WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon is cutting its aircraft carrier presence in the Persian Gulf region from two carriers to one, the Defense Department said Wednesday, in a move that represents one of the most significant effects of budget cuts on the U.S. military presence overseas. The decision comes as Washington struggles to find a way to avoid sharp automatic spending cuts set to strike the Pentagon and domestic programs next month.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Saturday mail may soon go the way of the Pony Express and penny postcards. The Postal Service said Wednesday that it plans to cut back to five-day-a-week deliveries for everything except packages to stem its financial losses in a world radically re-ordered by the Internet.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has directed the Justice Department to give Congress' intelligence committees access to classified legal advice providing the government's rationale for drone strikes against American citizens working with al-Qaida abroad, a senior administration official said Wednesday.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Authorities found a frail 17-year-old boy handcuffed to a pole in his parents' Kansas City basement, where he said he'd been kept since his father withdrew him from school in September.
COPS: MOM PULLED GUN AT CONN. CHUCK E. CHEESE'S: NEWINGTON, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut mother has posted bail after being charged with pulling a gun and threatening another woman at a Chuck E. Cheese's restaurant.
UNION BEACH, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie, who has acknowledged to Barbara Walters he's "more than a little" overweight and munched on a jelly doughnut on David Letterman's talk show, is addressing his weight issues head-on as speculation intensifies he's positioning himself to run for president in 2016.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The military is poised to extend some benefits to the same-sex partners of service members, U.S. officials said Tuesday, about 16 months after the Pentagon repealed its ban on openly gay service.
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Stewie the Cat, the longest domestic cat in the world at more than 4 feet long from nose to tail, has died.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Heat-trapping gases from U.S. power plants fell 4.6 percent in 2011 from the previous year as plants burned less coal, the biggest source of greenhouse gas pollution, according to a new government report.
NEW YORK (AP) - Too much drama, boredom and scads of irrelevant information are just some of the reasons Facebook users give for taking a break from the world's biggest social networking site for weeks at a time, according to a new study.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The Memphis City Council has voted to change the names of three parks that honor the Confederacy and two of its principal members.
AUTHORITIES SAY 3 SHOT DEAD IN RURAL SONOMA COUNTY: SONOMA COUNTY, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say three men have been found dead in a rural Sonoma County home.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democrats, bolstered by Republican support, on Monday launched a new attempt to broaden a law protecting women from domestic abuse by expanding its provisions to cover gays, lesbians and Native Americans.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Supersonic skydiver Felix Baumgartner was faster than he or anyone else thought during his record-setting jump last October from 24 miles up.
STROM THURMOND'S MIXED-RACE DAUGHTER DIES AT 87: COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The mixed-race daughter of the late U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond who kept her parentage secret for more than 70 years to avoid damaging his political career has died. Essie Mae Washington-Williams was 87.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California, two of California's largest health insurers, misled customers about the number of doctors in their networks under plans sold through the state's insurance marketplace, according to a state report released Tuesday.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah woman says she encountered only brief resistance when she recently had her driver's license photo taken while wearing a colander on her head as a religious statement.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency Monday and activated the National Guard ahead of a grand jury decision about whether a white police officer will be charged in the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.
BOSTON (AP) - When police in Junction City, Kansas, stopped a beat-up pickup truck for speeding in June 2013, the driver got a lot more than a traffic ticket: The stop led authorities to Massachusetts and Arizona, where they said they found about $15 million in cash, almost 400 pounds of marijuana and ledgers detailing drug deals going back to 1992.
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Should tour guides in Washington have to prove they know James Madison from James Monroe? Should those in New Orleans take tests on the difference between Creole and Cajun?
BOSTON (AP) - Lawsuits filed Monday against Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill argue that affirmative action policies should be banned at colleges across the nation.
BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico middle school teacher is facing charges that allege he threatened a student with a knife for talking during a pop quiz, police said Monday.
HUNTER SHOOTS AT DEAD DEER ON CART, HITS OTHER MAN: EAST FISHKILL, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say a man who had shot a deer in the Hudson Valley woods was hauling it away on a cart when he was wounded by second hunter firing at the dead animal.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A surgeon who contracted Ebola in his native Sierra Leone did not receive aggressive treatment until nearly two weeks after he first started showing symptoms - a delay that doctors said probably made it impossible for anyone to save his life.
BEIRUT (AP) - The Islamic State group has beheaded Peter Kassig, releasing a video Sunday showing a masked militant standing over the severed head of a man it said was the former U.S. Army Ranger-turned-aid worker, who was seized while delivering relief supplies in Syria last year.
PROSSER, Wash. (AP) - Washington state's first marijuana auction brought in about $600,000.
NEW YORK (AP) - The man who became known as the "20th hijacker" from the Sept. 11 attacks wants to testify in lawsuits filed by victims of terrorism.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 172 people on a cruise ship arriving in California on Sunday have fallen ill with the highly contagious norovirus during a nearly monthlong trip.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - With his infant son clinging to life, Chris Picco picked up a guitar and sang softly to the boy, urging him to "mend those broken wings and learn to fly."
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) - A surgeon working in Sierra Leone has been diagnosed with Ebola and will be flown Saturday to the United States for treatment, officials from Sierra Leone and the United States said.