NEW YORK (AP) - Flanked by dozens of shooting survivors and relatives of victims of gunfire around the country, Mayor Michael Bloomberg pressed Congress and President Barack Obama on Monday to toughen gun laws and tighten enforcement after the Connecticut school massacre that left 20 children among the dead.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner pushed ahead on negotiating a broad deal to avert the "fiscal cliff," even as the GOP leader readied a backup plan Tuesday to pressure the White House with little time left to avoid a double hit on the economy.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A man with a history of theft and weapons convictions gunned down two police officers investigating possible drug activity in a Kansas grocery parking lot, and was later killed after an armed standoff, authorities said Monday.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The governor on Monday sidestepped a decision about whether a condemned inmate is too fat to be humanely executed by sparing him on the grounds that he had poor legal representation.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The district attorney's office concluded Monday that Pasadena police officers responding to a robbery report acted lawfully when they fatally shot a suspect who turned out to be unarmed.
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - Opening a long and almost unbearable procession of grief, Newtown began laying its dead to rest Monday, holding funerals for two 6-year-old boys - one a football fan who was buried in a New York Giants jersey and one whose twin sister survived the school shooting rampage.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge has finalized Zooey Deschanel's divorce from her rocker husband of roughly three years.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - A pair of NASA spacecraft were deliberately crashed into a mountain near the moon's north pole on Monday, ending a mission that peered into the lunar interior.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Hasbro says it will soon reveal a gender-neutral Easy-Bake Oven after meeting with a New Jersey girl who started a campaign calling on the toy maker to make one that appeals to all kids.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has proposed a deficit-reduction package to House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) that would increase the top tax rates on taxpayers earning more than $400,000, cut more spending from health care programs and add $200 billion more in spending cuts over 10 years to his earlier offer.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Recovering from war wounds that left him with one arm, Danny Inouye wanted a cigarette and needed a light.
EASTON, Pa. (AP) - An investigation into the fatal heroin overdose of Garrett Reid, the oldest son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid, revealed there were steroids in his room the day he died, a Pennsylvania prosecutor said Monday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - For the first time, the Census Bureau is giving U.S. households a chance to respond to government surveys over the Internet, part of a bid to save costs and boost sagging response rates in a digital age.
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - Gene Rosen had just finished feeding his cats and was heading from his home near Sandy Hook Elementary school to a diner Friday morning when he saw six small children sitting in a neat semicircle at the end of his driveway.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal judge on Monday sentenced a hacker to 10 years in prison after he broke into the personal online accounts of Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera and other women and posted revealing photos and other material on the Internet.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Reliever Jean Machi and the San Francisco Giants took advantage of a huge baserunning blunder by Pittsburgh, tagging out two runners who wandered away on the same play and beating the Pirates 7-5 Wednesday to end a six-game losing streak.
NEW YORK (AP) - The fight for penny pinchers is intensifying.
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) - Tyron Smith has a new contract that will probably make him the most important blocker for the next Dallas quarterback after Tony Romo.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The rupture of a nearly century-old water main that ripped a 15-foot hole through Sunset Boulevard and turned a swath of the University of California, Los Angeles into a mucky swamp points to the risks and expense many cities face with miles of water lines installed decades ago.
MEXICO CITY (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown wrapped up a three-day visit to Mexico on Wednesday, saying he will work with the U.S. government upon his return home to find a long-term solution to the immigration crisis.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is threatening to veto a spending bill drafted by House Republicans to deal with the influx of Central American minors at the U.S. border.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - Fire crews strengthened old containment lines on Wednesday, as they tried to keep a blaze in Yosemite National Park away from a grove of treasured giant sequoia trees.
WASHINGTON (AP) - When FBI agents and police officers fanned out across the country last month in a weeklong effort to rescue child sex trafficking victims, they pulled minors as young as 11 from hotel rooms, truck stops and homes.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A bill to deal with the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border has won a temporary reprieve in the Senate.
WASHINGTON (AP) - After a dismal winter, the U.S. economy sprang back to life in the April-June quarter, growing at a fast 4 percent annual rate on the strength of higher consumer and business spending.
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) - Almost two weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down, clashes on Wednesday between Ukrainian forces and separatist rebels again prevented international experts from reaching the crash site to recover remains still baking in midsummer heat in farm fields - deepening frustration for victims' relatives and the governments whose citizens died.
JEBALIYA REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip (AP) - Gaza health officials say 15 people have been killed and more than 150 wounded by an Israeli airstrike in a crowded shopping area.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Officials say a broken water pipe that flooded parts of the UCLA campus has been shut off after releasing millions of gallons of water.
NEW YORK (AP) - Think you're in control? Think again.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Police say they have arrested a man wanted in the slaying of the aunt of Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes.