WASHINGTON (AP) - In a rare and public reflection on race, President Barack Obama called on the nation Friday to do some soul searching over the death of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of his shooter, saying the slain black teenager "could have been me 35 years ago." Empathizing with the pain of many black Americans, Obama said the case conjured up a hard history of racial injustice "that doesn't go away."
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - A woman riding a roller coaster at a Six Flags amusement park in North Texas died Friday when she fell from a ride that is billed as the tallest steel-hybrid coaster in the world.
BOSTON (AP) - After a week of chaos, the suspect in the deadly Boston Marathon bombings emerged from his hiding spot bloodied and seemingly exhausted - the red dot of a sniper's rifle lighting his forehead. Photos of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev released by a state police officer give a long-awaited glimpse into the end of an episode that kept the city and its suburbs on edge.
BOSTON (AP) - DNA tests confirm that the man who once claimed to be the Boston Strangler did kill the woman believed to be the serial killer's last victim and was likely responsible for the deaths of the other victims, authorities said Friday.
COURT SIDES WITH FAMILY OF UTAH BOY KILLED BY BEAR: SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Utah Supreme Court has sided with a family that sued the state after a bear killed their 11-year-old son at a campground in 2007.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water aquifers at a western Pennsylvania drilling site, the Department of Energy told The Associated Press.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A riot in the streets, a public hanging, bloody handprints, car crashes, a police officer being drowned and giant coffins above the stage - "Metallica Through The Never" is not your average concert film.
DETROIT (AP) - In Detroit, it can take police nearly an hour to respond to a 911 call. Despite razing close to 10,000 vacant houses, three times as many still stand with windows smashed and doors ripped off. At night, many streets and even freeways are dangerously shrouded in darkness because tens of thousands of street lights don't work.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A federal judge on Friday gave the government 30 days to start allowing American Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh and other Muslim inmates to hold group prayers outside their cells in a high-security prison in Indiana.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A man who allegedly struck and killed a Philadelphia woman and her three sons while drag racing in Philadelphia had been out on bail this year in a $3.6 million ambulance fraud case.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed sweeping new abortion restrictions on Thursday that could shutter most of the state's clinics that provide the procedure, a final step for the Republican-backed measure after weeks of sometimes raucous protests at the state Capitol.