By HOPE YENAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - With college enrollment growing, student debt has stretched to a record number of U.S. households - nearly 1 in 5 - with the biggest burdens falling on the young and poor.
The analysis by the Pew Research Center found that 22.4 million households, or
By BOB CHRISTIEAssociated Press
PHOENIX (AP) - A Phoenix man has been accused of dressing his 16-year-old nephew in a sheet and sending him into a busy street with a fake grenade launcher, then filming the masked teenager pointing the faux weapon at passing cars.
Authorities said it was all to
By BRIDGET MURPHYAssociated Press
BOSTON (AP) - Chemist Annie Dookhan was "Superwoman," a colleague at a Massachusetts state crime lab used to joke. She seemed unstoppable in her quest to please prosecutors, police and her bosses, testing two to three times more drug samples than anyone else,
By JESSE WASHINGTONAP National Writer
BRIDGEPORT, Ohio (AP) - To look at Ohio is to glimpse America in a nutshell - a state full of places where laborers, truck drivers, cooks, store clerks and business owners form the backbone of small-town life. Places where the deli cashes checks, cars and
By JUAN A. LOZANOAssociated Press
HOUSTON (AP) - A double amputee who was fatally shot by a Houston police officer had a long history of mental illness and spent much of the past decade successfully running away from residential care facilities.
But recently, the 45-year-old seemed to have
By LARRY NEUMEISTERAssociated Press
NEW YORK (AP) - A federal appeals court panel forced a Justice Department lawyer into an awkward position Thursday, making him explain the government's decision to abandon defending the Defense of Marriage Act as judges decide the fate of a law destined
By DAVID ESPO and KASIE HUNTAssociated Press
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - President Barack Obama pledged to create many more jobs and "make the middle class secure again" in a campaign-closing appeal on Thursday - more than five weeks before Election Day - to voters already casting ballots in
By MICHAEL GORMLEYAssociated Press
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - It was an odd assignment for the young, pretty staffer when she was ordered to go along on a trip to Atlantic City with her boss. But the reason soon became clear.
She said she spent much of the trip struggling to fend off the advances and
By THOMAS BEAUMONTAssociated Press
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Republican Mitt Romney is struggling in swing-state Iowa at a perilous point: just as voters here start casting early ballots in the presidential race.
President Barack Obama has a clear lead in Iowa opinion polls, helped by the fact that
By MEAD GRUVERAssociated Press
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - New samples from beneath a Wyoming gas field where the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency linked hydraulic fracturing to groundwater pollution seem unlikely to sway hearts and minds on a nationwide debate over the contentious issue: The