By BY VERENA DOBNIKAssociated Press
NEW YORK (AP) - In the middle of the night, as most of New York slept, something big and bright lit up the Manhattan skyline for just seconds - a tightly kept secret to all but a handful of people.
It was a tiny test for the huge public surprise four days
By DAVID PITTAssociated Press
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Black Friday shoppers in many cities briefly detoured into lottery retailers, drawn off task by the prospects of winning a $325 million Powerball jackpot - the fourth-largest in the game's history.
Chicago resident Clyde Gadlin, 65,
By KARIN LAUB and SARAH EL DEEBAssociated Press
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - Israeli troops fired on Gazans surging toward Israel's border fence Friday, killing one person but leaving intact the fragile two-day-old cease-fire between Hamas and the Jewish state.
The truce, which calls for an
By MAX SEDDONAssociated Press
YARABAIKASY, Russia (AP) - When Eduard Mochalov tried to have the people who stole his cattle and pig farm brought to justice, he spent eight months in jail on charges he says were cooked up. He appealed to Vladimir Putin and even set himself on fire outside the
By IBRAHIM BARZAK and JOSEF FEDERMANAssociated Press
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel and the Hamas militant group edged closer to a cease-fire Tuesday to end a weeklong Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip, but after a day of furious diplomatic efforts involving the U.S. secretary of state, U.N. chief
By BRIAN SKOLOFFAssociated Press
CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (AP) - A pickup truck going the wrong way on a rural Arizona interstate struck a charter bus head-on Tuesday, killing one person and injuring nine others, authorities said.
The pickup truck burst into flames, and the driver was declared dead
By BARRY HATTONAssociated Press
CABO GIRAO, Madeira Islands (AP) - The president of these Portuguese islands turned out, as he almost always does, for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at his government's latest showpiece investment: a panoramic steel-and-glass viewing point perched on what
By IBRAHIM BARZAK and RAVI NESSMANAssociated Press
JERUSALEM (AP) - A diplomatic push to end Israel's nearly weeklong offensive in the Gaza Strip gained momentum Tuesday, with Egypt's president predicting that airstrikes would soon end, the U.S. secretary of state racing to the region
OWLS HEAD, Maine (AP) - A small plane that spiraled downward and burst into flames after striking a pickup truck shortly before takeoff was carrying two University of Maine students and one alumnus, all of whom died in the crash, the school said Saturday.
The school and Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity
By IAN DEITCH and IBRAHIM BARZAKAssociated Press
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - Israel destroyed the headquarters of Hamas' prime minister and blasted a sprawling network of smuggling tunnels in the southern Gaza Strip on Saturday, broadening a blistering four-day-old offensive against the