WASHINGTON (AP) - An Internal Revenue Service official whose division staged a lavish $4.1 million training conference and who starred as Mr. Spock in a "Star Trek" parody shown at the 2010 gathering conceded to Congress on Thursday that taxpayer dollars were wasted in the episode.
WASHINGTON (AP) - College students faced increasing uncertainty about the cost of new student loans after senators failed Thursday to advance partisan proposals to keep interest rates from doubling on July 1.
NC WOMAN'S SPIN ON 'PRICE IS RIGHT' LEADS TO PLEA: FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A U.S. Postal Service employee from eastern North Carolina who was seen spinning the Big Wheel on TV's "The Price is Right" even though she had said she could not deliver the mail has pleaded guilty to workers compensation fraud.
ATLANTA (AP) - In suburban Atlanta, northern Idaho and a number of other places, churches have moved swiftly to sever ties with the Boy Scouts of America in protest over the vote last month to let openly gay boys participate in Scouting.
WASHINGTON (AP) - With broad support from Republicans and Democrats, a House committee Wednesday approved legislation to tackle the growing problem of sexual assault in the armed forces by taking away the power of military commanders to overturn convictions in rape and assault cases.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A building that was being torn down collapsed with a thunderous boom Wednesday, raining bricks on a neighboring thrift store, killing a woman and injuring at least 13 other people in an accident that witnesses said was bound to happen.
RUNNER'S PAIN IS NO PULLED MUSCLE; IT'S A BABY: DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - An aspiring half-marathon runner in Minnesota attributed her unbearable back pain to a two-hour training session. A day later, she was cradling a newborn.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - An 84-year-old Florida widow who bought her Powerball ticket after another customer let her get ahead in line came forward Wednesday to claim the biggest undivided lottery jackpot in history: $590 million.
SCARSDALE, N.Y. (AP) - She lived in a big house in a manicured suburb, took riding lessons on her $10,000 horse and drove a Mercedes. But Andrea Sanderlin, authorities say, wasn't like all the other moms in Scarsdale.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Transportation Security Administration is abandoning a plan to allow passengers to carry small knives, souvenir bats, golf clubs and other sports equipment onto planes in the face of fierce congressional and industry opposition, the head of the agency said Wednesday.
HUNTINGTON BEACH (AP) - News that a sport-fisherman reeled in - and kept - a potentially record-setting mako shark off the Southern California coast earlier this week is making waves with conservationists, who berated the catch because shark populations are vulnerable to overfishing worldwide.
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ORE. BILL WOULD REGULATE TRACKING DEVICES FOR KIDS: SALEM, Ore. (AP) - It hasn't happened yet in Oregon, but some lawmakers want to be prepared for the day schools replace roll call with tracking devices.
FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - An Army psychiatrist charged with gunning down Fort Hood soldiers said Tuesday his defense would show that he was compelled to do so because deploying U.S. troops posed an imminent danger to Taliban fighters.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Already heavily criticized for targeting conservative groups, the Internal Revenue Service absorbed another blow Tuesday as new details emerged about senior officials enjoying luxury hotel rooms, free drinks and free food at a $4.1 million training conference. It was one of many expensive gatherings the agency held for employees over a three-year period.
CHICAGO (AP) - The billionaire businessman behind Beanie Babies learned Tuesday that he won't go to prison for hiding at least $25 million from U.S. tax authorities, and the judge who gave him two years' probation instead went to great lengths to praise his charitable giving.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Bullets and beer long have been part of the lore in Deadwood, the western South Dakota gambling town where Wild Bill Hickok met his demise during an 1876 poker game.
LA VILLA, Texas (AP) - Schools are closed in a one-stoplight South Texas town after the city shut off their water amid a dispute over the bill.
CHICAGO (AP) - The city of Chicago, which has fought for decades to keep guns out of the hands of its residents, now must craft an ordinance within 180 days that will allow gun stores to open there, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The suspect is dead, the fertility clinic where he reportedly replaced a customer's sperm with his own no longer operates, and the clinic left behind no records that might show the extent of the scandal, the University of Utah said Tuesday.
MAN FINED AFTER PACKERS-BEARS STUN GUN BET: JUNEAU, Wis. (AP) - A suburban Chicago man was fined $250 after allegedly using a stun gun on his wife after she lost a bet on a Packers-Bears game.
CLINTON, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut man faces numerous drug charges after police say he posted a YouTube video of himself giving a tour of what he calls his marijuana garden.
SHARON, Mass. (AP) - Hundreds of people, including New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, attended the funeral Tuesday of a Massachusetts teenager whose battle with a rare genetic condition that accelerates the aging process inspired professional athletes and spurred medical research.
ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - A 12-year-old New Mexico boy drew a shotgun from a band-instrument case and shot and wounded two classmates at his middle school Tuesday morning before a teacher talked him into dropping the weapon and he was taken into custody, officials and witnesses said.
DALLAS (AP) - The fate of a brain-dead, pregnant Texas woman and her fetus likely will be decided in a courtroom after the woman's husband sued the hospital keeping her on life support against his wishes.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google will pay $3.2 billion to buy Nest Labs, which develops high-tech versions of devices like thermostats and smoke detectors, in its second-largest acquisition ever.
VERMONT SETTLES WITH MAKER OF MISLABELED VERMINTS: BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Vermont reached a settlement with VerMints, a company that mislabeled its tins of mints as Vermont products.
WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. (AP) - An argument over texting in a Florida movie theater Monday triggered a retired Tampa police captain to fatally shoot a man sitting in front of him, as about 25 horrified moviegoers looked on, sheriff's officials said.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The University of Utah is investigating a complaint that a convicted felon working at a fertility clinic replaced a customer's sperm with his own, fathering a girl 21 years ago.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A federal judge said Monday that Arkansas can stop making payments in one of the nation's most historic desegregation efforts but cautioned that work remains to ensure Little Rock-area students receive a proper education.