MADISON, Wis. (AP) - An atheist group questioned Thursday whether a Republican legislator improperly used state resources to produce a Christmas greeting video in which he encourages people to become Christians and quotes Bible verses.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - A former juvenile delinquent fatally shot an armed robber who broke into his apartment through a bathroom window and accidentally shot and killed his visiting teenage brother and his housemate while exchanging shots with the intruder, a district attorney said Wednesday.
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - A retired police detective is being hailed as a hero for engaging in what authorities called a "life-and-death struggle" to apprehend a robbery suspect at a crowded suburban shopping mall.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Protesters blocked access to a terminal and caused significant holiday traffic delays at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Wednesday during a Black Lives Matter rally that also briefly shut down part of the nation's largest mall.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Two constables who handcuffed a woman and dragged her out of her home by her legs over an unpaid parking ticket have been sentenced to probation by a judge who said she considered jailing them because of their lack of remorse.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - More than half of the felony counts Pacific Gas and Electric Co. faced from a natural-gas explosion that killed eight people near San Francisco were dismissed on Wednesday by a federal judge who said that some of the alleged offenses were too similar.
HELSINKI (AP) - Most kids learn that Santa Claus comes from the North Pole, but children in Scandinavia are taught he lives a bit further south. Where exactly is a matter of much debate, with businesses in Finland, Sweden and Norway competing to cash in on the cachet that comes with claiming Santa's hometown.
GALLUP, N.M. (AP) - Carl Smith found his son's body in a cold, open field, not far from the Route 66 saloon where the 24-year-old had gone to drink. He was wearing a pair of lace-up boots, jeans and a familiar gray jacket.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Tuesday rejected reports that he used vulgarity in describing Democrat Hillary Clinton's primary loss to now-President Barack Obama in 2008.