WASHINGTON (AP) - Tens of thousands of civilian employees in the Defense Department could receive warnings about potential layoffs four days before the November election if impending spending cuts aren't averted, hitting presidential battleground states such as Virginia and Florida hard.
NEW YORK (AP) - NBC said Wednesday that it has topped the $1 billion mark in advertising sales for the Olympic Games beginning this week in London.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Relentless GOP criticism of a 12-day-old remark about business owners has taken a campaign toll on President Barack Obama, forcing him to defend himself and giving Republican Mitt Romney a break from steady attacks.
DENVER (AP) - The university once attended by a man accused of killing 12 people in a Colorado movie theater confirmed on Wednesday that it received a suspicious package two days earlier that was turned over to authorities, but it wouldn't confirm its contents or sender.
WASHINGTON (AP) - People are inventing so many new ways to get high that lawmakers can't seem to keep up.
ROSEWSELL, NM (AP) - Skydiver "Fearless Felix" Baumgartner has done it again.
SEATTLE (AP) - Gyasi Ross grew up decades after the "Lone Ranger" aired on TV, but his friends would still call him "Tonto" when they teased him.
DENVER (AP) - Firearms sales are surging in the wake of the Colorado movie massacre as buyers express fears about both personal safety and lawmakers who are using the shooting to seek new weapons restrictions.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Disability rights advocates filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against Wal-Mart Stores Inc., claiming the retail giant refuses to make payment machines accessible to customers who use wheelchairs and scooters.
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Tuesday called for an independent investigation into claims the White House had leaked national security information for President Barack Obama's political gain, part of a searing speech that marked a wholesale indictment of the Democrat's foreign policy.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration's new plan to grant temporary work permits to many young, illegal immigrants who otherwise could be deported may cost more than $585 million and require hiring hundreds of new federal employees to process more than 1 million anticipated requests, according to internal documents obtained by The Associated Press.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Chad Everett, the blue-eyed star of the 1970s TV series "Medical Center" who went on to appear in such films and TV shows as "Mulholland Drive" and "Melrose Place," has died. He was 75.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - William Staub, who took the treadmill - that ubiquitous piece of exercise equipment that is loved and loathed by millions - into homes and gyms, has died. He was 96 and had been spied on a treadmill as recently as two months ago.
NEW YORK (AP) - A Connecticut city's reputation as one of America's most dangerous communities did not give police officers the right to invade a yard where they killed a family dog after getting an erroneous tip that guns were hidden in an abandoned car behind the home, a federal appeals court said Thursday.
CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. (AP) - A police department in suburban Philadelphia has created a "safe zone" for people to complete transactions they arranged online.
SEYMOUR, Ind. (AP) - Police in Indiana say someone stole about $300 in Halloween candy from an unmarked police car.
NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION
NEW YORK (AP) - After reporting disappointing quarterly sales Thursday, Starbucks said it will offer a delivery option on its mobile app in select areas of the U.S starting next year.
NEW YORK (AP) - Microsoft is releasing a $199 fitness band that also checks your email and even pays for coffee as the software company seeks to challenge Apple and others in the still-infant market for wearable devices.
CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple CEO Tim Cook's declaration that he's "proud to be gay" wasn't exactly news in Silicon Valley, where his sexual orientation was no secret. But advocates say that given Apple's immense reach and visibility, his coming-out could help change attitudes in workplaces across America.
AURORA, Colo. (AP) - The strange journey of three suburban Denver girls who authorities say tried to join Islamic State militants in Syria has many in their close-knit east African community worried about whether their own children will be the next to be lured to terror.
HOUSTON (AP) - Houston city attorneys have withdrawn subpoenas that sought speeches and other information from five pastors who publicly opposed an ordinance banning discrimination of gay and transgender residents, the mayor said Wednesday.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Prosecutors dismissed a felony charge against a western Kentucky man who spent more than a week in jail for posting violent song lyrics to his Facebook page.
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) - A man with a history of psychiatric problems decapitated his mother, dragged her lifeless body into the street in front of their home and then killed himself by walking into the path of a nearby oncoming train, police said Wednesday.
NEW YORK (AP) - A video recording the comments a woman hears as she walks around the nation's biggest city is a testament to the pervasiveness of street harassment women face, its creators said Wednesday.
BOSTON (AP) - A man suspected of child-rape and committing crimes across the country after snipping off his court-ordered ankle bracelet had an "ultimate goal" of returning to Massachusetts to kill his 13-year-old accuser, state police said Wednesday, hours after he was captured in New York.
ROCKFORD, Mich. (AP) - A western Michigan couple with 12 sons is expecting baby No. 13, and even though they're sticking to their tradition of not finding out in advance whether they're having a boy or girl, they said they'd be shocked if their streak is broken.
SUIT: BREASTS BURNED AT PHILADELPHIA HOOKAH LOUNGE: PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A woman says her breasts were burned by hot coals as people danced around a stripper pole at a Philadelphia hookah lounge.