WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama picked a senior White House budget official to become the acting head of the Internal Revenue Service on Thursday, the same day another top official announced plans to leave the agency amid the controversy over agents targeting tea party groups.
ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) - A homeless, hatchet-wielding hitchhiker who became an Internet hero earlier this year was arrested Thursday for allegedly beating a New Jersey lawyer to death inside his home.
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) - Sitting on a dirty straw mat on the parched ground of southern Afghanistan, Masooma sank deeper inside a giant black shawl. Hidden from view, her words burst forth as she told her side of what happened to her family sometime before dawn on March 11, 2012.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A mother whose 4-year-old was being abducted chased the suspect down and crashed her vehicle into his car, triggering a manhunt and the arrest of the suspect, Albuquerque police said Thursday.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California is losing key employees at the Department of Water Resources because it can't pay afford to pay them enough.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The government allowed "a small but significant number" of terrorists into America's witness protection program and then failed to provide the names of some of them for a watch list that's used to keep dangerous people off airline flights, the Justice Department's inspector general says.
CINCINNATI (AP) - An Ohio man was found guilty Thursday of fatally shooting a man who authorities say identified his assailant by blinking his eyes while paralyzed and hooked up to a ventilator.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The numbers sum up the frenzy that has taken over the Golden State since it became the newest in the nation to join the madness over Powerball, which saw its jackpot soar Thursday to $550 million.
GRANBURY, Texas (AP) - Habitat for Humanity spent years in a North Texas suburb, helping build many of the 110 homes in the low-income area. But its work was largely undone during an outbreak of 12 tornadoes Wednesday night that killed six people and injured dozens.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A student was being questioned Thursday in connection with threatening phone calls that prompted the closure of two Los Angeles-area colleges.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A second suspect has been arrested in the shooting that injured 20 people at a parade on Mother's Day, police said Thursday afternoon.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama called on Congress Thursday to "fully fund" his administration's budget request for embassy security. The request came as Obama seeks to get ahead of the controversy over his administration's response to the attack last September in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans.
GRANBURY, Texas (AP) - Officials say at least six people were killed when a spring tornado outbreak devastated parts of North Texas, destroying or damaging dozens of homes and injuring dozens of people.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The suspect in a Mother's Day parade shooting that left 19 people wounded in New Orleans was taken into custody Wednesday night, police said.
SANTA ANA (AP) - Preliminary testing released Wednesday by regional air quality officials found that smoke from the beach bonfires that dot the Southern California coastline pollutes the air in nearby neighborhoods and on the beaches themselves.
FULLERTON (AP) - It's been 78 years since Ann Hunt and Elizabeth Hamel were last together - in their mother's womb.
NEW YORK (AP) - Coca-Cola is dropping a controversial ingredient from its Powerade sports drink, after a similar move by PepsiCo's Gatorade last year.
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan met through the night with security, school and state officials and issued a new directive that "everything must be done" to free the 276 girls held captive by Islamic extremists, one of his advisers said Sunday.
ODESSA, Ukraine (AP) - Police in Odessa have freed some detained activists after hundreds of pro-Russian demonstrators stormed police headquarters in the Ukrainian port city.
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. teachers are nowhere near as diverse as their students.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Apple and Samsung are suing each other in courts and trade offices around the world, each making claims that the other copied patented mobile device features.
CLEVELAND (AP) - The house fortified with boarded-up windows and makeshift alarms where Ariel Castro held three women captive for nearly a decade is gone now.
LANCASTER (AP) - One person is dead and five more are injured, including three children, after a two-car wreck in Southern California.
NEW YORK (AP) - Health officials confirmed the first case of an American infected with a mysterious virus that has sickened hundreds in the Middle East.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Harry McAlpin was standing outside the Oval Office, moments away from becoming the first black reporter to attend a presidential news conference, when one of his contemporaries approached with a deal.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Little was sacred when President Barack Obama tossed out playful but pointed jokes Saturday night - not even his own health care plan.
DALLAS (AP) - A bungled execution in Oklahoma in which the condemned prisoner writhed and moaned as he received a lethal injection outraged death-penalty opponents, invited court challenges and attracted worldwide attention.
HONOLULU (AP) - The 15-year-old boy who survived a 5½-hour flight from California to Hawaii in a jet's wheel well has left the state, an official said late Friday.
Proposition 41 on the June ballot asks California voters whether $600 million in existing veterans bonds should be redirected to build, renovate and acquire apartments and multifamily housing for low-income veterans.
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters have made progress overnight against a wildfire that forced the evacuation of about 1,600 foothill homes east of Los Angeles.