PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh police said they had serious concerns when an armed man took a business owner hostage in a downtown high-rise office building - and not just because he had a knife.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A breeze of momentum on his side, President Barack Obama was trying to shore up support in a pivotal state Saturday while he and rival Mitt Romney argue over who can change the country's political culture and best protect the financial and health security of older Americans.
NEW YORK (AP) - New York City police say they plan to arrest a man mauled by a tiger at the Bronx Zoo.
BOSTON (AP) - A Harvard University journal says it hasn't fully verified research that purportedly shows some early Christians believed Jesus had a wife, even though Harvard's divinity school touted the research during a publicity blitz this week.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Mitt Romney struggled to steady his presidential campaign on Friday, buffeted by an outbreak of sniping among frustrated Republicans, fresh evidence of a slide in battleground state polls and President Barack Obama's accusation that he was writing off "half the country" in pursuit of the White House.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The Air Force handed the reins of basic training to a woman Friday following a sex scandal in which 42 female recruits say they were improperly approached, sexually harassed or raped during their first weeks in uniform.
WASHINGTON (AP) - On its last day in session before the election, the Senate tied itself in knots over 41 polar bear carcasses that hunters want to bring home from Canada as big game trophies.
NEW YORK (AP) - A man was mauled by a 400-pound tiger at the Bronx Zoo on Friday after he leaped from a moving monorail train and plummeted over a protective fence.
INDIO, Calif. (AP) - Two former employees of the Coachella Valley Unified School District have been found guilty of stealing public funds.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Authorities have arrested four California residents for allegedly running a Ponzi scheme that defrauded dozens of investors out of $2.3 million from 2003 to 2011.
New research powerfully strengthens the case against soda and other sugary drinks as culprits in the obesity epidemic.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities are investigating the apparently drowning of a crew member who was working on a set for upcoming "The Lone Ranger" film.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former gang member's long-awaited exoneration was delayed Friday only hours before a scheduled hearing because of a judge's illness, leaving him to wait in prison another weekend before he is formally cleared of a murder conviction.
Eager iPhone 5 enthusiasts started lining up Thursday afternoon outside Apple Store Valencia Town Center, and the line extended more than 100 yards by Friday morning as Apple released the latest version of its smartphone.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The people became the paparazzi Friday, aiming their lenses not at the latest starlet, but toward the sky to catch a glimpse of an aging superstar headed for retirement.
WASHINGTON (AP) - With scant snowfall and barren ski slopes in parts of the Midwest and Northeast the past couple of years, some scientists have pointed to global warming as the culprit.
HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Mindy McCready, who hit the top of the country charts before personal problems sidetracked her career, died Sunday in Arkansas in an apparent suicide. She was 37.
PALM CITY, Fla. (AP) - Michelle Obama jokingly says a mid-life crisis is what inspired her new haircut with bangs.
MANTOLOKING, N.J. (AP) - On the surface, things look calm and placid. Just beneath the waterline, however, it's a different story.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The CIA thrillers "Argo" and "Zero Dark Thirty" have won top screenplay honors from the Writers Guild of America.
LAKE ELSINORE (AP) - A former councilman for the Southern California city of Lake Elsinore has been found slain in his home.
ROME (AP) - An influential Italian Catholic magazine is asking its readers if disgraced former Los Angeles archbishop Roger Mahony should participate in the upcoming election for a new pope.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Ruby-throated hummingbirds are migrating to North America weeks earlier than in decades past, and research indicates that higher temperatures in their winter habitat may be the reason.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jerry Buss, the Los Angeles Lakers' playboy owner who shepherded the NBA franchise to 10 championships from the '80s Showtime dynasty to the Kobe Bryant era, died Monday, his assistant said.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Adults who've begun working toward their GED are being urged to finish up this year, before the test for a high school equivalency diploma changes and they have to start all over.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Police chiefs in New Hampshire wanted more money for their youth training program. A youth hockey team in North Dakota needed more ice time.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - In mathematical terms, divide the circumference of the world by its diameter, and you have pi. In Hollywood terms, add a United Nations mix of ingredients and you have the blockbuster "Life of Pi."