BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The holidays may be over, but a Louisiana woman wants to keep a light display on her roof extending a middle finger to her neighbors.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans kept health care spending in check for three years in a row, the government reported Monday, an unusual respite that could linger if the economy stays soft or fade like a mirage if job growth comes roaring back.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Death rates from cancer are continuing to inch down, researchers reported Monday.
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - The officers struggled to hold back the tears as they recalled the Colorado theater shooting: discovering a 6-year-old girl without a pulse, trying to keep a wounded man from jumping out of a moving police car to go back for his 7-year-old daughter, screaming at a gunshot victim not to die.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Dozens of gay and lesbian former military service members who were discharged due to their homosexuality will receive the rest of their severance pay under a settlement approved Monday by a federal court.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - An illegal immigrant accused of assuming the persona of a Texas teacher pleaded guilty Monday in a case that put a face on the growing crime of "total identity theft" in the United States.
CHICAGO (AP) - With no signs of trauma and nothing to raise suspicions, the sudden death of a Chicago man just as he was about to collect nearly $425,000 in lottery winnings was initially ruled a result of natural causes.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Digging in for a fight, President Barack Obama riled Senate Republicans and some Democrats, too, on Monday by nominating former senator and combat veteran Chuck Hagel to lead the Pentagon and anti-terrorism chief John Brennan as the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
• JUMBO HUMBOLDT SQUID INVADE SOUTHERN CA WATERS: SAN DIEGO (AP) - Jumbo squid have invaded the Southern California waters and are being caught by sport fishermen by the hundreds
WASHINGTON (AP) - Everyone could use a little help keeping those New Year's resolutions to slim down. But if it means the government limiting junk food, the response is an overwhelming, "No."
WASHINGTON (AP) - Heart disease and diabetes get all the attention, but what about the many other ways obesity can damage your health?
CHICAGO (AP) - Roll up a sleeve for the blood pressure cuff. Stick out a wrist for the pulse-taking. Lift your tongue for the thermometer. Report how many minutes you are active or getting exercise.
NEW YORK (AP) - Only a 10 percent chance of showers today, but a 70 percent chance of flu next month.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The state's five-year plan for fighting cancer targets smoking, poor nutrition and obesity to limit the disease that is now diagnosed in more than 100,000 New Yorkers annually while killing about 35,000.
RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) - When Neil "Bruiser" Burns, 45, posted "400lbs LOST!" on his Facebook page Dec. 8, more than 500 people "liked" his status. The post received numerous congratulations from friends and family, many of whom have been following his story from the beginning.
WASHINGTON (AP) - New federal rules designed to better protect small streams, tributaries and wetlands - and the drinking water of 117 million Americans - are being criticized by Republicans and farm groups as going too far.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - A high school teacher charged with intimidating a student by pointing her out to classmates as the person who accused his co-worker of an inappropriate sexual relationship was ordered Wednesday to stand trial on witness intimidation charges.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday it is investigating what the Pentagon called an inadvertent shipment of live anthrax spores to government and commercial laboratories in as many as nine states, as well as one overseas, that expected to receive dead spores.
MAN ACQUITTED OF ANIMAL CRUELTY FOR BLOWING POT SMOKE: CHICAGO (AP) - A judge has acquitted a Chicago man of animal cruelty charges filed after the man posted a video of himself smoking marijuana with a chameleon.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A federal judge has thrown out evidence collected by FBI agents who posed as Internet repairmen to get into Las Vegas Strip hotel rooms last summer during an investigation into illegal bookmaking, and is giving prosecutors until Friday to decide whether to drop criminal charges altogether.
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Challenging Hillary Rodham Clinton from the left, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders kicked off his presidential bid Tuesday with a pitch to liberals to join him in a "political revolution" to transform the nation's economy and politics.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - An Idaho woman who was having an affair orchestrated a gruesome Las Vegas hatchet attack that left her husband dead with his head nearly severed while they were on a family trip on Memorial Day, police said.
SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) - A Maryland couple who were investigated for neglect after letting their two young children walk home alone from local parks have been cleared in one of two such cases.
MORGANZA, Md. (AP) - Some seniors at a Maryland school aren't feeling lucky, despite ladybugs that swarmed the halls.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - President Barack Obama's plan to shield as many as 5 million immigrants living in the U.S. from deportation remained on hold Tuesday after a federal appeals court panel refused to allow it to take effect immediately.
NEW YORK (AP) - Taco Bell and Pizza Hut say they're getting rid of artificial colors and flavors, making them the latest big food companies scrambling to distance themselves from ingredients people might find unappetizing.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Sophisticated criminals used an online service run by the IRS to access personal tax information from more than 100,000 taxpayers, part of an elaborate scheme to steal identities and claim fraudulent tax refunds, the IRS said Tuesday.
NEW YORK (AP) - As TV watchers increasingly look online for their fix, cable companies are bulking up. In the latest round, Charter Communications is buying Time Warner Cable for $55.33 billion.
NEW YORK (AP) - Olive Garden isn't finished dreaming up new ways to use its breadsticks.
RENO, Nev. (AP) - A Las Vegas man will ask a judge this week for a protective order against bear advocates at Lake Tahoe, saying they harassed him after he initiated efforts to trap a bear that damaged his vacation home.