WASHINGTON (AP) - For more than a week, the White House had been barreling toward imminent military action against Syria. But President Barack Obama's abrupt decision to instead ask Congress for permission left him with a high-risk gamble that could devastate his credibility if no action is ultimately taken in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack that crossed his own "red line."
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Inmates in Los Angeles County jails are increasingly being released early because of budget woes and lack of space caused by a swell of new prisoners, a new report says.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Nearly two years after a drum major's hazing death silenced the music at Florida A&M football games, the famed Marching 100 band returned to the field Sunday with its familiar booms, drum rattles and other tones for the school's season-opener.
NEWARK, Texas (AP) - The teachings of televangelist Kenneth Copeland and his family focusing on the virtues of trusting God to keep healthy are under scrutiny after a cluster of measles cases linked to his family's North Texas megachurch revealed many congregants hadn't been vaccinated against the highly contagious disease.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - For two months, an elected court clerk in the Philadelphia suburbs has been giving something to same-sex couples they have not been able to get anywhere else: a Pennsylvania marriage license.
MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - Mason City elementary school students can no longer celebrate their birthdays in school by plying their classmates with sweets - even healthy ones - because of a new district ban on the practice.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Dozens of noticeable aftershocks above magnitude 4.0 are expected in the remote Aleutian Island region off Alaska in the days and weeks following a major 7.0 earthquake, the Alaska state seismologist said Saturday.
NEW YORK (AP) - American fast-food workers often earn about $7.25 an hour to make the $3 chicken sandwiches and 99-cent tacos that generate billions of dollars in profit each year for McDonald's and other chains.
LONDON (AP) - David Frost had sparred with Richard Nixon for hours, recording a series of interviews with the former president three years after he stepped down in disgrace over Watergate. But as the sessions drew to a close, Frost realized he still lacked something: an acknowledgement by Nixon that he had been wrong.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A 23-year-old man clung to a rocky cliff 200 feet in the air for two hours early Friday before a worker at a nearby gas station heard his cries and he was rescued, authorities said.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A former cheerleader at a suburban Minneapolis high school pleaded guilty Friday to three prostitution-related counts, admitting she persuaded a younger girl to sell herself for sex, then pocketed the money.
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - An 18-year-old man was convicted of murder in the shooting of a baby who was riding in a stroller alongside his mom in a town in coastal Georgia despite the defense's attempt to cast guilt upon several others, including the child's parents.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - A bank robbery suspect trying to elude police searching for him in an apartment building jumped into a garbage chute and survived a 200-foot fall into trash in the basement, police said Friday.
POTTY PEEPER SENTENCED TO 3 YEARS IN PRISON: BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - A Colorado man who hid in the tank of a portable toilet at a yoga festival to spy on women has been sentenced to three years in prison and 10 years of probation.
AMELIA, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio woman who found her teenage son's cremated remains in a plastic shopping bag inside an urn is talking about how she's upset with the Kentucky funeral home that handled the ashes.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Forty-four people were accused of participating in a Pittsburgh-area heroin ring in which investigators say some members brazenly sold drugs while wearing T-shirts with the slogan, "Bricks R Us."
SEATTLE (AP) - A woman who calls herself the "Weed Fairy" distributed free nuggets of marijuana to people in Seattle over Memorial Day weekend, taping the free pot on fliers around a city neighborhood.
• MARYLAND GIRL PLEADS 'RESPONSIBLE' FOR BULLYING: LEONARDTOWN, Md. (AP) - A 17-year-old Maryland girl accused of assaulting an autistic boy pleaded "responsible" to two misdemeanor charges after her case was transferred from adult to juvenile court.
DALLAS (AP) - Southwest Airlines is being fined $200,000 for advertising a fare sale too good to be true.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Tanning beds and sun lamps will carry new warnings that they should not be used by anyone under age 18, part of a government action announced Thursday aimed at reducing skin cancer linked to the radiation-emitting devices.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google has had more trouble diversifying its workforce than its computer scientists have had writing programs that respond to search requests in the blink of an eye or designing cars that can navigate traffic without a human behind the wheel.