WASHINGTON (AP) - Holiday shopping, strong auto sales and a recovering housing market helped boost the U.S. economy from the middle of November through early January, according to a Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday.
HAZARD, Ky. (AP) - A gunman enraged by a domestic dispute bought a gun and fatally shot his former girlfriend, her uncle and her cousin in the parking lot of a small southeastern Kentucky college, police said Wednesday.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - NASA is partnering with a commercial space company in a bid to swap out the cumbersome "metal cans" that now serve as astronauts' homes in space for inflatable bounce-house-like habitats that can be deployed on the cheap.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans were angrier about last month's horrific school shooting in Connecticut than they were about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco lawmaker on Tuesday introduced legislation that would ask voters to rename the city's airport after slain gay rights leader Harvey Milk.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home prices rose more than 20 percent in December - with the San Francisco Bay area witnessing its sharpest increase in at least two decades - as buyers competed for scarce inventory, a research firm reported Wednesday.
NEW YORK (AP) - Conrad Bain, a veteran stage and film actor who became a star in middle age as the kindly white adoptive father of two young African-American brothers in the TV sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes," has died.
NEW YORK (AP) - Hollywood and the video game industry received scant attention Wednesday when President Barack Obama unveiled sweeping proposals for curbing gun violence in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's limousine will soon carry the District of Columbia's "Taxation Without Representation" license plate, a subtle, but some say important, protest over the city's lack of a voting member in Congress.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is launching the nation's most sweeping effort to curb gun violence in nearly two decades, urging a reluctant Congress to ban military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines like those used in last month's massacre of 20 elementary school children in Newtown, Conn.
NEW YORK (AP) - How bad is this flu season, exactly? Look to the children.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Authorities say two people were shot and killed and a teen wounded in the parking lot of an eastern Kentucky community college.
OXYGEN HALTS CONTROVERSIAL 'BABIES' MAMAS' PROJECT: NEW YORK (AP) - Oxygen Media has pulled the plug on "All My Babies' Mamas," a reality special the network was developing about a musician who has fathered 11 children with 10 different mothers.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - As a teenager growing up in Las Vegas, Tanya Angus strutted along fashion runways. She was 5 feet 8 inches tall.
CINCINNATI (AP) - A former high school teacher is accusing school district administrators of discriminating against her because of a rare phobia she says she has: a fear of young children.
NEW YORK (AP) - A Russian tourist climbed to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge to take pictures for fun in the landmark's second security breach in a month, authorities said Monday.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A judge in Wyoming sentenced a 75-year-old Missouri woman to life in prison on Monday for killing her husband with a rifle in the mid-1970s and throwing his body down the shaft of an abandoned gold mine, where it remained for nearly 40 years.
BEND, Ore. (AP) - It cost a Bend teenager about $800 in revenue from chores, yard work and birthday gifts to buy a miniature aircraft and a camera he sent aloft to capture video of a forest fire this summer that was threatening the western edge of the city.
MAINE LOBSTERMAN CATCHES RARE BLUE LOBSTER: SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) - A Maine lobsterman says he and his 14-year-old daughter caught a one-in-two-million crustacean: a blue lobster.
ATLANTA (AP) - The American Heart Association's first policy statement on electronic cigarettes backs them as a last resort to help smokers quit. The American Cancer Society has no formal policy but quietly took a similar stance in May.
LANCASTER (AP) - A man has been arrested on suspicion of killing his brother's friend with a bow and arrow during a dispute at his Southern California home.
CHICAGO (AP) - Pediatricians have a new prescription for schools: later start times for teens.
ELMENDORF, Texas (AP) - The police chief of a small Texas town was killed Saturday while attempting to arrest a man on a warrant, authorities said.
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) - Biologists plan to recapture and re-collar OR-7, Oregon's famous wandering wolf that is now a settled father of pups.
NEW YORK (AP) - A child care worker charged with killing a toddler in her home told police she threw the boy to the floor and stepped on him three times, and after that, he could no longer walk on his own, authorities said.
CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) - President Barack Obama has spent less time away from the White House than his predecessors. But his two-week break on the resort island of Martha's Vineyard and hours on the golf course have his detractors teeing up as they highlight the slew of foreign policy crises currently facing the United States.
WEST FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A reigning North Dakota teacher of the year was charged Friday with five felony counts for allegedly having sexual contact with a female student more than five years ago.
SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) - People who told police they were not that drunk while driving may have been right in one Pennsylvania county.
SELMA, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama teacher was suspended without pay after being accused of having sixth-grade students re-enact the deadly police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, and the Trayvon Martin killing in Florida.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid apologized Friday for jokes he made about Asians during a luncheon of business leaders in Las Vegas earlier this week.