WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels.
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.
STANLEY, N.C. (AP) - It was common knowledge around a rural North Carolina neighborhood that Jordan Arwood was digging a two-story-deep pit on his property. Some said it was for a bunker and warned their children to stay out of it.
NEW YORK (AP) - J.C. Penney is hoping its former CEO can revive the retailer after a risky turnaround strategy backfired and led to massive losses and steep sales declines.
NEW YORK (AP) - Annette Funicello, who became a child star as a perky, cute-as-a-button Mouseketeer on "The Mickey Mouse Club" in the 1950s, then teamed up with Frankie Avalon in a string of '60s fun-in-the-sun movies with titles like "Beach Blanket Bingo" and "Bikini Beach," died Monday. She was 70.
NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks edged higher Monday, erasing an early loss, as major U.S. companies prepared to start reporting first-quarter results.
SAPELO ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - A man who pleaded guilty to taking 156 loggerhead sea turtle eggs from a Georgia island has been sentenced to six months in prison.
LONDON (AP) - Love her or loathe her, one thing's beyond dispute: Margaret Thatcher transformed Britain.
STANLEY, N.C. (AP) - Authorities on Monday recovered the bodies of two children who were buried when a wall of dirt fell on them while they were playing in a hole at a home construction site in North Carolina.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - The youngest of the four majors has among the richest history, a product of the Masters returning to the same course every year.
COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - One of Georgia's largest school systems is set to discuss a security plan that includes equipping schools with panic buttons.
ATLANTA (AP) - Police are investigating how a man plunged from a 10th-floor balcony of a high-rise building in Atlanta.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Luke Bryan heard his name called at the end of the Academy of Country Music Awards, accepted the entertainer of the year trophy and then things became a blur.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Talks between two influential senators have emerged as the most promising route for a bipartisan breakthrough on expanding federal background checks for gun buyers, a pivotal part of President Barack Obama's plan for combating gun violence.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Richmond County sheriff's officials say a burglar targeted a beauty shop and made off with more than $6,000 worth of hair and $150 in cash.
SPRINGFIELD, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia man unleashed his two pit bulls on a neighbor's pet pig that got loose in a mobile home park, then stabbed the animal 15 to 20 times in front of children and other onlookers, authorities said.
MOSCOW (AP) - North Korea has warned diplomats in Pyongyang that it can't guarantee the safety of embassies in the event of a conflict and suggested they may want to evacuate their staff, Russia's top diplomat said Friday.