LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie dropped his appeal to legalized same-sex marriages on Monday, hours after gay couples began immediately taking advantage of a court ruling that compelled the state to become the 14th in the nation to recognize same-sex nuptials.
1. WHAT GOP WILL KEEP IN ITS SIGHTS
WASHINGTON (AP) - Last week, President Barack Obama gathered some of his top advisers in the Oval Office to discuss the problem-plagued rollout of his health care legislation. He told his team the administration had to own up to the fact that there were no excuses for not having the health care website ready to operate on Day One.
BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraqi officials say a suicide bombing at a cafe in a Baghdad neighborhood has killed 28 people and wounded 45 others.
NEW YORK (AP) - Star power and Oscar aspirations are reigning at the box office, where the space adventure "Gravity" and the Somali pirate docudrama "Captain Phillips" are holding off all comers.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The last piece of legislation President John F. Kennedy signed turns 50 this month: the Community Mental Health Act, which helped transform the way people with mental illness are treated and cared for in the United States.
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) - With two convicted killers back in police custody, authorities have shifted attention to finding out who made the phony court documents that led to the mistaken inmate releases that rocked Florida's judicial system.
FRESNO (AP) - Trucks loaded with tomatoes, milk and almonds clog the two main highways that bisect California's farm heartland, carrying goods to millions along the Pacific Coast and beyond. This dusty stretch of land is the starting point for one of the nation's most expensive public infrastructure projects: a $68 billion high-speed rail system that would span the state, linking the people of America's salad bowl to more jobs, opportunity and buyers.
BURBANK (AP) - TV's "House of Cards" and the movie "Promised Land" are being recognized for their eco-friendly messages.
TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) - A woman walked into a Los Angeles-area Barnes & Noble looking for books and came out with a baby instead.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Several gay couples in New Jersey are expected to gather late Sunday to wed in ceremonies to be held shortly after midnight.
ORANGE (AP) - Dennis Lyman wasn't about to let an extended hospital stay get between him and marrying his girlfriend of nearly 30 years.
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (AP) - A commuter train that is part of a San Francisco Bay Area system whose employees are on strike hit and killed two maintenance workers Saturday afternoon, officials said.
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - The oil production technique known as fracking is more widespread and frequently used in the offshore platforms and man-made islands near some of California's most populous and famous coastal communities than state officials believed.
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) - New University of California President Janet Napolitano said Friday that she will work to keep tuition costs from rising beyond the reach of families.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - It's graduation day for movie star Emma Watson.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - An exit poll on Sunday showed that billionaire candy-maker Petro Poroshenko won Ukraine's presidential election outright in the first round - a vote that authorities hoped would unify the deeply fractured nation.
NEW YORK (AP) - The U.S. Marine Corps' chaplain has reminded a New York City congregation not to forget the sacrifice of fallen soldiers around the world.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Appearing loose and ready to go, Kurt Busch chatted with family and well-wishers hours before he tried to become just the second driver to complete the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 in a single day - a grueling, 1,100-mile slog that will include an airplane ride from Indiana to North Carolina in time for the longer of the two races Sunday evening.
BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan (AP) - President Barack Obama secretly slipped into Afghanistan under the cover of darkness Sunday for a weekend visit with U.S. troops serving in the closing months of America's longest war.
GOLETA, Calif. (AP) - The son of a Hollywood director stabbed three men to death in his apartment, gunned down two women outside a sorority and killed a sixth person in a rampage that was foreshadowed by a chilling Internet video in which he vowed to his victims that he would "take great pleasure in slaughtering all of you."
Marine Staff Sgt. Liam Dwyer always knew that despite losing much of his left leg in combat he could win races if he got the chance.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A man who pleaded guilty to killing his North Dakota neighbor in 1999 over a water drainage dispute will leave prison without ever telling authorities where he dumped the body.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A 2011 surveillance video shows a woman with a bag walking into a Neiman Marcus store and trying on clothes. She buys some items and returns others before being stopped outside the high-end department store by security workers.