WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democrats neared approval of their first budget proposal in four years on Friday, calling for almost $1 trillion in tax increases over the coming decade while sheltering safety net programs targeted by House Republicans. The Democrats also would reverse automatic spending cuts that are beginning to strike both the Pentagon and domestic programs.
MAN FINDS KNIFE IN BACK 3 YEARS AFTER STABBING : YELLOWKNIFE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES (AP) - A Canadian man was just scratching what he thought was an old itch this week when it turned out to be a knife blade that had been buried in his back for almost three years.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A last-minute dispute over wages for lower-skilled workers flared Friday as senators scrambled to sketch out a deal on a sweeping immigration bill before Congress takes a two-week recess.
YELLOWSTONE BISON HUNT TAKES MOST SINCE '89: BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Hunters killed more wild bison migrating from Yellowstone National Park this season than they have in decades, with the numbers driven by strong participation from American Indians who harvest the animals under longstanding treaty rights.
HOMEOWNER FIRED WARNING AT TEEN INTRUDER: STERLING, Va. (AP) - Police say a homeowner fired a warning shot before fatally shooting a 16-year-old neighbor who drunkenly entered the wrong home by mistake.
JERUSALEM (AP) - Insisting "peace is possible," President Barack Obama on Thursday prodded both Israelis and Palestinians to return to long-stalled negotiations with few, if any, pre-conditions, softening his earlier demands that Israel stop building settlements in disputed territory.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Gun control legislation the Senate debates next month will include an expansion of federal background checks for firearms buyers, Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday in a victory for advocates of gun restrictions.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Moving on two fronts, the Republican-controlled House on Thursday voted to keep the government running for the next six months while pushing through a tea-party flavored budget for next year that would shrink the government by another $4.6 trillion over the next decade.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Viola Mourton buys a Powerball ticket every day. But with a $320 million jackpot that could grow in the next few days, she's upping her chances Thursday and buying several at her local convenience store.
DECATUR, Texas (AP) - A man who may be linked to the slaying of Colorado's state prison chief led authorities in Texas on a harrowing, 100 mph car chase Thursday that ended after he crashed into a semi and then opened fire before being shot down by his pursuers, authorities said.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Prosecutors said Thursday they plan to seek a challenge of an Illinois appellate court's decision overturning an aspiring rapper's conviction on allegations that he threatened a murderous college rampage, muddying the man's newfound freedom from prison.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina said Thursday it is abandoning its plan to issue pink-striped driver's licenses to certain illegal immigrants, beset by mounting criticism of the specially designed IDs.
CHICAGO (AP) - Tens of thousands of Chicago students, parents and teachers learned Thursday their schools were on a long-feared list of 54 the city plans to close in an effort to stabilize an educational system facing a huge budget shortfall.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Just days before 20 children and six educators were killed at a Connecticut school in December, state development officials offered the maker of the rifle used in the massacre a $1 million loan to bring new jobs to the state.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - A man pulled a woman off a city bus in northern Indiana on Wednesday, fatally shot her and then took a 3-year-old boy hostage before a sniper killed him during a police standoff.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's not just a people problem: Growing rates of obesity in pets have led to the emergence of fat farms offering "pawlates," ''doga" and "Barko Polo," doggie versions of Pilates, yoga and Marco Polo to help slim down man's best friend.
CLEVELAND (AP) - An Ohio man charged with killing a teenage girl stuffed her body in a playpen bag and carried it past her mother - even offering the woman a chance to "buy a baby thing" - before disposing of the remains in the trash, police said.
NEW YORK (AP) - Business owners who don't want to pay for their employees' birth control are ending that coverage after the Supreme Court said they could choose on grounds of religious belief not to comply with part of the health care law.
CLARKSVILLE, Mo. (AP) - For years, tiny Clarksville has paid for temporary sandbag walls to protect its quaint business district and historic waterfront homes from Mississippi River flooding. But unwilling to raid its coffers again despite rising water levels, the city has left it to individual merchants and residents to safeguard their property.
ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico judge rejected pleas for leniency Wednesday and handed down the maximum sentence for a then-12-year-old boy who opened fire in a Roswell middle school gym earlier this year, injuring two students.
LONDON (AP) - Two of the most famous documents in American history - the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence - are going on display in Britain for the first time next year.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Amazon said Wednesday that it is prepared to go to court against the Federal Trade Commission to defend itself against charges that it has not done enough to prevent children from making unauthorized in-app purchases.
LONDON (AP) - British regulators are investigating revelations that Facebook treated hordes of its users like laboratory rats in an experiment probing into their emotions.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper is betting that bitcoins will bring more financial stability to countries with shaky economies, even though the digital currency faces an uncertain future itself.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Two major Las Vegas resorts will be completely overhauled and rebranded in another sign that the entertainment capital is emerging from its recession doldrums.
NEW YORK (AP) - Target is "respectfully" asking its customers to not bring firearms into its stores, even where it is allowed by law.
LAGRANGE, Ohio (AP) - The death of a healthy high school student initially baffled the local coroner until testing of a white powdery substance found in his home came back as caffeine.
DETROIT (AP) - A man who was punched in the head over the weekend while refereeing an adult-league soccer match in suburban Detroit died Tuesday, authorities and a longtime friend of the referee said.
LAKE HAVASU CITY, Arizona (AP) - The London Bridge is not falling down, despite a British tabloid saying that the western Arizona tourist attraction could be bulldozed to make way for drug tourism.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Searchers recovered the body of a teenager who was swept into a storm drain in Cedar Rapids by fast-moving flood waters, a tragic end to an intense daylong search, authorities said Tuesday.