SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A lottery system for hikers makes it difficult for many to win a permit to visit a rock formation called The Wave - and that may have colored the judgment of a couple who set out in brutal heat and were found dead along the trail.
ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities on Friday arrested a New York man charged with trying to extort money from embattled celebrity cook Paula Deen in exchange for not going to the news media with "true and damning statements" he said she made.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Statue of Liberty reopened on the Fourth of July, eight months after Superstorm Sandy shuttered the national symbol of freedom, as Americans around the country celebrated with fireworks and parades and President Obama urged citizens to live up to the words of the Declaration of Independence.
KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) - More than 1,100 National Guard soldiers and airmen in Hawaii - and thousands in other states - will be living with 20 percent less pay over the next three months as the Defense Department carries out automatic federal budget cuts.
EDMOND, Okla. (AP) - An 8-year-old boy riding in a Fourth of July parade in central Oklahoma died Thursday after his father accidentally ran him over, authorities said.
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - Prosecutors are winding down their case in George Zimmerman's murder trial after presenting forensics evidence and testimony aimed at refuting Zimmerman's claim he was acting in self-defense when he fatally shot Trayvon Martin.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Midwestern city best known for its basketball and auto racing is gearing up for a proper game of cricket - the ball-and-bat sport most Americans know only from British films or by surfing through international sports channels.
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Paula Deen announced Thursday that she has cut business ties with the agent who helped make her a Food Network star and launch a media and merchandising empire that has largely crumbled in the wake of her admission that she used racial slurs in the past.
GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) - The Battle of Gettysburg is underway for the second time in a week and tourists are converging in droves even if the outcome of the Civil War's pivotal encounter has been known for 150 years.
MEXICO CITY (AP) - At least six U.S. airlines canceled 47 flights into and out of the Mexico City and Toluca airports Thursday after the Popocatepetl volcano spewed ash, steam and glowing rocks, airport officials said.
SEATTLE (AP) - Police in Seattle are investigating a Nevada man arrested near the University of Washington in a stolen pickup truck filled with weapons, body armor and suspected explosive devices.
• 2 DROWN IN MERCED-AREA LAKE: MERCED (AP) - Two men have drowned at Lake Yosemite outside of Merced after they jumped from a bridge.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Nothing's ever easy with President Barack Obama's health care law.
NEW YORK (AP) - San Jose's Joey Chestnut downed 69 franks and devoured his own record in the men's Fourth of July hot dog eating contest while Sonya Thomas defended her title in the women's competition.
DECLO, Idaho (AP) - A southern Idaho teacher who allowed her fourth-grade students to use markers to draw on the faces of six classmates who failed to meet their reading goals will return to the Declo school for the 2013-14 school year.
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?
ATLANTA (AP) -Health officials have begun to predict the end of cigarette smoking in America.
NEW YORK (AP) - It keeps getting easier to ditch the soda can.
NEW YORK (AP) - The hackers who stole millions of customers' credit and debit card numbers from Target may have used a Pittsburgh-area heating and refrigeration business as the back door to get in.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - "The X Factor" is ending after three seasons.
uTHIEVES TRIED TO SELL ITEMS BACK TO VICTIM: DENVER (AP) - Denver police have arrested four suspects accused of unwittingly trying to sell items they stole back to the burglary victim.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California High-Speed Rail Authority lowered its estimated future revenue based on new ridership projections in a report released Friday that also slightly lowered the project's $68 billion price tag.