MONROE, Conn. (AP) - On a tour Wednesday of his daughter's new school, Vinny Alvarez took a moment to thank her third-grade teacher, who protected the class from a rampaging gunman by locking her classroom door and keeping the children in a corner.
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Aiden and Donavyn didn't wait until New Year's Day to come screaming into the world, but the circumstances of their births are still pretty special: The babies were born about two hours apart to Ohio mothers who are identical twins.
WASHINGTON (AP) - While the tax package that Congress passed New Year's Day will protect 99 percent of Americans from an income tax increase, most of them will still end up paying more federal taxes in 2013.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress' hectic resolution of the "fiscal cliff" crisis is the latest in a long series of decisions by lawmakers and the White House to do less than promised - and to ask Americans for little sacrifice - in confronting the nation's burgeoning debt.
MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER IN CONCRETE BODY CASE: WHITTIER (AP) - Los Angeles County prosecutors have charged a 45-year-old man with murder in the case of a body found in concrete at a heating and air conditioning business.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican who has praised President Barack Obama's handling of Superstorm Sandy, on Wednesday blasted U.S. House Speaker John Boehner for delaying a vote for federal storm relief.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple after answering an online ad is fighting the state's efforts to suddenly force him to pay child support for the now 3-year-old girl, arguing that he and the women signed an agreement waiving all of his parental rights.
DUNMORE, Pa. (AP) - Police say a wrong-way driver ended up going 18 miles on an interstate in northeastern Pennsylvania.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - As Utah's air quality worsens, state regulators are working on a set of plans to limit everyday emissions, from banning the sale of aerosol deodorants and hair spray to prohibiting wood burning in fireplaces more often.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's comments about 47 percent of the population dependent on the government and "binders full of women" topped this year's best quotes, according to a Yale University librarian.
WOMAN STUMBLES, FALLS ON NYC SUBWAY TRACKS, DIES: NEW YORK (AP) - New York City police say a young woman stumbling around on a Manhattan subway platform not far from Times Square fell onto the tracks and was killed by a train.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Crews aboard two aircraft flew over an oil drilling ship Tuesday that went aground in a severe Alaska storm and saw no sign that the vessel was leaking fuel or that its hull had been breached.
TILGHMAN ISLAND, Md. (AP) - Same-sex couples in Maryland were greeted with cheers and noisemakers held over from New Year's Eve parties, as gay marriage became legal in the first state south of the Mason-Dixon Line on New Year's Day.
NEW YORK (AP) - This is your brain on sugar - for real. Scientists have used imaging tests to show for the first time that fructose, a sugar that saturates the American diet, can trigger brain changes that may lead to overeating.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A sharply divided Montana Supreme Court has ruled that forcing a Hutterite religious colony to pay workers' compensation insurance for jobs outside the commune is not an unconstitutional intrusion into religion.
NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) - A southern Indiana sheriff accused of patronizing a prostitute gave the woman a deputy's badge and uniform so she could get hotel discounts, then later encouraged her to get rid of the evidence, authorities said Tuesday.
ATLANTA (AP) - The last surviving member of the crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, hastening the end of World War II and forcing the world into the atomic age, has died in Georgia.
ATHENS, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama man accused of killing kittens he found on a website pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty Tuesday and received a court-appointed lawyer to defend him during a trial set for later this year.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Two men were killed and two women were seriously injured Tuesday in a wild Las Vegas crime spree that included a carjacking, two home invasions, a stabbing, a fake hostage situation and a deadly police shooting.
GOODRICH, Texas (AP) - Authorities in East Texas said Tuesday that they have cleared more than two dozen marijuana fields that were discovered over the weekend in the woods and which contained about 100,000 plants worth an estimated $175 million.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Two northeast Ohio brothers used separate cars to fatally hit a 17-year-old boy who had robbed them of a dirt bike at gunpoint in Cleveland, police reports said.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - A 9-year-old girl who was struck by a plane that crash-landed on a beach while she vacationed with her family died from her injuries, law enforcement officials said Tuesday.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut woman whose 15-month-old son died this month after her husband left him in a car on a hot day said Tuesday he's an amazing father and she forgives him.
VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) - The parents of a south Georgia teenager found dead inside a rolled-up gym mat at school filed a wrongful death lawsuit against local school administrators Monday.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire man was arrested Monday and charged with kidnapping 15-year-old Abigail "Abby" Hernandez more than nine months ago sometime after she left Kennett High School in Conway.
WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) - A $3 cup of shave ice is at the center of a dispute in this beach town between street vendors trying to stay in business and town officials who say the vendors cause traffic congestion and increase the potential for accidents.
NEW YORK (AP) - A California man who skipped town after being accused of molesting a boy was killed and three law enforcement officers trying to arrest him were wounded in a daytime shootout inside a small smoke shop in one of New York's most bustling neighborhoods, officials said Monday.
CHICAGO (AP) - Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration is scrambling to contain a furor over the city's red-light camera system, which may have ticketed thousands of motorists under questionable circumstances.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Two men who carjacked a woman and sexually assaulted her in her SUV before plowing into a family selling fruit on a street corner, killing three children, were charged with murder on Monday, police said.