NEW YORK (AP) - Visa and MasterCard are introducing Internet-based technologies to make it easier for shoppers to buy things at retail stores without pulling out a credit card.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Marlboro maker Altria Group Inc. said Wednesday that it plans to expand its MarkTen electronic cigarette brand nationally in the second quarter.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Should shoppers turn off their smartphones when they hit the mall? Or does having them on lead to better sales or shorter lines at the cash register?
BERLIN (AP) - Germans, once a nation of ardent automobile enthusiasts, are not buying cars as much as they used to. Instead, they're sharing them.
PALO ALTO (AP) - Tesla Motors Inc. shares soared in extended trading after the electric car maker delivered a strong fourth-quarter performance and said that it expects sales of its vehicles to increase sharply this year.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Jackpots like Wednesday's anticipated $400 million-plus Powerball can grant a lot of wishes. But what if you were the only winner, and you had but one chance to blow all that money on a single purchase?
uKANSAS BILL WOULD ALLOW SPANKING THAT LEAVES MARKS: TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas lawmaker is proposing a bill that would allow teachers, caregivers and parents to spank children hard enough to leave marks.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - An 84-year-old nun was sentenced Tuesday to nearly three years in prison for breaking into a nuclear weapons complex and defacing a bunker holding bomb-grade uranium, a demonstration that exposed serious security flaws at the Tennessee plant.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The nation's shortage of execution drugs is becoming increasingly acute as more pharmacies conclude that supplying the lethal chemicals is not worth the bad publicity and the legal and ethical risks.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - The Wisconsin National Guard announced Tuesday that it had suspended a member from honor guard duties after she apparently posted to social media a photograph of soldiers mugging around an empty, flag-draped casket.
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - The FBI on Tuesday was helping investigate who tied a noose around the neck of a University of Mississippi statue of James Meredith, who, in 1962, became the first black student to enroll in the then all-white Southern college.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A man accused of fatally shooting a 15-year-old girl told investigators he fired his pistol because he wanted to scare a carload of teenagers he believed vandalized his vehicle, Little Rock police said Tuesday.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Police haven't substantiated a newlywed woman's claims that she killed more than 20 people in four states before the killing she's now charged with committing with her husband, a prosecutor said Tuesday.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A crew member remained hospitalized Tuesday after violent turbulence triggered "pandemonium" aboard a United Airlines flight into Billings and sent passengers and crew flying through the cabin, according to company representatives and passengers.
CHICAGO (AP) - Doctor ratings are less popular than those of toasters, cars and movies when it comes to online consumer sites. That's according to a survey that found most adults hadn't checked online physician reviews - and most said a conveniently located office and accepting patients' health insurance was more important.
NEW YORK (AP) - George Stephanopoulos apologized to viewers Friday for donating $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation and failing to disclose it earlier, as ABC News now finds its chief anchor in a credibility crisis on the eve of a presidential campaign.
SAN BERNARDINO . (AP) - The city of San Bernardino would slash retirees' health care coverage and contract for fire and waste disposal services under a proposed bankruptcy exit plan.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - An Oklahoma woman accused of slashing the corpse of her boyfriend's ex-girlfriend at a funeral home last month is now accused of removing body parts of the deceased woman.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - A Wisconsin woman says a Southwest Airlines flight attendant barred her from calling her husband after he sent her a suicidal text, and she's wondering if more could have been done to save his life.
LAKE MARY, Fla. (AP) - A man who shot at George Zimmerman during a confrontation earlier this week along a busy central Florida road has been arrested.
BOSTON (AP) - After slouching through his trial for months with a bored look on his face, the defendant was ordered to rise.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The College of Idaho is trying to ban an app named after the 1950s novelty song, "Yakety Yak," after some students reported being harassed or bullied through the application.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - B.B. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname King of the Blues, died late Thursday at home in Las Vegas. He as 89.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - In the moment the Amtrak train that derailed at a curve this week was supposed to be slowing down, it was accelerating, investigators said Thursday.
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - The homicide case against an eighth-grader and her soldier boyfriend, who are accused of conspiring by text message to have her mother killed, was sent to county court for trial Thursday after a hearing in which prosecutors showed photos of the victim.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Like an underachieving student, the U.S. economy isn't living up to the high hopes it began the year with.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Nearly a century after Sgt. William Shemin pulled wounded comrades to safety on a World War I battlefield, his heroism has finally earned him the nation's highest service medal.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - William Shakespeare and Robert Frost made an appearance in the New Hampshire Senate on Thursday as lawmakers approved a measure requiring schools to give parents at least two weeks' notice if a teacher plans to use material related to human sexuality or sexual education that some could consider objectionable.
BOSTON (AP) - Parishioners of the St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church must end their 11-year protest vigil and vacate the shuttered Roman Catholic church, a Massachusetts judge ruled Thursday.
DENVER (AP) - Colorado is slogging through a wetter than normal spring, with heavy rains restoring much-needed moisture to parched rangeland and sending some rivers over the banks.