NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Hurricane Isaac sidestepped New Orleans on Wednesday, sending the worst of its howling wind and heavy rain into a cluster of rural fishing villages that had few defenses against the slow-moving storm that could bring days of unending rain.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Operators of so-called "party buses" would bear legal responsibility for drinking by underage passengers under a bill that responds to several recent tragedies.
NEW YORK (AP) - Yahoo News fired its Washington bureau chief on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after he was caught on an open microphone saying that Mitt Romney and his wife, at the Republican convention in Florida while a hurricane was approaching Louisiana, were "happy to have a party with black people drowning."
HOUSTON (AP) - An apparent disgruntled worker has been blamed for driving a bulldozer into a Houston auction house and causing $1.5 million in damage.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A mail carrier used her daily route to move cocaine shipments in falsely addressed packages on behalf of a drug trafficking organization based in Puerto Rico, federal authorities said Tuesday.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - High-octane energy drinks including 5-Hour Energy and Monster that promise healthy bursts of energy are getting pulled over in New York.
WASHINGTON (AP) - As Chris Christie's moment at the microphone neared, delegates to the Republican National Convention were atwitter at the chance to hear the New Jersey governor speak. After all, who knew what might happen? "He doesn't seem to have a filter," said David Shimkin, a delegate from New York.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Feeling slighted, supporters of Texas Rep. Ron Paul's presidential bid chanted and booed Tuesday after Republican convention delegates adopted new rules that could impede insurgent candidates in the future.
FLIGHT ATTENDANT'S CAREER LANDING IN GUINNESS BOOK: HONOLULU (AP) - A flight attendant is landing in the Guinness World Records book after spending 63 years moving about the cabin.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Hurricane Isaac spun into the southern Louisiana coast late Tuesday, sending floodwaters surging and unleashing fierce winds as residents hunkered down behind boarded-up windows. New Orleans calmly waited out another storm on the eve of Hurricane Katrina's seventh anniversary, hoping the city's strengthened levees will hold.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Meet Mitt Romney's sweetheart.
TAMPA BAY, Fla.. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker played up his historic recall victory in a speech Tuesday at the Republican National Convention, saying taxpayers chose to stick with a leader with bold plans for reform.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney swept to the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday night, praised lovingly by his wife from their national convention stage as the "man American needs" and cheered by delegates eager to propel him into the fall campaign against President Barack Obama.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The grizzly bear stares at the camera with a look that appears ominous in the last photograph snapped by Richard White just before the animal mauled him to death in Alaska's Denali National Park.
NEW YORK (AP) - Teens who routinely smoke marijuana risk a long-term drop in their IQ, a new study suggests.
SANTA ANA (AP) - The parents of a severely autistic boy were arrested after investigators determined the 11-year-old had been kept in a large metal cage, possibly to control his violent outbursts, authorities said Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's not just a people problem: Growing rates of obesity in pets have led to the emergence of fat farms offering "pawlates," ''doga" and "Barko Polo," doggie versions of Pilates, yoga and Marco Polo to help slim down man's best friend.
CLEVELAND (AP) - An Ohio man charged with killing a teenage girl stuffed her body in a playpen bag and carried it past her mother - even offering the woman a chance to "buy a baby thing" - before disposing of the remains in the trash, police said.
NEW YORK (AP) - Business owners who don't want to pay for their employees' birth control are ending that coverage after the Supreme Court said they could choose on grounds of religious belief not to comply with part of the health care law.
CLARKSVILLE, Mo. (AP) - For years, tiny Clarksville has paid for temporary sandbag walls to protect its quaint business district and historic waterfront homes from Mississippi River flooding. But unwilling to raid its coffers again despite rising water levels, the city has left it to individual merchants and residents to safeguard their property.
ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico judge rejected pleas for leniency Wednesday and handed down the maximum sentence for a then-12-year-old boy who opened fire in a Roswell middle school gym earlier this year, injuring two students.
LONDON (AP) - Two of the most famous documents in American history - the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence - are going on display in Britain for the first time next year.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Amazon said Wednesday that it is prepared to go to court against the Federal Trade Commission to defend itself against charges that it has not done enough to prevent children from making unauthorized in-app purchases.
LONDON (AP) - British regulators are investigating revelations that Facebook treated hordes of its users like laboratory rats in an experiment probing into their emotions.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper is betting that bitcoins will bring more financial stability to countries with shaky economies, even though the digital currency faces an uncertain future itself.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Two major Las Vegas resorts will be completely overhauled and rebranded in another sign that the entertainment capital is emerging from its recession doldrums.
NEW YORK (AP) - Target is "respectfully" asking its customers to not bring firearms into its stores, even where it is allowed by law.