ROME (AP) - Inside a chapel on the edge of Rome, a nun uses a key to open a wooden wall panel, revealing a hidden niche. Behind glass and stitched loosely to supporting backing hangs a relic of holy suffering: the bullet-pocked, bloodstained undershirt that John Paul II was wearing when a gunman shot him in the stomach in St. Peter's Square.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on using race as a factor in college admissions despite one justice's impassioned dissent that accused the court of wanting to wish away racial inequality.
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - After the 9/11 attacks, tens of thousands of young men and women joined the military, heading for the rugged mountains of Afghanistan and dusty deserts of Iraq.
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - No one can say when the mountainside collapsing into this Wyoming resort town will give way. But it appears increasingly likely that when it does, it's going to take a piece of Jackson with it.
DETROIT (AP) - General Motors waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and more than 30,000 warranty repair claims, according to government documents released Saturday.
PARIS (AP) - Ten months after their capture in Syria, four French journalists crossed the border into neighboring Turkey and reached freedom Saturday, though dozens more remain held in the country's chaotic civil war.
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) - Search teams recovered a 13th body Saturday from the snow and ice covering a dangerous climbing pass on Mount Everest, where an avalanche a day earlier swept over a group of Sherpa guides in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak.
AMSTERDAM (AP) - Charlotte van den Berg was a 20-year-old college student working part-time in Amsterdam's city archives when she and other interns came across a shocking find: letters from Jewish Holocaust survivors complaining that the city was forcing them to pay back taxes and late payment fines on property seized after they were deported to Nazi death camps.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Election-year memo to Democratic candidates: Don't talk about the economic recovery. It's a political loser.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic worries about this November's elections, a lack of Senate votes and House opposition are forcing congressional gun-control supporters to significantly winnow their 2014 agenda, a year after lawmakers scuttled President Barack Obama's effort to pass new curbs on firearms.
BOSTON (AP) - The anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings started with a solemn wreath-laying ceremony Tuesday morning at the site of the twin explosions, the first tribute in a day dedicated to honoring the three people who died, the more than 260 people who were injured, and the first responders, doctors and nurses who helped them.
PROVO, Utah (AP) - Authorities say a Utah woman accused of killing six babies that she gave birth to over 10 years told investigators that she either strangled or suffocated the children and then put them inside boxes in her garage.
WASHINGTON (AP) - It's the silent enemy in our retirement accounts: High fees.
NEW YORK (AP) - Stephen Colbert is replacing David Letterman as CBS' late night host.
NEW YORK (AP) - Dollar stores are feeling the pinch from mounting financial pressures on low-income shoppers.
ATLANTA (AP) - The speed limit on part of the freeway that circles Atlanta will be increased to 65 mph.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's lawyer in the ongoing water battle involving three states says a county that includes many of Atlanta's suburbs is taking more water than it is allowed.
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio man got into the Halloween spirit by crafting a clever marriage proposal for his girlfriend.
MACON, Ga. (AP) - A federal prosecutor said Thursday that he is conducting a formal review of facts and evidence in the death of a teenager whose body was found inside a rolled-up wrestling mat in his high school gym.
NEW YORK (AP) - A federal appeals court on Thursday blocked a judge's order requiring changes to the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk program and removed the judge from the case.
ATLANTA (AP) - Officials with the state Board of Pardons and Paroles say sex offenders under state supervision will be subject to curfews for Halloween and, in some cases, required to report to a certain location during trick-or-treating hours.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Looking for a tailgate party for the Florida-Georgia game in Jacksonville? It could cost you $250.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Stressing that improvements are happening daily, the senior Obama official closest to the administration's malfunctioning health care website apologized Tuesday for problems that have kept Americans from successfully signing up for coverage.
Nick, Joe and Kevin announced Tuesday they're ending their highly successful run. The news comes after the brothers abruptly canceled their tour over creative differences earlier this month.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Standard & Poor's 500 index edged toward another record high close Monday as good news from J.C. Penney helped offset disappointing earnings reports from some U.S. companies.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - More than 11,000 Georgians lost HOPE grants to attend state technical colleges when the state Legislature imposed tougher academic requirements in 2011, and more than half have not re-enrolled in school as of this fall, according to Technical College System of Georgia statistics.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Garth Brooks is taking his intimate one-man Las Vegas show to live television.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - The fight over renewing the nation's farm bill has centered on cuts to the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program. But there could be unintended consequences if no agreement is reached: higher milk prices.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The doctor convicted of killing Michael Jackson was released from jail Monday after serving nearly two years of a four-year sentence.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Amid incidents of pets dying from dog treats, the Food and Drug Administration is proposing long-awaited rules to make pet food and animal feed safer.