WASHINGTON (AP) - The main figure in a General Services Administration spending scandal took trips to Hawaii, Napa Valley and the South Pacific islands, all after the agency's inspector general warned top officials about the excesses.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A hunting bill passed by the House on Tuesday makes it harder to restrict hunting and fishing on public lands and ensures that the hunter's arsenal will continue to include lead bullets.
POLICE HANDCUFF GEORGIA KINDERGARTNER: ATLANTA (AP) - A kindergartner who threw a tantrum at her small-town Georgia school was taken away in handcuffs, her arms behind her back, in an episode that is firing up the debate over whether teachers and police around the country are overreacting all too often when dealing with disruptive students.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Pretty soon, the best place to be on the lookout for wolves, grizzly bears, bison and other wildlife in Yellowstone National Park could be your phone.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Be happy - it seems to be good for your heart.
AUTHORITIES PROBE FATAL SHOOTING BY TURLOCK COP: TURLOCK (AP) - The Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office is investigating the fatal shooting of a man by a Turlock officer who was responding to a report of "suspicious subjects."
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A 9-year-old boy arrived at school Monday with a grisly story: His mother and sister were dead at their home four blocks away.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The top U.S. military officer said Monday the nation's military leadership is embarrassed by allegations of misconduct against at least 10 U.S. military members at a Colombia hotel on the eve of President Barack Obama's visit over the weekend.
CHICAGO (AP) - Getting news from a big trial once took days, moving at the speed of a carrier pigeon or an express pony. The telegraph and telephone cut that time dramatically, as did live television broadcasts.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats and Republicans are forcing votes in Congress this coming week on competing tax plans that affect millionaires and smaller businesses, and they know the proposals are doomed from the start.
ABOARD MS BALMORAL (AP) - With prayers, a hymn and a moment of silence broken by a ship's deep whistle, passengers and crew on a memorial trip marked 100 years to the moment since the Titanic sent more than 1,500 people to a watery grave.
CARTAGENA, Colombia (AP) - President Barack Obama, speaking for the first time about allegations that Secret Service agents hired prostitutes, said Sunday that "of course I'll be angry" if those accusations are proven true by an investigation.
• DETAILS OF GOVERNMENT SWITCH TO PAPERLESS PAYMENTS: WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - How the changes in delivering Social Security and other government benefits will work:
NEW YORK (AP) - A New York auction house has sold an original ticket to the 1912 launch of the Titanic and a dinner menu from the ill-fated ocean liner, plus items recovered from the wreckage miles underwater.
GREENLAND, N.H. (AP) - Michael Maloney was only a few days from retirement as chief of a small-town New Hampshire police department. After more than a quarter-century in law enforcement, he was eager to begin the next chapter of his life.
EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) - The ice bucket stops with Obama.
EX-JUDGE MUST SAY SHE'S SORRY, JUST NOT IN CUFFS: HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A former Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice convicted of corruption was spared on Thursday the further embarrassment of having to write her court-ordered apologies to every judge in the state on photos of herself in handcuffs.
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - A white police officer whose shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old ignited racial upheaval in a St. Louis suburb has been characterized as either an aggressor whose deadly gunfire constituted a daylight execution or a law enforcer wrongly maligned for just doing his job.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The Old Farmer's Almanac, the familiar, 223-year-old chronicler of climate, folksy advice and fun facts, is predicting a colder winter and warmer summer for much of the nation.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A man who lived nearly three decades in the woods now has a job and is adjusting to life back in society.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Federal officials say the discovery of nine immigrants who were locked inside the cargo area of a rental truck at a Border Patrol checkpoint in southern Arizona highlights the dangers of human smuggling.
HARVEY, Ill. (AP) - About two dozen heavily armed law enforcement officers stormed a home in Chicago's southern suburbs Wednesday to free four remaining hostages and capture two suspects, ending a 20-hour standoff that police say began as a robbery attempt.
RENO, Nev. (AP) - A former school teacher charged with murder in the shooting of an unarmed trespasser told police he had considered guarding the often-burglarized duplex in the past but was concerned he might shoot a child, a prosecutor said Wednesday.
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - A prosecutor says he'll dismiss a firearms charge against a man who contends he was following the advice of Vice President Joe Biden when he fired a shotgun in the air to chase off intruders.
OAKLAND (AP) - Bud Selig will likely leave his tenure as baseball commissioner early next year with one unsettled situation that has him "frustrated."
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry was defiant Tuesday as he was booked on abuse of power charges, telling dozens of cheering supporters outside a Texas courthouse that he would "fight this injustice with every fiber of my being."
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A grandmother shot and critically wounded her 7-year-old grandson early Tuesday after mistaking him for an intruder who had broken into her home, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Ferguson's leaders urged residents Tuesday to stay home after dark to "allow peace to settle in" and pledged several actions to reconnect with the predominantly black community in the St. Louis suburb where the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown has sparked nightly clashes between protesters and police.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A video by Islamic State militants released Tuesday purported to show the beheading of American journalist James Foley as retribution for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. The White House, his family and employer said they could not determine the video's authenticity and were attempting to confirm if he had been killed.
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - An unarmed 18-year-old whose fatal shooting by police has sparked a week of protests in suburban St. Louis suffered a bullet wound to his right arm that may indicate his hands were up or his back was turned, a pathologist hired by his family said Monday.