ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday declared almost a half-million acres of rugged desert terrain along the U.S.-Mexico border as a national monument, marking the largest swath of land to be set aside for that purpose since he took office.
NEW YORK (AP) - Seemingly respectable members of the mainstream - a police officer, a paramedic, a rabbi, an airline pilot, an architect, a Boy Scout leader - were caught using the Internet to collect and trade child pornography, federal officials said Wednesday.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A school board that approved a Bible-based curriculum for pupils next fall broke into small groups and met privately with the program's chief backer, the president of the Hobby Lobby arts and crafts store chain, to get around an Oklahoma law that requires government bodies to be open to the public, according to emails obtained by The Associated Press.
NEWTOWN, Pa. (AP) - The principal of a Catholic elementary school in suburban Philadelphia is apologizing to parents for having used a photo of celebrity Ellen DeGeneres on an invitation to an Oscars-themed graduation dance.
OAK CREEK CANYON, Ariz. (AP) - A wind-whipped wildfire in a canyon near Flagstaff dramatically increased in size Wednesday as it sent up choking plumes of smoke, threatened homes and scuttled Memorial Day weekend plans in the popular hiking and camping area.
NEW YORK (AP) - Government regulators on Wednesday said that they have approved Nest Labs' plans to fix a feature in its smoke alarms that could prevent them from sounding immediately.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The future of crude oil shipments by train depends on proving to the public that it can be done safely, the head of BNSF Railway Co. said Wednesday.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Prompted by the shortages of available drugs for lethal injections, Wyoming lawmakers are considering changing state law to permit execution of condemned inmates by firing squad.
SAN JOSE (AP) - E-commerce site eBay is asking users to change their passwords after a cyberattack compromised a company database containing customers' names, encrypted passwords, email addresses, physical addresses, phone numbers and dates of birth.
NEW YORK (AP) - Target cut its annual profit outlook Wednesday and said its first-quarter earnings fell 16 percent as it took another hit from a massive customer data breach and a troubled expansion in Canada.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Millions of Americans would no longer get mail delivered to their door but would have to go to communal or curbside boxes instead under a proposal advancing through Congress.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Cpl. Kyle Carpenter remembers lying on his back on a rooftop in Marjah, Afghanistan, crammed up against sandbags alongside his friend and fellow Marine, Lance Cpl. Nicholas Eufrazio.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The U.S. Interior Department said Tuesday it doesn't want federal irrigation water being used to grow marijuana in Washington, Colorado or anywhere else.
DENVER (AP) - A Colorado convict sent back to prison after being mistakenly released 90 years early will appeal his sentence, his attorney said Tuesday, claiming it was cruel and unusual punishment to put him back behind bars after he started a family and reformed his life.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Actor Michael Jace, who played a police officer on the hit TV show "The Shield," was arrested Tuesday after authorities said he called 911 and told an operator he shot his wife.
HONOLULU (AP) - Abnormally warm ocean temperatures are creating conditions that threaten to kill coral across the equatorial Pacific, north Pacific and western Atlantic oceans, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The mother of a man who tried to launch a firework off the top of his head for July Fourth and was killed instantly said Monday she's advocating for stricter controls about who can use the explosives.
BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine (AP) - The deaths of three members of a family were a double murder followed by a suicide, state police said on Monday.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina Senate voted Monday to pull the Confederate flag off the Capitol grounds, clearing the way for a historic measure that could remove the banner more than five decades after it was first flown above the Statehouse to protest integration.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles police chief must answer questions about a high-profile officer-involved shooting of a black man last year, a federal judge ruled Monday, citing contradictions between the chief's statements and a commission's finding that the shooting wasn't justified.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - An immigrant who took refuge at an Oregon church to avoid deportation should be allowed to stay in the U.S. because of a judicial error at a hearing more than a decade ago, his attorney said Monday.
CHICAGO (AP) - A 7-year-old boy who was one of seven people shot to death in Chicago over the holiday weekend was the son of a gang leader with a lengthy arrest record, and police say the man's refusal to cooperate with detectives highlights the city's ongoing challenge to curb gang-related violence.
HOUSTON (AP) - A Texas man used social media to promote his gun store, posting politically charged messages that criticized the president and promoted Second Amendment rights.
EMERALD ISLE, N.C. (AP) - Nails deteriorated by years of exposure to the sand, salt and moisture from the ocean gave way, causing a deck collapse that hurt 24 people as they posed for a picture at a North Carolina beachfront home, authorities said.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Burt Shavitz, the Burt behind Burt's Bees who co-founded the natural cosmetics company, died Sunday. He was 80.
CALAIS, Maine (AP) - A 22-year-old man who was drinking and celebrating the Fourth of July tried to launch a firework off the top of his head, killing him instantly, authorities said Sunday.
KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona Department of Corrections officials were relocating more than 350 inmates Sunday following a disturbance at a privately run prison in Kingman.
NEW YORK (AP) - July 4th went off like a dud at the box office. Anticipated new releases "Magic Mike XXL" and "Terminator Genisys" fizzled, leaving the popular holdovers "Jurassic World" and "Inside Out" to top the holiday weekend.
ROMULUS, N.Y. (AP) - The surviving escapee from a prison break and three-week manhunt will spend 23 hours a day in a maximum-security cell, much more confined than he and a fellow murder convict were in the prison from which they managed a getaway, officials said Sunday.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - For five years, Gov. Nikki Haley, South Carolina's first minority governor, dismissed calls to remove the Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse lawn as a divisive issue far from her agenda.