WASHINGTON (AP) - Gridlocked once more, President Barack Obama and Republican congressional leaders refused to budge in their budget standoff Friday as $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts bore down on individual Americans and the nation's still-recovering economy. "None of this is necessary," said the president after a sterile White House meeting that portended a long standoff.
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) - Ending his unexpected round of basketball diplomacy in North Korea on Friday, ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman called leader Kim Jong Un an "awesome guy" and said his father and grandfather were "great leaders" - an assessment that got short shrift from the U.S. government.
DENVER (AP) - The weekend after a heated debate over gun control, Colorado state Rep. Rhonda Fields was flooded with emails, including some she later told police "disturbed and shocked" her.
SEFFNER, Fla. (AP) - In a matter of seconds, the earth opened under Jeff Bush's bedroom and swallowed him up like something out of a horror movie. About the only thing left was the TV cable running down into the hole.
BAD 'FRESH PRINCE' RAP TRIGGERS PA. LOCKDOWN: AMBRIDGE, Pa. (AP) - Now this is a story all about how a high school student's life got turned upside down. But it was all just a bad rap.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The State Department on Friday raised no major objections to the Keystone XL oil pipeline and said other options to get the oil from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries are worse for climate change.
SANTA CLARA SUPERVISOR AGREES TO PLEAD GUILTY TO FELONIES: SAN JOSE (AP) - A Santa Clara County supervisor has resigned from office and agreed to plead guilty to a dozen counts of criminal activity, including perjury and misappropriation of public funds.
WASHINGTON (AP) - With tax season in full swing, a newly released poll says an overwhelming majority of adults don't believe it is ever OK to cheat on their income taxes, with most citing personal integrity as a reason to be truthful.
FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - Bradley Manning, the Army private arrested in the biggest leak of classified material in U.S. history, pleaded guilty Thursday to charges that could send him to prison for 20 years, saying he was trying to expose the American military's "bloodlust" and disregard for human life in Iraq and Afghanistan.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A weeping juror was dismissed Thursday for committing misconduct during deliberations in the public corruption trial of six former officials of the suburban city of Bell.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Maj. Thomas C. "Tom" Griffin, a B-25 bomber navigator in the audacious Doolittle's Raid attack on mainland Japan during World War II, has died.
WASHINGTON (AP) - In a historic argument for gay rights, President Barack Obama on Thursday urged the Supreme Court to overturn California's same-sex marriage ban and turn a skeptical eye on similar prohibitions across the country.
DETROIT (AP) - The speedometer on the Toyota Yaris says the tiny car can go 140 miles per hour.
WACO, Texas (AP) - The 20th anniversary of the disastrous raid on the Branch Davidians compound near Waco passed quietly Thursday, as colleagues of the four agents who died gathered in private and local officials made no plans to mark the day.
NEW YORK (AP) - A dog owner says she thinks there's a chance her prized pet was deliberately poisoned while competing at the Westminster Kennel Club show, causing it to die several days later.
HONOLULU (AP) - A bill that would make Hawaii the first state to raise the legal smoking age to 21 cleared the Legislature on Friday and is headed to the governor.
NEW YORK (AP) - Former Olympic champion Bruce Jenner told the world that "for all intents and purposes, I am a woman" in an extraordinary television interview aired Friday about gender confusion he first felt as a youngster trying on his mother's and sister's dresses.
SEATTLE (AP) - A computer outage affecting registers forced Starbucks to give away free drinks Friday before closing stores early.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Former CIA Director David Petraeus, whose career was destroyed by an extramarital affair with his biographer, was sentenced Thursday to two years' probation and fined $100,000 for giving her classified material while she was working on the book.
CHANNELVIEW, Texas (AP) - A manager of a fast-food restaurant in Texas has been offered her job back after saying she was fired because she wouldn't pay back the nearly $400 she turned over from the store's register during an armed robbery.
NEW YORK (AP) - As Shakespeare would say, "We have seen better days."
NEW YORK (AP) - One moseyed around Manhattan's East Village. Another was caught in trendy Chelsea. Yet another rambled through a Hudson River park this week.
DETROIT (AP) - Federal agricultural officials are planning to announce voluntary programs and initiatives for farmers, ranchers and foresters meant to build on President Barack Obama's efforts to combat global warming - and don't require congressional approval.
NEW YORK (AP) - The first on-air promo for Friday's broadcast interview with Bruce Jenner didn't even show his face, an illustration of the line ABC News is walking in trying to drum up interest for the program while saying virtually nothing about it.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - A high school teacher identified a student who accused another teacher of a sex crime by pointing at her in front of her classmates and saying he missed school so he could be interviewed by detectives "because of her," police said Wednesday.
RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Child welfare officials have taken five children from the home of a couple accused of neglecting a 12-year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A woman who used a turkey baster to impregnate herself is on the losing side of a legal battle over parental rights.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California man's long battle to overturn his high-profile terrorism conviction faces a key courtroom test on Wednesday.
SEATTLE (AP) - A lawsuit was filed Tuesday by the family of a man who was cremated by mistake and whose casket contained another person - something relatives say they discovered when they opened the casket during the funeral.
NEW YORK (AP) - A "perfect" 100-carat diamond in a classic emerald cut sold for just over $22 million at auction on Tuesday.