DALLAS (AP) - The owner of a topless club pleaded guilty to a murder-for-hire charge Thursday stemming from a failed plot to kill a North Texas mayor and an attorney who were trying to crack down on such businesses.
CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) - Clint Eastwood's oddball GOP convention monologue didn't sit well, but Democrats proved they know how to exploit their unabashed love affair with Hollywood.
MICH. LOVEBIRDS RESCUED AFTER ELABORATE PROPOSAL: CASEVILLE, Mich. (AP) - Two Michigan sheriff's deputies can expect wedding invitations in their future for rescuing a couple who became stranded on an island during a meticulously planned, elaborate marriage proposal that apparently accounted for everything but bad weather.
PHOENIX (AP) - The most contentious part of Arizona's immigration law finally has approval to move forward, surviving a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, a heated national debate and two years of state politics.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A 21-year-old Charlotte man has been arrested by the Secret Service for allegedly posting threats to kill President Barack Obama on Twitter.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - His re-election in doubt, President Barack Obama conceded only halting progress Thursday night toward fixing the nation's stubborn economic woes, but vowed in a Democratic National Convention finale, "Our problems can be solved, our challenges can be met."
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Three more men charged with plotting to bomb a highway bridge in Ohio admitted their roles in the scheme Wednesday in a move meant to avoid life prison sentences.
DALLAS (AP) - It's the worst year ever for West Nile virus in Texas, which has seen about half of the country's deaths from the illness this year, health officials said Wednesday.
SEATTLE (AP) - Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine insisted Wednesday he wasn't serious when he threatened to "punch" a radio talk-show host in the mouth.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - No one would confuse the Nite Moves strip club with the Bolshoi Ballet, but what the lap dancers do there is art and entitled to the same tax exemption other performances enjoy, a lawyer argued Wednesday in what was surely one of the racier tax cases ever to go before New York's highest court.
DETROIT (AP) - The son of sex research pioneer Dr. William H. Masters is accused of exposing himself to a sheriff's deputy and another woman posing as recreational kayakers during a sting operation along a river in eastern Michigan.
FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) - The Secret Service said Wednesday it is investigating the reported theft of copies of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's federal tax records during a break-in at an accounting office in Franklin. Someone claiming responsibility demanded $1 million not to make them public.
BEAKED PUTIN TO FLY WITH CRANES ON HANG-GLIDER: MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin is reportedly planning to put on a fake beak and fly a motorized hang-glider to lead a flock of endangered young Siberian white cranes on part of their migration to Asia.
DENVER (AP) - The parents of 7-year-old Sierra Jane Downing thought she had the flu when she felt sick days after camping in southwest Colorado.
ORANGE (AP) - Prosecutors say Nadia Lockyer, the estranged wife of state Treasurer Bill Lockyer and a former Alameda County Supervisor, has been charged with drug possession and child abuse after police found her with methamphetamine at a relative's house in Orange County where she was staying with her 9-year-old son.
NEW YORK (AP) - A crash between two double-decker tour buses injured 14 people and left Times Square blood-spattered on Tuesday afternoon.
• BALTIMORE OFFICER TO PLEAD GUILTY TO KILLING PUPPY: BALTIMORE (AP) - The lawyer for a Baltimore police officer charged with beating and choking his girlfriend's puppy and texting her a photo of the dog's body says his client will plead guilty in the case.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service will soon have to scale back some projects designed to help prevent wildfires so that it can meet the expenses of fighting this summer's round of fires.
BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) - More than 100 officers from 10 law enforcement agencies are involved in the search for a 6-year-old girl who disappeared from her home near Bremerton over the weekend, the Kitsap County sheriff's office said Tuesday.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Three teenagers were indicted Tuesday for the brutal slayings of two homeless men in Albuquerque.
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) - Police say that a 5-year-old playing with a gun shot and injured a 3-year-old girl in Colorado.
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Lawyers defending a Nevada trucking firm being sued for negligence in a fiery 2011 crash with an Amtrak train told jurors Tuesday that Union Pacific Railroad officials manipulated or destroyed evidence that would have proved a malfunctioning crossing gate and signal lights were responsible for the deaths of the truck driver and five people on board the California Zephyr.
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A 220-pound black bear who managed to climb out of a South Texas zoo exhibit took a dip in a pond with some harbor seals before staffers tranquilized him.
NEW CITY, N.Y. (AP) - After spending four days behind bars as the result of a feud over a children's day camp, a suburban mayor walked out of jail Tuesday with stubble on his chin and re-election on his mind.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - An American major general was shot to death Tuesday in one of the bloodiest insider attacks of the long Afghanistan war when a gunman dressed as an Afghan soldier turned on allied troops, wounding about 15 including a German general and two Afghan generals.
MONTICELLO, Ind. (AP) - Three people were found dead Tuesday in a shooting at a parking lot outside northern Indiana furniture plant, a sheriff said.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A photo of Montana Attorney General Tim Fox was used in an online dating scam that cost an Indiana woman $150,000, state officials said Tuesday.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - The outlines of a solution for battered, blockaded Gaza are emerging after Tuesday's tentative Israel-Hamas cease-fire: Norway is organizing a donor conference and Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas aims to oversee rebuilding and reassert his authority in the territory, lost to Hamas in 2007.
ATLANTA (AP) - An American aid worker infected with Ebola arrived Tuesday in Atlanta, joining a second patient being given an experimental treatment that has never before been tested on humans.
NEW YORK (AP) - To Scrabble fanatics, big gifts sometimes come in small packages.