WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq Thursday night, warning they would be launched if needed to defend Americans from advancing Islamic militants and protect civilians under siege. His announcement threated a renewal of U.S. military involvement in the country's long sectarian war.
SEATTLE (AP) - A four-day search for a missing Washington girl who vanished from her home over the weekend came to a tragic end Thursday, as authorities said they believe they have found the body of 6-year-old Jenise Wright.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Thinking about getting inked? Check the bottle first.
McALLEN, Texas (AP) - Far fewer unaccompanied immigrant children are crossing the Texas-Mexico border, allowing the federal government to close the temporary shelters that it hurriedly opened to handle the surge, authorities say.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - More than 35 years after the infamous suicide-murder of some 900 people - many forced to drink a cyanide-laced grape punch - in Jonestown, Guyana, the cremated remains of nine of the victims were found in a dilapidated former funeral home in Delaware, officials said Thursday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Nearly 10 million Americans decided they would be a different race or ethnicity in the early 2000s, with the largest movement coming from Hispanics deciding which racial category they should be in, a new census report showed Wednesday.
FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - A Fort Hood soldier whose family came to the United States as refugees when he was 10 became the first Vietnamese-American to reach the rank of general in the U.S. Army on Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Any worried pet owner who has spent days hanging posters, making phone calls and knocking on neighbors' doors hopes there's a more scientific way to find a lost dog.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Target Corp. is adding its name to a legal defense of gay marriage, joining other large companies that are taking a stand, just four years after the retailer came under criticism for supporting a strident opponent of same-sex unions.
HONESDALE, Pa. (AP) - A 5-year-old boy's lively TV interview at a Pennsylvania county fair, punctuated by his frequent use of the word "apparently," has turned him into an Internet sensation.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - A Virginia resident on his first trip to the Grand Canyon started recording when he saw a squirrel approach two men, thinking they would be bitten.
GEORGETOWN, Texas (AP) - A 19-year-old Texas man who could face years in prison for making brownies laced with marijuana and hash oil said Wednesday he remains scared despite new evidence that his attorney believes should reduce the charges.
BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (AP) - A man in a southwest Ohio Wal-Mart store waved a rifle at customers, including children, and was fatally shot by police when he wouldn't drop the weapon, according to police and a recorded 911 call from a witness.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Two Tulsa police officers who are married have been arrested in the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old man who was walking with their daughter, authorities said.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A federal judge in Iowa meted out an unusual punishment to a lawyer for repeatedly raising objections and interrupting depositions: She must produce a training video showing why such tactics are inappropriate.
NEW YORK (AP) - It appears the baby recession really is over: Preliminary figures show U.S. births were up last year for the first time in seven years.
CHICAGO (AP) - President Barack Obama's health secretary announced proposed regulations Tuesday for Head Start that would expand the 50-year-old early-learning program to a full school day and a full school year to better prepare children for kindergarten.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg came out as gay Tuesday, declaring in a lengthy and personal newspaper editorial that it took him years to accept that his sexuality is just "part of who I am."
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Two wildfires burning north and south of Anchorage stretched Alaska firefighting resources Tuesday as crews scrambled to protect rural homes and cabins.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - A cadet in his last year at West Point collected and traded photos and videos of boys being forced into sexual acts, a federal prosecutor said Tuesday.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Rachel Dolezal resigned as president of the NAACP's Spokane chapter Monday just days after her parents said she is a white woman posing as black - a dizzyingly swift fall for an activist credited with injecting remarkable new energy into the civil rights organization.
DENVER (AP) - Pot may be legal in Colorado, but you can still be fired for using it.
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - A Sikh college student from New York said Monday he is excited about a federal court decision that will permit him to enroll in the U.S. Army's Reserve Officer Training Corps without shaving his beard, cutting his hair, or removing his turban.
JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Guards shot and critically wounded a civilian outside a sprawling Air Force base in Arkansas on Monday after the man drove his SUV over a curb near the main gate, crashed through a sign and got out of the vehicle holding a rifle, the base commander said.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A government data warehouse that stores personal information on millions of HealthCare.gov customers is raising privacy concerns at a time when major breaches have become distressingly common.
OAK ISLAND, N.C. (AP) - Two teenagers were seriously injured in two separate shark attacks in the same North Carolina town on Sunday, terrifying beach goers and prompting one shocked witness to compare the scene to the movie "Jaws."
WASHINGTON (AP) - No one wants to make a repeat visit to the emergency room for the same complaint, but new research suggests it's more common than previously thought and surprisingly, people frequently wind up at a different ER the second time around.
DALLAS (AP) - The man linked to a violent assault on Dallas police headquarters was accused two years earlier of choking his mother, then fleeing to an East Texas town where schools were locked down out of fear he would attack them as "soft targets," according to accounts from police and family members.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - The torrential storms of last month essentially ended one of Texas' worst-ever droughts, but much of the excess water has already flowed into the Gulf of Mexico or will evaporate by year's end.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The right to be drunk on the front porch of a private home was endorsed Friday by the Iowa Supreme Court, which said a woman can't be convicted of public intoxication while standing on her front steps.