By JIM FITZGERALDAssociated Press
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - Marnie Schwartz was in California, a lawyer raising two toddlers. She was in no position to move across the country to care for her mother, who was living alone in New York and whose health was beginning to decline.
By RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTIAssociated Press
MAD ISLAND, Texas (AP) - Armed with flashlights, recordings of bird calls, a small notebook and a stash of candy bars, scientist Rich Kostecke embarked on an annual 24-hour Christmastime count of birds along the Texas Gulf Coast. Yellow rail. Barn owl.
By BRETT ZONGKERAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, some who lost their homes or businesses have turned to crowd-funding websites to elicit a faster and more direct response than they could expect from the government or traditional charities.
MIAMI (AP) - Veterans from the failed Bay of Pigs invasion are celebrating 50 years since their release from Cuba.
The first planeload of prisoners arrived at Homestead Air Force Base on Dec. 23, 1962. Some survivors from those flights planned a reunion Saturday at the Bay of Pigs Museum in Miami
By STEPHEN OHLEMACHERAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Workers probably won't feel the full brunt of next year's tax increases in their January paychecks, but don't be fooled by the temporary reprieve.
No matter what Congress does to address the year-end fiscal cliff, it's already
By SALISU RABIU and YINKA IBUKUNAssociated Press
KANO, Nigeria (AP) - Authorities blame a radical Islamist sect for twin suicide car bombings targeting two major mobile phone companies, an official said Saturday, blacking out a top operator's network in most of Nigeria's northern commercial
By JERI CLAUSINGAssociated Press
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A peanut butter plant shuttered by a widespread salmonella outbreak has been given the go ahead to start harvesting a bumper crop of prized eastern New Mexico Valencia peanuts next week under an agreement that ends a tense, monthslong
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - A police captain says two people have been shot to death inside a nightclub in a suburb of Birmingham, Ala.
Hoover police Capt. Jim Coker tells Al.com (http://bit.ly/UPLtlX ) that the two people were pronounced dead at the scene. The shootings happened around 11:30 p.m. EST at
By LINDSEY TANNERAP Medical Writer
CHICAGO (AP) - It happened after Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Colo., and now Sandy Hook: People figure there surely were signs of impending violence. But experts say predicting who will be the next mass shooter is virtually impossible - partly because as
By CONNIE CASSAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Efforts to save the nation from going over a year-end "fiscal cliff" were in disarray as lawmakers fled the Capitol for their Christmas break. "God only knows" how a deal can be reached now, House Speaker John Boehner declared.
President Barack Obama