MORIARTY, N.M. (AP) - The cases were often heartbreaking: Families coming home to find their dogs had vanished from inside houses, behind locked fences and outdoor kennels in rural communities east of Albuquerque.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Tweaking the way the government measures inflation sounds like an obscure method to help reduce budget deficits, but over time it would lead to significantly lower Social Security benefits while increasing taxes, mainly on low- and middle-income families.
FEDS: DINOSAUR SKULL SEIZED FROM WYOMING HOME : CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A dinosaur skull seized from a Wyoming home is related to an investigation into fossil smuggling from Mongolia, indicating that efforts to stem the illegal trade are making progress, an attorney said Monday.
RUDOLPH, Ohio (AP) - The most famous postmark of all has been saved, thanks to volunteers in the northwest Ohio village of Rudolph.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - The military's highest court ousted the judge in the Fort Hood shooting case Monday and threw out his order to have the suspect's beard forcibly shaved before his court-martial.
WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans put forth a $2.2 trillion "fiscal cliff" counteroffer to President Barack Obama on Monday, calling for raising the eligibility age for Medicare, lowering cost-of-living hikes for Social Security benefits and bringing in $800 billion in higher tax revenue - but not raising rates for the wealthy.
NEW YORK (AP) - One of the biggest awards ever issued for racial harassment in high school - $1 million - was upheld Monday by a federal appeals panel that said it was fair for a jury to conclude a school district should have done more to stop demeaning, threatening and violent conduct directed at a student.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - NASA's Curiosity rover has indeed found something in the Martian dirt. But so far, there's no definitive sign of the chemical ingredients necessary to support life.
ATLANTA (AP) - An 8-year-old Georgia girl says it "really, really hurt" when a dolphin snatched her hand in its mouth while she fed the animal as part of an attraction at SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Schoolteachers should have to pass a stringent exam - much like the bar exam for lawyers - before being allowed to enter the profession, one of the nation's largest teachers unions said Monday.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - An elementary school music teacher shot his ex-wife while she played the organ during church service and, after leaving briefly, returned and shot her again to ensure she was dead, police said.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Prison officials in North Carolina are calling for a criminal investigation after inmates alleged correctional officers forced them to rub habanero hot sauce on their genitals, resulting in painful blisters.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A man charged in the death of an Alaska barista has killed himself, and authorities said Sunday he had been linked to at least seven other possible slayings in three other states.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Open your notebooks and sharpen your pencils. School for thousands of public school students is about to get quite a bit longer.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - As U.S. authorities continue a long legal battle to deport a former Nazi concentration camp guard, it's not clear what will happen next if they prevail.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - The teenage neighbor arrested in what has been described as the road-rage slaying of a Las Vegas mother boasted about the shooting and told friends that he emptied several clips from his semi-automatic handgun during the gunbattle, according to a police report released Friday.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Southern Oregon farmers growing marijuana for medicine don't want fields of pot's prosaic cousin, industrial hemp, growing nearby.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Police made an arrest Thursday in the mysterious road-rage killing of a Las Vegas mother, apprehending a teenage neighbor who had a history with the family before the shootout.
DENVER (AP) - Colorado already is being sued by two neighboring states for legalizing marijuana. Now, the state faces groundbreaking lawsuits from its own residents, who are asking a federal judge to order the new recreational industry to close.
LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. (AP) - Forty-six New Jersey lottery winners from July 2013 to July 2014 used Social Security numbers of dead people to collect their winnings, the state auditor said.
LA PORTE, Texas (AP) - Police say a Houston teen took a video of himself singing to a rap song while driving a stolen car.
SUNNYVALE (AP) - Yahoo is giving away a toolkit for managing mobile apps in a move aimed at reaping more revenue from smartphones and tablets as CEO Marissa Mayer scrambles to catch up to the Internet company's rivals.
DETROIT (AP) - Four highway safety groups have asked U.S. safety regulators to require tractor-trailers and big buses to have devices that alert drivers to stopped traffic and brake the trucks if drivers don't respond.
WASHINGTON (AP) - For roughly 500,000 Wal-Mart workers set to receive pay raises, something is better than nothing.
NEW YORK (AP) - Battery maker A123 Systems is suing Apple, claiming it aggressively poached some key staff members in violation of their nondisclosure and noncompete agreements when they left A123.
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) - A florist in Washington state who refused to provide flowers to a gay couple for their wedding violated state consumer protection and anti-discrimination law, a judge ruled Wednesday.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - What police first described as the road rage-inspired killing of an innocent mother of four has morphed into a more complex scenario, prompting tough questions and a backlash against her family.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - A threatening letter that disparages black police officers has been found stuffed in mailboxes at a police department.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The short-term housing rental service Airbnb has paid back taxes that ran into the millions of dollars to the city of San Francisco, the company said Wednesday.
RENO, Nev. (AP) - For the second year in a row, Nevada wildlife officials are releasing thousands of trout in the Truckee River a month earlier than usual to give them a fighting chance to survive in the cold mountain waters where they've spawned for centuries but face increasing threats from drought.