NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - When it comes to country music, George Jones was The Voice.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans shrugged off higher taxes to lift the U.S. economy at the start of the year. Government spending fell, though, and the impact of the tax increases along with federal budget cuts could slow growth later this year.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A national task force that investigates arsons at worship facilities is investigating a fire that has gutted a South Los Angeles church.
BOSTON (AP) - The surviving Boston Marathon bombings suspect has been released from a civilian hospital and transferred to a federal medical detention center in central Massachusetts.
SAVAR, Bangladesh (AP) - With time running out to save workers still trapped in a collapsed garment factory building, rescuers dug through mangled metal and concrete Friday, finding more corpses that pushed the death toll past 300.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress easily approved legislation Friday ending furloughs of air traffic controllers that have delayed hundreds of flights daily, infuriating travelers and causing political headaches for lawmakers.
NEW YORK (AP) - Matthew McConaughey, who's getting praise from critics for his role in the new movie "Mud," says he's found a way to make negative reviews a positive learning experience.
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) - As Bangladesh reels from the deaths of hundreds of garment workers in a building collapse, the refusal of global retailers to pay for strict nationwide factory inspections is bringing renewed scrutiny to an industry that has profited from a country notorious for its hazardous workplaces and subsistence-level wages.
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:
WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House declared Thursday that U.S. intelligence indicates Syrian President Bashar Assad has twice used deadly chemical weapons in his country's fierce civil war, a provocative action that would cross President Barack Obama's "red line" for a significant military response. But the administration said the revelation won't immediately change its stance on intervening.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Boston Marathon bombers were headed for New York's Times Square to blow up the rest of their explosives, authorities said Thursday, in what they portrayed as a chilling, spur-of-the-moment scheme that fell apart when the brothers realized the car they had hijacked was low on gas.
WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 100 crucial gauges that warn of imminent flooding or lack of needed water will be shut down starting next month as part of the federal government's automatic budget cuts.
NEW YORK (AP) - Banks aren't the big jobs machines they used to be.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to a seasonally adjusted 339,000, the second-fewest in more than five years. The drop suggests that layoffs have declined and that job growth may pick up from last month's sluggish pace.
WACO, Texas (AP) - President Barack Obama consoled a rural Texas community rocked by a deadly fertilizer plant explosion, telling mourners Thursday they are not alone in their grief and they will have the nation's support to rebuild from the devastation.
MOSCOW (AP) - Russia has pulled back its troops from the Ukrainian border, Vladimir Putin told diplomats Wednesday as he urged insurgents in southeast Ukraine to postpone their planned referendum Sunday on autonomy.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Getting to, from and around Los Angeles International Airport has never been easy. Airport officials said Tuesday it's going to get worse.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Hotter, drier conditions in the already drought-stricken Southwest are expected to further stress the region's water supply, threatening specialty crops and making forests more vulnerable to wildfires and tree-killing insects.
POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE, Calif. (AP) - Three sea lions - including one nicknamed Hoppie, who was rescued from an almond orchard in Modesto - have been released back into the wild.
FAIRFIELD (AP) - A pilot who crashed and died while performing a stunt at a Northern California air show had recently passed a skills test that included his flying routines, the head of an air show trade association said.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Water has flowed from Northern California's snow-capped peaks to the south's parched cities ever since the California Aqueduct was built in the 1960s. Now, amid one of the worst droughts in history, state officials are considering an audacious plan to send some of the water back uphill.
HESPERIA (AP) - Interstate 15 is expected to remain closed northeast of Los Angeles for up to two days after a fire erupted where a bridge is being constructed.
NEW YORK (AP) - There were stunners, snoozers and bummers at the Met Gala, the former led by Sarah Jessica Parker, Karolina Kurkova and Sarah Silverman in stunning princess ball gowns and the latter led by, well, many.
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - Oscar Pistorius was accused of making a "sinister" comment to a friend of Reeva Steenkamp in the courtroom Tuesday after his murder trial was adjourned for the day. Pistorius denied the allegation.
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) - Ukrainian troops tightened a security cordon around a major insurgent-held eastern city Tuesday, but pro-Russia militia acted with impunity elsewhere in the turbulent region bordering Russia, surrounding a major Interior Ministry base.
SAUSALITO (AP) - A marine mammal rescue group said Monday it's seeing a record number of stranded sea lions and seals along the Northern and central California coast - some of whom appear to have been sickened by toxins and others weaned by their mothers earlier than usual.
CHARLESTON, Mo. (AP) - Cornealious "Mike" Anderson spent 13 years free from prison due to a clerical error, then nearly a year behind bars when the mistake was caught. On Monday, he walked out of a southeast Missouri courtroom a free man again - this time with no need to look over his shoulder.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - Becky Domokos-Bays of Alexandria City Public Schools has served her students whole-grain pasta 20 times. Each time, she said, they rejected it.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Two years in, schools are having mixed success putting new healthier school lunch rules in place.
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. service firms grew last month at the fastest pace since August as new orders and sales grew, adding to evidence that the economy is picking up after a slow start to the year.