PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A Roman Catholic official whose novel conviction in the clergy sex abuse scandal was overturned by a Pennsylvania appeals court could be freed this week after a judge set his bail Monday at $250,000.
NEW YORK (AP) - A former teacher, principal and longtime advocate of early childhood education will be the next leader of the nation's largest public school system, New York City's incoming mayor announced Monday.
PHOENIX (AP) - A man who once threatened the president and was suspected of carrying out a deadly Mississippi bank robbery was killed in a shootout with police as he robbed a Phoenix bank, authorities said.
WASHINGTON -- North Dakota's population boom, driven by the state's thriving oil and gas industry, continued in 2013, expanding at nearly twice the rate of the next-fastest-growing state, according to new census estimates released Monday.
The must-read story on Benghazi, written and reported by David Kirkpatrick of the New York Times, tells how militias that Americans thought were friendly joined in the attack along with anti-West fighters.
LONDON - A German magazine lifted the lid on the operations of the National Security Agency's hacking unit Sunday, reporting that American spies intercept computer deliveries, exploit hardware vulnerabilities, and even hijack Microsoft's internal reporting ...
A heavily armed teenage shooter who fired a fatal shotgun blast at a fellow student at a Colorado school before killing himself was a "murderer" who intended to claim many more victims, Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said Monday.
Jahi McMath went to the hospital for tonsil surgery. Now she's brain dead. A hospital could remove her from life-support Monday even though her family opposes that. They want her moved somewhere else. FULL STORY
Some of the most stunning images of the elements from 2013.
Home electricity use in US falling to 2001 levels
Because of more energy-efficient housing, appliances and gadgets, power usage is on track to decline in 2013 for the third year in a row.
Official who oversaw Obamacare website to retire
Michelle Snyder, who oversaw the building of the troubled Obamacare website, is retiring from her job as chief operating officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Feds announce test sites for drone aircraft
Drones have been mainly used by the military, but governments, businesses, farmers and others are making plans to join the market.
Gay in Utah: Hostility, acceptance part of life
Gay couples describe their differing experiences in Utah, as the state plans to step in and ask the Supreme Court to put a halt to gay marriages.
Texas billionaire Harold Simmons dies
Billionaire Harold Simmons, one of the richest men in America and a major contributor to the Republican Party, died in Texas at age 82.
Obama's presidency beset by fits and starts in 5th year
When President Obama left the podium after his second inaugural address, there was so much he could not — or did not — see as he opened his second term.
Report: Bloomberg spent $650M on NYC in 12 years
Michael Bloomberg leaves office at midnight Tuesday after three terms as New York City mayor.
Teachers find home visits help in the classroom
A program called HOME WORKS! sends teachers on home visits several times a year in the St. Louis area which seeks to narrow the teacher-parent divide.
Conn. gun owners rush to register weapons, ammo
Gun owners have been lining up in Connecticut to register assault weapons and high-capacity magazines so they can legally keep them.
A look at potential 2016 presidential candidates
For the more than a dozen likely and just-maybe 2016 presidential contenders, it's been a busy year laying the groundwork for a potential campaign.
Colo. legal pot sales begin amid uncertainty
Colorado will become the first state in the nation to allow recreational pot sales on Jan. 1, 2014, but the fledgling industry faces an uncertain future.
Govt pressured to pick CEO for Obamacare marketplace
Advocates have been pushing for a CEO who would set Obamacare marketplace rules, coordinate with insurers and regulators, and oversee technology.
2 hikers who triggered NH avalanche rescued
Two hikers in New Hampshire were rescued and treated for non-life-threatening injuries after triggering an avalanche on Mount Washington.
2 earthquakes rattle Oklahoma
Officials report no injuries or damage after a 4.1 magnitude quake shook Oklahoma, followed by a smaller quake a few hours later.
Lawmakers dispute Snowden's declaration
Republican Rep. Mike Rogers of Michigan and Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California said on "Fox News Sunday" that they weren't impressed with Edward Snowden's recent publicity blitz.
In governor's races, Dems eye wage increase
Democrats vying to challenge a slew of Republican governors are talking up a minimum wage increase as their campaigns get off the ground.
Pregnant nurse fired for refusing flu shot
A pregnant nurse in Pennsylvania who refused to get a flu shot due to her fear of miscarrying was fired from her job with a health care company.
Gun magazine supplier expands in Iowa college town
Critics have attacked the company for profiting from accessories for military-style weapons, but the city and college are rolling out the welcome mat.
Sotomayor to drop ball at Times Square celebration
Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor has been chosen to usher in 2014 in New York's Times Square by pressing the button to lower the iconic ball.
Separate avalanches in Wyoming kill 2 within hours
Separate avalanches in Wyoming killed Rex J. Anderson of Arco, Idaho, while snowmobiling and Michael Kazanjy of Jackson, Wyo., while skiing.
Federal health market surpasses 1 million signups
More than 1.1 million people now enrolled through the government's rehabilitated website, nearly 1 million signed up in December.
Fire marshal preaches safety, training after West
Distrust of government runs deep in Texas, and the explosion did not spur serious calls from lawmakers for new regulations or a statewide fire code.
Boy Scouts to accept openly gay youths Jan. 1
The new policy was approved in May, with support from 60 percent of the 1,400 voting members of the BSA's National Council.
Death of man in Border Patrol custody investigated
Authorities in San Diego are investigating the death of a man who collapsed in a Border Patrol holding cell on Christmas Eve after he was taken into custody.
Among Cuban exiles, an old toast goes silent
As another year approaches, some Cuban exiles will still toast to return to a land they last saw decades ago.
Former Ind. Congressman Andrew Jacobs dies at 81
Family friend Gary Taylor said Jacobs had experienced declining health in recent years but said the cause of death was likely due to complications from old age.
Report: NSA intercepts computer deliveries
Germany's "Der Spiegel" magazine reports that National Security Agency spies are intercepting computer deliveries and installing bugs to steal data.
Judge rules against lawyers in porn copyright case
A judge ruled against three lawyers in a copyright case he called "abusive litigation" where the defendant became entangled in a potentially embarrassing suit.
Judge ends Katrina flooding lawsuits against feds
A judge dismissed dozens of lawsuits filed against the federal government for Hurricane Katrina-related levee failures and flooding in the New Orleans area.
Diversity prompts increased racial isolation
Hispanics are on pace to become the largest ethnic group next year. Watsonville is but one of dozens of California communities where Hispanics outnumber whites.
Residents still without power growing frustrated
It could be Sunday or even the middle of next week before the power is back after an ice storm that snuffed out lights from Michigan to Maine and into Canada.
Democrats plan big push on jobless aid
Unemployment benefits expire for 1.3 million Americans on Saturday. A partisan fight is expected over an effort to extend the payments.
Health law to put calorie info on vending machines
Office workers in search of snacks will be counting calories along with their change under new labeling regulations for vending machines.
How the NYPD used technology to transform policing
Ray Kelly's efforts to transform NYC policing through technological innovation and mass data-collection have been met with a mix of praise and accusations.
High stakes for US families losing jobless benefit
For families dependent on cash assistance, the end of the federal government's "emergency unemployment compensation" will mean some difficult belt-tightening.
Incandescent bulbs about to disappear
If you hadn't heard Incandescent light bulbs will soon vanish, don't worry, you're not alone. Just four in ten Americans have, according to the results of lighting company Osram Sylvania's 2013, nationwide "Socket Survey."
In quest for Obama library, Hawaii plays underdog
Despite being his birthplace, Hawaii has become the underdog as the search for a home for Barack Obama's future presidential library, stuck in Chicago's shadow.
US judge says NSA phone data program is lawful
A US judge says there is no evidence that the collected telephone data has been used for any reason other than to investigate and disrupt terrorist attacks.