By STEPHEN BRAUNAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - For months, two review panels given nearly identical assignments by President Barack Obama have been studying how the White House should change or limit the National Security Agency's surveillance programs. They have functioned separately -
By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINSAP Legal Affairs Writer
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - More details were expected to emerge at a former Ohio doctor's sentencing about a pregnant mother's fatal decision to turn to prostitution to support herself and her two young children.
Defendant Ali Salim faces up to 37
By MARK SCOLFORO and MARC LEVYAssociated Press
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The energy industry and policy makers in Pennsylvania, the heart of the nation's gas drilling boom, are thinking about their next moves after the state's highest court threw out significant portions of a law that limited
By KATHY MATHESONAssociated Press
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A United Methodist pastor defrocked for officiating at his son's same-sex wedding has appealed the decision, a move that offered the latest evidence of a split in the nation's largest mainline Protestant denomination and came as yet
By JOHN ROGERSAssociated Press
LOS ANGELES (AP) - When the A&E network suspended "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson for disparaging gay people, it may have followed a time-honored TV tradition of quickly silencing a star who, for better or worse, speaks his mind. But in doing so it also
By STEVEN DUBOISAssociated Press
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Saturday marks the shortest day of the year - the pinnacle of dread for people who feel depressed when there's less sunshine. When they go out for a drink or coffee in the dreary wintertime Pacific Northwest, they could also order up a dose
By SCOTT SONNER and MICHELLE RINDELSAssociated Press
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Bypassing waiting patients, a gunman who complained he had a botched 2010 surgery opened fire with a 12-guage shotgun at doctors at a Reno medical office - a deadly rampage that investigators say was referred to in a suicide
By MANUEL VALDESAssociated Press
WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) - By the end of a recent weekend, the big achievement among Ramon Rivera's high school mariachi band wasn't that they had logged more than 700 miles in a bus packed with musical instruments or that they had played two shows in front of
By TOM LoBIANCOAssociated Press
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - In one of the most conservative states in the nation, supporters of gay marriage are pondering the unthinkable: a victory, or at least not a loss.
A proposal to amend Indiana's constitution to ban same-sex marriage has sparked a flurry of
By RYAN J. FOLEYAssociated Press
FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa State Penitentiary stands like an ancient stone fortress on a bluff over the Mississippi River, ringed by castle-like guard towers and sheathed in chain link and razor wire. Built in 1839, seven years before Iowa became a state,
SPOKANE, Wash. - Friday morning just after 10am, Spokane Police responded to an armed robbery at the US Bank on N. Lincoln.
The search for the two robbers sent Willard Elementary into lockdown, but police say no students were ever in any danger. At 11:30 Friday morning, Spokane Police called off
By LOLITA C. BALDORAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Navy has not seen the end of the multimillion-dollar bribery and contracting scandal that has implicated several contractors and naval personnel, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said Friday, warning that more disclosures are coming.
By Trevor MoggProvided by Here's something amusing to take you into the weekend. Called ‘cell phone crashing', it shows comedian Greg Benson sitting beside different people talking on their handsets at an airport, with Benson pretending to chat to a friend on his own phone while