WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's second-term agenda will be robustly tested this week, with gun control and immigration in the spotlight on Capitol Hill and the White House releasing his long-delayed budget blueprint. In a taste of what lies ahead, Democratic gun legislation arrived on the Senate floor Monday - facing an aggressive Republican effort to block it.
CLARENCE, N.Y. (AP) - Paul Marinaccio Sr. traces his fear of frogs to a childhood incident in Italy when a man holding bullfrogs chased him away after he'd wandered from the vineyard where his parents worked.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A police department in Oregon will investigate whether an Alaska assistant high school football coach assaulted a player on a school-sponsored team trip to a summer camp last year.
LONDON (AP) - Love her or loathe her, one thing's beyond dispute: Margaret Thatcher transformed Britain.
CHICAGO (AP) - Constantly beeping alarms from devices that monitor the vital signs of the critically ill have "desensitized" hospital workers who sometimes ignore the noise, leading to at least two dozen deaths a year on average, a hospital accrediting group said Monday.
NEW YORK (AP) - A judge said he found it "stunning" to hear Monday that federal budget woes could delay the start of a terrorism trial for Osama bin Laden's son-in-law.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is recommending that military commanders be largely stripped of their ability to reverse criminal convictions of service members, a move that comes in response to a congressional uproar over an Air Force officer's decision to overturn a guilty verdict in a sexual assault case, the Pentagon said Monday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Talk about a comeback: A treatment pulled off the market 30 years ago has won Food and Drug Administration approval again as the only drug specifically designated to treat morning sickness.
BOY, 4, ACCIDENTALLY KILLS TENN. DEPUTY'S WIFE: NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Authorities say a 4-year-old boy grabbed a loaded gun at a family cookout and accidentally shot and killed the wife of a Tennessee sheriff's deputy.
BAGRAM, Afghanistan (AP) - The top U.S. military officer said Sunday the Pentagon had bolstered its missile defenses and taken other steps because he "can't take the chance" that North Korea won't soon engage in some military action.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House on Sunday warned Republicans that a "my way or the highway" approach would spell the GOP's defeat in upcoming budget negotiations and told its Democratic allies that they, too, will have to bend on President Barack Obama's delayed spending plan set to be released this week.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy harshly criticized gun industry lobbyists on Sunday, saying they are doing too little to halt gun violence.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A raucous public debate over the nation's flawed immigration system is set to begin in earnest this week as senators finalize a bipartisan bill to secure the border, allow tens of thousands of foreign workers into the country and grant eventual citizenship to the estimated 11 million people living here illegally.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - When Los Angeles cold case detectives caught up with Samuel Little this past fall, he was living in a Christian shelter in Kentucky, his latest arrest a few months earlier for alleged possession of a crack pipe. But the LA investigators wanted him on far more serious charges: The slayings of two women in 1989, both found strangled and nude below the waist - victims of what police concluded had been sexually motivated strangulations.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - For all his on-camera carousing and cussing, "BUCKWILD" reality TV star Shain Gandee was a publicly proclaimed and baptized Christian, and his mother told hundreds of mourners Sunday that she will see him again.
DENVER (AP) - The U.S. Army began destroying the nation's largest remaining stockpile of chemical weapons Wednesday, using explosives to rip open a container of mustard agent inside a sealed chamber and then flooding it with another chemical to neutralize it.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas would allow people to carry concealed handguns on college campuses under a measure given preliminary approval by the state Senate, just a day after it passed a proposal allowing open carry of guns almost anywhere in the state.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday asked a federal judge to block an Alabama law that allows a fetus to be represented in court when a minor is seeking judicial permission for an abortion.
BURLINGAME (AP) - A quarter of the dogs taken in by one California animal shelter look like Chihuahuas. So how do you make a pet stand out when it's similar to so many other dogs at the shelter? Check the DNA.
CARSON CITY, Nev. - Pets might soon be able to use pot under a bill introduced Tuesday in the Nevada Legislature.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A suspended Roman Catholic priest who authorities say dealt pounds of methamphetamine and bought a sex shop to possibly launder his drug money is asking a federal judge for leniency when he is sentenced next week.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's lieutenant governor is accusing Justice Department officials of "fanning the flames of racial division," as the federal agency is criticizing Ferguson police for alleged racial biases following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.
DENVER (AP) - Snowpack in the mountains and valleys where the Colorado River originates has been shrinking since the beginning of March, a federal water expert said Tuesday.
NEW YORK (AP) - A U.S. Air Force veteran and airplane mechanic plotted to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group and was arrested on terrorism charges, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.
• Wife guilty of dismembering husband, storing parts in closet: MAYS LANDING, N.J. (AP) - A woman was convicted Tuesday of killing her husband, hiding his dismembered remains in plastic storage containers and taking them with her when she moved.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - Ikea has a message for people wanting to converge on its stores for giant games of hide and seek: Go play someplace else.
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - An Idaho woman faces charges after authorities say she beat a hunter's falcon to death with a beaded scarf after seeing the bird of prey take down a duck.
LANCASTER, N.Y. (AP) - A western New York school district will do away with its Redskins mascot and nickname after other districts in the region turned up the pressure by boycotting games because of it.
BOSTON (AP) - Lawyers for a transgender inmate convicted of murder asked the U.S. Supreme Court Monday to overturn a ruling denying her request for sex-reassignment surgery.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Seventeen years after Oregon decided to become the first state to hold all elections with mail-in ballots, it took another pioneering step on Monday to broaden participation by automatically registering people to vote.