WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has set a vote for Wednesday on a bipartisan plan for expanding background checks to more gun buyers, with supporters facing an uphill path to victory.
CINCINNATI (AP) - A former drug dealer convicted in the arson deaths of a woman and eight children at a birthday sleepover should get a new trial because of contradictory and "deeply troubling" testimony from jailhouse informants at his trial, a federal appeals panel ruled on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - An envelope addressed to Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi tested positive Tuesday for ricin, a potentially fatal poison, congressional officials said, heightening concerns about terrorism a day after a bombing killed three and left more than 170 injured at the Boston Marathon.
BOSTON (AP) - Federal agents zeroed in Tuesday on how the Boston Marathon bombing was carried out - with kitchen pressure cookers packed with explosives, nails and other lethal shrapnel - but said they still didn't know who did it and why.
NEW YORK (AP) - Fox has pulled from websites a recent episode of "Family Guy" that depicts mass deaths at the Boston Marathon, and has no immediate plans to air it again.
BOSTON (AP) - Third-grader Martin Richard had just gotten ice cream and was near the Boston Marathon finish line, eagerly watching for friends to run by. Krystle Campbell was enjoying the race with her best friend, hoping to get a photo of the other woman's boyfriend after he conquered the last mile.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Several labor unions say more than $400,000 in contributions by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. since 2010 helped bring about the creation of an unusual taxpayer-paid subsidy last month to help employers offset a higher minimum wage in New York.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The nation's top cigarette companies have made their payments as part of the longstanding settlement in which some cigarette makers are paying states for smoking-related health care costs.
POLICE: NM MAN TRIED TO TRADE MCDONALD'S FOR SEX: ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - It appears that this happy meal didn't end with a happy deal.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Soldiers from the Army's Alaska Northern Warfare Training Center helped recover the body of a 9-year-old boy whose snowmobile fell an estimated 200 feet into a glacier crevasse.
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - A 78-year-old Washington state man running his third Boston Marathon was near the finish line when he was knocked down by one of two bomb blasts and caught in a news photograph that quickly went viral.
INMATE, 84, ACCUSED OF TRYING TO KILL PROSECUTOR: CONROE, Texas (AP) - An 84-year-old woman jailed on a theft charge allegedly tried to hire a hit man to kill the Houston-area prosecutor handling her case and to maim his boss, one of the apparent targets said Monday.
BOSTON (AP) - Two bombs exploded in the crowded streets near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing three people and injuring more than 130 in a bloody scene of shattered glass and severed limbs that raised alarms that terrorists might have struck again in the U.S.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Here's a little secret for all you procrastinators on Tax Day: The Internal Revenue Service doesn't like to talk about it, but as long as you don't owe any additional taxes, there is no penalty for filing a few days late.
BOSTON (AP) - Witnesses who heard the bomb blasts near the finish line of the Boston Marathon walked into a scene of chaos and carnage where they had expected celebration and revelry. A few accounts from people who were there:
BATH, Maine (AP) - Some of the Navy's futuristic weapons sound like something out of "Star Wars," with lasers designed to shoot down aerial drones and electric guns that fire projectiles at hypersonic speeds.
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.