COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - As a political science major at Ohio State University, Ida Seitter says, she lit up many a cigarette to help her through the stress of exam season. Right or wrong, they were her security blanket as she toiled through college.
SOPCHOPPY, Fla. (AP) - Debby destroyed homes and businesses, washed away roads and flooded neighborhoods in Florida before the once-large tropical storm drifted out to sea Wednesday, leaving behind a sopping mess.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Fire crews fought to save the U.S. Air Force Academy and residents begged for information on the fate of their homes Wednesday after a night of terror sent thousands of people fleeing a raging Colorado Springs wildfire.
Nearly two decades before Matt Sandusky's blockbuster allegation that he was sexually abused by his adoptive father, his biological mother raised questions about their relationship.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The University of Virginia reinstated its popular president Tuesday less than three weeks after ousting her in a secretive move that infuriated students and faculty, had the governor threatening to fire the entire governing board and sparked a debate about the best way to operate public universities in an era of tight finances.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - If you've ever lied to a potential Internet date about your weight, texted your spouse that you were someplace you weren't or emailed mom to say how much you love that ugly new sweater, you were breaking the law if you did it in Rhode Island.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Murder defendant George Zimmerman could have defused the deadly confrontation with Trayvon Martin if he would have identified himself as a member of neighborhood watch and he passed two lie detector tests when questioned by investigators, according to a report released Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate's top Democrat and Republican said Tuesday that they've reached a deal that would prevent interest rates on college loans from doubling beginning this weekend for millions of students. But House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has yet to decide whether the pact will be acceptable to his Republican-run chamber.
WOODLAND PARK, Colo. (AP) - Air Force Academy officials were evacuating roughly one-third of households on the school's grounds Tuesday night as heavy smoke billowed from a wildfire north of Colorado Springs.
STOCKTON (AP) - Stockton could become the largest U.S. city to declare bankruptcy after a deadline to make a deal with its creditors passed and the city's mayor said Tuesday she did not believe a settlement had been reached.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court on Monday threw out mandatory life in prison without parole for juveniles. The ruling continued its trend of holding that children cannot be automatically punished the same way as criminal adults without considering their age and other factors.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A divided Supreme Court threw out major parts of Arizona's tough crackdown on illegal immigrants Monday in a ruling sure to reverberate through the November elections. The justices unanimously approved the law's most-discussed provision - requiring police to check the immigration status of those they stop for other reasons - but limited the consequences.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Sleep in a doghouse rather than jail, walk through town with a humiliating sign or cut off a child's ponytail as eye-for-eye punishment.
TEXAS WOMAN GETS $1.4M UTILITY BILL IN ERROR : ABILENE, Texas (AP) - A lot of people gripe when they get high summertime electric bills. But Kristin Harriger's bill was nearly $1.4 million.
NEW YORK (AP) - A final steel beam was lifted Monday atop a new World Trade Center skyscraper - the first expected to open at the site next year since the twin towers were decimated on 9/11.
RANCHO MIRAGE (AP) - The costly $787 billion spending bill that President Barack Obama signed into law soon after taking office boosted the economy and helped avoid another Great Depression, the White House said in a status report on Monday's fifth anniversary of the law's enactment.
NOVI, Mich. (AP) - They came from all walks of life - Girl Scouts troops, National Guard units, financial planning offices, Zumba classes - to spend three days packing food for thousands of hungry children they'll never meet.
WAYZATA, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota clothier spared no expense after a customer forgot his wedding pants in a changing room and flew off to get married in Costa Rica.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma pharmacy has submitted a sealed response to a Missouri death row inmate's lawsuit accusing it of illegally providing Missouri with a made-to-order drug to be used in his lethal injection.
RANCHO MIRAGE (AP) - With two visits in less than a year to the sprawling Sunnylands estate in Southern California, President Barack Obama is helping to fulfill the dream of the late philanthropists Walter and Leonore Annenberg, who hoped the desert property they used as a winter home would become the "Camp David of the West."
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles skyscraper has been cited for failing to change its light bulbs. The FCC says they're interfering with cellphones.
• POLICE: ARIZONA WALMART SHOOTING WAS SELF-DEFENSE: PHOENIX (AP) - A man who shot and killed another man inside a suburban Phoenix Walmart opened fire in self-defense, Chandler police said Monday.
WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - The rapidly growing North Dakota oil patch city of Williston has the highest average rent in the United States, a national study from an apartment renting guide shows.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - They're hidden in babies' diapers, ramen noodle soup packages, footballs, soda cans and even body cavities.
uPOWERBALL ESTIMATED JACKPOT SURGES TO $400M: DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Without a Powerball winner this weekend, the prize has climbed to $400 million - one of the largest in U.S. lottery history.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A verdict in the city of Jacksonville is again raising the issue of self-defense and race in Florida, just seven months after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting of a black teenager, Trayvon Martin.
MAMMOTH TUSK LIFTED FROM SEATTLE CONSTRUCTION PIT: SEATTLE (AP) - A fossilized mammoth tusk discovered in a Seattle construction site was retrieved Friday evening from a 30-foot-deep pit to the sound of cheers and clicking from people taking pictures.
NATICK, Mass. (AP) - They call it the holy grail of ready-to-eat meals for soldiers: a pizza that can stay on the shelf for as long as three years and still remain good to eat.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Two math majors at Reed College lost control of a massive snowball that rolled into a dorm, knocking in part of a bedroom wall.
NEW YORK (AP) - It could be called "The Little Stamp That Could."