RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Republicans Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan found themselves dragged into a debate Wednesday over hot-button social issues and answering for differences between their personal positions on abortion, just days before a national convention aimed at showing a unified Republican party. The discussion lingered while President Barack Obama and Romney tangled from afar over issues like education and the deficit.
LAS VEGAS - What happens in Vegas ... doesn't stay in Vegas. It is a marketing ploy, people. Really.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Two cousins who admitted starting the largest wildfire in Arizona history were sentenced Wednesday to spend a weekend in jail and perform 200 hours of community service.
POLICE: PA. WOMAN CITED NONEXISTENT TWIN IN THEFT: BIG BEAVER, Pa. (AP) - Police say a western Pennsylvania woman blamed her nonexistent twin sister for stealing items from a hotel room.
FREMONT . (AP) - Seagate Technology has reached a tentative deal to buy the former headquarters of solar company Solyndra.
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) - The 911 call from Chevonne Thomas was rambling and incoherent, but authorities said she made one thing clear: Her 2-year-old son had been stabbed, and "I did it."
Washington Monument didn't sink after earthquake
NY JUDGE: POKER'S NOT GAMBLING UNDER FEDERAL LAW: NEW YORK (AP) - A federal judge ruled Tuesday that poker is more a game of skill than chance and cannot be prosecuted under a law created to stop organized crime families from making millions of dollars from gambling.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - Three Delaware day care workers videotaped a fight between 3-year-old boys in their care and encouraged the toddlers to pummel each other as they laughed about it, according to court documents.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Farmers could be tossed in jail and fined thousands of dollars if they fail to provide field workers with adequate water and shade under a bill that passed the state Senate on Tuesday.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden, who will be in Florida as Republicans gather to nominate their presidential ticket, on Tuesday compared GOP critics of the Obama administration's Wall Street reforms to "squealing pigs."
MESA, Ariz. (AP) - A woman has been found dead in her suburban Phoenix home, where she lived with about 50 cats.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A federal appeals court ruled late Tuesday that Texas can cut off funding for Planned Parenthood clinics that provide health services to low-income women before a trial over a new law that bans state money from going to organizations tied to abortion providers.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota state lawmaker who authorities say admitted having a liaison with a 17-year-old boy at a rest stop faced calls from party leaders Monday to give up his re-election bid.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas congressman's 10-second naked plunge into the sea where the Bible says Jesus walked on water prompted apologies Monday from him, head-shaking from other Republicans and the kind of international attention that no politician wants.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Election-year legislation to revive expired federal jobless benefits unexpectedly cleared an early hurdle on Tuesday, offering a hint of bipartisan compromise in Congress and a glimmer of hope to the long-term jobless and their families.
SEATTLE (AP) - Washington state could be facing a curious economics problem: too many pot growers.
CHICAGO (AP) - Young teens aren't exactly embracing the government's Let's Move mantra, the latest fitness data suggest.
ATLANTA (AP) - Fountains froze over, a 200-foot Ferris wheel in Atlanta shut down, and Southerners had to dig out winter coats, hats and gloves they almost never have to use.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate confirmed Janet Yellen on Monday as the first woman to lead the Federal Reserve, elevating an advocate of fighting unemployment and a backer of the central bank's efforts to spur the economy with low interest rates and massive bond purchases.
WASHINGTON (AP) - No longer taboo, living together has become a more common arrangement for America's couples who become pregnant while dating.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A satanic group unveiled designs Monday for a 7-foot-tall statue of Satan it wants to put at the Oklahoma state Capitol, where a Ten Commandments monument was placed in 2012.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Gay couples in Utah were thrown into legal limbo Monday as the U.S. Supreme Court put a halt to same-sex marriages in the state, turning jubilation to doubt just weeks after a judge's ruling sent more than a thousand couples rushing to get married.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The coldest, most dangerous blast of polar air in decades gripped the Midwest and pushed toward the East and South on Monday, closing schools and day care centers, grounding flights and forcing people to pull their hoods and scarves tight to protect exposed skin from nearly instant frostbite.