By BILL DRAPERAssociated Press
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Advocates for people who engage in rough but consensual sex say they fear an abuse case unfolding in Missouri ultimately could criminalize their lifestyle.
Ed Bagley faces a federal trial early next year on 11 counts of abuse against a
By JOSEPH WILSONAssociated Press
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Three weeks after a massive Catalan separatist march in Barcelona - the biggest since the 1970s - the independence flags still flutter from balconies across Spain's second largest city.
Spain's crushing recession has had this
ATLANTA (AP) - The federal government has no standards to protect the integrity of the achievement tests it requires in tens of thousands of public schools, and test security among the states is so inconsistent that Americans can't be sure those all-important test scores are legitimate, The
By PATRICK WALTERSAssociated Press
BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) - A generation ago, this town was booming thanks to a manufacturing behemoth that helped build the New York City skyline, Panama Canal, battleships and countless miles of railway. Now, more than a decade after Bethlehem Steel went bankrupt
By CHRISTOPHER SHERMANAssociated Press
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - When a regional manager for the Mexican Gulf cartel moved his operation to a more lucrative territory on the border, he took along not only his armored trucks and personal army, but also his department heads and a team of
By Bassem Mroue and Jamal Halaby and Lara Jakes and Marjorie Olster and Sameer N. YacoubAssociated Press
A woman loses her children, her husband and both legs. A penniless family is forced to flee from Syria back to Iraq. Camps are overflowing with people and with bitterness, and refugees are
By ALAN SCHER ZAGIERAssociated Press
LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) - The golden years were shaping up nicely for accountant William Van Note.
The 67-year-old retiree had several boats and a waterfront vacation home at central Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks. He could jet off to a winter getaway on
By JOSH FUNKAP Business Writer
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - As they work to give away part of Warren Buffett's roughly $47 billion fortune, his three children have adopted an approach that looks remarkably similar to their father's technique for making all that money.
Like Buffett, each relies on
By ANDREW TAYLORAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Here's the rap on the presidential candidates' plans for cutting federal deficits: Mitt Romney's is too bold and the numbers don't add up, while President Barack Obama's is too timid and his numbers don't add up, either
By SHARON COHENAP National Writer
CANTON, Ohio (AP) - In this crucial battleground in campaign 2012, William Healy and Joe Halter stand on opposing sides of the great divide: How to jump-start the economy?
Healy, the Democratic mayor of Canton, recalls how, in the grim early days of 2010, when