DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Mega Millions jackpot inched toward a U.S. lottery record Monday as it soared to $586 million amid a frenzy of ticket purchases, raising the possibility that the prize could pass the once-unthinkable $1 billion mark by Christmas Eve should nobody win before then.
NEW YORK (AP) - A cat-and-mouse game played out in a Chinese village some 5,300 years ago is helping scientists understand how wild felines transformed into the tame pets we know today.
REGULATORS SUE ONLINE LENDER CASHCALL: WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal regulators have sued online lender CashCall Inc., its owner and two related companies, accusing them of collecting money that consumers didn't owe.
DEBARY, Fla. (AP) - A man who said he found an abandoned newborn girl wrapped in newspapers outside a central Florida convenience store was arrested Monday and charged with lying to investigators.
WASHINGTON (AP) - In a ruling with potentially far-reaching consequences, a federal judge declared Monday that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records likely violates the U.S. Constitution's ban on unreasonable search. The ruling, filled with blistering criticism of the Obama administration's arguments, is the first of its kind on the controversial program.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - President Barack Obama's acknowledgement that his promise that Americans could keep their health insurance plan turned out to be inaccurate topped this year's list of best quotes, according to a Yale University librarian.
RENO, Nev. (AP) - A Reno man has been placed on probation and fined $1,000 for shooting a golfer whose errant ball broke a bedroom window at his home.
SMITHVILLE, Ohio (AP) - A 9-year-old Ohio girl last seen playing in the mobile home park where she lived was found dead in a nearby trash bin after a frantic search, and police on Sunday arrested a neighbor they've described as a family friend in the killing.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico high school teacher has been disciplined after a parent says the man told his black son that Santa Claus is white.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The image projected before the classroom at California State University, Los Angeles showed a pair of gleeful sky divers plunging through the air.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Superstition didn't deter players hoping that Friday the 13th would bring them good luck in the recently revamped Mega Millions game, as heavy sales prompted lottery officials to boost the jackpot from $400 million to $425 million.
WASHINGTON (AP) - One day after winning lopsided House approval, bipartisan legislation to ease across-the-board spending cuts and reduce economy-rattling budget brinkmanship appears likely to command the 60 votes necessary to clear the Senate, officials in both parties said Friday.
KANSAS AIRPORT WORKER ARRESTED IN CAR BOMB PLOT: WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas man who prosecutors say sympathized with violent terrorists was arrested Friday as part of an FBI sting after he drove a vehicle loaded with what he thought were explosives to a Wichita airport.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A federal judge ruled Friday that key parts of Utah's polygamy laws are unconstitutional, handing a legal victory to a polygamist family that stars in the TV reality show "Sister Wives."
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A woman survived nearly three nights in bitter interior Alaska cold by burning her snowmobile and huddling with her small dog, Alaska State Troopers said Thursday.
NEW YORK (AP) - There will soon be about 1,100 fewer places to buy batteries.
MERCED (AP) - Two recent storms that washed over bone-dry California delivered welcome rain and snow, but officials from the state's Drought Task Force said Tuesday that much more is needed to alleviate the crisis.
TRUCKEE. (AP) - Weather watchers in the Sierra Nevada say they need a "Miracle March" to recover from an abysmal winter that has produced only one-third of the normal snowpack by this time of year.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Striving for unity among Democrats rather than compromise with Republicans, President Barack Obama will unveil an election-year budget on Tuesday that drops earlier proposals to cut future Social Security benefits and seeks new money for infrastructure, education and job training.
NEW YORK (AP) - Ellen DeGeneres' celeb-studded selfie from the most-watched Oscars telecast in a decade was a landmark social media moment at a time online conversation is boosting television viewership and vice versa.
GILMAN, Minn. (AP) - A farmer in central Minnesota has created a towering tribute to winter's excess.
CHICAGO (AP) - Most people who abuse addictive prescription painkillers get them for free from friends or relatives, while drug dealers are a relatively uncommon source for those at highest risk for deadly overdoses, a government study found.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - It turns out that using emergency warning tones in a TV commercial with images of the White House blowing up and the flashing words "THIS IS NOT A TEST" is frowned upon by the government.
• DAUGHTER'S FACEBOOK POST COSTS FATHER $80,000: MIAMI (AP) - A Florida teenager's Facebook post has cost her father an $80,000 legal settlement.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Warning that it was "on the brink of disaster," Ukraine put its military on high alert Sunday and appealed for international help to avoid what it feared was the possibility of a wider invasion by Russia.
POLK, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania woman has been jailed on forgery and other charges because state police say she identified herself as her sister when she was pulled over and given two traffic tickets, and again when she pleaded guilty before a district judge and was fined.
NEW YORK (AP() - Malcolm X and rap music have always fit together like a needle in the groove, connected by struggle, strength and defiance. But three recent episodes involving the use or misuse of Malcolm and other black icons have raised the question: Has rap lost touch with black history?
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) - The phones were ringing off the hook at Gordy's Pizza & Pasta in Port Angeles last Wednesday, but the callers weren't looking for the eatery's signature fettucine.
CHICAGO (AP) - Comedian Jimmy Fallon took a quick but icy dip in Lake Michigan - dressed in a full suit and tie - eyes bulging as he darted out of the slushy water and headed straight for a pile of dry towels.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - In Maryland each year, thousands of defendants appear before court commissioners - not judges - who set their bail without an attorney present.