SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Authorities are mulling whether to press charges against a Boy Scouts leader who purposely knocked over an ancient Utah desert rock formation and against the two men who cheered him on after they posted video of the incident online.
RENO, Nev. (AP) - The suspect in a deadly Reno bank robbery has a lengthy criminal record with 62 arrests dating back to 1967 and five felony convictions, federal prosecutors said.
NEW YORK (AP) - The FBI announced Friday it has assigned its Joint Terrorism Task Force to lead a probe of laser attacks on the cockpits of two planes approaching LaGuardia Airport this week, inviting help from the public as well to fight a growing threat against the nation's air transportation.
DENVER (AP) - Installation artist Christo has said opposition to his planned "Over the River" project on the Arkansas River in Colorado is part of the art, and he welcomes debate over what is appropriate for his displays.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The stepmother of a 14-year-old accused of bullying a Florida girl prior to her suicide was arrested and charged with child abuse after a video depicting the woman beating a boy was posted on Facebook, a sheriff said Friday.
ELLEN GIVES $10K TO NH WAITRESS FOR SOLDIERS' TAB: CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire waitress who picked up the lunch tab of two National Guard soldiers affected by the federal government's shutdown has been repaid - more than 300 times over - by television star Ellen DeGeneres.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire's highest court went to a high school to hear arguments in a case it thought would resonate with the more than 500 students in the audience: Whether reading a text message while driving can amount to recklessness worthy of a prison sentence.
WASHINGTON (AP) - In withering day-after criticism, President Barack Obama declared Thursday that the 16-day partial government shutdown was a Republican-provoked spectacle that "encouraged our enemies" around the world.
QUANTICO, Va. (AP) - A U.S. Marine Corps panel is recommending that an officer be forcibly discharged for failing to supervise a group of snipers who posed for a video while urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio man who confessed in an online video to causing a fatal wrong-way crash after a night of drinking should receive a sentence well below the maximum of eight years to send a message about the value of taking responsibility, his attorneys argue in a court filing.
WASHINGTON, D.C, (AP) - From the Liberty Bell to Alcatraz, federal landmarks and offices reopened Thursday. Furloughed employees were relieved to get back to work - even if faced with email backlogs - but many worried about another such disruption in a matter of months.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A veteran Ohio trooper who has since been demoted violated State Highway Patrol policies when he picked up two teenage murder suspects on a highway and gave them a ride to a nearby truck stop where police say they shot and injured a man, according to the report from the internal investigation.
NEW YORK (AP) - Some civil rights movement history went up for sale Thursday, as papers from the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., including speech outlines and letters, brought in more than $130,000 at auction.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - When we sleep, our brains get rid of gunk that builds up while we're awake, suggests a study that may provide new clues to treat Alzheimer's disease and other disorders.
CHICAGO (AP) - U.S. women are increasingly using donated eggs to get pregnant, with often good results, although the ideal outcome - a single baby born on time at a healthy weight - is still uncommon, a study found.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The 14-year-old grandson of an Arkansas couple found dead behind their home was arrested Thursday and was awaiting arraignment on two counts of capital murder.
NEW YORK (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to have it his way with New York's fast-food industry - and restaurant owners aren't loving it.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A Missouri woman who admitted scheming and setting a string of arson fires with her ex-husband to bilk hundreds of thousands of dollars from insurers was sentenced Thursday to eight years in federal prison for her role in a 2001 blaze that killed their 15-year-old son.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Move over sweet and salty: Researchers say we have a distinct and basic taste for fat, too.
BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma police responding to a 911 call in which no one spoke found a gruesome scene at a suburban Tulsa home - five members of a family dead or dying from stabbing and a sixth wounded but alive near the front door.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Scientists have identified a "close cousin" to Earth that's orbiting a sun-like star and might harbor life.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Matt Cain knows he doesn't have time to settle in after returning to the San Francisco Giants following a long layoff.
ATLANTA (AP) - A former Georgia deputy sheriff was indicted Wednesday on federal charges for her role in setting up a "no-knock" drug raid that severely injured a toddler when a flash grenade detonated in his playpen.
NEW YORK (AP) - Two months ahead of his first trip to the U.S., Pope Francis' approval rating among Americans has plummeted, driven mostly by a decline among political conservatives and Roman Catholics, according to a new Gallup poll released Wednesday.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A former Baltimore police officer said Wednesday that he plans to perform an Al Jolson routine in blackface to raise money for the six Baltimore officers who have been indicted in the death of Freddie Gray.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A high school teacher accused of having sex with six male students has a brain condition that left her defenseless to the students' aggressive behavior, her lawyer said.
CLEVELAND (AP) - A man who posted a cellphone video of a grisly car crash that killed one teenage boy and critically injured another pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A federal judge is considering a lawsuit filed by an Alabama inmate who wants out of jail temporarily so she can get an abortion.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Amid angry demonstrations over the Confederate flag last weekend, a quiet gesture of human kindness unfolded on the steps to South Carolina's Statehouse: A white man overcome by the sweltering heat and wearing a Nazi swastika on his T-shirt was escorted to rest and shelter by a black man wearing an officer's uniform.
Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Manteca and Modesto were ranked 40th best in California for one or more specialties, according to the U.S. News & World Report annual report on hospitals that excel in treating the most complex cases.