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  • Arab Winter? Unrest sparks debate on US policy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Has the Arab Winter arrived? It’s a question analysts in Washington are asking as angry demonstrations spread across North Africa and the Middle East to protest a …


  • First CA sea otter to survive oil spill has a pup

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Just three years after she was found covered in oil and near death, a California sea otter called Olive is a new mom — another milestone …


  • Negotiators have ‘framework’ to end Chicago strike

    CHICAGO (AP) — The city’s nearly weeklong teachers strike appeared headed toward a resolution Friday after negotiators emerged from marathon talks to say they had achieved a “framework” that could …


  • Marines sent to Yemen to boost embassy security

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An elite Marine rapid response team has arrived in Yemen’s capital in the wake of violent protests at the U.S. Embassy over a film critical of Islam, …


  • NY rape suspect eyed in 2002 murder of W.Va. woman

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A drifter accused of brazenly raping an elderly woman in broad daylight in New York’s Central Park was a person of interest in a 2002 slaying …


  • Administration warns of ‘destructive’ budget cuts

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House report issued Friday warns that $109 billion in across-the-board spending cuts at the start of the new year would be “deeply destructive” to the …


  • On Bourbon Street, party but don’t preach at night

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Bare breasts, drunken revelry and almost anything else is tolerated along Bourbon Street, but after dark, the city is saying street preachers are forbidden. Two weeks …


  • All-clears after bomb threats evacuate campuses

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Tens of thousands of people streamed off university campuses in Texas and North Dakota on Friday after telephoned bomb threats prompted officials to warn students and …


  • North Dakota State U. lifts evacuation order

    FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota State University has lifted its evacuation order. The university ordered all students and employees to leave campus Monday morning after it received a bomb …


  • Valparaiso University in Indiana reports threat

    VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Valparaiso University in Indiana has increased security and posted a warning to students on its website after receiving a vague threat through some graffiti. The school …


  • FDA detains imports of Mexican mangoes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration is detaining mango imports from a Mexican packing house after the company’s mangoes were linked to salmonella illnesses in 15 states. The …


  • Bomb threats evacuate Texas, N. Dakota campuses

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Thousands of people streamed off university campuses in Texas and North Dakota on Friday after phoned-in bomb threats prompted evacuations and officials warned students and faculty …


  • FBI agent: ‘Bucket List Bandit’ caught in Okla.

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — An interstate bank robbery suspect nicknamed the Bucket List Bandit because he allegedly told a Utah bank teller he had only four months to live has been …


  • Ex-cop convicted in 1957 murder of Ill. girl, 7

    SYCAMORE, Ill. (AP) — A 72-year-old man was convicted Friday in the 1957 murder of a 7-year-old girl, with spectators letting out a deafening cheer as the verdict was announced …


  • NY rape suspect eyed in 2002 West Virginia killing

    NEW YORK (AP) — State police in West Virginia say the man accused of raping a woman in Central Park was also eyed in the 2002 killing of a woman …


  • Romney: Gene Hackman should play him in a movie

    NEW YORK (AP) — Who would Mitt Romney like to see play him in a movie? (Gene Hackman) What’s Romney’s guilty pleasure (peanut butter sandwiches and chocolate milk).


  • More progress reported in Chicago strike talks

    CHICAGO (AP) — More than 350,000 public school students spent a fifth day out of class Friday as bargaining to end the city’s teachers strike dragged on ahead of a …


  • U. of Texas orders evacuation after bomb threats

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A bomb threat phoned in to the University of Texas at Austin campus Friday sent thousands of people streaming off campus as administrators warned students and …


  • NDSU orders campus evacuated due to bomb threat

    FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota State University officials are ordering the campus evacuated after receiving a bomb threat. NDSU issued a statement shortly before 10 a.m. Friday telling all …


  • Romney: ‘Middle-income’ is $200K to $250K and less

    BOSTON (AP) — Mitt Romney is promising to reduce taxes on middle-income Americans. But how does he define “middle-income”? The Republican presidential nominee defined it Friday as income of $200,000 …


  • Test: Most students not proficient in writing

    Just a quarter of eighth and 12th grade students in the United States have solid writing skills, even when allowed to use spell-check and other computer word-processing tools, according to …


  • US official: Marine team sent to Yemen

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An elite Marine rapid response team arrived in Yemen’s capital Friday in the wake of violence and protests at the U.S. Embassy, the Pentagon said. Pentagon press …


  • Obamas salute Olympians, Paralympians

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama gathered Team USA at the White House on Friday to hail the Olympians and Paralympians as conquering heroes. “We could not be prouder of …


  • Ryan criticizes Obama’s foreign policy leadership

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan is aggressively criticizing President Barack Obama’s foreign policy leadership and says the U.S. needs “moral clarity and firmness of purpose.” The …


  • Romney: ‘Middle-income’ between $200K and $250K

    BOSTON (AP) — Mitt Romney is promising to reduce taxes on middle-income Americans. But how does he define “middle-income”? The Republican presidential nominee defined it as income of $200,000 to …


  • Closings set in trial of man in girl’s 1957 death

    SYCAMORE, Ill. (AP) — Closing arguments are expected Friday in one of the oldest cold-case murders to make it to trial — the 1957 case of a former police officer …


  • Teachers strike carries risks for young athletes

    CHICAGO (AP) — Deandre Welch understands how a teachers strike might cause him to miss a few high school football practices and even a scheduled game. But the senior wide …


  • 10 Things to Know for Today

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday: 1. HOW EXPERTS VIEW THE FED’S BOLD PLAN TO BOOST THE ECONOMY


  • Shutdown averted but ‘fiscal cliff’ awaits

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is moving to quash the threat of a government shutdown, but the prospect of a one-two punch of tax increases and slashing, automatic spending cuts will …


  • Vegas bus stop crash kills 4, injures 8

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A car went out of control near a Las Vegas intersection and rolled as it slammed into a bus stop, killing four pedestrians and injuring several …

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