MIAMI (AP) - The nation's largest gun-rights lobby called Friday for the placement of an armed police officer in every school, but parents and educators questioned how safe such a move would keep kids, whether it would be economically feasible and how it would alter student life. Their reactions ranged from supportive to disgusted.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - More than 3,000 care packages of fudge and Christmas cards will be delivered to the inmates at the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls, the Yankton Minimum Security Unit and the Mike Durfee State Prison in Springfield on Monday as part of an annual tradition.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Gun owners traded more than 350 weapons for grocery vouchers Friday in San Diego as authorities vowed to step up firearms exchanges after the Connecticut school shooting.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Downloading a gun design to your computer, building it with a three-dimensional printer that uses plastics and other materials, and firing it minutes later. No background checks, no questions asked.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Hobby Lobby Stores asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to block part of the federal health care law that requires it to provide insurance coverage for the morning-after pill and similar emergency contraception pills.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ashton Kutcher filed court papers Friday to end his seven-year marriage to actress Demi Moore.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A tennis referee whose career was almost ended by a charge that she murdered her husband with a coffee cup has been reinstated after the charge was dismissed for lack of evidence.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Law enforcement officers halted traffic on a Los Angeles freeway Friday to search for fleeing robbery suspects after realizing a bag of stolen money contained a tracking device, authorities said.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Stocks fell, congressional leaders squabbled and the fiscal cliff drew implacably closer.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A 13-year-old girl's campaign to get Hasbro to make an Easy-Bake Oven that isn't purple or pink so it would appeal to her little brother is a fresh sign of movement in an old debate. Parents who hope to expose their children to different kinds of play - science sets for girls and dolls for boys, for example - can find themselves stymied by a toy industry that can seem stuck in the past when it comes to gender roles.
NEW YORK (AP) - From his toy-cluttered Brooklyn apartment, the man in the red suit was making his list and checking it twice. But he made no distinction between naughty or nice: Every child on it would receive a gift from this Santa Claus.
DENVER (AP) - Officials in Denver want people to know this is only a test. The city is testing new outdoor warning sirens on Friday, and they're well aware of all the talk about the Mayan calendar and time running out for the world's population. In announcing the drill, officials said they wanted to make sure that people knew that the wailing sirens didn't mean it was the end of the world. A chorus ...
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama on Friday nominated Sen. John Kerry as his next secretary of state, elevating the longtime lawmaker and foreign policy expert to the top diplomatic job he had coveted.
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - The chiming of bells reverberated throughout Newtown on Friday, commemorating one week since the crackle of gunfire in a schoolhouse killed 20 children and six adults in a massacre that has shaken the community - and the nation - to its core.
As the sun rose from time zone to time zone across the world on Friday, there was still no sign of the world's end - but that didn't stop those convinced that a 5,125-year Mayan calendar predicts the apocalypse from gathering at some of the world's purported survival hot spots.
WASHINGTON (AP) - It's not the first time that government economic engineering has produced a time bomb with a short fuse.
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) - Violent ethnic riots rattled Macedonia's capital, culminating on Saturday with hundreds raging through the city center, clashing with police, overturning cars and attacking a bus station. At least 22 people were injured, 13 of them police officers.
PHOENIX (AP) - Tommy Milone is hoping to improve upon his breakout rookie season.
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Chris Capuano had problems with home runs for the second straight start.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Busier factories and growing optimism among consumers could help the U.S. economy withstand the drag from government spending cuts and tax increases this year.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - USC interim coach Bob Cantu says nothing comes easy when it comes to games in the Pac-12 Conference.
BEIJING (AP) - U.S. universities have responded to China's exploding demand for American higher education with branch campuses and aggressive recruiting. Now, some are trying to boost their brands by casting photos and other snippets of campus life out into the confounding sea of Chinese social media.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Shabazz Muhammad grabbed a defensive rebound, got fouled and made both free throws with 9 seconds remaining, helping UCLA hang on for a 74-69 victory over No. 11 Arizona on Saturday night that moved the Bruins into a first-place tie with idle Oregon in the Pac-12.
SEFFNER, Fla. (AP) - The effort to find the body of a Florida man who was swallowed by sinkhole under his Florida home was called off Saturday while crews tried to learn how far the underground cavity reaches and whether more homes are at risk.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An increase in the number of encounters between people and mountain lions has prompted state officials to consider giving game wardens more options besides shooting the animals, the San Francisco Chronicle reported (http://bit.ly/Y5SpLM ) Saturday.
NEW YORK (AP) - Most people who've done time in jail can't wait to get away. But this week, New York City authorities accused one former inmate of sneaking back in.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - The Los Angeles Angels renewed the contract of AL Rookie of the Year Mike Trout for $510,000, prompting an angry response from the outfielder's agent.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - Instead of making a move, Tiger Woods was stuck in neutral Saturday at the Honda Classic.
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - Fifteen-year-old Katelyn Ohashi won her first senior gymnastics competition, and Olympian Jake Dalton took the men's title on Saturday at the American Cup.
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) - NASCAR will look at the placement of gates at its tracks after a Nationwide Series car crashed through the fence at Daytona and injured more than two dozen fans.