WASHINGTON (AP) - In a rare and public reflection on race, President Barack Obama called on the nation Friday to do some soul searching over the death of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of his shooter, saying the slain black teenager "could have been me 35 years ago." Empathizing with the pain of many black Americans, Obama said the case conjured up a hard history of racial injustice "that doesn't go away."
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - A woman riding a roller coaster at a Six Flags amusement park in North Texas died Friday when she fell from a ride that is billed as the tallest steel-hybrid coaster in the world.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Pssssst. Hey, Scout. Tag! You're a zombie!
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A record number of climbers summited North America's highest peak this season.
BOSTON (AP) - After a week of chaos, the suspect in the deadly Boston Marathon bombings emerged from his hiding spot bloodied and seemingly exhausted - the red dot of a sniper's rifle lighting his forehead. Photos of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev released by a state police officer give a long-awaited glimpse into the end of an episode that kept the city and its suburbs on edge.
BOSTON (AP) - DNA tests confirm that the man who once claimed to be the Boston Strangler did kill the woman believed to be the serial killer's last victim and was likely responsible for the deaths of the other victims, authorities said Friday.
COURT SIDES WITH FAMILY OF UTAH BOY KILLED BY BEAR: SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Utah Supreme Court has sided with a family that sued the state after a bear killed their 11-year-old son at a campground in 2007.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water aquifers at a western Pennsylvania drilling site, the Department of Energy told The Associated Press.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A riot in the streets, a public hanging, bloody handprints, car crashes, a police officer being drowned and giant coffins above the stage - "Metallica Through The Never" is not your average concert film.
PHOENIX (AP) - More than 150 passengers were forced to sweat it out on an Allegiant Airlines plane for 2 1/2 hours after a maintenance issue left the aircraft without air conditioning.
DETROIT (AP) - In Detroit, it can take police nearly an hour to respond to a 911 call. Despite razing close to 10,000 vacant houses, three times as many still stand with windows smashed and doors ripped off. At night, many streets and even freeways are dangerously shrouded in darkness because tens of thousands of street lights don't work.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A federal judge on Friday gave the government 30 days to start allowing American Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh and other Muslim inmates to hold group prayers outside their cells in a high-security prison in Indiana.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Curiosity rover has tasted Mars' air: It's made mostly of carbon dioxide with hints of other gases.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A man who allegedly struck and killed a Philadelphia woman and her three sons while drag racing in Philadelphia had been out on bail this year in a $3.6 million ambulance fraud case.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed sweeping new abortion restrictions on Thursday that could shutter most of the state's clinics that provide the procedure, a final step for the Republican-backed measure after weeks of sometimes raucous protests at the state Capitol.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Every day when Dr. Rosslyn Biggs goes to work as a federal government veterinarian she is reminded of her mother, one of 168 people killed in the Oklahoma City bombing and honored Sunday on the 20th anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil until Sept. 11, 2001.
WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia (AP) - The last man to shoot an American president now spends most of the year in a house overlooking the 13th hole of a golf course in a gated community.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The first woman to serve as both governor and U.S. senator is backing a campaign to put a female face on the $20 bill.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A family was awarded the rights to 10 rare gold coins possibly worth $80 million or more on Friday after a U.S. appeals court overturned a jury verdict.
Q: I am about to turn 62. I am trying to decide if I want to retire and take my Social Security now; or wait until age 66 to get higher benefits. I know everyone has to make a similar decision. But I have a bit of a twist. I have a 14-year-old daughter, and I know she is due benefits on my account until she is 18. I am wondering: Can I file for her Social Security now and defer my own until age 66? Or can I "file and suspend" my benefits so that she can get hers?
CUPERTINO (AP) - If you're planning on buying the new Apple Watch, don't expect to walk into a store and leave with one next week.
KANSAS CITY (AP) - A new customer strategy for Sprint: Phone setup in your house.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google is about to change the way its influential search engine recommends websites on smartphones in a shift that's expected to sway where millions of people shop, eat and find information.
NEW YORK (AP) - Under pressure from an expanding number of cheaper online video services, the long-dominant bundle of channels offered by pay-TV companies is becoming a bit more flexible.
NEW YORK (AP) - Things are finally looking up for Barbie.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Damani Terry just wanted to join a group of girls dancing in a park across the street. The 2-year-old stepped into the road - right into the path of an oncoming van.
NEW YORK (AP) - An office manager was arraigned Thursday on charges she posed as a dentist when the real dentist was away and seriously injured patients after pulling their teeth, performing root canals on them and injecting their mouths, prosecutors said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Securities and Exchange Commission recently questioned Los Angeles Unified School District officials as part of informal inquiry into whether they properly used bond funds for a beleaguered $1.3 billion project to provide an iPad for every student.
LULING, La. (AP) - In what authorities call an apparent ambush by an angry motorist, a south Louisiana sheriff's deputy was shot three times Thursday, sustaining injuries to his eye and chest in a gunfight that broke out at a school traffic zone.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California vaccination bill that has generated intense debates pitting personal rights against public health stalled in the state Senate Wednesday, with lawmakers saying it could deprive unvaccinated children of an adequate education by barring them from schools.