12/23/2013 12:51amCall it a steady diet of gridlock, with "Green Eggs and Ham" on the side.
12/23/2013 2:16amHe usually has black hair and a black beard, sometimes just a mustache. Like Santa, he wears a hat _ though often it's a sombrero. He dons a serape or a poncho and, in one case, a red and black zoot suit. And he makes his grand entrance on lowriders or Harleys or led by a pack of burros instead of eight reindeer.
12/23/2013 10:42amIt was five days before Christmas, and luckily for Gem the puppy, the creature was stirring on the trash-sorting conveyor belt.
12/23/2013 10:52amThe Pentagon's top civilian says it's time to tame burgeoning military personnel costs, but he's facing a test of wills with the nation's powerful veterans groups, which want no cut in their benefits.
12/23/2013 12:02pmHorse riders and trainers are demonstrating against a plan to nearly triple the tax on riding schools in France.
12/23/2013 12:18pmA father threw his young child off the roof of a 52-story Manhattan apartment building in a murder-suicide on the first day he was allowed to be alone with the boy amid an ugly custody battle with the mother, police officials said Friday.
12/23/2013 12:27pmTakeaways from 2013: The rich got richer, the poor got poorer; gays got married. The NSA knows everything; Obamacare needs critical care; Washington failed to get much done; and Congress rates lower than cockroaches.
12/23/2013 12:53pmA Delta jet headed to Atlanta with 180 passengers aboard has slid off a taxiway at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. No one was hurt.
12/23/2013 12:59pmFederal wildlife officials have crafted a new plan to restore the highly endangered black-footed ferret that includes re-introducing the animal to more states.
12/23/2013 1:02pmTowering grain silos overlook the main highway in Salt Lake City at the Mormon church's Welfare Square. At grocery stores, there's a whole section with large plastic tubs with labels that read, "Deluxe survivor 700." Radio ads hawk long-term supplies of food with 25-year shelf lives.
12/23/2013 1:14pmTomi Tuel remembers a particularly vexing Christmas after her divorce. Her two kids received an Xbox as a gift and hauled it from home to home when it came time to visit their dad.
12/23/2013 1:30pmInterior Secretary Sally Jewell on Monday rejected a proposed land swap with the state of Alaska to build a road through a remote Alaska national wildlife refuge that shelters millions of migratory waterfowl.
12/23/2013 1:34pmSix years ago, Elizabeth Martin's nephew Joseph was shot and killed by an off-duty police officer while out celebrating his 30th birthday in Rio de Janeiro. Now, Martin has a message for the hordes of foreigners set to descend on Brazil for next year's World Cup: The next Joseph Martin could be you.
12/23/2013 1:47pmWashington Gov. Jay Inslee personally met with an Airbus executive recently to discuss how the state and the Boeing rival can work together.
12/23/2013 1:54pmThe U.S. has moved additional Marines and aircraft from Spain to the Horn of Africa to provide embassy security and help with evacuations from violence-wracked South Sudan.
12/23/2013 1:56pmThe Maltese government on Monday announced a revised scheme to sell citizenship in the European Union nation, raising the threshold of investment without introducing a residency requirement.
12/23/2013 2:06pmPNC Financial Services Group is paying $35 million to resolve government claims of discrimination in car loans against a Cleveland-based bank that PNC bought in 2009.
12/23/2013 2:34pmIs it President Barack Obama's biggest failure or achievement? The Affordable Care Act aims to help millions of Americans, many of them poor, obtain health insurance. But one poll released on Monday indicates a popular split on how it should be viewed so far.
12/23/2013 2:38pmGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the environmentalist Green Party have inked a deal to rule the central state of Hesse that includes the country's financial capital Frankfurt.
12/23/2013 2:43pmDonald Trump has filed two ethics complaints against state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, accusing him of misconduct.
12/23/2013 2:55pmThe glitch-plagued rollout of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul was the top news story of 2013, followed by the Boston Marathon bombing and the dramatic papal changeover at the Vatican, according to The Associated Press' annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors.
12/23/2013 3:06pmFour mountain bikers missing overnight in the rugged and chilly San Gabriel Mountains were found safe and unharmed Monday.
12/23/2013 3:08pmPNC Financial Services Group is paying $35 million to resolve government claims of discrimination in residential loans against a Cleveland-based bank that PNC bought in 2009.
12/23/2013 3:33pmA former executive from Tiffany & Co. was sentenced to one year and one day in prison Monday for stealing more than $1.2 million in jewelry from its famous Fifth Avenue location, a crime a judge called an inexplicable act of self-destruction by someone who didn't need the money.
12/23/2013 3:33pmDozens of military criminal cases have been thrown into limbo because of a legal challenge over whether Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel improperly appointed a judge to the Air Force's highest court, with attorneys raising questions about the judge's independence amid increasing pressure over the military's handling of sexual assault cases.
12/23/2013 3:45pmBrenda Schmitz knew she wouldn't live to watch her four boys grow up. Diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer, she was told she would die within months.
12/23/2013 3:52pmLondon-based mining giant Rio Tinto announced Monday it plans to conduct a review of the Pebble Mine prospect in southwest Alaska, including whether to cut its ties with the proposed project.
12/23/2013 4:19pmA 40-year-old Hamilton man has pleaded guilty to drug charges more than a year and a half after his daughter was found distributing marijuana-laced candy on a school bus.
12/23/2013 4:24pmThe United Nations says it has processed the Indian government's request to register the country's deputy consul general, who is accused of lying on a visa form about how much she paid her housekeeper, as a member of the country's mission to the United Nations.
12/23/2013 4:36pmThe margin for error in operating ICBMs can be excruciatingly small _ an eighth of an inch, in one case.
12/23/2013 4:39pmCold-weather clues have helped police in the Texas Panhandle track a burglary suspect through footprints in the snow.
12/23/2013 4:57pmAuthorities in Texas have arrested a man accused of using aliases for 27 years to avoid apprehension in a New Mexico killing.
12/23/2013 5:12pmThe press called it an early Christmas present for President Woodrow Wilson: On Dec. 23, 1913, Congress passed legislation creating the Federal Reserve. Hours later, Wilson signed the Federal Reserve Act into law.
12/23/2013 5:35pmHealth officials say test results have fallen within an expected range for a Southern California high school where a student was diagnosed with tuberculosis.
12/23/2013 5:48pmInterior Secretary Sally Jewell on Monday rejected a proposed land swap with the state of Alaska to build a road through a remote Alaska national wildlife refuge that shelters millions of migratory waterfowl.
12/23/2013 6:19pmA New Mexico woman pleaded guilty Monday to locking her 8-year-old niece with developmental disabilities in a wooden cage and leaving her alone while she left to watch a movie.
12/23/2013 6:45pmOfficials at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh say a newborn pair of endangered African penguins will soon be making their public debut.
12/23/2013 6:47pmA nationwide ban on importing four giant snake species or transporting them across state lines is costing reptile breeders, handlers, hobbyists and vendors millions and should be overturned, according to a lawsuit filed by a reptile industry trade association.
12/23/2013 7:12pmTwo men were being held without bond Monday in the shooting death of an off-duty Illinois sheriff's investigator who was trying to break up an armed robbery outside a family Christmas party in suburban Chicago.
12/23/2013 7:32pmThe San Diego Zoo said Monday that a female Malayan tiger was fatally mauled by her intended mate during an attempt to breed.
12/23/2013 8:14pmAn early morning armed robbery at an Arizona adult boutique Monday ended in a shootout with a sheriff's deputy that left one ex-convict dead and another injured, authorities said.
12/23/2013 9:03pmDeanna Kremis remembers the exhilarating day her young sons first had the energy to race each other up a flight of stairs.
12/23/2013 9:38pmNational Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden said his "mission's already accomplished" after leaking NSA secrets that have caused a reassessment of U.S. surveillance policies
12/23/2013 10:33pmIt's the hottest, hardest, most grueling foot race in the world, says Shannon Farar-Griefer, who has run the Badwater 135 ultramarathon through Death Valley five times.
12/23/2013 10:57pmA federal judge declined Monday to stay his controversial ruling last week that legalized same-sex marriage in Utah. Hundreds of Utahns gathered in Salt Lake City to celebrate the decision.