By By MARK SHERMANAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court plunged into the contentious issue of gay marriage Friday when it agreed to take up California's ban on same-sex unions and a separate dispute about federal benefits for legally married gay couples.
By By MAGGIE MICHAEL and LEE KEATHAssociated Press
CAIRO (AP) - Protesters flooded Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday in the second giant rally this week, angrily vowing to bring down a draft constitution approved by allies of President Mohammed Morsi, as Egypt appeared headed toward a
By By KELVIN CHANAP Business Writer
HONG KONG (AP) - The notorious Macau crime boss known as Broken Tooth Koi, who was released from prison Saturday after serving nearly 15 years, will hardly recognize the city he terrorized in the late 1990s with a brutal gangland war.
Wan Kuok-koi was
By By ALAN FRAMAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker John Boehner joined fellow Republicans in the Senate on Thursday in their battle to stop Democrats controlling that chamber from curbing filibusters, threatening to ignore bills the Senate sends him if Democrats have abused GOP
By By BETSY BLANEYAssociated Press
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Promoters of a traveling exhibit of artifacts and memorabilia belonging to Pope John Paul II unveiled two items from the pontiff's life Thursday that will be on display when the show opens in Texas next year.
The exhibit will include
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - Officials say power has been restored in Cambridge, just outside Boston, after a about a two-hour outage delayed commuters and affected the campuses of MIT and Harvard University.
NStar utility spokesman Mike Durand said about 17,000 customers were affected at the height of
By By EMERY P. DALESIOAP Business Writer
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers will step down as head of the largest U.S. electric utility by the end of 2013 as part of a settlement with the North Carolina utilities regulator that ends an investigation into the company's takeover
By By MARTIN CRUTSINGERAP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - Superstorm Sandy packed a bigger economic punch than most people had thought.
In its sweep through the Northeast, the storm halted sales at major retailers at the start of the crucial holiday shopping season, closed factories and
By By MEGHAN BARRAssociated Press
NEW YORK (AP) - Terrified women leaping to their deaths. Locked exits trapping workers. Piles of clothing blocking stairwells to safety.
The fire that raced through a garment factory in Bangladesh last week and killed 112 workers bore eerie echoes of another
By By JEFF BARNARDAssociated Press
One of the three remaining fugitives in a string of high-profile fires across the West that focused national attention on a group of environmental radicals surrendered to authorities Thursday after spending years in hiding in Canada.
The U.S. attorney's