STARKE, Fla. (AP) - A former police officer who murdered nine people during a 1986 crime spree was executed Tuesday after his attorneys' last-minute appeals were rejected.
KAYAKER DIES IN SHASTA COUNTY CREEK: REDDING (AP) - Officials plan to conduct an autopsy on the body of a San Jose woman who died after her kayak flipped over and was pushed against a rock in a Shasta County creek.
YUMA, Ariz. (AP) - U.S. Border Patrol agents say smugglers have come up with yet another creative way to get drugs in the country - a cannon.
ARIZ. HOME: 'DITTO' TO NEIGHBOR'S CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: MARICOPA, Ariz. (AP) - An Arizona woman who knew she couldn't compete head on with her neighbor's elaborate Christmas light display is attracting attention for her response.
SISSONVILLE, W.Va. (AP) - Four homes went up in flames and collapsed in charred heaps Tuesday after a natural gas line exploded in an inferno that raged for at least an hour, melting guardrails and pavement on a swath of Interstate 77.
MIAMI (AP) - A South Florida family is fighting to get their son, a Marine veteran, released from a prison in a dangerous area in Mexico while facing charges that he carried across the border a shotgun with a barrel that's an inch too short.
• FAA: 3 KILLED IN MEDICAL HELICOPTER CRASH IN ILL: ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - Authorities say a medical helicopter has crashed in northern Illinois, killing all three people on board.
RESEARCHERS FIND MORE GRAVES AT FLA. REFORM SCHOOL: TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - University of South Florida anthropologists say they've found evidence of 98 deaths and more graves than previously identified at a closed reform school in the Panhandle.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Facebook says some users were briefly unable to access the site because of a technical glitch.
OHIO POLICE FIND, TOW BIG PIG IN ABANDONED VEHICLE: YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) - Police responding to a report of an abandoned vehicle in northeast Ohio say they found an unexpected passenger in the back seat: a 250-pound potbellied pig named Penelope.
NEW YORK (AP) - It's a meetup, it's a party, it's a spectacle: SantaCon is coming to town - in fact, to nearly 300 towns and cities around the world.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - An Alaska man who confessed to killing at least eight people across the country had researched Ted Bundy and other serial killers, saying he recognized himself in them, investigators said Monday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Army is updating its handbook for soldiers on how to detect and prevent so-called insider attacks, providing detailed warning signs to watch for and cultural missteps to avoid because they could fuel anger or violence among the Afghan forces.
REDFORD, Mich. (AP) - President Barack Obama warned Monday that he "won't compromise" on his demands that the wealthiest Americans pay higher tax rates, digging in on the chief sticking point between the White House and Republicans as they seek a way to avert the "fiscal cliff."
SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) - Coastal areas of New Jersey and New York that lost their boardwalks to Superstorm Sandy's surge are racing to rebuild them in time for tourist season - in some places, without the boards.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Angling to avoid political peril, the Obama administration Monday granted employers another delay in a heavily criticized requirement that medium-to-larger firms cover their workers or face fines.
PETERBOROUGH, N.H. (AP) - An explosion rocked a small-town ball bearings plant on Monday, sending at least 15 people to the hospital, but a company spokeswoman said none of their injuries appeared to be life-threatening.
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) - Some Central Michigan University students are getting schooled in the undead this semester, thanks to a religion course that's exploring apocalyptic themes in biblical texts, literature and pop culture.
NEW YORK (AP) - Time may be running out for the iconic horse carriages that carry tourists around Central Park. Mayor Bill de Blasio already has declared his intention to shut down the industry, saying it is inhumane to keep horses in modern-day Manhattan.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Relatives of people buried at a Tennessee cemetery are suing its owner and funeral homes that sent bodies there, alleging the cemetery operated without a proper registration and stacked several caskets in one plot.
• GIRL, 10, CRASHES SUV INTO COLORADO DMV OFFICE: DENVER (AP) - A 10-year-old girl has been cited for reckless driving after her mother's SUV crashed into a Division of Motor Vehicles office in the Denver suburb of Parker.
ATLANTA (AP) - Medical marijuana has been a non-starter in recent years in the Deep South, where many Republican lawmakers feared it could lead to widespread drug use and social ills. That now appears to be changing, with proposals to allow a form of medical marijuana gaining momentum in a handful of Southern states.
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) - A new group could soon be in the business of reducing conflicts between people and bears at Lake Tahoe.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Six-month-old Jaiven James doesn't even notice the pager-sized recorder that fits snuggly into the pocket of his shirt, recording every gurgle, every cry, every word he hears.
SEATTLE (AP) - Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, were the most generous American philanthropists in 2013, with a donation of 18 million shares of Facebook stock, valued at more than $970 million, to a Silicon Valley nonprofit in December.
CHICAGO (AP) - Nearly 3 out of 4 U.S. children and young adults consume at least some caffeine, mostly from soda, tea and coffee. The rate didn't budge much over a decade, although soda use declined and energy drinks became an increasingly common source, a government analysis finds.
ATLANTA (AP) - Republican governors scored easy political points by rejecting President Barack Obama's plan to enroll more poor people in government health insurance.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The No. 1 killer of men and women is typically the No. 1 thing they ignore.
CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple has repurchased $14 billion of its stock in the two weeks after its first-quarter financial results and second-quarter revenue outlook disappointed investors.
Q: I used to get a letter from Social Security every year that told me how much I had paid into the system and gave me estimates of my future Social Security benefits. But I swear I haven't received one in years. Yet I have a neighbor who told me he got his letter a couple months ago. How do I get back on the list to get an annual benefit update from Social Security?