WASHINGTON (AP) - Barack Obama surprised the nation when he became the first presidential hopeful to raise more than $100 million in one month and later broke with tradition to bypass public money for his 2008 campaign. Now, he could raise eyebrows again: He could be outspent by his challenger.
ATLANTA (AP) - First peanuts, now eggs. Doctors have reversed allergies in some children and teens by giving them tiny daily doses of problem foods, gradually training their immune systems to accept them.
BOSTON (AP) - Taking aim at what they call an abuse of the taxpayers' money, a growing number of states are blocking welfare recipients from spending their benefits on booze, cigarettes, lottery tickets, casino gambling, tattoos and strippers.
CITY'S FISCAL EMERGENCY VOTE SPEEDS BANKRUPTCY: SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - The city of San Bernardino has declared a fiscal emergency to avoid a lengthy mediation process and head straight to federal bankruptcy court.
MIRAMAR, Fla. (AP) - In his first lengthy interview, George Zimmerman said he wanted to apologize to Trayvon Martin's parents for their son's death and insisted he was not in pursuit on the rainy night that he fatally shot the teenager.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - President Barack Obama's re-election campaign on Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit against Ohio's top elections official in a dispute over the battleground state's law that restricts early, in-person voting during the three days before Election Day.
WASHINGTON (AP) - In a campaign fast growing nasty, the Republican National Committee is trying a gentler approach. President Barack Obama tried to fix the economy, says an ad running in seven battleground states, then tells viewers: "It's OK to make a change."
IRWIN, Pa. (AP) - A fiery Mitt Romney on Tuesday accused President Barack Obama of believing the government is more vital to a thriving economy than the nation's workers and dreamers, scrambling to get back on message by declaring of Obama, "I'm convinced he wants Americans to be ashamed of success."
2 BODIES IN DETROIT RIVER; NO HEADS, HANDS, FEET: DETROIT (AP) - The decapitated bodies of a man and a woman were pulled from the Detroit River and a nearby canal on Tuesday, about an hour before a fisherman discovered body parts just beneath the surface, along with a circular saw and a suitcase.
WASHINGTON (AP) - If diplomatic achievements were measured by the number of countries visited, Hillary Rodham Clinton would be the most accomplished secretary of state in history.
A Redwood City Police Department warrant for elder abuse sent Michel Angel Lucatero to San Joaquin County Jail on Monday in lieu of a $60,000 bail bond, police reported.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - One look at Paul Gaylord's hands shows why the plague is referred to as "Black Death."
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. states face long-term budget burdens that are already limiting their ability to pay for basic services such as law enforcement, local schools and transportation, a report released Tuesday said.
NEW YORK (AP) - After a confidential two-year review, the Boy Scouts of America on Tuesday emphatically reaffirmed its policy of excluding gays, angering critics who hoped that relentless protest campaigns might lead to change.
PHOENIX (AP) - Opponents of Arizona's hardline immigration enforcement law launched a new effort Tuesday aimed at thwarting a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that will allow police to enforce so-called "show me your papers" provision.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Fourteen men were charged with operating an online child exploitation network that investigators said preyed upon hundreds of boys across the United States and overseas, authorities announced Tuesday.
MIAMI (AP) - Justin Bieber claimed after a shaky sobriety test in Florida that he was suffering from a hairline fracture in his right foot and made condescending comments to officers, according to a Miami Beach police document released Tuesday.
EFFINGHAM, Ill. (AP) - A southern Illinois man pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree murder in the 2013 stabbing death of his 7-year-old niece.
NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart plans to start buying used video games from shoppers at stores in a move that goes after the bread-and-butter business of GameStop.
NEW YORK (AP) - Organizers of the fast-food protests for higher pay on Tuesday shifted their attention to another issue: "wage theft."
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Mormon women's group pushing for gender equality was informed Monday that its members won't be allowed to protest on church property at the faith's upcoming conference.
ACAMPO (AP) - A San Joaquin County man who spoke of wanting to bomb the Los Angeles subway system was arrested near the Canadian border in Washington state and charged with attempting to travel to Syria to fight alongside Islamic extremists, federal prosecutors said Monday.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Officials have revealed a new timeline suggesting the final voice transmission from the cockpit of the missing Malaysian plane may have occurred before any of its communications systems were disabled, adding more uncertainty about who aboard might have been to blame.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Unsuccessful with previous threats, the United States and its European allies stepped up their pressure on Russia to end its intervention in Ukraine on Monday by imposing the most comprehensive sanctions against Russian officials since the Cold War.
NEW YORK (AP) - A weekend of St. Patrick's Day revelry and tensions over the exclusion of gays in some of the celebrations culminated Monday in New York, where the world's largest parade celebrating Irish heritage stepped off without the city's new mayor and Guinness beer amid a dispute over whether participants can carry pro-gay signs.
NEW YORK (AP) - Researchers say they have spotted evidence that a split-second after the Big Bang, the newly formed universe ballooned out at a pace so astonishing that it left behind ripples in the fabric of the cosmos.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A bipartisan effort underway in Congress would change the way the country pays to fight catastrophic wildfires, tapping natural disaster funds instead of money intended for fire prevention, lawmakers from Oregon and Idaho said Monday.
NEW YORK (AP) - L'Wren Scott, who left her small-town Utah home as a teenager to become a model in Paris, then a top Hollywood stylist and finally a high-end fashion designer best known as the longtime girlfriend of Mick Jagger, has died in what was being investigated as an apparent suicide.
• JUDGE ORDERS CHRIS BROWN TO REMAIN IN JAIL: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Chris Brown will spend another month in jail after a judge said Monday he was told the singer made troubling comments in rehab about being good at using guns and knives.
STONY BROOK, N.Y. (AP) - Days after biology major Gillian Carll arrived at Stony Brook University last fall, she encountered a young woman on a bench outside her dormitory who said she had nothing to eat.