ABOARD THE PAPAL AIRCRAFT (AP) - A remarkably candid Pope Francis struck a conciliatory stance toward gays Monday, saying "who am I to judge" when it comes to the sexual orientation of priests.
BOY, 11, SURVIVES 200-FOOT SLIDING FALL IN UTAH: SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - An 11-year-old boy was airlifted to a hospital but is expected to recover after he tumbled down a 200-foot rock slope while hiking with this family near a scenic waterfall in northern Utah, authorities said Monday.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The mother of slain teenager Trayvon Martin told a National Urban League gathering in Philadelphia on Friday to use her tragedy to stop the same thing from happening to another child and she blamed Florida's "stand your ground" law for allowing her son's killer to go free.
McLEAN, Va. (AP) - The father of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden said Friday his son has been so vilified by the Obama administration and members of Congress that he is now better off staying in Russia.
ZIOJN NATIONAL PARK (AP) - An antique vehicle traveling near Zion National Park in Utah overturned on the last day of an international Model T club's annual tour, killing a woman from Minnesota and injuring three other people.
FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - Army Pfc. Bradley Manning's fate was in the hands of a military judge Friday after nearly two months of conflicting portrayals of the soldier: a traitor who gave WikiLeaks classified secrets for worldwide attention and a young, naive intelligence analyst who wanted people to know about the atrocities of war.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio inmate whose 450-pound weight became an issue in his death penalty case has died seven months after being granted clemency, officials said Friday.
CLEVELAND (AP) - A man accused of imprisoning three women in his home and subjecting them to rapes and beatings for a decade avoided the death penalty Friday, pleading guilty in a deal that will keep him in prison for life.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Someone splattered green paint on the Lincoln Memorial early Friday, but the statue of the 16th president was reopened by nightfall after the paint was washed away.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - The city known for detonating its past to make way for gleaming new development on the Las Vegas Strip is preparing to push out its Sept. 11 memorial.
REID: HILLARY COULD PROBABLY DO BETTER THAN BILL: LAS VEGAS (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid offered a ringing endorsement of Hillary Rodham Clinton in the event she runs for president in 2016.
MIAMI (AP) - Leaders of more than a dozen Caribbean countries are launching a united effort to seek compensation from three European nations for what they say is the lingering legacy of the Atlantic slave trade.
GERMAN POLICE SEIZE CAR WITH POOL: BERLIN (AP) - A car caught cruising the streets of a sleepy east German village on a sweltering summer's day sported a decidedly unorthodox feature: a pool filled to the brim with water.
CHICAGO (AP) - A Chicago man who as a 14-year-old fooled a station full of police officers into letting drive a squad car is now accused of trying to pass himself off as an officer to buy police clothing, equipment and even a badge.
OAKDALE, N.Y. (AP) - A Long Island lobsterman who spent 12 hours floating in the Atlantic Ocean after falling off his boat joked Thursday that he may have the two rubber boots that kept him afloat bronzed.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - Coast to coast, voters cast ballots with an audible harrumph on Tuesday - many of them unhappy with their choices and doubtful things will get better no matter who wins.
NEW YORK (AP) - Voters in Oregon and the District of Columbia approved ballot measures Tuesday allowing the use of marijuana by adults, elating legalization activists who hope to extend their winning streak across the country.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker won re-election over Democratic challenger Mary Burke Tuesday, overcoming fierce opposition from organized labor for his third election victory in four years - and clearing the way for a potential presidential campaign in 2016.
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - A woman who appealed for money online to help care for her autistic son and disabled husband has been accused of throwing her 6-year-old boy to his death off an historic bridge on the Oregon coast.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A bank card belonging to a woman abducted from a Philadelphia street was used the next morning in Maryland by a man whose grainy image was caught on bank cameras, police said Tuesday as relatives tearfully pleaded for her return.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Russian member of the Taliban made his first appearance in a federal court in Virginia on Tuesday, marking the first time a military detainee from Afghanistan has been brought to the U.S. for trial.
BOSTON (AP) - A sister of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded guilty Tuesday to misleading a police detective during a counterfeiting investigation, avoiding jail time in an agreement with prosecutors.
PITTSBURG, Pa (AP) - The former fugitive charged with ambushing a Pennsylvania state police barracks had a laptop computer and used the Internet while evading hundreds of law enforcement officials, according to court documents released Tuesday.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus misused a key rigging component in a hair-hanging stunt, causing a fall that seriously injured eight acrobats, federal workplace safety regulators said Tuesday.
HONOLULU (AP) - As slow-moving lava approached a cemetery in a rural Hawaii town, Aiko Sato placed flowers at the headstone of the family plot she's tended to over the years, thinking it would be the last time she would see it.
OHIO GIRL, 3, SHOT BY 4-YEAR-OLD BROTHER: LORAIN, Ohio (AP) - Police say a 3-year-old Ohio girl is in critical condition after being shot in the head by her 4-year-old brother, who found a gun in a dresser.
CHICAGO (AP) - Daredevil Nik Wallenda wowed Chicago and the world Sunday with two hair-raising skyscraper crossings on the high wire without a safety net or a harness.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A young woman who moved to Oregon to take advantage of the state's assisted-suicide law took lethal drugs prescribed by a doctor and has died, a spokesman said Sunday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Environmentalists, labor and women's groups that spent more than $29 million to help House Democrats in 2012 have put up barely a quarter of that amount this year, sparking grumbling among party strategists that is likely to grow louder after Election Day.
FORT KENT, Maine (AP) - A nurse who successfully fought Maine's quarantine for health care workers who have treated Ebola patients said she had no option but to challenge how medical professionals were being treated and is hopeful that others who return from West Africa won't face the same reaction.