013 10:04amStock certificates issued by The Walt Disney Company are heading off to Never Never Land.
10/09/2013 10:42amA southern Idaho boy returned home this week from the hospital after a terrifying bout with a flesh-eating bacteria that doctors once feared would kill him.
10/09/2013 11:30amDefense Secretary Chuck Hagel traveled to Dover Air Force Base on Wednesday for the arrival of the remains of four U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan.
10/09/2013 11:53amThe White House expects a solution to be found Wednesday to military death benefit payments denied because of the government shutdown.
10/09/2013 11:55amGlobal investors have stayed remarkably confident in the U.S. despite one budget crisis after another. But they're starting to wonder if the latest political impasse will tarnish America's Teflon image.
10/09/2013 11:57amThe U.S. Department of Energy is proposing more delays in the cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation's most polluted nuclear site, the agency said Wednesday.
10/09/2013 11:59amKidnapping survivor Hannah Anderson will describe her ordeal on NBC's "Today" show, including how her family's friend-turned-captor handcuffed her and made her play a game of Russian roulette.
10/09/2013 12:04pmYou'll have to get coverage by Valentine's Day or thereabouts to avoid penalties for being uninsured, the Obama administration confirmed Wednesday.
10/09/2013 12:16pmHuman rights groups on Wednesday filed a lawsuit blaming the United Nations for a cholera outbreak that killed thousands of Haitians as lawyers seeking compensation for victims and clean water and sanitation for the Caribbean country stepped up efforts to force the world body to confront the tragedy.
10/09/2013 12:20pmIt doesn't sound like much: An extra 27.7 inches of length, nearly 6 more inches of height, two additional doors and four more panels of window glass on a small car badged "Fiat 500L".
10/09/2013 12:30pmA jilted husband who fled overseas after allegedly killing his wife's girlfriend in a restaurant in 1992 appeared gaunt and haggard when he appeared Wednesday in a Philadelphia courtroom.
10/09/2013 12:38pmOpponents of government surveillance have figured out how to get close to a heavily guarded National Security Agency data storage center set to open in a Salt Lake City suburb.
10/09/2013 12:39pmA central Pennsylvania man has been convicted for beating his wife when she didn't address him as "sir" in front of their kids.
10/09/2013 12:45pmThese are complicated times in the affairs of Washington and the nation, with death stars everywhere and all of them a struggle to comprehend. The partial government shutdown, the debt limit squeeze just around the corner, sequestration, how they fit with the health care law, how they don't _ it just goes on.
10/09/2013 12:50pmA New York county has fired two child welfare employees and suspended two supervisors following the beating death of a 5-year-old boy who had been the subject of repeated calls for help.
10/09/2013 1:03pmThe partial government shutdown has halted death benefits to the families of fallen soldiers, but the House has now voted unanimously for legislation that would restore those benefits.
10/09/2013 1:08pmIn a story Oct. 6 about opponents of hydraulic fracturing who are now working with the industry in different ways, The Associated Press erroneously reported Robert Donnan's connections to the anti-drilling group Marcellus Protest. Donnan has been credited by the group with supplying material for its publications and has been featured on its website and in newsletters, but he says he is not a member.
10/09/2013 1:29pmMichigan Gov. Rick Snyder testified behind closed doors Wednesday about his role taking Detroit into bankruptcy, a rare interview with lawyers for creditors who pressed him about retiree pensions and asked if the city could have done more to avoid the historic filing.
10/09/2013 1:38pmA former Chicago trader who was charged in one of the largest financial fraud cases prosecuted in Chicago has entered a guilty plea as part of a deal with prosecutors, court documents show.
10/09/2013 1:40pmFederal Reserve Vice Chair Janet Yellen says more needs to be done to strengthen the U.S. economy. She made her remarks as Obama nominated her to succeed Ben Bernanke as chair of the nation's central bank.
10/09/2013 1:58pmA controlled grass fire that severely burned a man who was sleeping in a Nebraska field was set without the landowner's permission, and authorities did not approve a permit for the blaze until afterward, according to testimony from a federal lawsuit.
10/09/2013 2:16pmWary city officials in Boston said Wednesday they're hoping school bus drivers who staged a surprise strike this week won't leave students stranded again, but they can't offer any guarantees.
10/09/2013 2:20pmIt could take several more months until an investigation into an Oklahoma oral surgeon accused of maintaining filthy office conditions is finished because patients are still coming forward in the case, a state official said Wednesday.
10/09/2013 2:24pmNew Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he came to Washington to support a friend _ and ended up meeting some new ones.
10/09/2013 2:27pmNearly 58 million Social Security recipients are still getting monthly benefits during the partial government shutdown. But they will have to wait to find out the size of next year's cost-of-living adjustment.
10/09/2013 2:33pmAbout 3.8 million veterans will not receive disability compensation next month if the partial government shutdown continues into late October, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki told lawmakers Wednesday. Some 315,000 veterans and 202,000 surviving spouses and dependents will see pension payments stopped.
10/09/2013 2:36pmA 14-year-old boy faces two juvenile counts of aggravated murder in the shootings of his foster father and another man at a deer camp in northeastern Oregon, authorities said Wednesday.
10/09/2013 3:03pmSeven states filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against the Environmental Protection Agency over health-damaging air pollution from outdoor wood-fired boilers that have become popular for residential heating.
10/09/2013 3:15pmPresident Barack Obama and lawmakers must rise above their incessant bickering and do more to end the partial government shutdown, according to a poll Wednesday that places the brunt of the blame on Republicans but finds no one standing tall in Washington.
10/09/2013 3:36pmArizona on Wednesday executed the oldest person on its death row, nearly 35 years after he was charged with murdering a man during a robbery and dumping his body along a highway.
10/09/2013 4:05pmThe federal government shutdown could leave America's craft brewers with a serious hangover.
10/09/2013 4:07pmAn anti-abortion group has sued a Texas judge who ordered a 15-year-old girl to keep living with her grandmother, even though she claimed the woman's convicted sex-offender boyfriend was making aggressive advances and that the couple was trying to force her to terminate a pregnancy.
10/09/2013 4:07pmA Greyhound bus struck a tractor-trailer early Wednesday on Interstate 80 in central Pennsylvania, killing a woman, critically injuring four other people including the bus driver and sending dozens to the hospital, authorities said.
10/09/2013 4:11pmIf she becomes the next Federal Reserve chair, the challenges that lie ahead for Janet Yellen will require both the steely intellect and the personable style that many attribute to her.
10/09/2013 4:14pmSome businesses say they'll be forced to hire fewer people or cut employee hours to avoid having to offer insurance coverage to workers under the new health care law.
10/09/2013 4:15pmNevada's highest court is weighing arguments put forward by casino giant Las Vegas Sands Corp. and disgruntled former Sands executive Steven Jacobs.
10/09/2013 4:22pmVirginia authorities are opposing an effort by convicted sniper Lee Boyd Malvo to challenge his sentence of life without parole.
10/09/2013 4:37pmThe Obama administration, scrambling to tamp down a controversy over suspended death benefits for the families of fallen troops, announced Wednesday that a charity would pick up the costs of the payments during the government shutdown.
10/09/2013 5:31pmThe deputy commander of U.S. nuclear forces, Vice Adm. Tim Giardina, was notified Wednesday that he has been relieved of duty amid a military investigation of allegations that he used counterfeit chips at an Iowa casino, the Navy said.
10/09/2013 5:36pmA school superintendent in North Dakota will resign after he says he took a gun to school after a student made a threat.
10/09/2013 6:04pmPresident Barack Obama says long-standing views that federal workers are lazy or don't do important work have contributed to the government shutdown.
10/09/2013 6:23pmFour undernourished Colorado boys who were living in squalor and unable to speak face a long and uncertain path to recovery, an expert said, but there is at least some hope for their future.
10/09/2013 6:54pmA homeless man who went on an anti-Semitic tirade in New York City's Times Square while dressed as Elmo was sentenced to a year in prison in a plot to extort $2 million from the Girl Scouts.
10/09/2013 6:54pmThe young man, just 20, stepped off the train. Another man followed him, pulling out a gun. There was a single shot, startling the preoccupied commuters. Justin Valdez fell, gasping and screaming for help as he died, a bullet to his head.
10/09/2013 7:11pmAn eastern New Mexico peanut butter plant involved in a nationwide salmonella outbreak last year closed its doors and filed for bankruptcy Wednesday.
10/09/2013 7:45pmThe U.N. management chief says the world body's overall financial situation is "sound" with 134 countries paying their assessment to the organization's regular operating budget by the Oct. 1 deadline.
10/09/2013 8:15pmHouse Republican leaders are considering a short-term increase in the U.S. debt limit as a possible way to break the gridlock that threatens the nation with an unprecedented default in as little as a week, officials said Wednesday night.
10/09/2013 8:52pmThe Associated Press-GfK poll on the partial government shutdown and politics was conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications Oct. 3-7. It is based on online interviews of 1,227 adults who are members of GfK's nationally representative KnowledgePanel.
10/09/2013 9:34pmReligious leaders frustrated by the federal budget deadlock are staging what they call a "faithful filibuster" across the street from the U.S. Capitol, reading the more than 2,000 Bible verses they say express God's concern for the poor.
10/09/2013 9:43pmA Cook County jury has convicted the gunman in the June 2009 shooting death of a Chicago police officer.
10/09/2013 9:48pmThe Agriculture Department is threatening to shut down three California poultry processing facilities linked to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened 278 people across the country.