HONOLULU (AP) - The Obama administration on Friday announced a pair of executive actions aimed at strengthening federal background checks for gun purchasers, with a particular focus on limiting firearm access for those with mental health issues.
WASHINGTON (AP) - For working people making modest wages and struggling with high medical bills from chronic disease, President Barack Obama's health care plan sounds like long-awaited relief. But the promise could go unfulfilled.
'BREAKING BAD' WINNER ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES: FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a Florida man who won a raffle to watch the series finale of AMC's "Breaking Bad" with the cast has been charged with running a drug distribution operation.
PHOENIX (AP) - Police on Thursday commended the actions of citizens who offered help after an officer and another man were shot following the armed robbery of $18,000 from employees of a strip club.
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - A Colorado judge on Thursday denied a Saudi man's request to return to his home country to complete his prison term for sexually abusing his Indonesian housekeeper and keeping her as a virtual slave.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Following a string of explosive accidents, federal officials said Thursday that crude oil being shipped by rail from the Northern Plains across the U.S. and Canada may be more flammable than traditional forms of oil.
SEATTLE (AP) - Some machinists in the Puget Sound region would likely see their annual base salaries top $100,000 in the coming years under a proposed contract offer from Boeing Co., according to an Associated Press analysis of the deal.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The new year brought relief for Americans who previously had no health insurance or were stuck in poor plans, but it also led to confusion after the troubled rollout of the federal health care reforms sent a crush of late applications to overloaded government agencies.
ATLANTA (AP) - A sophisticated, real-world study confirms that dialing, texting or reaching for a cellphone while driving raises the risk of a crash or near-miss, especially for younger drivers. But the research also produced a surprise: Simply talking on the phone did not prove dangerous, as it has in other studies.
NEW YORK (AP) - James Avery, the bulky character actor who laid down the law at home and on the job as the Honorable Philip Banks in "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," has died.
MIAMI (AP) - The so-called "young invincibles" are so important to the success of the Affordable Care Act that supporters and detractors are spending millions to reach them with racy ads, social media campaigns and celebrity endorsements. The president is even (gasp) asking their mothers to help convince them to sign up for insurance.
DENVER (AP) - Crowds were serenaded by live music as they waited for the nation's first legal recreational pot shops to open. They ate doughnuts and funnel cakes as a glass-blower made smoking pipes. Some tourists even rode around in a limo, eager to try weed but not so eager to be seen buying it.
PALO ALTO (AP) - Personal computer giant Hewlett-Packard Co. has confirmed that it expects layoffs at the upper end of a range that it outlined earlier this year, with 5,000 more workers than originally planned expected to lose jobs by October 2014.
HOUSTON (AP) - Former first lady Barbara Bush remains hospitalized with a respiratory-related issue, but her condition hasn't changed, a spokesman for her husband's office said Wednesday.
• THIEF CARRIES 250-POUND SAFE OUT OF MASS. EATERY: WEYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) - Massachusetts police are searching for a strong-armed thief who carried a 250-pound safe out of a restaurant.
PARIS (AP) - Passengers with moments to live screamed in terror and the pilot frantically pounded on the locked cockpit door as a 27-year-old German co-pilot deliberately and wordlessly smashed an Airbus carrying 150 people into an Alpine mountainside.
NEW YORK (AP) - The cover for Harper Lee's new novel will surely remind you of the cover for her old one.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - A 12-year Allegheny County councilman has withdrawn his nominating petitions - and thus ended his last re-election bid - in grand style.
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) - When a Vietnam veteran briefly stopped in Hawaii on his way home from war, he vowed to return one day to honor the people who perished during the attack on Pearl Harbor. With just less than two months to live, Joseph Hooker realized his longtime dream on Wednesday.
FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) - A Wisconsin State Patrol trooper just three months out of the academy and working the first solo patrol of his "dream job" died in a shootout with a bank robbery suspect also believed to have killed a motorist.
WASHINGTON (AP) - At Iraq's request, the U.S. began airstrikes in Tikrit on Wednesday in support of a stalled Iraqi ground offensive to retake the city from Islamic State fighters. The bombing marked a significant expansion of the U.S. military role in Iraq.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - An elementary school teacher who resigned this month was obsessed with one of her 11-year-old students, encrypting her phone number on the girl's math homework, exchanging thousands of text messages with her and even talking of running away with her, authorities said Wednesday.
NEW YORK (AP) - The newest weapon in the breakfast wars is a biscuit shaped like a taco.
DETROIT (AP) - A Detroit mother was arrested Tuesday after the frozen bodies of a boy and girl were found in a deep freezer in the family's home, police said.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania police officer was charged Tuesday with criminal homicide after investigators concluded she shot an unarmed motorist in the back as he lay facedown after a traffic stop over an expired inspection sticker.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A Charlotte man who has continually irritated his neighbors by standing naked in the front door of his home has exposed a state law that local prosecutors want to change.
NEW YORK (AP) - Children under 2 will not be allowed juice at New York City-licensed day cares and all other children will be limited to 4 ounces of juice a day, under new rules adopted by the city's Board of Health.
HOUSTON (AP) - A court hearing has been set for April 17 on whether a temporary hold on President Barack Obama's immigration executive action should be lifted, a federal appeals court announced Tuesday.
WHIPPANY, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie spent much of a town hall-style meeting Tuesday in his state talking up what he believes makes a winning candidate and espousing the principle that rights and liberties come from God, not government.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - Half of the U.S. households eligible for help buying insurance last year under the health care overhaul will likely have to repay some of that aid this tax season, thanks to the tricky task of predicting future income.