WASHINGTON (AP) - A cross section of Americans awakened early and waited in line for hours to be among the first to ride to the top of the Washington Monument, open to the public Monday for the first time in nearly three years after an earthquake chipped and cracked the towering symbol.
ASHEBORO, N.C. (AP) - The entrepreneur who was locked in a too-close-to-call Democratic primary with former "American Idol" singer Clay Aiken died Monday, his family said.
NEW YORK (AP) - Health officials have confirmed a second U.S. case of a mysterious virus that has sickened hundreds in the Middle East.
FRITCH, Texas (AP) - Firefighters had stopped the spread of flames in a wildfire in the Texas Panhandle and were focusing Monday afternoon on hotspots and buildings still smoldering 24 hours after they first turned their hoses on the blaze.
• NYPD TO STOP SEIZING SEX WORK SUSPECTS' CONDOMS: NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Police Department will no longer confiscate unused condoms from suspected sex workers to be used as evidence of prostitution, ending a longstanding practice that had been criticized by civil rights groups for undermining efforts to combat AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Incumbents are seeking re-election in five of the eight contests for statewide office in the June primary, and voters will see familiar names on the ballot for the three vacancies.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After months of warning that drought-stricken California is facing a potentially devastating wildfire season, officials are telling residents it's time to get serious about clearing brush from backyards, creating evacuation plans and exercising caution with equipment that can throw sparks.
HEARNE, Texas (AP) - The nephew of a 93-year-old Central Texas woman shot and killed by a police officer says his aunt fired two shots before the officer shot her.
NEW YORK (AP) - Jenna Broems shops for clothes the same way she hunts for a new car: She considers resale value.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey town has canceled a naturalization ceremony at its borough hall, because federal immigration officials refused to let the event begin with a prayer.
BOSTON (AP) - The Pledge of Allegiance does not discriminate against atheists and can be recited at the start of the day in public schools, Massachusetts' highest court ruled Friday.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - It's too early to say the tea party's over.
DENVER (AP) - The city of Denver is urging the Colorado Symphony to call off a series of pot-themed fundraising concerts, saying that even though marijuana is now legal in the state, the drug cannot be smoked at events.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Portland Superintendent Carole Smith has criticized a group of parents for their complaints about an African-American principal and recommended diversity training for them.
HOUSTON (AP) - A group of Southeast Texas high school cheerleaders is no longer at risk of being kept from displaying banners emblazoned with Bible verses at football games, an appeals court ruled Thursday.
NEW YORK (AP) - An apartment house where only high-paying tenants can use the gym may be illegally discriminating, city officials said this week amid debate over luxury buildings that provide fewer amenities - or even separate doors - for residents of affordable apartments.
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) - Adrift on the ocean, the mast of his 35-foot sailboat torn away, Louis Jordan says he was able to survive more than two months at sea by catching rainwater in a bucket, scooping up fish that were attracted to the laundry he hung over the side, and fervently praying to God for help.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A Philadelphia woman was arrested Friday on charges she tried to join and martyr herself for the Islamic State group, a day after two women in New York were charged with plotting to wage jihad by building a bomb and using it for a Boston Marathon-type attack.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego man who operated a "revenge porn" website and then charged victims to remove nude images and personal information was sentenced Friday to 18 years in state prison, the attorney general's office said.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Three Ku Klux Klan members who worked at a Florida prison have been charged with plotting to kill a black inmate after his release because they believed the man is infected with HIV and hepatitis and he bit one of them during a fight, officials said Thursday.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah man got a surprise when he stopped to pull a large orange bag off the highway, fearing that it would become a traffic hazard.
NEW YORK (AP) - Two women were arrested Thursday on charges they plotted to wage violent jihad by building a homemade bomb and using it for a Boston Marathon-type attack.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A man whose family reported him missing at sea more than two months ago was found sitting on the overturned hull of his 35-foot sailboat far off the North Carolina coast, the U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama inmate who spent nearly 30 years on death row will go free Friday after prosecutors told a judge there is not enough evidence to link him to the 1985 murders he was convicted of committing.
CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Cubs don't have to halt construction on a Wrigley Field video board that will block game views of adjacent rooftop clubs, a federal judge ruled on Thursday, dismissing claims from the one-of-a-kind businesses that they're doomed if it goes up.
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Before Eli Thompson was born, his father joked that he hoped he wouldn't pass on his nose to his new son.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) - Capping exhausting and contentious talks, Iran and world powers sealed a breakthrough agreement Thursday outlining limits on Iran's nuclear program to keep it from being able to produce atomic weapons. The Islamic Republic was promised an end to years of crippling economic sanctions, but only if negotiators transform the plan into a comprehensive pact.
GARISSA, Kenya (AP) - Al-Shabab gunmen rampaged through a university in northeastern Kenya at dawn Thursday, killing 147 people in the group's deadliest attack in the East African country. Four militants were slain by security forces to end the siege just after dusk.
NEW YORK (AP) - A pay bump for workers at some McDonald's restaurants isn't likely to ease the pressures the chain is facing over labor issues.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A documentary explores the decline of videogame giant Atari and the secret dumping of its flopped "E.T." game in a New Mexico landfill.