01/29/2014 12:06amA little more than a month after a surprising federal court ruling overturned this conservative state's ban on gay marriage, the battle over the issue reached the Capitol building Tuesday as hundreds of opponents and supporters of same-sex marriage held twin rallies.
01/29/2014 1:06amWounded veteran Cory Remsburg had met President Barack Obama three times before Tuesday night_ once in France and twice since a roadside bomb in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on his 10th deployment. Number four was at Obama's State of the Union address, when the Army Ranger inspired the emotional high point of the evening.
01/29/2014 1:08amReaction to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address:
01/29/2014 1:10amText of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, as delivered and provided by the White House:
01/29/2014 1:22amTensions within the Democratic Party were on display in the living rooms of Massachusetts, where liberal activists watched President Barack Obama's State of the Union address with skepticism.
01/29/2014 1:54amPresident Barack Obama used his State of the Union address to make his pitch that the nation must address persistent problems, from unemployment to immigration to the gap between rich and poor.
01/29/2014 4:01amFrom the outside, Carmen Medina's convenience store appears to be an oasis in the food desert of gritty north Philadelphia, from its bright yellow-and-white striped awnings to the fake palm tree sculptures on the sidewalk.
01/29/2014 4:44amOfficials in central New Jersey have fired a school bus driver after a toddler was left on his bus in bitter cold weather for nearly six hours.
01/29/2014 5:33amThe school's wall collapsed onto Jennifer Doan Rogers as she desperately tried to protect her third-grade students as a tornado ripped through their Oklahoma community. The young teacher had laid one of her hands on Nicolas McCabe, a 9-year-old with an infectious grin.
01/29/2014 6:16amVice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that "in my heart" he could be a good president.
01/29/2014 6:57amCongressional Republicans swiftly and sharply rejected President Barack Obama's vow to act on his own if lawmakers won't help him create jobs and narrow the nation's yawning income gap, insisting he'll accomplish little in a divided government without them.
01/29/2014 7:09amRelatively few Americans _ less than 5 percent of hourly workers _ toil for the minimum wage today.
01/29/2014 7:57amPresident Barack Obama urged Congress to help restore opportunity for Americans but pledged to take action himself Tuesday in his fifth State of the Union address before Congress. Some highlights from Obama's economic and other proposals:
01/29/2014 8:44amAttorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department is committed to tracking down the thieves who stole information from millions of customers of Target Corp.
01/29/2014 8:53amThe Spanish wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa says it will close its western Pennsylvania plant and eliminate the 62 remaining jobs.
01/29/2014 9:20amPresident Barack Obama's plan to raise the minimum wage for federally contracted workers is winning praise from unions and labor activists, but it could take a year or more before any hikes take place and the impact may not be as widespread as some advocates had hoped.
01/29/2014 9:41amFor the first time since its late 2010 introduction, Hyundai's flagship Equus luxury sedan is subtly restyled for a more premium appearance and adds more safety equipment, more amenities and a retuned suspension for improved ride.
01/29/2014 10:42amA state official said Wednesday that he "can guarantee" some West Virginians are breathing in a carcinogen while showering after the chemical spill that spurred a water-use ban
01/29/2014 10:50amSeventeen rural communities in drought-stricken California are in danger of running out of water within four months, according to a list compiled by state officials.
01/29/2014 10:57amPresident Barack Obama said in his State of the Union address Tuesday that he will sign an executive order setting the minimum wage for workers covered by new federal contracts at $10.10 an hour, a big jump from the current federal minimum of $7.25. Obama hopes his order will spur Congress to increase the minimum wage for all employees.
01/29/2014 11:10amSen. Marco Rubio, a major player on immigration policy, said Wednesday that there was no chance now of passing a broad overhaul because Republicans have lost trust in President Barack Obama.
01/29/2014 11:17amTwo Norwegian politicians have jointly nominated former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, saying his disclosures of secret U.S. documents have contributed to making the world more peaceful.
01/29/2014 11:35amKennecott Utah Copper Corp. has laid off 15 employees and eliminated other jobs because of a landslide that damaged an ore pit west of Salt Lake City.
01/29/2014 11:36amAs of Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, at least 2,169 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count.
01/29/2014 11:39amThe 251-166 roll call Wednesday by which the House passed a compromise farm bill to reform and continue programs of the Department of Agriculture through fiscal year 2018, containing a small cut in food stamps and preserving most crop subsidies.
01/29/2014 12:13pmThe Deep South is still digging out of the not-so-deep snow that nonetheless paralyzed the region, forcing schoolchildren to spend the night at schools, stranding motorists, and extending commutes normally counted in minutes to hours.
01/29/2014 12:18pmAttorney General Eric Holder is seeking to strike a conciliatory tone on the subject of surveillance. He's defending the Obama administration's methods to Congress while also insisting that the government will safeguard the privacy rights of all Americans.
01/29/2014 12:25pmThe farm bill moving toward approval in Congress includes a one-year extension of a federal program that compensates rural counties for federal lands they can't tax. About 1,900 local governments _ mostly in the West _ received a total of $400 million last year under the program, known as Payment in Lieu of Taxes or PILT.
01/29/2014 12:53pmSenate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he opposes President Barack Obama's proposal for legislation letting Congress vote quick approval of trade deals with other countries.
01/29/2014 12:59pmThe House Ethics Committee is ending an investigation of former Rep. Trey Radel because the Florida Republican resigned from Congress after pleading guilty to cocaine-possession charges.
01/29/2014 1:00pmItalian gun maker Beretta said Wednesday that Tennessee's support for gun rights was a major factor in its decision to build a manufacturing and research facility in the Nashville suburb of Gallatin.
01/29/2014 1:01pmThe Federal Aviation Administration says a United Airlines flight from Washington to Boston was diverted to Delaware after the pilot reported smoke in the aircraft.
01/29/2014 1:14pmA 73-year-old Detroit man has been sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison in the dismemberment of a still-unidentified woman whose remains were found in his bathtub.
01/29/2014 1:20pmIt seems to be something of an occupational hazard for President Barack Obama: When he talks about his health care law, he's bound to hit a fact bump sooner or later.
01/29/2014 1:49pmThe University of Connecticut likely faces a fine from the federal Department of Education over its past crime reporting practices, its police chief told its board of trustees Wednesday.
01/29/2014 1:51pmAttorney General Eric Holder sought to strike a conciliatory tone on the subject of surveillance Wednesday, defending the Obama administration's methods to Congress at the same time he insisted that the government will safeguard Americans' privacy.
01/29/2014 1:51pmJustices on Kansas' highest court expressed skepticism Wednesday that a man convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting of a Wichita abortion provider should get a new trial because he sincerely believed he was saving the lives of unborn children.
01/29/2014 1:55pmThe city of San Francisco is contradicting a coroner's findings that a girl survived an airliner crash in July only to be run over and killed by rescuers at San Francisco International Airport.
01/29/2014 1:56pmProsecutors and defense lawyers for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, are arguing over how much contact the couple can have with potential witnesses who are friends or relatives.
01/29/2014 1:58pmA federal appeals court has refused to reconsider its ruling upholding a California law that barred mental counseling aimed at changing a minor's sexual orientation.
01/29/2014 2:00pmThe Syrian militant group tied to al-Qaida, the al-Nusra Front, wants to attack the United States and is training a growing cadre of fighters from Europe, the Mideast and even the U.S., the top U.S. intelligence official told Congress on Wednesday.
01/29/2014 2:06pmNorth Korea has followed through on its threat to advance its nuclear weapons program, the top U.S. intelligence official said Wednesday, while a research institute pointed to signs the communist country is preparing to launch bigger rockets.
01/29/2014 2:31pmU.S. Rep. Michael Grimm has never been shy about promoting himself as a tough guy.
01/29/2014 2:43pmFor some White House allies, the long list of executive actions President Barack Obama announced in his State of the Union address was marred by a few glaring omissions.
01/29/2014 2:53pmDavid Trent Satterfield Jr. had been a suspect in the 2007 insulin overdose death of a patient at a Louisville nursing home for almost seven years, but police had little to go on to pursue an arrest.
01/29/2014 3:03pmFarmers expressed relief this week that a long fight over federal dairy subsidies had ended with an overhaul that most thought would be fair and effective in keeping farms from going under during hard times.
01/29/2014 3:06pmA Utah lawmaker hopes residents can soon donate to the state's fight against gay marriage by checking a box on a tax form.
01/29/2014 3:09pmPresident Barack Obama has a new go-it-alone strategy: When Congress blocks his way, the president says he plans to act on his own more often. (He's already done it quite a bit.) Five things to know about executive orders and other presidential edicts:
01/29/2014 3:16pmAs attorney general, Eric Holder has approved pursuing the death penalty in at least 34 criminal cases, upholding a long-ago pledge to Congress that he would vigorously enforce federal law even though he's not a proponent of capital punishment.
01/29/2014 3:16pmA group that advocates for train and rail transit passengers says a massive increase in rail shipments of crude oil from the northern Plains is partly to blame for disruptions to an Amtrak route linking Chicago and the West Coast.
01/29/2014 3:17pmA New Jersey man who sexually abused a sleeping woman on a cross-country flight was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in prison.
01/29/2014 3:20pmMayors from 10 U.S. cities took aim at their skylines Wednesday, pledging to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from their buildings.
01/29/2014 3:44pmJapan's ambassador called for improved relations with China on Wednesday as the top U.S. intelligence official warned that territorial disputes and nationalist fervor are increasing the risk of conflict in East Asia.
01/29/2014 3:46pmGiven the U.S. economy's growing strength, the Federal Reserve pushed ahead Wednesday with a plan to shrink its bond-buying program, even though the prospect of reduced stimulus and higher interest rates has rattled global markets.
01/29/2014 3:52pmCalifornia would establish what supporters say are some of the nation's strictest standards for the use of drone aircraft by government entities, under a bill approved Wednesday by the state Assembly.
01/29/2014 3:55pmSupply problems in several states where propane is a crucial heating source have prompted governors and other officials to take action against vendors, investigate claims of price gouging and increase aid to low-income customers.
01/29/2014 4:06pmThe former headmaster of a Pennsylvania Catholic school said Wednesday he was fired for politics, not performance, after officials found he'd been dismissed from another Catholic school because of his racist writings.
01/29/2014 4:08pmIn his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama gave a shout out to House Speaker John Boehner, hailing him as the successful son of a saloon keeper. It brought the house down. Less noticed, but perhaps more significant, was his hat tip to Sen. Marco Rubio, singling out the Florida Republican's support for expanding tax benefits for low-income workers.
01/29/2014 4:21pmFour men are facing new charges in the death of a 5-year-old Omaha girl who was hit by a stray bullet while eating breakfast in her family's home.
01/29/2014 4:34pmPolice in Portland, Ore., say a man suspected of shooting a neighbor shot himself in the groin while trying to leave the scene of the crime.
01/29/2014 4:43pmMinnesota prosecutors said Wednesday they would not charge members of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis over the way they handled allegations of sexual abuse by a priest, saying there was not enough evidence to prove anyone _ including another priest who learned during a confession of the molestation _ violated the law.
01/29/2014 4:52pmWashington state will allow witnesses to executions to see the entire process, including the insertion of intravenous catheters during a lethal injection, state officials told The Associated Press.
01/29/2014 5:07pmFederal and state environmental officials said Wednesday that they've reached an agreement on portions of the Texas clean air plan that for years have been points of contention.
01/29/2014 5:19pmThe Associated Press has named Steve McMillan, a seasoned editor who has overseen such coverage as the foreclosure and financial meltdown and the buyout of Qwest Communications, news editor for Virginia and West Virginia.
01/29/2014 5:30pmA look at the winter storm that crippled the Deep South:
01/29/2014 5:33pmA lawyer who worked in Gov. Chris Christie's administration has been named to lead the state Ethics Commission, a job that comes with the authority to evaluate which ethics complaints are investigated and which are thrown out.
01/29/2014 5:44pmThe motion picture academy says it's rescinding the Academy Awards original song nomination for "Alone Yet Not Alone" from the film of the same name after it discovered composer Bruce Broughton emailed members of the group's music branch to make them aware of his submission during the nominations voting period.
01/29/2014 5:46pmPresident Barack Obama is telling California's governor that the federal government will do what's necessary to help with a historic drought afflicting the state.
01/29/2014 5:52pmThe gunman in a deadly attack at a Maryland shopping mall wrote in general terms about killing people in his journal and said that he was ready to die, police said Wednesday in releasing new details about writings the shooter left behind.
01/29/2014 5:55pmAnother lawsuit has been filed over an unreasonable search by a New Mexico law enforcement agency along the Mexico border, the latest in a handful of similar cases.
01/29/2014 6:19pmThey crept through traffic that makes an ordinary Atlanta rush hour feel like a drag race, trudged home through ice and snow while watching cars skid and slide through intersections and spent the night taking care of young children stranded at school. Some even slept in their cars.
01/29/2014 6:33pmThe government can't keep secret its request to conduct clandestine surveillance of an accused attempted terrorist, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday in a potentially far-reaching decision that gives defense attorneys unprecedented access to records filed with a secret intelligence court.
01/29/2014 6:38pmAt least 250 million of the world's 650 million primary school age children are unable to read, write or do basic mathematics, according to a report Wednesday commissioned by the U.N. education agency.
01/29/2014 7:28pmForget slapstick humor, corny gimmicks and skimpy bikinis. This year's Super Bowl ads promise something surprising: Maturity.
01/29/2014 7:33pmCathy Bussewitz, an award-winning Santa Rosa Press Democrat reporter skilled in multimedia and data reporting, has been hired as a government and politics reporter for The Associated Press in Hawaii.
01/29/2014 7:46pmA suburban New York prosecutor who has attracted national headlines for murder convictions in drunken driving cases and a crackdown on college entrance exam cheating is running for Congress.
01/29/2014 8:13pmThe discovery of an unidentified murder victim's headless body nearly three weeks ago on a remote, dead-end dirt road in Wyoming has stymied investigators and led some residents to speculate that big-league drug violence has reached a rural county just east of Yellowstone National Park.
01/29/2014 9:45pmMilitary officials say a small plane crashed at Fort Carson's Butts Army Airfield, injuring the two crewmembers aboard.
01/29/2014 10:20pmFederal agencies aren't doing enough to track incidents of sexual abuse committed by school personnel and should better educate districts and states about how to handle such cases, congressional investigators say
01/29/2014 11:46pmFor a few moments at least, there were no politics in the State of the Union address. It was just Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg, a severely wounded Army Ranger, up there in the balcony overlooking the House chamber.
01/29/2014 11:49pmThe coroner who concluded a girl died after she was twice run over by rescue trucks racing toward a burning plane disputes a different conclusion from city officials who say she was already dead from the impact of falling out of the crashing jet.
01/29/2014 11:54pmFederal chemical safety investigators are recommending tougher state and federal oil refinery oversight after a 2010 explosion and fire at a Tesoro Corp. refinery in Anacortes that killed seven workers.