CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) - Florida Republican Rep. Henry "Trey" Radel says he's taking a leave of absence from Congress and donating his salary to charity after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession and receiving a sentence of a year's probation.
DALLAS (AP) - Help yourself to some nuts this holiday season: Regular nut eaters were less likely to die of cancer or heart disease - in fact, were less likely to die of any cause - during a 30-year Harvard study.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Sacramento police officers and firefighters are using a $3 million video simulation developed by the Army to practice for the possibility of gunmen terrorizing the capital city.
LOS ANGELES - California's attorney general launched a new initiative on Wednesday aimed at reducing one of the nation's highest rates of recidivism among people convicted of crimes.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Coroner's officials say the Transportation Security Administration officer who was killed at Los Angeles International Airport died two to five minutes after he was shot.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A spokeswoman for San Francisco's mayor says it cost the city $105,000 to honor the 5-year-old boy with leukemia who captivated the nation with his larger-than-life portrayal of a caped crusader.
WASHINGTON (AP) - An increase in shopping last month during the partial government shutdown suggests that the U.S. economy may be more resilient than some have feared.
LONDON (AP) - He's been turned down by planes, trains and even a cruise ship in his quest to return home - and his family says it's because of he has been deemed too fat to travel. Now Frenchman Kevin Chenais' long and fitful journey is coming to an end.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress is bestowing the Congressional Gold Medal, its highest civilian honor, on American Indians who used their native language to outwit enemies and protect American battlefield secrets during World Wars I and II.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - University of California hospital employees picketed Wednesday at medical centers across the state in response to what union leaders called intimidation and harassment from management against workers who took part in a two-day walkout in May.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama opened a day of tributes to former President John F. Kennedy on Wednesday by bestowing the Presidential Medal of Freedom on prominent Americans, 50 years after Kennedy was assassinated weeks short of the medal's first award ceremony.
WASHINGTON (AP) - On the eve of new talks, President Barack Obama is plunging ahead in search of a nuclear agreement with Iran despite outright opposition from American allies in the Middle East and deep skepticism, if not open hostility, from Congress.
BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) - Joseph Paul Franklin, a white supremacist who targeted blacks and Jews in a cross-country killing spree from 1977 to 1980, was put to death Wednesday in Missouri, the state's first execution in nearly three years.
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Samsung Electronics, the world's largest mobile phone manufacturer, has proposed installing a built-in anti-theft measure known as a "kill switch" that would render stolen or lost phones inoperable, but the nation's biggest carriers have rejected the idea, according to San Francisco's top prosecutor.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A report on the crash that seriously injured comedian Tracy Morgan and killed another man says the driver of a tractor-trailer was speeding before the crash.
WASHINGTON (AP) - In the strongest sign yet of U.S. doubts about Iraq's stability, the Obama administration is weighing whether to press the Shiite prime minister in Baghdad to step down in a last-ditch effort to prevent disgruntled Sunnis from igniting a full-scale civil war.
Violence in Iraq is pushing U.S. gasoline prices higher, depriving drivers of the usual price break between Memorial Day and July Fourth.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The board of American Apparel voted to oust founder Dov Charney as chairman and notified him of its intent to remove him as president and chief executive, the clothing chain said in a statement Wednesday night.
NEW YORK (AP) - A picture is worth thousands of dollars for Limelight Extensions.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah demanded Wednesday that Afghan electoral authorities stop counting ballots from a weekend runoff vote, citing new allegations of widespread fraud. The election commission refused and appealed to all sides to await final results.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California appears likely to win election as House majority leader on Thursday when Republicans vote in the wake of Eric Cantor's surprising primary defeat, but an unpredictable, contest to select a new party whip may tell more about the House GOP's future.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama and congressional leaders believe he does not need authorization from Congress for some steps he might take to quell the al-Qaida-inspired insurgency sweeping through Iraq, the Senate's top Republican and Capitol Hill aides said after the president briefed senior lawmakers Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Newly retired from "The Tonight Show," Jay Leno is now being awarded the nation's top humor prize for following in the tradition of satire and social commentary of Mark Twain, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - An actor who played a police officer on "The Shield" TV series pleaded not guilty to murder Wednesday in the death of his wife and was ordered to stay away from his two young sons.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal trademark board ruled Wednesday that the Washington Redskins nickname is "disparaging of Native Americans" and that the team's trademark protections should be canceled, a decision that applies new financial and political pressure on the team to change its name.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Even as millions of baby boomers approach retirement, the Social Security Administration has been closing dozens of field offices, forcing more and more seniors to seek help online instead of in person, according to a congressional report being released Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The capture of an alleged leader of the deadly 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, gave U.S. officials a rare moment of good news. Now, they are preparing to try the captured Libyan in the U.S. court system and pledging to double down on catching others responsible for the deaths of the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in the attacks.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has shifted his focus away from airstrikes in Iraq as an imminent option for slowing a fast-moving Islamic insurgency, in part because there are few clear targets that U.S. could hit, officials said.