WASHINGTON (AP) - When it comes to baby names, blending in is out, and standing out is in.
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Authorities say a 17-year-old German foreign exchange student who was shot to death in a Missoula garage was apparently looking for an alcoholic beverage when he wandered into a partially open garage and was killed after a homeowner sprayed the garage with shotgun blasts.
WILLIAMS, Ariz. (AP) - In the northern Arizona city of Williams, restaurant patrons don't automatically get a glass of water anymore. Residents caught watering lawns or washing cars with potable water can be fined. Businesses are hauling water from outside town to fill swimming pools, and building permits have been put on hold because there isn't enough water to accommodate development.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A cross section of Americans awakened early and waited in line for hours to be among the first to ride to the top of the Washington Monument, open to the public Monday for the first time in nearly three years after an earthquake chipped and cracked the towering symbol.
ASHEBORO, N.C. (AP) - The entrepreneur who was locked in a too-close-to-call Democratic primary with former "American Idol" singer Clay Aiken died Monday, his family said.
NEW YORK (AP) - Health officials have confirmed a second U.S. case of a mysterious virus that has sickened hundreds in the Middle East.
FRITCH, Texas (AP) - Firefighters had stopped the spread of flames in a wildfire in the Texas Panhandle and were focusing Monday afternoon on hotspots and buildings still smoldering 24 hours after they first turned their hoses on the blaze.
• NYPD TO STOP SEIZING SEX WORK SUSPECTS' CONDOMS: NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Police Department will no longer confiscate unused condoms from suspected sex workers to be used as evidence of prostitution, ending a longstanding practice that had been criticized by civil rights groups for undermining efforts to combat AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Incumbents are seeking re-election in five of the eight contests for statewide office in the June primary, and voters will see familiar names on the ballot for the three vacancies.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After months of warning that drought-stricken California is facing a potentially devastating wildfire season, officials are telling residents it's time to get serious about clearing brush from backyards, creating evacuation plans and exercising caution with equipment that can throw sparks.
HEARNE, Texas (AP) - The nephew of a 93-year-old Central Texas woman shot and killed by a police officer says his aunt fired two shots before the officer shot her.
NEW YORK (AP) - Jenna Broems shops for clothes the same way she hunts for a new car: She considers resale value.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey town has canceled a naturalization ceremony at its borough hall, because federal immigration officials refused to let the event begin with a prayer.
BOSTON (AP) - The Pledge of Allegiance does not discriminate against atheists and can be recited at the start of the day in public schools, Massachusetts' highest court ruled Friday.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - It's too early to say the tea party's over.
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Don Quilici has snookered a few Carson City newcomers with bets that it would snow the week of his birthday in early May.
NEW YORK (AP) - Private elevators, personal shopping assistants, six-bedroom suites with their own postal codes. Even helipads. This is what the super-rich have come to expect from hotels.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Don't call it a comeback.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is upping the ante on price matching.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Teardrops for murders. Spider webs for prison time. Penal code numbers for crimes committed.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's top military officer said Tuesday the Army could still throw the book at Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the young soldier who walked away from his unit in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan and into five years of captivity by the Taliban.
EAST ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) - Cricket, the international game of bats and balls that isn't baseball, is enjoying a surge of popularity in America, with the debut of a national league this spring and higher demand to build "pitches" across the country.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The problems with delayed care and unauthorized wait lists that caused a furor at a Veterans Affairs health care campus in Arizona existed at several facilities in the Midwest, but in much smaller numbers, VA officials said in letters to two U.S. senators.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Movie and music piracy thrives online in part because crafty website operators receive advertising dollars from major companies like Comcast, Ford and McDonald's.
NEW YORK (AP) - A transgender man who said he was harassed and then humiliated after he was booted from a male locker room at a public pool has sued New York City.
NEW YORK (AP) - Increasing numbers of prison inmates nationwide are serving their full sentences and then going free without any supervision by parole or probation officers, according to a new report which says the trend is worrisome.
CINCINNATI (AP) - One man hit another while newly graduated kindergarten students were celebrating with punch and cookies, triggering a melee that involved up to 20 people and resulted in the lockdown of an elementary school near Cincinnati, authorities said Tuesday.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - The volume of email cloaked in encryption technology is rapidly rising as Google, Yahoo, Facebook and other major Internet companies try to shield their users' online communications from government spies and other snoops.
CHICAGO (AP) - The city of Chicago is seeking damages in a lawsuit accusing five drugmakers of deceptively marketing a class of prescription painkiller that can be highly addictive.
NEW YORK (AP) - In an attempt to curry favor with regulators, AT&T Inc. said Tuesday that if it's allowed to buy satellite broadcaster DirecTV, it will be able to afford an expansion of fiber connections into more homes to boost their Internet connection speeds.