CUMMING, Iowa (AP) - U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin said Saturday he will not seek a sixth term in 2014, a decision that eases some of the burden the national Republican Party faces in retaking the Senate.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The suspect, hands and feet shackled, fidgeted in his chair, chuckling at times as he confessed to a brutal killing.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - The death toll has risen to 61 following fierce gunbattles between inmates and National Guard troops at a Venezuelan prison, a hospital director said Saturday. About 120 more people were wounded in one of the deadliest prison riots in the nation's recent history. Penitentiary Service Minister Iris Varela said Saturday that officials had begun evacuating inmates from the Uribana prison in Barquisimeto and transferring them to other facilities, but ...
SAN MATEO, Calif. (AP) - San Mateo County officials say so many cars were in line for a gun buyback program set for Saturday that they decided to get started a little early.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California embarked on an ambitious experiment in 1996 to improve its public schools by putting its youngest students in smaller classes. Nearly 17 years later, the goal of maintaining classrooms of no more than 20 pupils in the earliest grades has been all but discarded- a casualty of unproven results, dismal economic times and the sometimes-fleeting nature of education reform.
DENVER (AP) - A political generation ago, the West signaled the nation's rightward swing, from the emergence of Ronald Reagan to the success of tax-limitation ballot measures in California and Colorado.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Afghan war effort eventually would be harmed by across-the-board budget cuts, even as the Obama administration intends to shield the military's combat mission from the reductions, the Pentagon's No. 2 official said Friday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The hacker-activist group Anonymous says it hijacked the website of the U.S. Sentencing Commission to avenge the death of Aaron Swartz, an Internet activist who committed suicide. The FBI is investigating.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Thousands of people, many holding signs with names of gun violence victims and messages such as "Ban Assault Weapons Now," gathered in front of the Capitol on Saturday for a March on Washington for Gun Control.
NEW YORK (AP) - Dr. Phil McGraw has booked the first on-camera interview with the man who allegedly concocted the girlfriend hoax that ensnared Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama violated the Constitution when he bypassed the Senate last year to appoint three members of the National Labor Relations Board, a federal appeals court ruled Friday in a far-reaching decision that could severely limit a chief executive's powers to make recess appointments.
NEW YORK (AP) - Passing another milestone on the nation's long journey back from the Great Recession, the Standard and Poor's 500 index closed above 1,500 for the first time in more than five years Friday after a wave of good earnings reports.
A sheriff who released a radio ad urging Milwaukee-area residents to learn to handle firearms so they can defend themselves while waiting for police said Friday that law enforcement cutbacks have changed the way police can respond to crime.
Around dinner time in their Newhall apartment, Raffaele Spitale and his two young kids palmed through a smattering of books, papers and writing utensils spread across the kitchen table.
NEW YORK (AP) - A wayward dolphin that meandered into a polluted urban canal, riveting onlookers as it splashed around in the filthy water and shook black gunk from its snout, died Friday evening, marine experts said.
REDDING, Calif. (AP) - A wind-whipped, fast-moving wildfire in Northern California's Shasta County damaged 30 buildings, many of them homes, and threatened another 350 structures, fire officials said Tuesday.
LAKE MARY, Fla. (AP) - The 911 call seemed frantic: George Zimmerman's sobbing estranged wife said he was threatening her and her father with a gun and she feared for her life. Please come.
NEW YORK (AP) - Former "Jersey Shore" cast member Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino realized he had an addiction problem on a trip to Australia in February 2012.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - He said he would eat a bug to get you to buy a car. He promised that he would even stand upon his head until his ears were turning red if you would just, "Go see Cal."
PARIS (AP) - The world's largest solar-powered boat has docked on the banks of the Seine River, its final port of call after a three-month voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to study how the Gulf Stream and climate change could influence each other.
1. OBAMA: NO ONE DISPUTES CHEMICAL ARMS USE IN SYRIA
AMSTERDAM (AP) - A painting that sat for six decades in a Norwegian industrialist's attic after he was told it was a fake Van Gogh was pronounced the real thing Monday, making it the first full-size canvas by the tortured Dutch artist to be discovered since 1928.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) - Richard Van As, a South African carpenter, lost four fingers from his right hand to a circular saw two years ago.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Apple is expected to unveil its latest take on the iPhone Tuesday during an annual ritual that will probably cast a spotlight on the gadget maker's drive to regain market share and its sluggish pace of innovation.
LAKE MARY, Fla. (AP) - The sobbing wife of George Zimmerman called 911 Monday to report that her estranged husband was threatening her with a gun and had punched her father in the nose, but hours later decided not to press charges against the man acquitted of all charges for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles judge has denied a motion by former Dodgers CEO Jamie McCourt to throw out a $131 million divorce settlement she believes was invalid because she was misled about the team's value.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A final piece of safety hardware - a bearded, spindly legged troll - has been installed in the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Falls by fans at stadiums in San Francisco and Indianapolis during NFL season openers have left one man dead and two other people injured, authorities said.
NEW YORK (AP) - Two scientists who illuminated how brain cells communicate, three researchers who developed implants that let deaf people hear and philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates have won prestigious Lasker Awards for medical research and contributions to public health.
MOSCOW (AP) - In a surprise move, Russia promised Monday to push its ally Syria to place its chemical weapons under international control and then dismantle them quickly to avert U.S. strikes.