PITTSBURGH (AP) - A high school student who dressed as a homeless man for a drama assignment was so convincing that he fooled school officials - and ended up getting suspended.
SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. (AP) - In the real village of Sleepy Hollow, where the tour guides say "Halloween is our Christmas," the fall season is even busier than usual, thanks to a hit TV show that plays off the legend of the Headless Horseman.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officials at San Francisco General Hospital made four requests for sheriff's deputies to search the medical center for a missing patient later found dead in a stairwell, an attorney hired by the patient's family said.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Fanaticism is fueling conservative voters who could threaten Democrat Terry McAuliffe's political chances, former President Bill Clinton warned Sunday as he joined his longtime buddy's campaign for Virginia governor.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California woman who received a life sentence as a teenager for killing her former pimp will be allowed to go free after Gov. Jerry Brown decided against blocking a parole board's ruling that grants her freedom.
CHANNEL ISLANDS (AP) - Volunteer divers have dredged up 900 pounds of debris, a half-dozen lobster traps and 1,400 feet of trap line in an effort to clean up the ocean around California's Channel Islands.
HONOLULU (AP) - A federal appeals court "regretfully" upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit that claims the Army caused the death of a newborn by ordering his pregnant mother to do physical training against doctors' instructions.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee National Guard recruiter was charged in federal court on Friday, accused of shooting three of his superiors at an armory after he was told he would be relieved of duty and dismissed from active service.
NEW YORK (AP) - A black actor on the HBO drama series "Treme" said Friday he was stopped by police because of his race while shopping at Macy's - the third discrimination allegation made this week by a black shopper against a department store.
DELANO (AP) - The National Park Service is recommending that Congress create a new historic park to honor farm labor leader Cesar Chavez, one that would be made up of four sites in California and a former Phoenix church hall where the now-famous rallying cry "Si se puede" was popularized.
GA. MAN GUILTY OF KILLING 8 IN MOBILE HOME : BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia man was convicted of murder Friday in the beating deaths of his father and seven extended family members inside the cramped mobile they all shared, but he was spared a death sentence in a deal attorneys made to avoid a hung jury.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - The chancellor of the University of Kansas announced Thursday that a journalism professor suspended over a tweet that angrily targeted the National Rifle Association after the Navy Yard shootings will not return to his classroom in 2013.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Contractors who built the web portal for the Obama administration's health insurance marketplace said Thursday the site's crippling problems trace back to insufficient testing and changes that government officials made just prior to going live.
Demolition begins on Sandy Hook school building
DALLAS (AP) - Dallas police will seek a grand jury indictment against an officer who was fired after shooting a mentally ill man in a disputed incident caught on tape, police said Thursday.
NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon, a company of seemingly boundless ambition, appears to be venturing into yet another market: smartphones.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court will consider the free speech rights of people who use violent or threatening language on Facebook and other electronic media where the speaker's intent is not always clear.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Seven teenagers have been charged with luring other teens to places in their upstate New York village where they beat them and videotaped the attacks, despite pleas from two of the victims begging to be let go, authorities said Monday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - After years of pressure from gay rights groups, President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity, the White House said Monday.
CHICAGO (AP) - At least six locations in three different states entered official bids by Monday's deadline in an effort to house Barack Obama's presidential library.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - It was pride of ownership that led a New Jersey family to decorate the front of their home with bright plastic flowers, and it was those same decorations that acted as a fatal accelerant in a fast moving blaze that killed everyone inside, prosecutors said Monday.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A moderate earthquake shook northwest Alaska on Monday, the fifth temblor of the same magnitude since April in an area with otherwise little activity, seismologists said.
PHOENIX (AP) - A homeless ex-convict beat a priest with a metal rod in his residence at a Phoenix church then wrestled away a handgun owned by the clergyman before fatally shooting the man's assistant, police said Monday as they announced an arrest in the case.
ATLANTA (AP) - Chelsea Clinton, who has played an increasingly prominent role in her family's foundation, used a speech Monday to call for more community service opportunities for a younger generation and said she supports efforts that would allow more college graduates to reduce their student loan debt through volunteering.
• BOY ACCIDENTALLY HANGS SELF FROM BASKETBALL NET: LINCOLNTON, N.C. (AP) - Authorities say a 10-year-old North Carolina boy is in the hospital after he accidentally hanged himself on a basketball goal in his yard.
DENVER (AP) - A Colorado man loses custody of his children after getting a medical marijuana card. The daughter of a Michigan couple growing legal medicinal pot is taken by child-protection authorities after an ex-husband says their plants endangered kids.
CHESHIRE, Conn. (AP) - A 66-year-old woman described by police as an apparent hoarder was found dead under a pile of debris after the first floor of her Connecticut home collapsed into the basement under the weight of all the clutter, authorities said.
NEW YORK (AP) - Starbucks is rolling out a program that would allow its workers to earn an online college degree at Arizona State University at a steeply discounted rate.
MIAMI (AP) - The San Antonio Spurs left Miami last June looking so human, Tim Duncan nearly in tears talking about how close they were to another championship.
PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) - Martin Kaymer set a U.S. Open record Friday with a game so dominant that he did more than just build a six-shot lead.