MEXICO CITY (AP) - A 17-year-old U.S. citizen who acknowledged being a killer for a Mexican drug cartel finished his three-year juvenile-offender term for homicide, kidnapping and drug and weapons possession and returned to the United States.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The mother of a Florida girl who committed suicide after complaining about being bullied said Monday that she will push lawmakers to pass new anti-bullying legislation because current laws don't do enough to protect children.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Pushing back hard, President Barack Obama forcefully defended the temporary agreement to freeze Iran's disputed nuclear program on Monday, declaring that the United States "cannot close the door on diplomacy."
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) - When life gives you Hanukkah on Thanksgiving, make a menurkey. Or a turkel.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Stung by plunging approval numbers at a low point in his presidency, President Barack Obama is urging donors to buck up and making a thread-the-needle appeal for bipartisanship with Republicans even as he calls for replacing the House GOP majority and holding his Democratic edge in the Senate.
SAN ANTONIO OFFICER ACCUSED OF RAPE IN POLICE CAR: SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A San Antonio police officer is accused of handcuffing and raping a 19-year-old woman in a case decried by the police chief, who calls it "unthinkable."
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio school superintendent and three others were charged Monday with lying or failing to report possible child abuse after an investigation prompted by the rape of a nearly passed-out 16-year-old girl by two high school football players.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Why Adam Lanza went on his murderous shooting rampage at a Newtown elementary school is a mystery and may never be known, prosecutors said in a report Monday as they closed their yearlong investigation.
NEW YORK (AP) - Santa Claus ISN'T coming to town.
HONOLULU (AP) - A Hawaii Army base is trying to maintain decorum by monitoring what people are wearing and how they're behaving.
NEW YORK (AP) - A statuette of a bird featured in the classic 1941 detective thriller "The Maltese Falcon" sold for more than $4 million at auction Monday.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A cut-rate building contractor will face murder charges for a botched demolition in downtown Philadelphia that killed six people inside an adjacent store, officials announced Monday.
QUEENSBURY, N.Y. (AP) - Coming soon to your local sheriff: 18-ton, armor-protected military fighting vehicles with gun turrets and bulletproof glass that were once the U.S. answer to roadside bombs during the Iraq war.
NEW YORK (AP) - This holiday season, Americans may not spend their green unless they see more red.
DALLAS (AP) - A 1930s-era movie theater. A county hospital. An old brick rooming house. A bustling airport.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - An explosion Tuesday morning rocked Alaska's Cleveland Volcano but scientists have detected no ash cloud that could threaten jets crossing the Pacific Ocean.
HONOLULU (AP) - A man was arrested in Hawaii for allegedly arranging to buy six pairs of military-grade night-vision goggles from an undercover federal agent and trying to export them to China, court documents show.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Bill Cosby's lawyers argued on Tuesday that his admission to using quaaludes in the 1970s doesn't mean he drugged and sexually assaulted women.
DENVER (AP) - The time has come for jurors to hear whether James Holmes should be executed for killing 12 people in a Colorado movie theater. But even if they choose death, Holmes could spend the rest of his life in prison awaiting capital punishment that never happens.
EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Tom Moore, the "Archie" cartoonist who brought to life the escapades of a freckled-face, red-haired character, has died in Texas. He was 86.
CHICAGO (AP) - A federal appeals court Tuesday overturned some of the most sensational convictions that sent former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich off to a lengthy stint in prison, ruling that the Democrat did not break the law when he sought to secure a Cabinet position in President Barack Obama's administration in exchange for appointing an Obama adviser to the president's former U.S. Senate seat.
DESERT CENTER (AP) - The interstate bridge that washed out in the desert between Los Angeles and Phoenix easily withstood its daily load of thousands of cars and trucks, but the pounding of a powerful flash flood scoured away the land where the bridge was anchored, officials said Monday.
VICTORVILLE (AP) - Authorities say an 8-year-old child was seriously injured when an SUV carrying seven people careened off a Southern California freeway and into a car dealership, damaging a dozen other vehicles.
NEW YORK (AP) - Investors are running out of reasons to own gold.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal regulators are directing the eight biggest U.S. banks to hold capital at levels above industry requirements to cushion against unexpected losses and reduce the chances of future taxpayer bailouts.
CUPERTINO (AP) - Smartphone sales may be slowing for some tech companies, but not for Apple.
DETROIT (AP) - Like most Americans, the drivers of Detroit are required to carry auto insurance whenever they get behind the wheel, but many law-abiding residents can't afford the Motor City's highest-in-the-nation auto premiums, which top $5,000 a year in some neighborhoods.
DENVER (AP) - Microscopic bugs and mildew can destroy a marijuana operation faster than any police raid. And because the crop has been illegal for so long, neither growers nor scientists have any reliable research to help fight the infestations.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The House will take up a bill this week blocking funding for so-called "sanctuary cities" that resist turning over immigrants to federal authorities.
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) - An Indiana senior center has stopped offering prizes like cookies and toilet paper in euchre card games in which residents paid a few dollars to play after state officials warned them the practice constituted gambling.