WASHINGTON (AP) - The House narrowly rejected a challenge to the National Security Agency's secret collection of hundreds of millions of Americans' phone records Wednesday night after a fierce debate pitting privacy rights against the government's efforts to thwart terrorism.
NEW YORK (AP) - Anthony Weiner pressed ahead with his bid for mayor Wednesday despite growing calls for him to drop out over a new sexting scandal, saying the campaign is too important to abandon over "embarrassing personal things" becoming public.
WASHINGTON (AP) - About 47 million Americans received food stamps last year, but only a relative few are required to work or look for a job as a condition of receiving the aid.
POLICE SHOOT, KILL GATOR AFTER IT EATS HUSKY: JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A public safety officer in eastern North Carolina shot and killed an alligator after it ate an 80-pound Husky that was walking with its owner.
NEW YORK (AP) - Anthony Weiner found himself caught in another sexting scandal Tuesday like the one that destroyed his congressional career, but stood side-by-side with his wife to say he won't drop out of the race for mayor of New York.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Michelle Obama urged Latino activists on Tuesday to help sign people up for her husband's health care overhaul, especially the millions of younger, healthier people the system will need to offset the cost of caring for older, sicker consumers.
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) - A state police photographer who released photos of the bloodied Boston Marathon bombing suspect during his capture was placed on restricted duty Tuesday.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The last visible remnants of the 2011 Occupy Portland movement held court in front of City Hall for nearly two years. A community of sign-holding, slogan-chanting, pot-banging protesters brought noise and attention to the city's acute homeless problem.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The brutal summer heat proved too much for another hiker visiting The Wave, a flowing sandstone rock formation near the Utah-Arizona border that claimed the lives of a California couple earlier this month.
WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans took a tentative step toward offering citizenship to some unauthorized immigrants Tuesday, but hit an immediate wall of resistance from the White House on down as Democrats said it wasn't enough.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Las Vegas police officer who was rescuing a hiker stranded in an off-limits area of a mountain northwest of the city died after falling from a helicopter hoist line Monday night.
WASHINGTON (AP) - College costs are driving decisions about which schools to attend, what to study and even where to live, according to a report from loan giant Sallie Mae.
SAGINAW, Texas (AP) - A teenager suspected of suffocating his 6-year-old neighbor with plastic bags, wrapping her body in a tarp and dumping it about a mile from her home was shot Tuesday in an exchange of gunfire with officers trying to serve arrest and search warrants.
BABY'S BODY FOUND IN CAR TRUNK AT OHIO AUTO SHOP: SHELBY, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say a mechanic working on a car found a baby's body inside a box in the vehicle's trunk at a repair shop in northern Ohio.
DALLAS (AP) - A Dallas suburb can't enforce a law that bans immigrants in the United States without legal permission from renting apartments, a federal appeals court said Monday. It's the latest ruling on a series of laws that local governments have passed targeting immigration.
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.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - One might be hidden in a cross on a church lawn. Others are disguised as a cactus in the desert, a silo in farm country or a palm tree reaching into a sunny sky.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - In the moments after Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl arrived back in the United States following five years of captivity by the Taliban in Afghanistan, he was nervous but "looked good" and saluted a commanding officer who welcomed him home, military officials said Friday.
ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - In their plans to shoot up a high school, two Tennessee teenagers studied the 1999 Columbine massacre, hoping to maximize the number of student and faculty deaths, according to officials who say they seized weapons and journals detailing attack plans.
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - A wedding so elaborate it has raised eyebrows in tony and environmentally-conscious Aspen has sparked complaints from residents about the building of a dance floor, 27,000-square foot tent and a temporary chapel on a rural meadow.
NEW YORK (AP) - Chubby Checker wants the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to know it's time to induct him into its exclusive club before it's too late.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Game makers at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo went for the jugular.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - An Atlantic City casino does not have to pay $1.5 million won by a group of gamblers who realized the cards had not been shuffled, and can move to recover more than $500,000 it already paid them, a judge ruled Friday.