COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Condemned killer Steven Smith's argument for mercy isn't an easy one. Smith acknowledges he intended to rape his girlfriend's 6-month-old daughter but says he never intended to kill the baby.
NEWINGTON, Conn. (AP) - Customers packed gun stores around Connecticut on Tuesday ahead of a vote expected to bring sweeping changes to the state's gun control laws, including a ban on the sale of large-capacity ammunition magazines like the ones used in the Newtown shooting and a new classification for more than 100 types of guns as banned assault weapons.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Millions of people who take advantage of government subsidies to help buy health insurance next year could get stung by surprise tax bills if they don't accurately project their income.
CHIPS ARE DOWN AND OUT: PHILLY SNACK TRUCK TAKEN: PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The chips are down - and out - after Philadelphia police say someone drove a snack truck away from a city convenience store.
NEW YORK (AP) - Jim Riches pulled his son's mangled body out of the rubble at the World Trade Center, but the phone calls still filtered in years afterward. The city kept finding more pieces of his son.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The body of a missing North Carolina woman was found inside her wrecked car, three days after it was ordered by a state trooper to be towed away from the crash scene.
PLEASANTON (AP) - Safeway CEO Steve Burd took a slight pay cut in 2012 as the grocery store operator cut his performance-based bonus.
KAUFMAN, Texas (AP) - Suspicion in the slayings of a Texas district attorney and his wife shifted Monday to a violent white supremacist prison gang that was the focus of a December law enforcement bulletin warning that its members might try to attack police or prosecutors.
NELSON, Ga. (AP) - The city council in a small north Georgia town voted Monday night to make gun ownership mandatory - sort of.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Boy Scouts of America have rejected an application for a scouting troop sponsored by a Utah gay rights organization.
SISSONVILLE, W.Va. (AP) - Shain Gandee lived for the outdoors, often going on muddy, off-road thrill rides in the hills near his West Virginia home. A recent late-night escapade ended in tragedy for the MTV reality show cast member and two others.
EASTER EGG HUNT AT SEATTLE ZOO TURNS VIOLENT: SEATTLE (AP) - One of usually peaceful springtime rituals of childhood - the Easter egg hunt - turned nasty at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.
3 TEXANS ALLEGEDLY TRIED TO SELL STOLEN AMBULANCE: CONROE, Texas (AP) - Three Houston man have been charged with stealing an ambulance and trying to sell the emergency vehicle for scrap metal recycling.
MIAMI (AP) - Trying to show that the economy remains a top priority, President Barack Obama promoted a plan Friday to create construction and other jobs by attracting private money to help rebuild roads, bridges and other public works projects.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A dance instructor accused of using her Zumba fitness studio as a front for prostitution pleaded guilty Friday to 20 counts in a scandal that captivated a quiet seaside town.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Reynolds American Inc. is expanding its Tobaccoville, North Carolina, manufacturing complex as it plans national distribution of its Vuse brand electronic cigarette this summer, the company said Friday.
WHITEWATER, Wis. (AP) - A University of Wisconsin-Whitewater professor is suing a former graduate student who posted online comments and videos that the teacher considers defamatory.
NEW YORK (AP) - New York City prosecutors say a 75-year-old man beat his wife to death because she served him lentils for dinner instead of the goat he was craving.
NEW YORK (AP) - New York City is using a novel way to uncover cases of food poisoning - reading Yelp restaurant reviews.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Police in southern Oregon held an unlikely suspect overnight: an adorable black bear cub.
HOUSTON (AP) - Hot and tired from a three-hour drive inside a trailer behind a pickup truck, the 600-pound English Charolais calf was content to lay on the grass behind a south Houston building while a team of technicians worked on its hind legs.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee has decided how it will respond to a nationwide scarcity of lethal injection drugs for death-row inmates: with the electric chair.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A US Airways jetliner flew through a hailstorm on its descent into Philadelphia on Thursday landed with a cracked windshield, the airline said.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A Florida prosecutor apologized Thursday for social media posts that included him referring to drug addicts as "crack hoes" and suggesting that Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's appointment was due to affirmative action.
DENVER (AP) - An appeals court on Thursday denied a request by a federal prisoner convicted of killing three people behind bars to be released from solitary confinement, where he has been held the past 30 years.