WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration tried to bolster its case Tuesday for possible military action against Syria within days, with intelligence agencies preparing to release intercepted communications aimed at proving Bashar Assad perpetrated a large-scale chemical weapons attack on civilians. "There's no doubt who is responsible for this heinous use of chemical weapons in Syria: the Syrian regime," Vice President Joe Biden said.
KENAI, Alaska (AP) - J.D. Megchelsen holds the record for giant pumpkins in Alaska, and the Nikiski gardener knew he had a candidate this year to beat the record of 1,287 pounds set in 2011.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minnesota woman beat her boyfriend to death, wrapped his body in plastic and duct tape, then hid it in a freezer because he was trying to break up with her, prosecutors said.
DETROIT MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN THEFT OF DAD'S BODY: DETROIT (AP) - A man accused of stealing his father's body from a Detroit cemetery with the hope of bringing him back to life has pleaded guilty in exchange for avoiding prison.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico judge on Monday declared same-sex marriage legal, ordering the clerk of the state's most populous county to join two other counties in issuing licenses for gay and lesbian couples.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - What if, after seven years of plunging casino revenues and fleeing customers, Atlantic City's real problem was this: People are wearing too much clothing?
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - An unusual, late-summer heat wave enveloped much of the Midwest on Monday, putting schools and sports events on hold.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A 16-year-old Spokane boy was ordered held on $2 million bail Monday and will be tried as an adult in connection with last week's beating death of an 88-year-old World War II veteran. A second teen was arrested in the case early Monday morning.
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Relatives of an Ohio couple who died at a nursing home 11 hours apart on the same day said their love story's ending reflects their devotion over 65 years of marriage.
NEW YORK (AP) - Prosecutors cannot use a defendant's request for a lawyer as evidence of guilt, a federal appeals court ruled Monday as it ordered a new trial for a man convicted of trying to sneak an alien into the United States.
WOMAN CHARGED IN DEATH OF BABY FOUND IN PA. PUB: EASTON, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania woman gave birth to a son in the bathroom of a sports bar, then abandoned him to die in the restaurant's toilet, authorities said Monday in charging her with the baby's death.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - More than 40 Mormon authors are backing a gay writer in his dispute with a Utah publisher over a reference to the writer's boyfriend.
FORT HOOD (AP) - Maj. Nidal Hasan and many of his victims in the Fort Hood shooting seem to want the same thing - his death. But while survivors and relatives of the dead view lethal injection as justice, the Army psychiatrist appears to see it as something else - martyrdom.
LEWISTON, Maine (AP) - The Farmers' Almanac is using words like "piercing cold," ''bitterly cold" and "biting cold" to describe the upcoming winter. And if its predictions are right, the first outdoor Super Bowl in years will be a messy "Storm Bowl."
CUPERTINO (AP) - Buying an Apple Watch won't be as simple as walking into an Apple store and handing over your credit card.
• CALIFORNIA REGULATOR: PG&E "TOO BIG" FOR SAFETY?: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's top utility regulator is asking if the state's largest utility is too big for safety.
BOSTON (AP) - Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted on all charges Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombing by a jury that will now decide whether the 21-year-old should be executed or shown mercy for what his lawyer says was a crime masterminded by his big brother.
ATLANTA (AP) - Short people have more risk for heart disease, and now researchers may know why: Genes that govern height also seem to affect cholesterol, especially in men.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Snow that replenishes Washington's reservoirs set a record low for April, setting the stage for reduced water supplies and perhaps more devastating wildfires this year.
GREENVILLE, Texas (AP) - A Texas deputy shown in a video apparently striking a pregnant woman may have used force to prevent her from taking his firearm, a law enforcement official said Wednesday.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Two people have been arrested in what authorities describe as a twisted, gruesome case of abuse involving a child's corpse hidden in a broken-down car, a starved baby living on water and a sheltered teenager impregnated by her stepfather.
NEW YORK (AP) - Ransomware is a growing threat to computer users, who can suddenly find they're unable to open or use their files when their machines are infected. The malicious software can attack any user - an individual, small business, Fortune 500 company or a government agency.
NEW YORK (AP) - Mark Pincus is back as CEO of Zynga, the struggling online game company he founded in 2007.
NEW YORK (AP) - Graphic videos have surfaced previously that kindled outrage over police use of force - the Rodney King beating in Los Angeles, last year's chokehold death in New York City. The new video from South Carolina is perhaps the most striking yet - its depiction of a fleeing, unarmed black man being shot in the back by a white policeman so vivid that a murder charge came swiftly.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A former state lawmaker accused of raping his wife in a nursing home is forcing an Iowa court to confront a little-discussed question of aging: When is a person suffering from dementia unable to consent to sex?
ELMONT, N.Y. (AP) - Elmont High School senior Harold Ekeh had a plan - he would apply to 13 colleges, including all eight Ivy League schools, figuring it would help his chances of getting into at least one great school.
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (AP) - A divorced father and the seven children he was trying to raise on a kitchen worker's salary were poisoned in their sleep by carbon monoxide only days after the power company discovered a stolen meter and cut off electricity to their rental home, police said Tuesday.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A white South Carolina police officer was charged with murder Tuesday, hours after law enforcement officials viewed a dramatic video that appears to show him shooting a fleeing man several times in the back.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A lesbian honors student in northeast Louisiana has been told she may wear a tuxedo to her prom, after all, a national advocacy group said Tuesday.