RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina newspaper deliveryman picked up a teddy bear on a rural road, only to have authorities tell him later a bomb had been stuffed inside.
SALEM, Mass. (AP) - The body of a popular Massachusetts teacher who police say was killed by one of her students was found in the woods, naked from the waist down and with her throat slit and a note that read, "I hate you all," according to court documents released Friday.
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - The gun industry's national trade association and lobbying organization considered moving its offices from Newtown after last year's mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the president and CEO of the National Shooting Sports Foundation said in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press.
DYERSBURG, Tenn. (AP) - Students at a Tennessee high school held up a sign that referred to the Trail of Tears at a recent football game against a team nicknamed the Indians, officials said.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The company that employed the Washington Navy Yard shooter pulled his access to classified material for two days in August when mental health problems became evident, but restored it quickly and never told Navy officials about the withdrawal, The Associated Press has learned.
DALLAS (AP) - It was the same time, 12:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22. It was the same place, downtown Dallas.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Two students at Lee University in Tennessee have apologized for wearing blackface when they dressed up for a rap-themed party last week.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - The woman who falsely accused three Duke University lacrosse players of rape was convicted of second-degree murder Friday in the stabbing death of her boyfriend.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Astronomers call it the monster. It was the biggest and brightest cosmic explosion ever witnessed. Had it been closer, Earth would have been toast.
SEATTLE (AP) - More drivers have been testing positive for marijuana since Washington legalized the drug last year, according to new figures from the State Patrol.
BROOKFIELD, Conn. (AP) - A newly elected school board member in a Connecticut town neighboring the one where 26 people were killed at an elementary school has apologized for saying on Facebook that he'll observe the anniversary of the Newtown shooting by distributing ammunition.
NEW YORK (AP) - In New York, a 78-year-old woman strolling in her neighborhood was punched in the head by a stranger and tumbled to the ground. In Washington, a 32-year-old woman was swarmed by teenagers on bikes, and one clocked her in the face. In Jersey City, a 46-year-old man died after someone sucker-punched him and he struck his head on an iron fence.
NEW YORK (AP) - Say "wild" and "New York City," and few might fill in these blanks: a flock of feral turkeys causing a flap in a city that defines urbanism.
DEMOCRATS VOTE TO CURB FILIBUSTERS ON APPOINTEES: WASHINGTON (AP) - Sweeping aside a century of precedent, Democrats took a chunk out of the Senate's hallowed filibuster tradition on Thursday and cleared the way for speedy confirmation of controversial appointments made by President Barack Obama and chief executives in the future.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Honoring the legacy of John F. Kennedy, President Barack Obama laid a wreath at the assassinated president's gravesite as a nation remembers that terrible day in Dallas a half-century ago Friday. Obama also recognized a group of distinguished Americans - including Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey - with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, an award created by Kennedy.
BOSTON (AP) - The family of a Boston man shot to death by terrorism investigators was shocked by allegations that he planned to kill police officers, and saw no signs that he had become radicalized, their attorney said Thursday.
GREENVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Ghost hunters tell stories of gruesome crimes. Former guards remember an underground dungeon. A crowd is said to have gathered to witness the hanging of a prisoner. So is the lore of the old Meriwether County jail, a 119-year-old relic that is being renovated into a home and museum.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A former town councilman in the heart of Tornado Alley is accused of using work-release prison inmates to steal copper wire from emergency sirens intended to help protect people from tornadoes in his small Oklahoma town, the local sheriff said Thursday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - China-based hackers are suspected of breaking into the computer networks of the U.S. government personnel office and stealing identifying information of at least 4 million federal workers, American officials said Thursday.
DETROIT (AP) - A Detroit mother accused of killing two of her children and storing their bodies in a freezer yelled during separate court outbursts Thursday that she killed them.
NEW YORK (AP) - Subway wants to give new meaning to its "eat fresh" slogan by joining the list of food companies to say it's dropping artificial ingredients.
ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta police have arrested one of their own after they say he intentionally allowed a suspect in an April killing to escape through a window while other officers tried to catch him.
NEW YORK (AP) - Taco Bell says it will serve beer, wine and "mixed alcohol freezes" at a new location set to open in Chicago this summer.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Wal-Mart is hoping denim pants will raise the spirits of its more than 1.2 million U.S. store workers.
NEW YORK (AP) - Jay Z's struggling streaming service Tidal is watering down its prices for students.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A sex education teacher has drawn the ire of parents after taking middle- and high-school students on a field trip to an adult novelty store in Minneapolis.
NEW YORK (AP) - Longtime New York City subway cops have seen copper thefts before, but last week's heist on a stretch of open-air tracks was particularly brazen: 500 feet of inch-thick cable stripped from the rails in the middle of the night.
HOLLIS, Okla. (AP) - A former middle school teacher has pleaded guilty to having sex with a student, and the boy's father says in a lawsuit that school officials covered up the crimes.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Scores of low-flying planes circling American cities are part of a civilian air force operated by the FBI and obscured behind fictitious companies, The Associated Press has learned.
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.