PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil told people to prepare for six more weeks of winter on Thursday, making him the minority opinion among his groundhog brethren who seem to think that spring is coming early.
INMATE ADDS PIG IMAGE TO VT. POLICE CRUISER DECALS: MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A prison inmate who makes stationery and license plates pulled a fast one on state police by adding the image of a pig to the state decal on their cruisers.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Roseanne Barr said Thursday she's running for the Green Party's presidential nomination - and it's no joke.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - With his trademark flair for spectacle, Donald Trump endorsed Mitt Romney for president Thursday on the famed Las Vegas strip - just hours after Newt Gingrich's advisers were spreading the word that The Donald would be anointing him instead.
DENVER (AP) - Colorado takes pride in its Western entrepreneurial spirit - and that extends to the belief of some lawmakers that business owners should be able to use deadly force against anyone who tries to take what's theirs.
FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) - Conceding his earlier housing programs have fallen short, President Barack Obama on Wednesday proposed a vast expansion of government assistance to homeowners, aiming to make lower lending rates a possibility for millions of borrowers who have not been able to get out from under burdensome mortgages.
BRUSSELS (AP) - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta laid out the administration's most explicit portrayal of the U.S. drawdown in Afghanistan, saying Wednesday that U.S. and other international forces in Afghanistan expect to end their combat role in 2013 and continue a training and advisory role with Afghan forces through 2014.
550 ABUSE CLAIMS FILED AGAINST WIS. ARCHDIOCESE: MILWAUKEE (AP) - About 550 people have filed claims for restitution for alleged sexual abuse by clergy in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee - the most of the eight dioceses in the U.S. that have sought bankruptcy protection, a lawyer in the Milwaukee case said Wednesday.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A treasure hunter said Wednesday he has located the wreck of a British merchant ship that was torpedoed by a German U-boat off Cape Cod during World War II while carrying what he claims was a load of platinum bars now worth more than $3 billion.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana became the Rust Belt's first right-to-work state Wednesday in a move that is sure to embolden advocates seeking to curtail union rights across the country. But whether other states can replicate the conservatives' success in Indiana is less certain.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Are hardbound textbooks going the way of slide rules and typewriters in schools?
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) - Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney, confident after his Florida primary victory, ended up inviting criticism Wednesday when he said he's "not concerned about the very poor" because they have an "ample safety net."
WAYNESBURG, Pa. (AP) - A woman who appeared to not have any teeth in surveillance photos from a bank robbery last month has confessed, apologized and told police she planned the heist because she needed the money for dentures.
ALASKA VOLCANO LAVA DOME FORMS, ALERT LEVEL RAISED: ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The warning level for a remote Alaska volcano has been raised after a new lava dome began forming, indicating the mountain could explode and send up an ash cloud that could threaten aircraft.
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. intelligence officials acknowledged Tuesday that the United States may release several Afghan Taliban prisoners from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as an incentive to bring the Taliban to peace talks.
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) - An early St. Patrick's Day celebration around the University of Massachusetts' flagship campus known as "Blarney Blowout" spun out of control Saturday as police officers in riot gear arrested more than 70 people while dispersing massive crowds, including unruly students throwing beer cans and bottles.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - William "Wild Bill" Guarnere, one of the World War II veterans whose exploits were dramatized in the TV miniseries "Band of Brothers," has died. He was 90
KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) - President Barack Obama will expand the California Coastal National Monument to include the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands, a White House official said Saturday.
NEW YORK (AP) - Jail guard Nancy Gonzalez gained notoriety by conceiving a baby behind bars with a cop killer. But her story of sexual misconduct at a federal lockup in Brooklyn doesn't end there.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Most of America's young adults are single, don't go to church and while half say they have no loyalty to a political party, when pushed they tend to swing further left politically than those before them.
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - When a Michigan boy told his mother he didn't want an 11th birthday party because he had no friends to invite, she created a Facebook page to ask for well-wishes - and the response was overwhelming.
RENO, Nev. (AP) - A rural Nevada sheriff's deputy is accused of stopping travelers on a lonely stretch of U.S. Interstate 80 and confiscating tens of thousands of dollars for the county without bringing charges, according to two federal lawsuits.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico judge has issued a $3.2 million judgment against Wells Fargo & Co. for foreclosing on a man's home after his death, even though he had a purchased an insurance policy through the bank that would have paid the remaining balance on his mortgage.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - A judge Friday questioned the viability of a prosecution against a man accused of conspiring to illegally build hundreds of untraceable rifle silencers on a no-bid contract, ostensibly for the Navy's elite SEAL Team 6.
DETROIT (AP) - A Detroit police officer is accused of raping a woman who had called 911 to report being assaulted by her boyfriend.
As I write this, the president and Congress are once again playing games with Social Security. In the ongoing negotiations over the federal budget, Social Security is being used as a political football, with each side blaming the other for lack of progress in getting near the end zone of any kind of meaningful reform of the retirement program.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Brutal winter weather snarled traffic, canceled flights and cut power to homes and factories in February. Yet it didn't faze U.S. employers, who added 175,000 jobs, far more than the two previous months.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Visa and MasterCard want banks and retailers to work together on securing customer data and stop blaming each other after a massive data breach during the holiday season.
NEW YORK (AP) - Samsung on Friday unveiled a new free music service for its phones that it touts as a significant improvement from the apps already on the market.
CONROE, Texas (AP) - In the years that followed the 1998 attack that horribly burned her then-8-year-old son, Colleen Middleton felt fear and frustration over the possibility that the person she believed was responsible would never be taken to trial.