HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) - President Barack Obama has one mission heading into his first debate with Republican Mitt Romney: Don't screw things up.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court plunged into its new term Monday with a high-stakes dispute between businesses and human rights groups over accountability for foreign atrocities. The next nine months hold the prospect for major rulings on affirmative action, gay marriage and voting rights.
COQUILLE, Ore. (AP) - Oregon authorities are investigating how a farmer was eaten by his hogs.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Child pornography victims can recover money from people convicted of viewing their abuse without having to show a link between the crime and their injuries, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.
FITLER, Miss. (AP) - The hunters knew there was a huge 'gator in wetlands where they had hunting permits. He gave them a scare before they killed him, but they got a state record - 697.5 pounds.
NEW FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) - Tyler Giuliano had no trouble with the law. The teenager loved flying small planes as a Civil Air Patrol cadet and seemed happy as he played an online game with friends Wednesday night. But hours later, authorities say, Tyler was outside wearing a black ski mask and wielding a knife when he was shot by his father, who thought he was a prowler.
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. intelligence officials sought to explain Friday why the Obama administration's understanding of the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi is "evolving."
ROSEVILLE, Mich. (AP) - Jimmy Hoffa is presumed dead, cocooned in mystery and innuendo and missing for the past 37 years. Patricia Szpunar just hopes that if the former Teamsters boss' remains do turn up, they're not in her backyard.
IRANIAN NEWS AGENCY PICKS UP ONION ARTICLE AS FACT: CHICAGO (AP) - A joke by the satirical newspaper The Onion appears to have gotten lost in translation.
CHESTER, Pa. (AP) - Six teenagers were in custody Friday on charges they brutally beat a neighbor on her stoop "just for fun" and then posted cellphone video of the attack on Facebook, authorities said.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A man fired from his job at a Minneapolis sign-making business pulled out a handgun and began shooting up its offices, fatally wounding the owner and four others before turning the gun on himself, police said Friday.
LEBANON, Pa. (AP) - A retired Pennsylvania pastor insists both of his wives died accidentally. Prosecutors call him a liar - and a killer.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - What first appeared to be an isolated problem in one Florida county has now spread statewide, with election officials in nine counties informing prosecutors or state election officials about questionable voter registration forms filled out on behalf of the Republican Party of Florida.
PHOENIX (AP) - A man fatally shot himself in the head Friday on live national television at the end of a high-speed carjacking chase that began in Phoenix and ended about 90 minutes later within 80 miles of the California border.
ROSEVILLE, Mich. (AP) - Giants Stadium. A Florida swamp. Underneath a backyard pool in Michigan.
CAMP PENDLETON (AP) - Another 130 U.S. troops arrived in Iraq on Tuesday on what the Pentagon described as a temporary mission to assess the scope of the humanitarian crisis facing thousands of displaced Iraqi civilians trapped on Sinjar Mountain and evaluate options for getting them out to safety.
• POLICE WON'T RELEASE NAME OF OFFICER WHO SHOT TEEN: FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - The Rev. Al Sharpton pressed police Tuesday to release the name of the officer who fatally shot an unarmed teenager in suburban St. Louis, and he pleaded for calm after two nights of violent protests over the young man's death.
MAN STRUCK BY 3 VEHICLES, INCLUDING 2 PATROL CARS: GARDNERVILLE, Nev. (AP) - The Nevada Highway Patrol is investigating the death of a pedestrian who was struck by three vehicles on U.S. Highway 395 south of Gardnerville, including two Douglas County sheriff's patrol cars.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States said Sunday it "fully supports" Iraq's new president, just hours after embattled Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki accused him of violating the constitution.
HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii's Democratic Unity Breakfast the morning after the primary election is traditionally a time for candidates to set aside their differences and coalesce against the Republican candidates they will face in November.
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - An 18-year-old black man shot multiple times by a suburban St. Louis police officer was unarmed when he died, police said Sunday, as hundreds of local residents protested and a civil rights leader expressed outrage at the killing.
WASHINGTON (AP) - This week's death of former White House press secretary James Brady, who survived a gunshot wound to the head in a 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, has been ruled a homicide, District of Columbia police said Friday.
FARIBAULT, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota prosecutors argued Friday that an ex-nurse should be convicted of assisting suicide for going online and urging two people to kill themselves, but a defense attorney said there's no evidence to prove that William Melchert-Dinkel's Internet chats led directly to their deaths.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A 12-year-old boy accused of fatally stabbing a 9-year-old boy on a western Michigan playground told authorities he wanted to go to jail and did not know the victim, according to a court document filed Friday.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas could start allowing alcohol sales at gun shows provided they don't allow live ammunition or let buyers take possession of their weapons at the events.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Oracle Corp. has sued the state of Oregon in a fight over the state's health insurance exchange, saying government officials are using the technology company's software despite $23 million in disputed bills.
DETROIT (AP) General Motors' troubles with safety recalls has surfaced in another case, this time with the company recalling a group of SUVs for a third time to fix power window switches that can catch fire.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A quarter of U.S. households say they're "just getting by" financially, a survey by the Federal Reserve shows.
DENVER (AP) - Three people say they were drugged after eating a chocolate bar that wasn't supposed to have marijuana in it at the Denver County Fair's new pot pavilion, and one of them has filed a lawsuit alleging the vendor was negligent.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq Thursday night, warning they would be launched if needed to defend Americans from advancing Islamic militants and protect civilians under siege. His announcement threated a renewal of U.S. military involvement in the country's long sectarian war.