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.
ORANGEVILLE, Pa. (AP) - Police intend to charge a gun show vendor who accidentally shot a woman while demonstrating a concealed carry wallet holster.
LIVONIA, Mich. (AP) - A Detroit-area soccer player faces a felony assault charge for allegedly punching a referee during an adult-league match, critically injuring the ref.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - A federal plan to lower thresholds for warning the public about contaminated beach water is drawing protests from state officials in the Great Lakes region and along the ocean coasts who say the revisions could unnecessarily scare away swimmers.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma man who was seriously injured by a line drive during a 2006 high school baseball game isn't entitled to a nearly $1 million award from the manufacturer of the bat used to hit the ball, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A suspended South Carolina state trooper threatened to use a Taser on Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Sam Montgomery during a traffic stop last week for speeding.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - An Alabama woman was sentenced Monday to a year on probation to cap a bizarre case in which a trucker enlisted her and two others to help him hide a small fortune he found stuffed in coffee cans inside an elderly man's garage.
• UTAH MAN SENT TO JAIL FOR FIGHT OVER CHURCH SEATS: OGDEN, Utah (AP) - A 52-year-old man accused of punching another man and hitting him with his car in a dispute over pew space in Utah has been ordered to spend 30 days in jail.
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - President Barack Obama will seek more than $2 billion to respond to the flood of immigrants illegally entering the U.S. through the Rio Grande Valley area of Texas and ask for new powers to deal with returning immigrant children apprehended while traveling without their parents, a White House official said.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state can end its three-decade HIV crisis by the year 2020, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday as he announced an ambitious plan to deliver a knockout blow to the epidemic by boosting testing, reducing new infections and expanding treatment.
BOSTON (AP) - The first of four friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is set to go on trial on charges he impeded the investigation into the deadly attack.
SEATTLE (AP) - A cruise ship that returned to Seattle after a fire in its boiler room left the port again on Sunday morning.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Two men exchanged gunfire early Sunday on the city's always-crowded Bourbon Street in the celebrated French Quarter and nine people were shot in the crossfire, including two who were critically wounded, police said.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Authorities on Sunday were investigating how a metal security grate detached and fell from the facade of an Italian ice shop, killing a 3-year-old girl in front of dozens of people who tried to rescue her.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Atlantic City started the year with 12 casinos. By Labor Day, it could be down to nine.
DETROIT (AP) - Massive chunks of concrete hang menacingly from what remains of an upper floor at a gutted building at the vacant Packard car plant, a time-decayed symbol of Detroit's finer things and luxury vehicles.