OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Nearly three dozen states have failed to meet conditions of a 2006 federal law that requires them to join a nationwide program to track sex offenders, including five states that have completely given up on the effort because of persistent doubts about how it works and how much it costs.
A 27-year-old felon on probation was booked today on weapons and drug charges after local sheriff's deputies went to his Saugus home on a probation check, a sheriff's spokesman said.
NEW YORK (AP) - Americans may have slowed their spending in September after splurging during the start of the busy back-to-school shopping season in the month before. But most importantly, they were still spending.
SAN BRUNO, Calif. (AP) - Authorities have determined a foot and section of leg that washed onto a Pacifica beach belong to a missing San Bruno hiker.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California State University system on Thursday selected a new chancellor to lead the nation's largest collection of four-year colleges as it faces significant financial and academic challenges.
NEW YORK (AP) - More than a billion people now log into Facebook each month to check up on old friends, tag photos of new ones and post about politics, religion, cats or what their kids are doing.
Both candidates for the 38th District Assembly, Democrat Edward Headington and Republican Scott Wilk, share the same three core platforms: education, public safety and job creation.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) - Google and U.S. publishers have settled a longstanding dispute over Google's book-scanning project. A lawsuit filed by authors remains, though, leaving the project in question.
NEW YORK (AP) - Scientists have turned mouse skin cells into eggs that produced baby mice - a technique that, if successfully applied to humans, could someday allow women to stop worrying about the ticking of their biological clocks and perhaps even help couples create "designer babies."
Custom-mixed medicines like the steroid shots suspected in a deadly meningitis outbreak have long been a source of concern, and their use is far wider than many people realize.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A nationally known professional tennis referee charged with the coffee-cup killing of her husband gave police a DNA sample Wednesday after dropping her opposition to the procedure.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - A little girl is offering all the money in her piggy bank to add to a $6,000 reward for the return of her puppy taken in a burglary.
DENVER (AP) - Little more than a month from Election Day, Republican Mitt Romney is barreling out of the first presidential debate energized by a solid performance that telegraphed his determination to take it to President Barack Obama with gusto. The president, intent on keeping his momentum from stalling, is warning that his GOP rival's policy prescriptions for a fragile economy are more fantasy than reality.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Caltrain officials say train service between San Francisco and San Francisco is back to normal after a shooting involving a San Mateo County sheriff's deputy.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Big Bird is endangered. Jim Lehrer lost control. And Mitt Romney crushed President Barack Obama.
LONDON (AP) - Two new studies describe the latest achievements in growing body parts in a lab and transplanting them into people, this time with nostrils and vaginas.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A scathing report by the U.S. Justice Department released Thursday revealed a troubling pattern of excessive force by the Albuquerque Police Department and recommended that New Mexico's largest city become the latest municipality to adopt reforms aimed at cleaning up its police force.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Embattled Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning as the White House seeks to move past the election-year political damage inflicted by the rocky rollout of President Barack Obama's signature health care law.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A half-century after the passage of sweeping civil rights legislation, President Barack Obama declared that he had "lived out the promise" envisioned by Lyndon B. Johnson, the president who championed the push for greater racial equality.
BOSTON (AP) - Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry have recorded a new arrangement of "Dream On" to honor victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
NEW YORK (AP) - Nirvana, which changed music and fashion in the 1990s with the punk rock-inspired grunge sound, is joining the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in a class with Kiss, Peter Gabriel and Hall & Oates.
WASHINGTON (AP) - An Internet connection and a bunch of stolen identities are all it takes for crooks to collect billions of dollars in bogus federal tax refunds. And the scam is proving too pervasive to stop.
NEW YORK (AP) - CBS moved swiftly Thursday to replace the retiring David Letterman with Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert, who will take over the "Late Show" next year and do battle with Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel for late-night television supremacy.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Students and parents are calling for the return of a popular Los Angeles high school science teacher who was suspended from the classroom after students turned in projects that appeared dangerous to administrators.
WAKE FOREST, N.C. (AP) - Authorities say five people have been charged in the kidnapping of the father of a North Carolina prosecutor.
MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - The 16-year-old boy charged in a stabbing spree at a high school outside Pittsburgh was not troubled and his family didn't see any sign that he was capable of violence, his attorney said Thursday, deepening the mystery over what prompted the rampage that injured 21 students and a security guard.
MOSCOW (AP) - Dragging much of Europe into his fight with Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin urged European leaders Thursday to quickly help Ukraine settle its gas debt to Russia to prevent an imminent shutdown of Russian natural gas supplies to the continent.
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - A prosecutor hammered at Oscar Pistorius' credibility at his murder trial Thursday, asserting that the star athlete had a string of unlikely excuses for why he wasn't to blame in the three gun charges he faces on top of murder.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Julia Louis-Dreyfus better hope her latest tattoo is a temporary one.
IRWINDALE, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California city has declared the factory that produces the popular Sriracha hot sauce a public nuisance.