WASHINGTON (AP) - Uneasy allies, President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai demonstrated Friday they could agree on one big idea: After 11 years of war, the time is right for U.S. forces to let Afghans do their own fighting. U.S. and coalition forces will take a battlefield back seat by spring and, by implication, go home in larger numbers soon thereafter.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - An American convicted of fighting alongside the Taliban must be allowed to pray daily in a group with other Muslim inmates at his high-security prison in Indiana, a federal judge ruled Friday.
HORSE ESCAPES MD. RACETRACK, GALLOPS ALONG ROAD: LAUREL, Md. (AP) - Racetrack officials say a horse escaped from Laurel Park in Maryland and galloped 1.6 miles on a road with traffic before being caught.
WASHINGTON (AP) - NBC journalist David Gregory won't face charges for displaying a high-capacity ammunition magazine on his "Meet the Press" news program last month, District of Columbia prosecutors announced Friday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal government agency did more than wrinkle its nose at an employee's flatulence problem, issuing an official reprimand after months of malodors. But the agency said Friday that it has since retracted the rebuke.
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - A rural school district in Ohio is drawing attention with its plans to arm a handful of its non-teaching employees with handguns this year - perhaps even janitors.
LESSON FLAP: TEACHER ACCUSED OF STOMPING ON FLAG; CHAPIN, S.C. (AP) - An English teacher at a South Carolina high school is facing disciplinary action after officials say he stomped on an American flag in front of his students in a bid to spur discussion.
DENVER (AP) - A judge ruled late Thursday that there's enough evidence for James Holmes to face trial on charges that he killed 12 people and injured 70 others in a Colorado movie theater last summer.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - They say all dogs go to heaven. But if they get there before their time, should someone pay up?
NEW YORK (AP) - From the Rocky Mountains to New England, hospitals are swamped with people with flu symptoms. Some medical centers are turning away visitors or making them wear face masks, and one Pennsylvania hospital set up a tent outside its ER to deal with the feverish patients.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Upon further review, a big scary-sounding asteroid is no longer even a remote threat to smash into Earth in about 20 years, NASA says.
NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s CEO Mike Duke found out in 2005 that the retailer's Mexico unit was handing out bribes to local officials, according to emails obtained by lawmakers.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Despite fresh opposition from the National Rifle Association, the Obama administration is assembling proposals to curb gun violence that would include a ban on sales of assault weapons, limits on high-capacity ammunition magazines and universal background checks for gun buyers.
PHOENIX (AP) - The sheriff for metropolitan Phoenix has launched a plan to have as many as 500 armed volunteers patrol areas just outside schools in an effort to guard against shootings like month's attack at a Connecticut elementary school that left 26 people dead.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minnesota man was charged Wednesday with shooting his wife after an argument, sawing her body into pieces and hiding her remains in plastic bins in a friend's garage.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A suspended South Carolina state trooper threatened to use a Taser on Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Sam Montgomery during a traffic stop last week for speeding.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - An Alabama woman was sentenced Monday to a year on probation to cap a bizarre case in which a trucker enlisted her and two others to help him hide a small fortune he found stuffed in coffee cans inside an elderly man's garage.
• UTAH MAN SENT TO JAIL FOR FIGHT OVER CHURCH SEATS: OGDEN, Utah (AP) - A 52-year-old man accused of punching another man and hitting him with his car in a dispute over pew space in Utah has been ordered to spend 30 days in jail.
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - President Barack Obama will seek more than $2 billion to respond to the flood of immigrants illegally entering the U.S. through the Rio Grande Valley area of Texas and ask for new powers to deal with returning immigrant children apprehended while traveling without their parents, a White House official said.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state can end its three-decade HIV crisis by the year 2020, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday as he announced an ambitious plan to deliver a knockout blow to the epidemic by boosting testing, reducing new infections and expanding treatment.
BOSTON (AP) - The first of four friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is set to go on trial on charges he impeded the investigation into the deadly attack.
SEATTLE (AP) - A cruise ship that returned to Seattle after a fire in its boiler room left the port again on Sunday morning.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Two men exchanged gunfire early Sunday on the city's always-crowded Bourbon Street in the celebrated French Quarter and nine people were shot in the crossfire, including two who were critically wounded, police said.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Authorities on Sunday were investigating how a metal security grate detached and fell from the facade of an Italian ice shop, killing a 3-year-old girl in front of dozens of people who tried to rescue her.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Atlantic City started the year with 12 casinos. By Labor Day, it could be down to nine.
DETROIT (AP) - Massive chunks of concrete hang menacingly from what remains of an upper floor at a gutted building at the vacant Packard car plant, a time-decayed symbol of Detroit's finer things and luxury vehicles.
PRINCETOWN, N.Y. (AP) - When Maggie McNally-Bradshaw and husband Curt hop on their electric motorcycles and twist the throttles, they get a rush like no other.
BRUSSELS (AP) - Over Russia's objections, Ukraine's new president on Friday signed a free-trade deal binding his country more closely to Western Europe, sealing the very agreement that triggered the bloodshed and political convulsions of the past seven months.
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) - Nigeria's intelligence agency said it has been warning shopping complexes in Abuja for two weeks that Islamic extremists might attack them in the capital, where a blast at a mall killed 22 people this week.
WASHINGTON (AP) - In a scathing appraisal, a review ordered by President Barack Obama of the troubled Veterans Affairs health care system concludes that medical care for veterans is beset by "significant and chronic system failures," substantially verifying problems raised by whistleblowers and internal and congressional investigators.