COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Condemned killer Steven Smith's argument for mercy isn't an easy one. Smith acknowledges he intended to rape his girlfriend's 6-month-old daughter but says he never intended to kill the baby.
NEWINGTON, Conn. (AP) - Customers packed gun stores around Connecticut on Tuesday ahead of a vote expected to bring sweeping changes to the state's gun control laws, including a ban on the sale of large-capacity ammunition magazines like the ones used in the Newtown shooting and a new classification for more than 100 types of guns as banned assault weapons.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Millions of people who take advantage of government subsidies to help buy health insurance next year could get stung by surprise tax bills if they don't accurately project their income.
CHIPS ARE DOWN AND OUT: PHILLY SNACK TRUCK TAKEN: PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The chips are down - and out - after Philadelphia police say someone drove a snack truck away from a city convenience store.
NEW YORK (AP) - Jim Riches pulled his son's mangled body out of the rubble at the World Trade Center, but the phone calls still filtered in years afterward. The city kept finding more pieces of his son.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The body of a missing North Carolina woman was found inside her wrecked car, three days after it was ordered by a state trooper to be towed away from the crash scene.
PLEASANTON (AP) - Safeway CEO Steve Burd took a slight pay cut in 2012 as the grocery store operator cut his performance-based bonus.
KAUFMAN, Texas (AP) - Suspicion in the slayings of a Texas district attorney and his wife shifted Monday to a violent white supremacist prison gang that was the focus of a December law enforcement bulletin warning that its members might try to attack police or prosecutors.
NELSON, Ga. (AP) - The city council in a small north Georgia town voted Monday night to make gun ownership mandatory - sort of.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Boy Scouts of America have rejected an application for a scouting troop sponsored by a Utah gay rights organization.
SISSONVILLE, W.Va. (AP) - Shain Gandee lived for the outdoors, often going on muddy, off-road thrill rides in the hills near his West Virginia home. A recent late-night escapade ended in tragedy for the MTV reality show cast member and two others.
EASTER EGG HUNT AT SEATTLE ZOO TURNS VIOLENT: SEATTLE (AP) - One of usually peaceful springtime rituals of childhood - the Easter egg hunt - turned nasty at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.
3 TEXANS ALLEGEDLY TRIED TO SELL STOLEN AMBULANCE: CONROE, Texas (AP) - Three Houston man have been charged with stealing an ambulance and trying to sell the emergency vehicle for scrap metal recycling.
MIAMI (AP) - Trying to show that the economy remains a top priority, President Barack Obama promoted a plan Friday to create construction and other jobs by attracting private money to help rebuild roads, bridges and other public works projects.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A dance instructor accused of using her Zumba fitness studio as a front for prostitution pleaded guilty Friday to 20 counts in a scandal that captivated a quiet seaside town.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Former CIA Director David Petraeus, whose career was destroyed by an affair with his biographer, has agreed to plead guilty to charges he gave her classified material - including information on war strategy and identities of covert operatives - while she was working on the book.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma would become the first state to allow the execution of death row inmates using nitrogen gas under a bill overwhelmingly approved on Tuesday by the House of Representatives.
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Authorities are investigating a riot at a juvenile rehabilitation camp in rural western Nevada where two buildings were set on fire, four staff members hurt and 10 youths briefly escaped before they were recaptured over the weekend.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New assessment tests that have angered parents and teachers across the nation prompted walkouts Monday by hundreds of high school students in New Mexico who had been set to take the exams.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A 28-year-old Italian tourist was killed in Alaska when he was crushed by a chunk of ice that broke from a glacier, authorities said.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A Tulsa oral surgeon has given up his license and sold his practice after he was accused of being under the influence of medications when he pulled the wrong teeth from two patients and operated on the wrong side of a patient's mouth, officials said.
ASTABULA, Ohio (AP) - A husband and wife kept their two adopted daughters in northeastern Ohio locked in a bedroom for all but a few hours each day where they were beaten, given little to eat and sexually abused by the man over at least two years, prosecutors said.
PASADENA (AP) - A NASA spacecraft is about to reach the end of a nearly eight-year journey and make the first rendezvous with a dwarf planet.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - State corrections officials cannot impose blanket lifetime restrictions on where sex offenders may live, the California Supreme Court ruled Monday in a case challenging a voter-approved measure that prohibits sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Citing safety concerns, United Airlines on Monday became the second major U.S. airline to announce it will no longer accept bulk shipments of rechargeable batteries of the kind that power everything from smartphones to laptops to power tools.
MAN TAPED WOMEN IN FITTING ROOMS, SHARED ON PORN SITES: WAYNE, Pa. (AP) - A man sneaking around on his hands and knees videotaped dozens of naked girls and women in dressing rooms at one of the country's largest malls and then posted the clips on pornography websites, police said Monday.
NEW YORK (AP) - Samsung, locked in a tight race with Apple to be the world's biggest smartphone maker, has unveiled an important new phone that ditches its signature plastic design for more stylish metal and glass.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - War-torn Ukraine is a long way from Wood Dale, Illinois.
BEIJING (AP) - An index that measures China's manufacturing activity went up slightly in February but still showed contraction amid China's economy slowdown, according to official data released Sunday.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Greece won't seek a third bailout deal, the prime minister said Saturday, having succeeded in separating the loan agreement from the "disastrous" austerity conditions imposed with the willing cooperation of previous governments.