NEW YORK (AP) - Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won the Oscar for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote and created a gallery of slackers, charlatans and other characters so vivid that he was regarded as one of the world's finest actors, was found dead in his apartment Sunday with what officials said was a needle in his arm. He was 46.
CHICAGO (AP) - Gay and bisexual teen boys use illicit steroids at a rate almost six times higher than do straight kids, a "dramatic disparity" that points up a need to reach out to this group, researchers say.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Charlie Balasavage, a baby-faced boy of 14, landed in juvenile detention after his parents bought him a stolen scooter. Hillary Transue was sent away over a MySpace parody of her vice principal. Justin Bodnar was locked up for mouthing off to a woman at his school bus stop.
ES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Two Iowa couples decided to tie the knot at this weekend's bacon festival at the state fairgrounds in Des Moines.
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Religious leaders of multiple faiths and farmers in Nevada and Utah turned to prayer this weekend for help easing severe drought conditions gripping the West.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - A craft brewer still has hopes of one day using drones to deliver its lager to ice fishing anglers on Minnesota lakes by air, despite being grounded by federal aviation officials after a recent test run.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's new declaration that he's open to legalizing many immigrants short of citizenship sounds a lot like House Speaker John Boehner and other GOP leaders, an election-year compromise that numerous Republicans as well as Democrats crave.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Justin Bieber's court cases on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border could complicate the pop star's jet-setting ways as his troubles bring more scrutiny by judges and prosecutors,
HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) - A 19-year-old Oregon woman who drove an SUV into a leaf pile, killing two young girls playing in it, has been sentenced to three years of probation.
CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) - An Arizona woman has been accused of trying to kill her hospitalized husband by injecting fecal matter into his IV line, police in suburban Phoenix said Friday.
NEW YORK (AP) - Actress Scarlett Johansson gives SodaStream some sex appeal in a controversial spot, Kia revives actor Laurence Fishburne's "Matrix" character Morpheus in its commercial. And cute puppies and kids abound in ads for Cheerios to Anheuser-Busch.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Thousands of Anthem Blue Cross individual customers whose policies were unchanged by the nation's new health care law could see their premiums jump as much as 25 percent unless California regulators step in.
NEW YORK (AP) - The financial strains and shifting shopping habits of Americans have led to uneven fortunes for retailers.
REPORT: BIEBER HAD POT, XANAX IN SYSTEM AT ARREST: MIAMI (AP) - A preliminary toxicology report shows that Justin Bieber tested positive for marijuana and the anti-anxiety drug Xanax after his arrest last week in South Florida.
NEW YORK (AP) - Call it Cute Bowl.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - Ikea has a message for people wanting to converge on its stores for giant games of hide and seek: Go play someplace else.
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - An Idaho woman faces charges after authorities say she beat a hunter's falcon to death with a beaded scarf after seeing the bird of prey take down a duck.
LANCASTER, N.Y. (AP) - A western New York school district will do away with its Redskins mascot and nickname after other districts in the region turned up the pressure by boycotting games because of it.
BOSTON (AP) - Lawyers for a transgender inmate convicted of murder asked the U.S. Supreme Court Monday to overturn a ruling denying her request for sex-reassignment surgery.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Seventeen years after Oregon decided to become the first state to hold all elections with mail-in ballots, it took another pioneering step on Monday to broaden participation by automatically registering people to vote.
MONROE, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina man accused of handcuffing and chaining an 11-year-old boy by his ankle to a porch with a dead chicken around his neck as punishment has rejected a plea deal.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Des Moines woman stepped into the shower this week to help ease the discomfort of stomach pains. She emerged holding a newborn.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - People checked with a heart CT scan after seeing a doctor for chest pain have no less risk of heart attack, dying or being hospitalized months later than those who take a simple treadmill test or other older exam, finds a big federal study.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The arrest of Robert Durst, a wealthy eccentric linked to two killings and his wife's disappearance, came on Sunday just before the finale in an HBO show about his life in which he said he "killed them all."
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) - A 20-year-old man charged Sunday with shooting two police officers watching over a demonstration outside the Ferguson Police Department had attended a protest there earlier that night but told investigators he wasn't targeting the officers, authorities said.
DETROIT (AP) - A man who said he walked 21 miles to and from work each day is settling into a new, suburban Detroit apartment after receiving thousands of dollars in online donations
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The drought has water agencies in Southern California offering big prices for water belonging to Northern California rice farmers.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - New research boosts hope that a highly anticipated, experimental class of cholesterol drugs can greatly lower the risk for heart attacks, death and other heart-related problems. The government will decide this summer whether to allow two of these drugs on the market.
CARSON CITY, Nev. . (AP) - The historic Nevada newspaper where Mark Twain cut his journalistic teeth is back in publication for the first time in three decades, and its owners plan to uphold tradition by offering more than just real news.
BOSTON (AP) - The St. Patrick's Day parade in Boston will make history this Sunday as two gay and lesbian groups join the fun.