WASHINGTON (AP) - It happens every week at meetings in towns, counties and cities nationwide. A lawmaker or religious leader leads a prayer before officials begin the business of zoning changes, contract approvals and trash pickup.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Just two weeks from an economy-threatening deadline, fiscal cliff talks hit a lull Tuesday as House Speaker John Boehner announced that Republicans would also march ahead with their own tax plan on a separate track from the one he's been pursuing with President Barack Obama.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The movie "Zero Dark Thirty" suggests the CIA's harsh interrogation techniques led the U.S. to Osama bin Laden. Sen. John McCain watched the movie Monday night and says it left him sick - because it's wrong.
The following is a recap of prayer policies at South County public government meetings:
CHICAGO (AP) - The FBI says window prison bars were found inside a mattress in the cell belonging to two bank robbers who escaped from downtown Chicago's high-rise jail.
LANSING, Kan. (AP) - The bodies of the two men executed for the 1959 murders of a Kansas family that became infamous in Truman Capote's true-crime book "In Cold Blood" were exhumed Tuesday in an effort to solve slayings of a Florida family killed weeks later.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A small-caliber rifle and notes about a possible attack on a northeast Oklahoma high school were found at the home of a teenager accused of plotting to shoot classmates and detonate bombs, police said Monday.
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - Opening a long and almost unbearable procession of grief, Newtown began laying its dead to rest Monday, holding funerals for two 6-year-old boys - one a football fan who was buried in a New York Giants jersey and one whose twin sister survived the school shooting rampage.
AUSTRALIAN COURT: WORKER'S COMP COVERS SEX MISHAP: CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - An Australian court has ruled that a bureaucrat who was injured while having sex on a business trip is eligible for worker's compensation benefits.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The governor on Monday sidestepped a decision about whether a condemned inmate is too fat to be humanely executed by sparing him on the grounds that he had poor legal representation.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal judge sentenced a hacker to 10 years in prison on Monday after he broke into the personal online accounts of Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera and other women and posted revealing photos and other material on the Internet.
2 HURT WHEN TRUCK VEERS OFF I-280, CATCHES FIRE: MILLBRAE (AP) - Two men are hospitalized with what a California Highway Patrol spokesman describes as "major burns" after the delivery truck they were in ran off the side of a San Francisco Bay area freeway, crashed into a tree and burst into flames.
NEW YORK (AP) - Participant Media plans to launch a cable network aimed at viewers 18 to 34 years old with programming it describes as inspiring and thought-provoking.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Recovering from war wounds that left him with one arm, Danny Inouye wanted a cigarette and needed a light.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has agreed to curtail future cost-of-living increases for recipients of Social Security and softened his demand for higher taxes at upper income levels as part of accelerating talks with House Speaker John Boehner to avoid a "fiscal cliff," people familiar with the talks said Monday.
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.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Drone on, the government says.
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada lawmakers reviewed a bill Monday that would allow people to bring their dogs with them into taverns and saloons, but it got a less-than-cuddly response from health officials concerned about slobber and dog hair in cocktails.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A homeless woman who was raped while sleeping under a bridge last year sometimes begged for bus money or walked up to 8 miles over the past year so she could face her attacker in court.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The official sign-up season for President Barack Obama's health care law may be over, but leading congressional Democrats say millions of Americans facing new tax penalties deserve a second chance.
NEW YORK (AP) - Singer-songwriter Lesley Gore, who topped the charts in 1963 at age 16 with her epic song of teenage angst, "It's My Party," and followed it up with the hits "Judy's Turn to Cry," and the feminist anthem "You Don't Own Me," died Monday. She was 68.
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - It's official. A tiny minnow that lives only in backwaters in Oregon's Willamette Valley is the first fish to be formally removed from Endangered Species Act protection because it is no longer in danger of extinction.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A 44-year-old woman who was teaching her teenage daughter to drive has died after being shot in the head in an apparent road-rage attack outside her Las Vegas home.