KENAI, Alaska (AP) - J.D. Megchelsen holds the record for giant pumpkins in Alaska, and the Nikiski gardener knew he had a candidate this year to beat the record of 1,287 pounds set in 2011.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minnesota woman beat her boyfriend to death, wrapped his body in plastic and duct tape, then hid it in a freezer because he was trying to break up with her, prosecutors said.
DETROIT MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN THEFT OF DAD'S BODY: DETROIT (AP) - A man accused of stealing his father's body from a Detroit cemetery with the hope of bringing him back to life has pleaded guilty in exchange for avoiding prison.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico judge on Monday declared same-sex marriage legal, ordering the clerk of the state's most populous county to join two other counties in issuing licenses for gay and lesbian couples.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - What if, after seven years of plunging casino revenues and fleeing customers, Atlantic City's real problem was this: People are wearing too much clothing?
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - An unusual, late-summer heat wave enveloped much of the Midwest on Monday, putting schools and sports events on hold.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A 16-year-old Spokane boy was ordered held on $2 million bail Monday and will be tried as an adult in connection with last week's beating death of an 88-year-old World War II veteran. A second teen was arrested in the case early Monday morning.
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Relatives of an Ohio couple who died at a nursing home 11 hours apart on the same day said their love story's ending reflects their devotion over 65 years of marriage.
NEW YORK (AP) - Prosecutors cannot use a defendant's request for a lawyer as evidence of guilt, a federal appeals court ruled Monday as it ordered a new trial for a man convicted of trying to sneak an alien into the United States.
WOMAN CHARGED IN DEATH OF BABY FOUND IN PA. PUB: EASTON, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania woman gave birth to a son in the bathroom of a sports bar, then abandoned him to die in the restaurant's toilet, authorities said Monday in charging her with the baby's death.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - More than 40 Mormon authors are backing a gay writer in his dispute with a Utah publisher over a reference to the writer's boyfriend.
FORT HOOD (AP) - Maj. Nidal Hasan and many of his victims in the Fort Hood shooting seem to want the same thing - his death. But while survivors and relatives of the dead view lethal injection as justice, the Army psychiatrist appears to see it as something else - martyrdom.
LEWISTON, Maine (AP) - The Farmers' Almanac is using words like "piercing cold," ''bitterly cold" and "biting cold" to describe the upcoming winter. And if its predictions are right, the first outdoor Super Bowl in years will be a messy "Storm Bowl."
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The U.S. Justice Department is trying to stop the state from distributing school vouchers in any district that remains under a desegregation court order.
CASTLE HILLS, Texas (AP) - More than a dozen people remained hospitalized Monday following a fire that killed five residents of a senior-living apartment building near San Antonio, a city official said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sony appears to have a win-win with "The Interview." Not only did the studio score a moral victory by releasing the film in the face of hacker threats, the movie made at least $15 million from more than 2 million digital rentals and purchases in its first four days.
HONOLULU (AP) - Bracing to do business with a Congress run solely by Republicans, President Barack Obama is serving notice he has no qualms about vetoing legislation he dislikes.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island Supreme Court has thrown out lawsuits brought by two Providence firefighters who said their constitutional rights were violated when they were ordered to drive a truck in a gay pride parade despite their religious objections.
HONOLULU (AP) - A couple getting married near President Barack Obama's vacation spot in Hawaii learned the hard way that the big day rarely goes exactly as planned.
NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (AP) - Tommy Vaughn knows his clients may be distrustful when a court appoints him to handle their case. Without enough money to hire their own lawyer, defendants are often suspicious that court-appointed attorneys will provide a poor defense or just try to coerce a quick guilty plea.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - A northern Arizona police officer killed over the weekend was shot repeatedly at close range by a domestic violence suspect after calmly asking the man if he could pat him down for any weapons, authorities said Sunday.
DETROIT (AP) - Richard Bernstein officially joins the Michigan Supreme Court in a few days. But he's been working off the clock since November, preparing for 10 cases in an extraordinary way - memorizing the key points of every brief read to him by an aide.
SURABAYA, Indonesia (AP) - The search for a missing AirAsia jet carrying 162 people that disappeared more than 24 hours ago on a flight from Indonesia to Singapore expanded Monday with planes and ships from several countries taking part.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah's abortion rate has dropped to the lowest level ever recorded, and there are differing opinions as to why.
NEW YORK (AP) - A day after the funeral of one of two police officers gunned down in their patrol car, the city's police commissioner called Sunday for a "lot less rhetoric and a lot more dialogue" to defuse the tension between police officers and the population they protect.
DENVER (AP) - Colorado emerged as the state with the second-highest percentage of regular marijuana users as it began legalizing the drug, according to a new national study.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea called President Barack Obama "a monkey" and blamed the U.S. on Saturday for shutting down its Internet amid the hacking row over the comedy "The Interview."
YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) - A real estate developer who was shot in the head as he slept at home says his cheating wife did it in an attempt to kill him and avoid a messy divorce.
DENVER (AP) - Chris Easterling was sick of relying on drug dealers in Minneapolis when he needed marijuana to help ease the pain of multiple sclerosis. They were flaky, often leaving the homeless man without the drug when he needed relief the most.