ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT OVER THE PACIFIC (AP) - The Pentagon is moving naval forces closer to Syria in preparation for a possible decision by President Barack Obama to order military strikes, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel suggested on Friday.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - Bradley Manning is the first transgender military inmate to ask for hormone treatments, officials say, a request that could lead to a legal showdown over how - and if - the soldier convicted in the WikiLeaks case will be allowed to live as a female behind bars.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Police in Spokane, Wash., have arrested one of two teens suspected of fatally beating an 88-year-old veteran of World War II who had survived the battle for Okinawa.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - No charges have been filed against a Tennessee kindergartner or his mother after a gun discharged inside the child's backpack in a school cafeteria, but the shooting has led to metal-detecting wands being provided to the district's elementary schools, officials said Friday.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Australian baseball player who was allegedly shot and killed at random while he was jogging wasn't targeted because of his race or nationality, the prosecutor in charge of the case said Friday.
ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia city is backing off its law that required heads of households to own a gun and ammunition, which leaders said was meant to warn would-be burglars and to send a message to the federal government about gun ownership.
2 FISHERMEN OVERCOME BY ROTTING-FISH GAS IN MAINE: ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) - Decaying herring inside the fish hold of an 89-foot trawler has created enough noxious gas with a rotting-egg smell to sicken two Maine fishermen and leave one of them unconscious.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. spearheaded an effort Thursday to bring together retailers, suppliers and government officials so they can figure out how to bring more manufacturing jobs to the United States.
DHS EMPLOYEE BEHIND RACIST WEBSITE: WASHINGTON (AP) - A Homeland Security employee is the operator of a racist website predicting and advocating a race war, a department official said Thursday.
NEW YORK (AP) - The nation's biggest police department will get a new watchdog and face easier standards for people to file profiling lawsuits against it after the City Council on Thursday overrode mayoral vetoes amid applause from supporters and angry warnings from opponents.
WEST CARROLLTON, Ohio (AP) - A man who was declared dead when his heart stopped beating for 45 minutes suddenly revived, said his stunned doctors, who can't find an explanation. The man, though, credits his faith.
Trey Powell's first name has an extra resonance these days. Though still a bachelor, he now presides over a family of three as the dad of twin daughters born six months ago via a surrogate mother.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Seven hairstylists have reached a confidential settlement with a former co-worker to end a lawsuit over a $9.5 million lottery jackpot, parties in the case said Thursday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A tour bus carrying gamblers to an Indian casino overturned along a Southern California freeway after sideswiping a car, injuring more than 50 people on board Thursday, authorities said.
DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - The 911 tapes from a frightening standoff and shooting at an Atlanta-area school show how a school employee's calm demeanor and kind approach helped end the ordeal without any injuries.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Two stepbrothers suspected of trying to steal beer from a grocery store were not armed with guns when they were shot Thursday by a police officer who confronted them in Washington state's capital city, authorities said.
DETROIT (AP) - Whites are moving back to the American city that came to epitomize white flight, even as blacks continue to leave for the suburbs and the city's overall population shrinks.
HONOLULU (AP) - Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell has vetoed a bill that would have expanded the city's ban on sitting and lying down on sidewalks.
WACO, Texas (AP) - One of nine bikers killed at a shootout outside a Texas restaurant was a Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient whose family members dispute police claims he was in a criminal group.
NEW YORK (AP) - The president of the Boy Scouts of America, Robert Gates, said Thursday that the organization's longstanding ban on participation by openly gay adults is no longer sustainable and called for change in order to prevent "the end of us as a national movement."
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Authorities say a man who tried to cut a sheriff's deputy when officers were serving a warrant has been shot and killed by a North Charleston police officer.
SEDALIA, Mo. (AP) - The hunt for a registered sex offender suspected of killing his ex-girlfriend and her son intensified Thursday after police raided but failed to find anyone inside a home in western Missouri, where the man was charged last month for allegedly keeping the woman confined in a wooden box.
NEW YORK (AP) - Another Clinton is becoming an author.
NEW YORK (AP) - Barbra Streisand is set to publish her long-discussed and long-awaited memoir.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A central Florida judge's sharp tongue and hot temper might soon find him in the judicial penalty box.
WACO, Texas (AP) - As gunfire broke out in the parking lot of a Texas restaurant, dozens of motorcycle riders ran inside seeking cover and tried to guide others to safety, security video reviewed exclusively by The Associated Press showed Wednesday.
DENVER (AP) - The shooting death of a bicyclist considered the unofficial mayor of a normally quiet Colorado town has led organizers to cancel a popular annual race, while a lack of details in the case fuels speculation that Windsor's first homicide in eight years is linked to a nearby highway shooting.
NEW YORK (AP) - By taking a wrong turn in a dry riverbed in Kenya, scientists discovered a trove of stone tools far older than any ever found before. Nobody knows who made them - or why.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Investigators are combing through phone records, locomotive data, radio transmissions and surveillance video to determine if the engineer in last week's deadly Amtrak derailment was using his cellphone while at the controls, federal authorities said Wednesday as union officials offered new details on how the engineer spent the hours before the crash.
GOLETA (AP) - An oil spill from a ruptured onshore pipeline that fouled beaches and threatened wildlife along a scenic stretch of the California coast spread across 9 miles of ocean Wednesday and officials said up to 105,000 gallons may have leaked out.