WASHINGTON (AP) - New taxes are coming Jan. 1 to help finance President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Most people may not notice. But they will pay attention if Congress decides to start taxing employer-sponsored health insurance, one option in play if lawmakers can ever agree on a budget deal to reduce federal deficits.
BRYAN, Texas (AP) - Adam Lanza's mother was among the tens of millions of U.S. gun owners. She legally had a .223-caliber Bushmaster rifle and a pair of handguns, which her 20-year-old son used to kill 20 children and six adults in 10 minutes inside a Connecticut school.
WEBSTER, N.Y. (AP) - An ex-con killed two firefighters with the same caliber and make military-style rifle used in the Connecticut school massacre after typing a note pledging to burn down his neighborhood and "do what I like doing best, killing people," police said Tuesday as another body, believed to be the gunman's missing sister, was found.
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A Christmas Day twister outbreak left damage across the Deep South while holiday travelers in the nation's much colder midsection battled sometimes treacherous driving conditions from freezing rain and blizzard conditions.
NORWALK (AP) - Authorities say a 55-year-old man was set on fire as he slept outside a donut shop in southern Los Angeles County.
KAILUA, Hawaii (AP) - President Barack Obama is likely to cut short his traditional Christmas holiday in Hawaii to return to Washington as lawmakers consider how to prevent the economy from going over the so-called fiscal cliff.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - For many, Jack Klugman will always be the messy one. His portrayal of sloppy sportswriter Oscar Madison on TV's "The Odd Couple" left viewers laughing but it also gave Klugman the leverage to create a more serious character, the gruff medical examiner in "Quincy M.E." His everyman ethos and comic timing endeared him to audiences and led to a prolific, six-decade acting career that spanned stage, screen and television. Klugman died ...
NEW YORK (AP) - Shoes are coming out of the closet and landing under the Christmas tree. They're a top seller this holiday season - a big feat considering most years they don't even make gift lists.
WASHINGTON (AP) - An unwavering National Rifle Association said Sunday that new gun regulations would not make children safer and that a White House task force on gun violence may try to undermine the Second Amendment.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A teen who survived the Dec. 11 shooting at an Oregon shopping mall says she didn't realize the gun that shot her was real until bullets started whizzing past.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Senators bickered Sunday over who's to blame for lurching the country toward a year-end "fiscal cliff," bemoaning the lack of a deal days before the deadline but bridging no differences in the debate.
• AIR MARSHAL PROGRAM A MODEL FOR SCHOOLS?: WASHINGTON (AP) - The former congressman who's heading the National Rifle Association's school emergency response program that would include volunteers to help guard children says it makes sense because it's similar to placing air marshals on planes.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama and his family are spending the Christmas holidays in Hawaii, where the president was born and raised.
PHILLY TEEN SUES SCHOOL OVER ROMNEY T-SHIRT FLAP: PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The family of a Philadelphia teenager who says she was mocked by her geometry teacher for wearing a Mitt Romney T-shirt to class has sued the teacher and the school district.
WASHINGTON (AP) - With website woes ongoing, the Obama administration Monday granted a six-week extension until March 31 for Americans to sign up for coverage next year and avoid new tax penalties under the president's health care overhaul law.
CHICAGO (AP) - Two men filed a complaint with the state of Illinois against a Chicago taxicab company Monday, alleging one of the company's drivers ejected them from a cab after they kissed. Steven White of West Hollywood, Calif., and Matthew McCrea of Chicago say they kissed during a ride in May from O'Hare International Airport to McCrea's home. They claim the driver for Sun Taxi turned the interior lights on and off, telling his ...
DURANGO, Colo. (AP) - Wal-Mart officials are reviewing the firing of a disabled man whose caretaker wife said deserves a second chance to keep his job as a greeter. Matt Wood was fired after clocking in late for lunches, the Durango Herald reported Monday. Supporters said his wife, Jessica Wood, should have been notified of the problem because she is his representative on employment issues and best-suited to help him address issues. Jessica Wood said ...
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A white supremacist who is trying to take over the tiny southwestern North Dakota town of Leith said Monday he is being targeted by city officials who've proposed new ordinances aimed at stifling his effort.
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A Nevada assemblyman came under fire Monday after a YouTube video surfaced in which he told a Republican gathering he would vote to allow slavery if that is what his constituents wanted him to do.
NEW YORK (AP) - Ten teams of global experts participating in a federally funded design competition unveiled 41 projects Monday they said could help protect the New York and New Jersey coastlines from the type of flooding seen a year ago during Superstorm Sandy.
CHICAGO (AP) - U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin on Monday removed a Facebook post that erroneously claimed a GOP leader had told the president, "I can't even stand to look at you," saying he's satisfied that people now know he's not to blame for the mistake.
CHICAGO (AP) - Doctors 2 parents: Limit kids' tweeting, texting & keep smartphones, laptops out of bedrooms. #goodluckwiththat.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - A high school student who dressed as a homeless man for a drama assignment was so convincing that he fooled school officials - and ended up getting suspended.
SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. (AP) - In the real village of Sleepy Hollow, where the tour guides say "Halloween is our Christmas," the fall season is even busier than usual, thanks to a hit TV show that plays off the legend of the Headless Horseman.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officials at San Francisco General Hospital made four requests for sheriff's deputies to search the medical center for a missing patient later found dead in a stairwell, an attorney hired by the patient's family said.