AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A judge ruled Thursday that cheerleaders at an East Texas high school can display banners emblazoned with Bible verses at football games, saying the school district's ban on the practice appears to violate the students' free speech rights.
NEW YORK (AP) - A Bangladeshi man who came to the United States to wage jihad was arrested in an elaborate FBI sting on Wednesday after attempting to blow up a fake car bomb outside the Federal Reserve building in Manhattan, authorities said.
DENVER (AP) - Denver police said they have no suspects in the killings of five people whose bodies were found at a neighborhood bar after it was set on fire early Wednesday, apparently to cover up the slayings.
NEW YORK (AP) - Four more people have died in the national meningitis outbreak, bringing the death toll to 19, health officials said Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Violent crimes unexpectedly jumped 18 percent last year, the first rise in nearly 20 years, and property crimes rose for first time in a decade. But academic experts said the new government data fall short of signaling a reversal of the long decline in crime.
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) - An aggressive President Barack Obama accused challenger Mitt Romney of peddling a "sketchy deal" to fix the U.S. economy and playing politics with the deadly terrorist attack in Libya in a Tuesday night debate crackling with energy and emotion just three weeks before the election.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Fighting for his political life, President Barack Obama re-emerged in blistering form in an interruption-filled debate rematch, trying to diminish Mitt Romney's rising stature by accusing him of dishonesty and extremism.
An aggressive President Barack Obama scrapped with Republican Mitt Romney over terrorism, jobs, immigration and women's issues in a feisty second presidential debate. A look at what they said:
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WASHINGTON (AP) - European astronomers say that just outside our solar system they've found a planet that's the closest you can get to Earth in location and size.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A pep rally skit by three white high school students who wore blackface and parodied Chris Brown's arrest for assaulting Rihanna has officials in a largely white New York district vowing to set clearer expectations for school events.
SARASOTA, Florida (AP) - Aerialist Nik Wallenda says he's planning a tightrope walk near the Grand Canyon, but he won't be wearing a safety harness like he used at Niagara Falls.
WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 56 million Americans on Social Security will get raises averaging $19 a month come January, one of the smallest hikes since automatic adjustments for inflation were adopted in 1975, the government announced Tuesday.
MICHIGAN 'BATMAN' SAYS HE HAS GOOD INTENTIONS: PETOSKEY, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan man whose efforts to keep an eye on his community while wearing a Batman outfit landed him in court said he has good intentions with his crime-fighting work.
LIMA, Peru (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is answering Republican criticism of the Obama administration's handling of last month's attack at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, saying she - not the White House - is responsible for security at all of America's diplomatic missions.
MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) - About 30 vehicles, half of them semitrailers, collided amid whiteout conditions in a massive highway pileup that left three people dead and more than 20 others injured - at least one critically - in northwestern Indiana, police said Thursday.
LOS A NGELES (AP) - Justin Bieber's arrest Thursday on suspicion of driving under the influence and other offenses adds his name, and mug shot, to the gallery of stars who enjoyed early success and eventually ended up in handcuffs.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Two law enforcement officers were killed Thursday when their cars collided during a pursuit in rural western Oklahoma, and the suspect died in a separate crash a few miles away, authorities said.
POULSBO, Wash. (AP) - An elementary school principal in Washington state has been placed on leave while the district investigates her use of the N-word to students.
DETROIT (AP) - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder asked the federal government Thursday to set aside thousands of work visas for bankrupt Detroit, a bid to revive the decaying city by attracting talented immigrants who are willing to move there and stay for five years.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Captain and Tennille, the popular 1970s married pop duo that sang of sharing forever and of love keeping them together, are splitting.
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) - When he debuted five years ago, Justin Bieber was a mop-haired heartthrob, clean cut and charming. But a series of troubling incidents have put his innocent image at risk, and none more so than his arrest on DUI charges Thursday.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Drivers who got speeding camera tickets in a Cincinnati-area village are entitled to nearly $1.8 million in refunds, pending the village's appeal of class action status, a southwest Ohio judge ruled Thursday.
WITH BIG WAVES COMING, MAVERICKS CONTEST IS ON: HALF MOON BAY (AP) - With a Pacific storm pushing big waves toward California, organizers of a contest at one of the world's most perilous surfing spots have told competitors to grab their boards and get ready.
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A Mexican man has been executed in Texas for killing a Houston police officer, despite pleas and diplomatic pressure from the Mexican government and the U.S. State Department to halt the punishment.
SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle's Interim Police Chief Harry Bailey says a 36-year-old man fatally shot at a bus stop after police say he threatened them with a gun was actually armed with a fake gun.
MUNDELEIN, Ill. (AP) - A 14-year-old girl was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder in the death of an 11-year-old girl who was stabbed more than 30 times at the suburban Chicago home where they both lived.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A University of Utah student says he paid his tuition bill with 2,000 one-dollar bills as a silent protest against the rising cost of college.
FITCHBURG, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts classroom aide who posed for racy modeling photos has been suspended with pay.
PENFIELD, N.Y. (AP) - An 8-year-old boy who died while trying to rescue his disabled grandfather from a burning mobile home had saved the lives of six relatives after being awoken by a burning blanket, authorities said.