By The Associated Press
A selection of issues at stake in the presidential election and their impact on Americans, in brief:
Abortion and birth control are divisive issues in politics, and they've flared up at times in this campaign despite the candidates' reluctance to dwell
By VICKI SMITHAssociated Press
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Coal country is hurting, and the people who live there want the whole nation to know it.
Thousands of miners have been laid off this year across Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia, many with little hope of getting their jobs back as
By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN and LARRY NEUMEISTERAssociated Press
NEW YORK (AP) - A partially blind extremist Egyptian-born preacher charged in multiple terrorism plots entered a U.S. court for the first time Saturday without the use of his arms, complaining that prosthetic hooks he uses were taken
By LORI HINNANTAssociated Press
PARIS (AP) - Police carried out raids across France on Saturday after DNA on a grenade that exploded last month at a kosher grocery store led them to a suspected jihadist cell of young Frenchmen recently converted to Islam.
The man whose DNA was identified, named
By BRIAN SKOLOFF and JACQUES BILLEAUDAssociated Press
PHOENIX (AP) - Friendly fire likely was to blame in a shooting near the Arizona-Mexico line that killed one federal agent and wounded another, the FBI said, noting the investigation was still ongoing in the case that reignited the political
By ROBERT BURNSAP National Security Writer
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The Haqqani insurgent network, based in Pakistan and with ties to al-Qaida, is suspected of being a driving force behind a significant number of the "insider" attacks by Afghan forces that have killed or wounded more than 130
By KARIN LAUBAssociated Press
BEIRUT (AP) - Syria's military will "crush" armed rebels, President Bashar Assad's defense minister warned Saturday, as the regime shelled rebel positions in two cities and near the Lebanese border in a widening offensive.
Neighboring Turkey, meanwhile, set
By HYUNG-JIN KIMAssociated Press
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - A North Korean soldier killed two of his superiors Saturday and defected to South Korea across the countries' heavily armed border in a rare crossing that prompted South Korean troops to immediately beef up their border patrol,
By NICOLE WINFIELDAssociated Press
VATICAN CITY (AP) - A painful and damaging chapter in Pope Benedict XVI's papacy closed Saturday with the conviction of his former butler on charges he stole the pontiff's private letters and leaked them to a journalist. But questions remain as to
By LOLITA C. BALDORAssociated Press
ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (AP) - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Friday the U.S. has moved into a new era in South America and is no longer the sole provider of security in the hemisphere.
Arriving in Peru, Panetta plans to offer to send U.S.