WASHINTON, D.C. (AP) - Did your kids moan that winter break was way too short as you got them ready for the first day back in school? They might get their wish of more holiday time off under proposals catching on around the country to lengthen the school year.
PASADENA (AP) - If there's any soul-searching among top television executives about onscreen violence contributing to real-life tragedies like the Connecticut school shooting, it isn't readily apparent.
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa man and his sister have reunited 65 years after being separated in foster care thanks to a 7-year-old friend's Facebook search.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Moviegoers at a San Diego theater ducked for cover as police stormed in during a movie and shot and wounded an armed domestic violence suspect pretending to be a patron.
NEW YORK (AP) - When Dr. Uma Mysorekar looks at the members of the new Congress, the Indian immigrant and practicing Hindu can see that, for the first time, there's someone who shares her ethnicity and someone who shares her faith.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The powerful gun lobby is gauging enough support in Congress to block a law that would ban assault weapons, despite promises from the White House and senior lawmakers to make such a measure a reality.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - From a hometown of 26,000 people to an adopted home borough of 2.6 million, Miss America's story includes a journey from a small town to the big city - but it doesn't start there.
CHICAGO (AP) - Patients can refuse a flu shot. Should doctors and nurses have that right, too? That is the thorny question surfacing as U.S. hospitals increasingly crack down on employees who won't get flu shots, with some workers losing their jobs over their refusal.
DETROIT (AP) - When General Motors engineers and designers started work on the next-generation Corvette, they drew up the usual requirements for the star of American muscle cars.
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - Newtown residents are divided on what to do with the school building where 26 people were killed, with some favoring demolition and construction of a memorial and others encouraging renovations.
BIG CYPRESS NATIONAL PRESERVE, Fla. (AP) - An armed mob set out into the Florida Everglades on Saturday to flush out a scaly invader.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Anglers are expressing concern over expanded crayfish harvesting at Lake Tahoe, saying it will adversely affect fishing.
US GOVERNMENT TELLS COMPUTER USERS TO DISABLE JAVA: WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is advising people to temporarily disable the Java software on their computers to avoid potential hacking attacks.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Win or lose Saturday, Miss America contestant Allyn Rose will have conveyed a message about breast cancer prevention using her primary tool as a beauty queen: her body.
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The Navy is reviewing whether its camouflage working uniforms are safe for sailors at sea after a test revealed exactly how flammable the material is.
TORONTO (AP) - A new video of Mayor Rob Ford emerged Tuesday that shows him swearing and slurring his words while apparently trying to imitate a Jamaican accent.
PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona State University fraternity's operations have been suspended following accusations that the local Tau Kappa Epsilon chapter hosted a distasteful party in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, replete with racist stereotypes and offensive costumes.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, once viewed as a rising star in the GOP, and his wife were indicted Tuesday on federal corruption charges accusing the couple of accepting tens of thousands of dollars in loans, shopping sprees, money for their daughter's wedding - and even a joyride in a Ferrari - from the owner of a company that makes health supplements.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Worried about the groom getting cold feet? There's an insurance policy for that.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - An explosion Monday morning that brought down part of an animal feed processing plant in Omaha left two people dead and 10 others seriously hurt, authorities said.
NEW YORK (AP) - Nearly 50 percent of black men and 40 percent of white men are arrested at least once on non-traffic-related crimes by the time they turn 23, according to a new study.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Salt Lake City-based Overstock.com Inc. says it's the first major retailer to accept digital Bitcoins as payment for goods.
ATLANTA (AP) - As the nation remembered and reflected Monday on the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., leaders and everyday Americans talked about how far the country has come in the past 50 years and how much more is to be done.
McALLEN, Texas (AP) - Account information stolen during the Target security breach is now being divided up and sold off regionally, a South Texas police chief said Monday following the arrest of two Mexican citizens who authorities say arrived at the border with 96 fraudulent credit cards.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A walk down the 6-mile city street named for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. yields plenty of images that would surely unsettle the civil rights leader: shuttered storefronts, open-air drug markets and a glut of pawn shops, quickie check-cashing providers and liquor stores.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The opening of Postal Service retail centers in dozens of Staples stores around the country is being met with threats of protests and boycotts by the agency's unions.
CINCINNATI (AP) - CINCINNATI - The family of a drunken man picked up by Ohio police officers and dropped off at a Taco Bell before he was fatally struck by a car has sued over his death, accusing authorities of racial discrimination and putting their loved in danger as part of a "perverse joke" about his Mexican heritage.
NEW YORK (AP) - Dennis Rodman has checked into an undisclosed alcohol rehabilitation center to treat his long-time struggle with alcoholism, his agent says.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The star of ABC's "The Bachelor" made anti-gay comments that drew a swift rebuke from the network and an apology from the bachelor himself on Saturday.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - The U.S. Election Assistance Commission found Friday that heightened proof-of-citizenship requirements likely would hinder eligible citizens from voting in federal elections, handing down a ruling that denied requests from Kansas, Arizona and Georgia to modify the registration form for their residents.