LAS VEGAS (AP) - In a radio interview in which he lamented the GOP filibusters and a gridlock in Congress, Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he hopes Republicans who oppose the president do so "based on substance and not the fact that he's an African-American."
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - The temperature hit 80 degrees for the record 36th time this summer on Thursday in Fairbanks, and, only 1.44 inches of rain has fallen in Alaska's second-largest city since June 1, according to the National Weather Service.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey law aimed at combating the sexual trafficking of minors via the Internet hit another roadblock Friday when a federal judge ruled it conflicts with federal law and likely is unconstitutional as well.
TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) - Sixteen workers from a county garage in a New Jersey shore community hit hard by Superstorm Sandy have one of the three winning tickets in the $448 million Powerball jackpot, and some even came to work for a second straight day after learning they would be multimillionaires, county officials said.
ROSEVILLE, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota man claimed his third of a $448 million Powerball jackpot on Thursday, wasting no time before revealing his good fortune to the world and saying he had "been waiting for this day my entire life."
DALLAS (AP) - A former teacher who moonlighted as Dallas Mavericks hip-hop dancer for several years was charged Thursday with capital murder in the fatal shooting of his estranged wife and her daughter.
The U.S. electrical grid is a complex system of power plants, transmission lines, and local distribution networks that deliver power to homes and businesses. It comprises three major grids - Eastern, Western and Texas - which are divided into hundreds of smaller sections. A summary of how power flows on the system, who oversees it and what went wrong in the August 2003 blackout: