WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq Thursday night, warning they would be launched if needed to defend Americans from advancing Islamic militants and protect civilians under siege. His announcement threated a renewal of U.S. military involvement in the country's long sectarian war.
SEATTLE (AP) - A four-day search for a missing Washington girl who vanished from her home over the weekend came to a tragic end Thursday, as authorities said they believe they have found the body of 6-year-old Jenise Wright.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Thinking about getting inked? Check the bottle first.
McALLEN, Texas (AP) - Far fewer unaccompanied immigrant children are crossing the Texas-Mexico border, allowing the federal government to close the temporary shelters that it hurriedly opened to handle the surge, authorities say.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - More than 35 years after the infamous suicide-murder of some 900 people - many forced to drink a cyanide-laced grape punch - in Jonestown, Guyana, the cremated remains of nine of the victims were found in a dilapidated former funeral home in Delaware, officials said Thursday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Nearly 10 million Americans decided they would be a different race or ethnicity in the early 2000s, with the largest movement coming from Hispanics deciding which racial category they should be in, a new census report showed Wednesday.
FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - A Fort Hood soldier whose family came to the United States as refugees when he was 10 became the first Vietnamese-American to reach the rank of general in the U.S. Army on Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Any worried pet owner who has spent days hanging posters, making phone calls and knocking on neighbors' doors hopes there's a more scientific way to find a lost dog.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Target Corp. is adding its name to a legal defense of gay marriage, joining other large companies that are taking a stand, just four years after the retailer came under criticism for supporting a strident opponent of same-sex unions.
HONESDALE, Pa. (AP) - A 5-year-old boy's lively TV interview at a Pennsylvania county fair, punctuated by his frequent use of the word "apparently," has turned him into an Internet sensation.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - A Virginia resident on his first trip to the Grand Canyon started recording when he saw a squirrel approach two men, thinking they would be bitten.
GEORGETOWN, Texas (AP) - A 19-year-old Texas man who could face years in prison for making brownies laced with marijuana and hash oil said Wednesday he remains scared despite new evidence that his attorney believes should reduce the charges.
BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (AP) - A man in a southwest Ohio Wal-Mart store waved a rifle at customers, including children, and was fatally shot by police when he wouldn't drop the weapon, according to police and a recorded 911 call from a witness.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Two Tulsa police officers who are married have been arrested in the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old man who was walking with their daughter, authorities said.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A federal judge in Iowa meted out an unusual punishment to a lawyer for repeatedly raising objections and interrupting depositions: She must produce a training video showing why such tactics are inappropriate.
BOSTON (AP) - A man who was under 24-hour surveillance by terrorism investigators was shot and killed Tuesday after he lunged with a knife at a police officer and an FBI agent outside a pharmacy, authorities said.
NEW YORK (AP) - For JPMorgan Chase employees, it might be best not to leave a message.
LAND O' LAKES, Fla. (AP) - A Florida science teacher has been suspended for running a signal jammer to prevent his students from using their cellphones in class.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Californians are using less water, but they'll have to conserve a lot more to reach the mandatory drought cuts taking effect this month, according to the latest numbers released Tuesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Wearable fitness tracking device maker Fitbit, which filed for an initial public offering last month, said Tuesday that it now expects the offering to raise about $450 million.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - The IRS says a $600 slot machine or bingo jackpot might get its attention in the future, and the prospect has riled gamblers and the casino industry.
NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart is raising starting wages for more than 100,000 U.S. department managers and workers in its deli and other specialized departments.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - State water officials say they will use satellite surveillance from high above farms in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta as one way of confirming that fields have been left fallow under voluntary conservation agreements with farmers.
SANTA CATALINA. (AP) - Santa Catalina Island harbor patrol has found the carcass of a 17-foot-long sea serpent - a rarely-seen oarfish.
NEW YORK (AP) - Bruce Jenner's transition is complete.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Five earthquakes ranging in magnitude up to 5.9 have struck off the coast of the Pacific Northwest, but they weren't strong enough to generate tsunamis, scientists said.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court on Monday threw out the conviction of a Pennsylvania man prosecuted for making threats on Facebook, but dodged the free-speech issues that had made the case intriguing to First Amendment advocates.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A man who is protesting his dismissal from North Dakota curling club has won the right to take his case into overtime.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - William Shatner will boldly travel across the U.S. on a three-wheeled motorcycle.
• Boy, 17, impersonates FBI agent, test drives car, crashes it: YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A 17-year-old southeastern Michigan boy pretended to be an FBI agent and got a car dealer to let him test drive a Dodge Charger, then crashed the muscle car in northwestern Ohio, authorities say.