WASHINGTON (AP) - American students once again lag behind many of their Asian and European peers on a global exam, a continuing trend that often is blamed on child poverty and a diverse population in U.S. schools.
HONOLULU (AP) - Retired professors Rod Powell and Bob Eddinger have been partners in life since they met at the University of Hawaii in 1977. On Monday, they joined in marriage on the first day their home state allowed same-sex couples to form such unions.
YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) - A commuter train that derailed over the weekend, killing four passengers, was hurtling at 82 mph as it entered a 30 mph curve, a federal investigator said Monday. But whether the wreck was the result of human error or mechanical trouble was unclear, he said.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A woman charged with killing a fellow Alabama fan after the end of last weekend's Iron Bowl football game was angry that the victim and others didn't seem upset over the Crimson Tide's loss to archrival Auburn, said the sister of the slain woman.
PRAGUE, Okla. (AP) - It's become a predictable routine at Matt Pryor's insurance agency: An earthquake rumbles through Oklahoma, rattling dishes and nerves. Then the phones light up with calls and text messages from desperate residents asking if it's too late to buy a policy to cover any damage.
NEW YORK (AP) - Jeff Bezos' idea to let self-guided drones deliver packages may be too futuristic for Washington to handle.
BAGHDAD (AP) - An alarming number of Iraqis killed "execution-style" last month signaled an increase in targeted killings as the overall death toll in Iraq so far this year rose above 8,000, the U.N. said Sunday. The bodies, usually dumped on the street and mutilated, have heightened fears that the country is sliding back toward all-out warfare between Sunni and Shiite factions.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The worst of the online glitches, crashes and delays may be over for the problem-plagued government health care website, the Department of Health and Human Services said Sunday.
NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City commuter train rounding a riverside curve derailed Sunday, killing four people, injuring more than 60 and sending a chain of toppled cars trailing off the track just inches from the water, authorities said.
More than a dozen major U.S. retailers stayed open for 24 hours or more on Thanksgiving Day through Black Friday, and crowds formed early and often over the two days.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A candidate who narrowly lost a special legislative election said Friday that she is analyzing the final tally and will decide Monday whether to seek a recount.
NEW YORK (AP) - Revelers at this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade gave thanks for the giant balloons that flew above the city streets Thursday after a blustery storm accompanied by high winds nearly grounded them for only the second time in the parade's 87-year history.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama celebrated a quiet Thanksgiving at the White House Thursday and called several members of armed forces to thank them for their service to the country.
ELKHART, Ind. (AP) - Pizza Hut has offered to rehire the manager of a northern Indiana restaurant who was fired over his refusal to open up on Thanksgiving Day.
• MORMON BISHOP DRESSES IN DISGUISE TO TEACH LESSON: TAYLORSVILLE, Utah (AP) - Members of a Mormon congregation in the Salt Lake City suburb of Taylorsville were greeted by what they thought was a homeless man at church on Sunday. At least five people asked him to leave the church property, some gave him money and most were indifferent to his presence. What they did not know is that the man was David Musselman, a bishop for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Musselman told the Deseret News he disguised himself as a homeless man to teach his Taylorville congregation ...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The short-term housing rental service Airbnb has paid back taxes that ran into the millions of dollars to the city of San Francisco, the company said Wednesday.
RENO, Nev. (AP) - For the second year in a row, Nevada wildlife officials are releasing thousands of trout in the Truckee River a month earlier than usual to give them a fighting chance to survive in the cold mountain waters where they've spawned for centuries but face increasing threats from drought.
PHOENIX (AP) - A watch collector spotted a rare Swiss timepiece in a Phoenix secondhand store, bought it on sale for $5.99 and then sold it for $35,000.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Maritime companies locked in a contract dispute with West Coast dockworkers took their case directly to rank-and-file longshoremen on Wednesday, as negotiators struggled to reach a deal and break the cargo gridlock that has stalled billions of dollars of international trade.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A dentist has been charged in the death of a patient who became unresponsive while having 20 teeth pulled and several implants installed.
HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri man who resigned from his job as an elementary school principal this month was arrested Wednesday on charges alleging that he had been dealing heroin.
UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio (AP) - Too busy to stop in for an Ash Wednesday service? Some churches are offering drive-by ashes.
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon couple involved in online pornography was arraigned Wednesday on murder by abuse charges alleging they let their baby starve to death.
DENVER (AP) - Snowpack in the mountain valleys where the Colorado River originates was only a little below normal on Wednesday, marking one of the few bright spots in an increasingly grim drought gripping much of the West.
BOSTON (AP) - A federal agency says Wal-Mart discriminated against a lesbian employee who sought health coverage for her ailing wife and has ordered "a just resolution" for violating her civil rights.
NEW YORK (AP) - With 13,000 international buyers and the equivalent of seven football fields full of exhibitor booths, Toy Fair 2015 looks and sounds like the best-behaved children's party ever. Without the young ones in attendance, of course.
NEW YORK (AP) - Television viewers in 10 U.S. markets are now able to watch their local NBC stations live on computers and mobile devices - as long as they are paying customers.
NEW YORK (AP) - Samsung is buying mobile-payment startup LoopPay as the Korean phone maker steps up to challenge Apple and its payment system on iPhones.
SANTA MONICA (AP) - Strap on the Samsung Gear S or the Sony SmartWatch 3 if you want to take a jog on the beach or head out for a bike ride without your phone clunking along.
ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) - The tourism office of Ithaca, New York, is waving the white flag on winter and advising visitors to its website to check out the Florida Keys instead.