LOS ANGELES (AP) - When the A&E network suspended "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson for disparaging gay people, it may have followed a time-honored TV tradition of quickly silencing a star who, for better or worse, speaks his mind. But in doing so it also ruffled the feathers of possibly millions of fans of its most popular show.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico's top prosecutor filed a lawsuit Thursday in state district court in an attempt to block a planned horse slaughter plant from opening in less than two weeks.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Target says that about 40 million credit and debit card accounts may have been affected by a data breach that occurred just as the holiday shopping season shifted into high gear.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation Wednesday scaling back across-the-board cuts on programs ranging from the Pentagon to the national park system, adding a late dusting of bipartisanship to a year more likely to be remembered for a partial government shutdown and near-perpetual gridlock.
ATLANTA (AP) - Two winning tickets were sold in the $636 million Mega Millions drawing: one at a tiny newsstand in Atlanta, and the other more than 2,000 miles away in California.
REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Police say a woman applying for a job at a Delaware restaurant stole money from a tip jar.
NEW YORK (AP) - Gallant guide dog Orlando was just doing his duty.
MIAMI (AP) - Florida wildlife officials say a man tried to trade a live alligator for beer at a Miami convenience store.
NEW YORK (AP) - Nirvana, Kiss and Peter Gabriel will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year.
SLEIGH BELLS: The U.S. and Canadian military will entertain millions of kids again this Christmas Eve with second-by-second updates on Santa's global whereabouts. But there's something new this year: public criticism.
BEND, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon man who loves beer and loves his dog has concocted some hooch for the pooch.
The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Jan. 6, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week's ranking:
ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Supreme Court says superior court judges can't issue warrants for wiretaps outside of their judicial circuits.
ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Power executives say they will ask state regulators for approval to shut down some operations across the state, including some coal-fired generating units.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court won't overturn a Georgia law banning firearms in churches and other places of worship.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has turned away a challenge from former House Majority Leader Dick Armey and other Social Security recipients who say they have the right to reject Medicare in favor of continuing health coverage from private insurers.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Bank of America says it will spend more than $10 billion to settle mortgage claims resulting from the housing meltdown.
ATLANTA (AP) - The winning numbers in Sunday evening's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "Fantasy 5" game were:
TLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Supreme Court has upheld the convictions of an Effingham County man convicted of killing his father and brother after the suspect had an affair with his brother's wife.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal says he was "completely surprised" by the uproar that followed publication of a Rolling Stone article featuring derogatory comments attributed to his staff about the Obama administration.
ASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama on Monday will nominate Chuck Hagel as his next defense secretary and counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, two potentially controversial picks for his second-term national security team.
ATLANTA (AP) - Disclosure reports filed this week show state lawmakers have taken advantage of free football tickets over 30 times since August.
OGANVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a Loganville woman shot an intruder five times and the man was arrested after he tried fleeing the scene.
SUGAR HILL, Ga. (AP) - A north Georgia sheriff has planned a boycott in response to a business limiting the sale of semi-automatic rifles to the general public.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress made the obvious official on Friday. President Barack Obama has been re-elected.