ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Preston Blake says he's a "down to earth, mature and serious man." In an online profile, he sports a shirtless photo of himself while smiling and flexing his chiseled right arm. "I'm solid, real, in a world full of fake," the 31-year-old describes himself.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's national security team acknowledged for the first time Wednesday that, when investigating one suspected terrorist, it can read and store the phone records of millions of Americans.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A bipartisan bill that would reduce the costs of borrowing for millions of students passed the House on Wednesday and was heading to President Barack Obama for his signature.
FORNEY, Texas (AP) - George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who was cleared of all charges in the Florida shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, was stopped for speeding on a highway near Dallas, officials said Wednesday.
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - O.J. Simpson won a small victory Wednesday in his bid for freedom as Nevada granted him parole on some of his 2008 convictions for kidnapping and armed robbery involving the holdup of two sports memorabilia dealers at a Las Vegas hotel room.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Two teenagers charged in a pair of fatal shootings were given a ride to the scene of another non-fatal shooting by an Ohio state trooper who did not pat them down or check them for warrants after he found them walking along a highway ramp, authorities said.
DENVER (AP) - Supporters of Colorado's new civil unions law say a court ruling declaring a same-sex divorce final means gay couples married in other states can legally terminate their relationships in Colorado without uprooting their lives.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has rejected an attempt to cut off subsidized air travel to rural towns and cities where taxpayer costs exceed $250 per ticket.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to an animal cruelty charge after authorities say her emaciated dog was found starved and near-death, wrapped in a plastic bag and thrown down a building's garbage chute.
HOUSTON (AP) - Authorities only need a court order and not a more stringent search warrant to obtain cellphone records that can be used to track a person's movements, a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A car came crashing into a Kansas City day care center Tuesday when a sport utility vehicle rear-ended a parked Cadillac, injuring the SUV's driver and three children, police said.
FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - In a split decision, U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was acquitted Tuesday of aiding the enemy - the most serious charge he faced - but was convicted of espionage, theft and nearly every other count for giving secrets to WikiLeaks, a verdict that could see him spend the rest of his life in prison.
NEW YORK (AP) - New York City's crackdown on big, sugary sodas is staying on ice.
MASSIVE EXPLOSIONS ROCK CENTRAL FLA. GAS PLANT: TAVARES, Fla. (AP) - After hearing two explosions, maintenance worker Gene Williams looked outside to see a 20-by-20 foot fireball rising above an outdoor storage area at the Blue Rhino propane plant.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) - Nearly four years after a daylong firefight that killed eight of his fellow soldiers in Afghanistan, the emotion of that day remains just below the surface for Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter, who will receive a Medal of Honor next month for his actions during that attack by Taliban fighters.
NEW YORK (AP) - The number of U.S. fathers home with their kids full-time is down, from a peak 2.2 million in 2010, the official end of the recession, to about 2 million in 2012, according to a report released Thursday by the Pew Research Center.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Rising stock markets and home prices helped lift U.S. household wealth to a record in the first three months of the year.
NEW YORK (AP) - Verizon Communications Inc., the country's fourth-largest home Internet service provider, sent a letter to Netflix Inc. on Thursday, telling it to stop blaming Verizon for bad video quality or face a lawsuit.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Fewer Americans are looking for a new address than they were a decade ago.
SEATTLE (AP) - A lone gunman armed with a shotgun opened fire Thursday in a building at a small Seattle university, fatally wounding one person before a student subdued him with pepper spray as he tried to reload, Seattle police said.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration told senators it didn't notify Congress about the pending swap of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban officials because of intelligence the Taliban might kill him if the deal was made public.
JAMESTOWN, Va. (AP) - Interior Secretary Sally Jewell got a firsthand look Thursday at the effect of climate change on ever-receding Jamestown island, concluding that America's first permanent European settlement is clearly vulnerable to rising seas.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - U.S. railroads forced to turn over details of their volatile crude oil shipments are asking states to sign agreements not to disclose the information. But some states are refusing, saying Thursday that the information shouldn't be kept from the public.
COQUILLE, Ore. (AP) - The owner of a tattoo shop in Coos County has pleaded guilty to accusations he tried to gun down a competitor.
NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) - Tobacco sales on Navy ships and in stores on Navy and Marine Corps bases would be a thing of the past under a plan being considered by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, but some congressional members are pushing back.
HAILEY, Idaho (AP) - Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's hometown abruptly canceled plans Wednesday for a welcome-home celebration, citing security concerns over the prospect of big crowds - both for and against the soldier.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York City officials urged the state's top court on Wednesday to reinstate the city's ban on big sodas, arguing that the local Board of Health has authority to restrict products that make people obese and contribute to disease.
DETROIT (AP) - A Detroit-area man was so determined to get to Michigan from Arizona that he refused to stop and contact authorities after one of his passengers died, police said Wednesday.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The language he once was punished for speaking in school became Chester Nez's primary weapon in World War II.
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) - An employee at a southwest Ohio skydiving business has died from head injuries she suffered when she walked into a spinning airplane propeller.