CHICAGO (AP) - In a major victory for gun rights advocates, a federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down a ban on carrying concealed weapons in Illinois - the only remaining state where carrying concealed weapons is entirely illegal - and gave lawmakers 180 days to write a law that legalizes it.
STARKE, Fla. (AP) - A former police officer who murdered nine people during a 1986 crime spree was executed Tuesday after his attorneys' last-minute appeals were rejected.
KAYAKER DIES IN SHASTA COUNTY CREEK: REDDING (AP) - Officials plan to conduct an autopsy on the body of a San Jose woman who died after her kayak flipped over and was pushed against a rock in a Shasta County creek.
YUMA, Ariz. (AP) - U.S. Border Patrol agents say smugglers have come up with yet another creative way to get drugs in the country - a cannon.
ARIZ. HOME: 'DITTO' TO NEIGHBOR'S CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: MARICOPA, Ariz. (AP) - An Arizona woman who knew she couldn't compete head on with her neighbor's elaborate Christmas light display is attracting attention for her response.
SISSONVILLE, W.Va. (AP) - Four homes went up in flames and collapsed in charred heaps Tuesday after a natural gas line exploded in an inferno that raged for at least an hour, melting guardrails and pavement on a swath of Interstate 77.
MIAMI (AP) - A South Florida family is fighting to get their son, a Marine veteran, released from a prison in a dangerous area in Mexico while facing charges that he carried across the border a shotgun with a barrel that's an inch too short.
• FAA: 3 KILLED IN MEDICAL HELICOPTER CRASH IN ILL: ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - Authorities say a medical helicopter has crashed in northern Illinois, killing all three people on board.
RESEARCHERS FIND MORE GRAVES AT FLA. REFORM SCHOOL: TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - University of South Florida anthropologists say they've found evidence of 98 deaths and more graves than previously identified at a closed reform school in the Panhandle.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Facebook says some users were briefly unable to access the site because of a technical glitch.
OHIO POLICE FIND, TOW BIG PIG IN ABANDONED VEHICLE: YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) - Police responding to a report of an abandoned vehicle in northeast Ohio say they found an unexpected passenger in the back seat: a 250-pound potbellied pig named Penelope.
NEW YORK (AP) - It's a meetup, it's a party, it's a spectacle: SantaCon is coming to town - in fact, to nearly 300 towns and cities around the world.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - An Alaska man who confessed to killing at least eight people across the country had researched Ted Bundy and other serial killers, saying he recognized himself in them, investigators said Monday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Army is updating its handbook for soldiers on how to detect and prevent so-called insider attacks, providing detailed warning signs to watch for and cultural missteps to avoid because they could fuel anger or violence among the Afghan forces.
REDFORD, Mich. (AP) - President Barack Obama warned Monday that he "won't compromise" on his demands that the wealthiest Americans pay higher tax rates, digging in on the chief sticking point between the White House and Republicans as they seek a way to avert the "fiscal cliff."
GRANTSVILLE, Utah (AP) - A man died over the weekend after jumping into a huge ceremonial bonfire at a Utah event similar to the Nevada countercultural festival Burning Man, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA BIG-CAT PARK APPEALS SAFETY ORDERS: FRESNO . (AP) - The operator of an animal park in Central California said Monday he's appealing orders to increase security more than a year after a volunteer was killed there by a lion.
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - A gunman who killed a rookie officer responding to a report of an armed robbery at a drugstore early Sunday never tried to rob the store and instead lay in wait for police, telling a witness to watch the news because he was "going to be famous," authorities said.
LATTA, S.C. (AP) - When openly gay police chief Crystal Moore was fired by a mayor who condemned her lifestyle as "questionable," she feared her two decade career in law enforcement in this town was over.
CHICAGO (AP) - Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals.
CHICAGO (AP) - The song says a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, but a study says that kind of imprecise measurement can lead to potentially dangerous dosing mistakes.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A key Republican said Friday that President Barack Obama's multibillion-dollar emergency request for the border is too big to get through the House, as a growing number of Democrats rejected policy changes Republicans are demanding as their price for approving any money.
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Long accustomed to dealing with bad news "garbage" bears that become hooked on improperly stored trash at homes and businesses around Lake Tahoe, Nevada wildlife officials say they're increasingly responding to a new kind of troublemaker they've started calling "drought" bears.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The president of the nation's second-largest teachers union said Friday that President Barack Obama's education chief has turned his back on the concerns of educators and parents, but she stopped short of calling for his ouster.
SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes acknowledges he broke a drug-free workplace rule when he brought marijuana back to his office after buying on the first day of legal sales in Washington state.
FEDS: WOMAN SENT NUDE PHOTOS OF SON, 4, TO BOYFRIEND: CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina woman has been charged with sending nude photos of her 4-year-old son to her boyfriend.
NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon is asking the Federal Aviation Administration permission to use drones as part of its plan to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Big Tobacco may soon get smaller.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A second federal judge has ordered the IRS to provide information about lost emails from a central figure in the agency's tea party controversy.
McLEAN, Va. (AP) - Police in Virginia on Thursday backed off efforts to take sexually explicit photos of a 17-year-old to prove a sexting case against him.