MORIARTY, N.M. (AP) - The cases were often heartbreaking: Families coming home to find their dogs had vanished from inside houses, behind locked fences and outdoor kennels in rural communities east of Albuquerque.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Tweaking the way the government measures inflation sounds like an obscure method to help reduce budget deficits, but over time it would lead to significantly lower Social Security benefits while increasing taxes, mainly on low- and middle-income families.
FEDS: DINOSAUR SKULL SEIZED FROM WYOMING HOME : CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A dinosaur skull seized from a Wyoming home is related to an investigation into fossil smuggling from Mongolia, indicating that efforts to stem the illegal trade are making progress, an attorney said Monday.
RUDOLPH, Ohio (AP) - The most famous postmark of all has been saved, thanks to volunteers in the northwest Ohio village of Rudolph.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - The military's highest court ousted the judge in the Fort Hood shooting case Monday and threw out his order to have the suspect's beard forcibly shaved before his court-martial.
WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans put forth a $2.2 trillion "fiscal cliff" counteroffer to President Barack Obama on Monday, calling for raising the eligibility age for Medicare, lowering cost-of-living hikes for Social Security benefits and bringing in $800 billion in higher tax revenue - but not raising rates for the wealthy.
NEW YORK (AP) - One of the biggest awards ever issued for racial harassment in high school - $1 million - was upheld Monday by a federal appeals panel that said it was fair for a jury to conclude a school district should have done more to stop demeaning, threatening and violent conduct directed at a student.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - NASA's Curiosity rover has indeed found something in the Martian dirt. But so far, there's no definitive sign of the chemical ingredients necessary to support life.
ATLANTA (AP) - An 8-year-old Georgia girl says it "really, really hurt" when a dolphin snatched her hand in its mouth while she fed the animal as part of an attraction at SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Schoolteachers should have to pass a stringent exam - much like the bar exam for lawyers - before being allowed to enter the profession, one of the nation's largest teachers unions said Monday.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - An elementary school music teacher shot his ex-wife while she played the organ during church service and, after leaving briefly, returned and shot her again to ensure she was dead, police said.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Prison officials in North Carolina are calling for a criminal investigation after inmates alleged correctional officers forced them to rub habanero hot sauce on their genitals, resulting in painful blisters.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A man charged in the death of an Alaska barista has killed himself, and authorities said Sunday he had been linked to at least seven other possible slayings in three other states.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Open your notebooks and sharpen your pencils. School for thousands of public school students is about to get quite a bit longer.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - As U.S. authorities continue a long legal battle to deport a former Nazi concentration camp guard, it's not clear what will happen next if they prevail.
NEW YORK (AP) - A prolific computer hacker who infiltrated the servers of major corporations later switched sides and helped the government disrupt hundreds of cyberattacks on Congress, NASA and other sensitive targets, according to federal prosecutors.
• TEEN TIED TO SHOPPING CART DROWNS IN GEORGIA LAKE: CARTERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia officials say an 18-year-old drowned just hours after graduating high school when he was tied to a shopping cart and pushed into a lake as part of a game with friends.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - When Ann Lawson strolls into her neighborhood grocery store, she really gets a workout.
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - Residents along the scenic Columbia River are hoping to persuade regulators to reject plans for what would be the Pacific Northwest's largest crude oil train terminal - the proposed destination for at least four trains a day, each more than a mile long.