VATICAN CITY (AP) - From "the end of the earth," the Catholic Church found a surprising new leader Wednesday, a pioneer pope from Argentina who took the name Francis, a pastor rather than a manager to resurrect a church and faith in crisis. He is the first pontiff from the New World and the first non-European since the Middle Ages.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The pursuit of hackers who audaciously stole and published credit reports for Michelle Obama, the attorney general, FBI director and other U.S. politicians and celebrities crisscrossed continents and included a San Francisco-based Internet company, Cloudflare, The Associated Press has learned.
HARBOR SPRINGS, Mich. (AP) - The chairman of a northern Michigan Indian tribe says he'll sign a same-sex marriage bill Friday, then preside at the wedding of two men.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Democratic lawmaker introduced a package of bills Wednesday to address an expected doctor shortage as California prepares to insure millions of new patients under federal health care reforms.
MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) - A Detroit-area man who authorities say allowed his 360-pound wife to fester and die in a bed surrounded by her own waste avoided prison Wednesday when a judge sentenced him to probation.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Faced with a backlash against their ban on gays, the Boy Scouts of America are surveying their members on a potential change in policy.
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Citing the potential to taint the jury, a state judge told prosecutors in Reno on Tuesday not to refer to the Hells Angels or Vagos as motorcycle gangs during an upcoming trial for suspects in a 2011 shootout at a casino in neighboring Sparks.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Despite the slowest start to a wildfire season in a decade, the head of the U.S. Forest Service said Tuesday his agency is preparing for another busy year, but with fewer firefighters.
CHICAGO (AP) - Keep computers in a common area so you can monitor what your kids are doing. It's a longstanding directive for online safety - but one that's quickly becoming moot as more young people have mobile devices, often with Internet access.
The Boy Scouts of America are surveying their members on a potential change in their policy banning gay Scout leaders and members. Here are some of the questions distributed to 1.1 million adult Scouts:
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The first lady and the vice president are among the latest public figures to have their private information posted on a mysterious website, and the Secret Service has joined the investigation into the postings that include documents from people ranging from rapper Jay-Z to the head of the FBI.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California couple were arraigned Tuesday on charges they collected hundreds of stolen smartphones from across the nation, then sold them in Hong Kong for as much as $2,000 each.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A Montana man accused of waterboarding four children as a learning experience for them has reached a plea deal with prosecutors in which he will receive probation.
COSTA MESA (AP) - Authorities say seven Orange County elementary school students had to be taken by ambulance to a hospital after they were given bites of a brownie they didn't know was laced with marijuana.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Applying for benefits under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul could be as daunting as doing your taxes.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The activism sparked by an art display depicting a Ku Klux Klan robe should be a catalyst to make the University of Iowa more welcoming to minorities, students and employees said Tuesday.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Need to show your driver's license? In Iowa, there will soon be an app for that.
BOSTON (AP) - Minority students at three prestigious law schools say they want to delay final exams because they've been busy protesting grand jury decisions in the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers in New York City and Ferguson, Missouri, and haven't had time to study.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A Mexican man living unlawfully in the United States for decades was arrested Tuesday in an identity theft scheme that was so ingenious that prosecutors say a court unwittingly changed the name of the U.S. citizen whose identity he assumed to his own real name.
WASHINGTON (AP) - In a damning indictment of CIA practices, Senate investigators on Tuesday accused the spy agency of inflicting pain and suffering on al-Qaida prisoners far beyond its legal boundaries and then deceiving the nation with narratives of useful interrogations unsubstantiated by its own records.
NEW YORK (AP) - A jail guard accused of skipping her rounds and falsifying a logbook to cover it up was charged Monday in connection with the death of a mentally ill inmate in his stifling 101-degree cell.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration issued guidelines Monday that restrict the ability of federal law enforcement agencies to profile on the basis of religion, national origin and other characteristics, protocols the Justice Department hopes could be a model for local departments as the nation tackles questions about the role race plays in policing.
GAITHERSBURG, Md. (AP) - A small, private jet slammed into a house Monday, killing a woman and her young sons inside the home and three people on the aircraft, authorities said.
ATLANTA (AP) - Walgreen is testing a new telemedicine service that lets patients see a doctor without leaving home or visiting any of the drugstore chain's clinics.
BOSTON (AP) - The Salvation Army found an unusual surprise inside one of its red donation kettles: a diamond engagement ring given by a widow in honor of her late husband.
HOUSTON (AP) - A Houston-area teenager accused of killing a girl in a satanic ritual had gouged out her eye as she begged for her life, prosecutors said Monday during the opening of the teen's capital murder trial.
TROOPERS DRIVE 87-YEAR-OLD ACROSS UTAH TO SEE SON: SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Hitting a patrol car isn't the best way to end a traffic stop, but it worked out for one 87-year-old Nevada woman rushing to see her ailing son 350 miles away in Utah.
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) - Veterans who survived the Pearl Harbor attack that launched the United States into World War II attended Sunday's 73rd anniversary ceremony with the help of canes, wheelchairs and motorized scooters.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Could one of the nation's longest-running church-state conflicts be nearing a conclusion?
HERRIMAN, Utah (AP) - A police dog named Copper has been credited for saving the life of a missing 6-year-old Utah boy who accidentally fell into an open manhole and became trapped underground.