PHOENIX (AP) - Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona said Friday that some of the more than 2,000 illegal immigrants recently released by the Homeland Security Department because of budget cuts may have been convicted of serious crimes, citing "local sources."
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A town of 140 people in western Maine is considering an ordinance making gun ownership mandatory, the latest of a handful of communities nationwide to pass or consider such a rule even though the measures are widely considered unenforceable.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed into law Friday a measure allowing the state's school districts to arm teachers and other personnel with guns, the first of its kind since the Connecticut school shooting.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont newspaper is being criticized by the Asian American Journalists Association for publishing a poster using a print type associated with Chinese calligraphy for the words "fry Rice" to urge a local school to beat its opponent - Rice Memorial High School - in a state championship game.
PHOENIX (AP) - A federal appeals court ruled Friday that Border Patrol agents must have reasonable suspicion of criminal activity before conducting comprehensive searches of laptops or other digital devices in what civil liberties activists are calling a significant victory for privacy rights.
DAMAGES AWARDED IN J&J'S DEPUY HIP IMPLANT CASE : LOS ANGELES (AP) - A jury Friday awarded $8.3 million to a former prison guard who accused Johnson & Johnson's DePuy Orthopaedics subsidiary of knowingly marketing a faulty hip implant that was later recalled.
ATLANTA (AP) - Willpower apparently can be bought. The chance to win or lose $20 a month enticed dieters in a yearlong study to drop an average of 9 pounds - four times more weight than others who were not offered dough to pass up the doughnuts.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Punctuated with the sounds of ringing phones and clinking china, President Barack Obama's new legislative diplomacy has Republicans wondering what took so long.
ATLANTA (AP) - While some states push to tighten gun control laws after the Connecticut school massacre, lawmakers in gun-friendly Georgia want to ease rules preventing some mentally ill people from getting licenses to carry firearms.
MIAMI (AP) - Millions of square feet of wasted space in federal courthouses that have opened since 2000 are costing U.S. taxpayers upwards of $51 million a year, congressional auditors reported Thursday.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - An Illinois appeals court has thrown out the conviction and five-year prison sentence against an aspiring rapper who prosecutors said threatened a murderous rampage in a scribbled note found in the college student's car.
PHOENIX (AP) - A man has pleaded no contest to a murder charge in the beheading of a man in Arizona who police say had stolen drugs from a Mexican drug cartel.
RETRIAL IN PHILLY AFTER MISTRIAL OVER LOST EYEBALL: PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A retrial has begun in Philadelphia after a mistrial was declared when a man's prosthetic eye popped out while he was testifying.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Call it Rand's Stand: A nearly 13-hour stall tactic on the Senate floor that thrust a tea party hero back into the national spotlight - a real-life version of the movie "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington."
Government agencies are already taking steps to comply with automatic spending cuts that took effect March 1. Some examples:
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration said Friday it's making progress trying to correct a tax-form error that affected 820,000 customers of HealthCare.gov.
FREMONT (AP) - Tesla Motors is updating its Model S electric car to help ease drivers' worries about running out of battery charge - and is hinting that in the future drivers can take their hands off the wheel altogether.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Federal Aviation Administration says it has issued online retailer Amazon a certificate to experiment with unmanned aircraft for research, development and crew training.
NEW YORK (AP) - Nobody knows when exactly, but the day will eventually come when the Federal Reserve nudges its benchmark lending rate from next to zero to something slightly higher.
NEW YORK (AP) - For the organizations that give standardized tests, it's a common - and common-sense - security measure.
DANVILLE, Penn. (AP) - In a survival story his doctors call extraordinary, a 22-month-old Pennsylvania boy whose lifeless body was pulled from an icy creek was revived after an hour and 41 minutes of CPR and has suffered virtually no lingering effects.
PINE BUSH, N.Y. (AP) - A school in upstate New York has apologized for reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic after complaints from district residents who lost family members in the Afghanistan war.
FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - A Maryland man was sentenced to 40 years in prison Thursday for what the judge called the "mind-boggling," fatal abuse of a 2-year-old boy who was whipped with a belt, kicked, shaken, slammed against kitchen cabinets and forced to brush his teeth with a steel barbecue brush.
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A federal judge who has blocked President Barack Obama's immigration executive action suggested on Thursday that he could order sanctions against the Justice Department if he rules it misled him about when exactly the administration began implementing one of the measures.
FREEPORT, Ill. (AP) - A woman is being held in Wisconsin who authorities in Illinois say had 85 live dogs and at least 65 dead dogs and cats at a rural rental house.
CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) - A rat being raised to feed a family's pet snakes ended up biting a 6-month-old boy and transmitting diseases that killed him, authorities said Thursday.
HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) - A man who was jailed for 2½ years so he couldn't avoid taking the witness stand in his son's murder trial was freed Thursday after providing two hours of often-combative testimony.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Look out, Internet Explorer. After 20 years of competing against rival web browsers, Microsoft is gearing up to launch its own alternative to its once-dominant Internet surfing program.
MONROE, N.C. (AP) - For an 11-year-old boy, it was a house of horrors.
NEW YORK (AP) - Sony jumped into the pay-television business Wednesday with an online package of more than 50 channels starting at $50 a month. It's the most complete of the Internet-only offerings, but also the most expensive.