NEW YORK (AP) - Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won the Oscar for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote and created a gallery of slackers, charlatans and other characters so vivid that he was regarded as one of the world's finest actors, was found dead in his apartment Sunday with what officials said was a needle in his arm. He was 46.
CHICAGO (AP) - Gay and bisexual teen boys use illicit steroids at a rate almost six times higher than do straight kids, a "dramatic disparity" that points up a need to reach out to this group, researchers say.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Charlie Balasavage, a baby-faced boy of 14, landed in juvenile detention after his parents bought him a stolen scooter. Hillary Transue was sent away over a MySpace parody of her vice principal. Justin Bodnar was locked up for mouthing off to a woman at his school bus stop.
ES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Two Iowa couples decided to tie the knot at this weekend's bacon festival at the state fairgrounds in Des Moines.
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Religious leaders of multiple faiths and farmers in Nevada and Utah turned to prayer this weekend for help easing severe drought conditions gripping the West.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - A craft brewer still has hopes of one day using drones to deliver its lager to ice fishing anglers on Minnesota lakes by air, despite being grounded by federal aviation officials after a recent test run.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's new declaration that he's open to legalizing many immigrants short of citizenship sounds a lot like House Speaker John Boehner and other GOP leaders, an election-year compromise that numerous Republicans as well as Democrats crave.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Justin Bieber's court cases on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border could complicate the pop star's jet-setting ways as his troubles bring more scrutiny by judges and prosecutors,
HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) - A 19-year-old Oregon woman who drove an SUV into a leaf pile, killing two young girls playing in it, has been sentenced to three years of probation.
CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) - An Arizona woman has been accused of trying to kill her hospitalized husband by injecting fecal matter into his IV line, police in suburban Phoenix said Friday.
NEW YORK (AP) - Actress Scarlett Johansson gives SodaStream some sex appeal in a controversial spot, Kia revives actor Laurence Fishburne's "Matrix" character Morpheus in its commercial. And cute puppies and kids abound in ads for Cheerios to Anheuser-Busch.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Thousands of Anthem Blue Cross individual customers whose policies were unchanged by the nation's new health care law could see their premiums jump as much as 25 percent unless California regulators step in.
NEW YORK (AP) - The financial strains and shifting shopping habits of Americans have led to uneven fortunes for retailers.
REPORT: BIEBER HAD POT, XANAX IN SYSTEM AT ARREST: MIAMI (AP) - A preliminary toxicology report shows that Justin Bieber tested positive for marijuana and the anti-anxiety drug Xanax after his arrest last week in South Florida.
NEW YORK (AP) - Call it Cute Bowl.
WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia (AP) - The last man to shoot an American president now spends most of the year in a house overlooking the 13th hole of a golf course in a gated community.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The first woman to serve as both governor and U.S. senator is backing a campaign to put a female face on the $20 bill.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A family was awarded the rights to 10 rare gold coins possibly worth $80 million or more on Friday after a U.S. appeals court overturned a jury verdict.
Q: I am about to turn 62. I am trying to decide if I want to retire and take my Social Security now; or wait until age 66 to get higher benefits. I know everyone has to make a similar decision. But I have a bit of a twist. I have a 14-year-old daughter, and I know she is due benefits on my account until she is 18. I am wondering: Can I file for her Social Security now and defer my own until age 66? Or can I "file and suspend" my benefits so that she can get hers?
CUPERTINO (AP) - If you're planning on buying the new Apple Watch, don't expect to walk into a store and leave with one next week.
KANSAS CITY (AP) - A new customer strategy for Sprint: Phone setup in your house.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google is about to change the way its influential search engine recommends websites on smartphones in a shift that's expected to sway where millions of people shop, eat and find information.
NEW YORK (AP) - Under pressure from an expanding number of cheaper online video services, the long-dominant bundle of channels offered by pay-TV companies is becoming a bit more flexible.
NEW YORK (AP) - Things are finally looking up for Barbie.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Damani Terry just wanted to join a group of girls dancing in a park across the street. The 2-year-old stepped into the road - right into the path of an oncoming van.
NEW YORK (AP) - An office manager was arraigned Thursday on charges she posed as a dentist when the real dentist was away and seriously injured patients after pulling their teeth, performing root canals on them and injecting their mouths, prosecutors said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Securities and Exchange Commission recently questioned Los Angeles Unified School District officials as part of informal inquiry into whether they properly used bond funds for a beleaguered $1.3 billion project to provide an iPad for every student.
LULING, La. (AP) - In what authorities call an apparent ambush by an angry motorist, a south Louisiana sheriff's deputy was shot three times Thursday, sustaining injuries to his eye and chest in a gunfight that broke out at a school traffic zone.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California vaccination bill that has generated intense debates pitting personal rights against public health stalled in the state Senate Wednesday, with lawmakers saying it could deprive unvaccinated children of an adequate education by barring them from schools.
DENVER (AP) - Snow pack is well below normal, but close watchers of water, weather and fire in Colorado are heartened by healthy reservoir levels and short- and long-term forecasts of precipitation.