NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stock indexes are closing higher following encouraging news on consumer spending and home sales.
MOORE HAVEN, Fla. (AP) - An overloaded church van ran through a stop sign, crossed all four lanes of a dark rural highway and nosedived into a canal, killing eight people and injuring 10 early Monday in southwest Florida, authorities said.
Major U.S. stock indexes surged in afternoon trading Monday, as investors cheered encouraging economic data and the latest batch of corporate deal news. Expectations that any increase in the Federal Reserve's key interest rate this year will be gradual also helped lift the market.
FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - A firefight erupted Monday when two people in a car tried to ram a National Security Agency gate at Fort Meade, killing at least one person, according to preliminary reports cited by two U.S. officials.
NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are starting the week sharply higher, led by energy companies.
NEW YORK (AP) - Comedy Central has named Trevor Noah, a 31-year-old comedian from South Africa, as Jon Stewart's replacement on "The Daily Show."
WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Ash Carter is considering easing some military enlistment standards as part of a broader set of initiatives to better attract and keep quality service members and civilians across the Defense Department.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Authorities say a Pennsylvania woman used forged documents to pretend to be a lawyer for a decade and made partner before her fraud was discovered.
NEW YORK (AP) - A tough week on the stock market ended quietly Friday.
NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks were flat to slightly higher in a quiet session Friday, giving investors a break after four straight days of losses.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Craig T. Nelson is getting back in the coaching game for NBC.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid announced Friday he will not seek re-election to another term, saying he wanted to focus on bringing Democrats back to power in the Senate rather than his own re-election.
MONTABAUR, Germany (AP) - Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appears to have hidden evidence of an illness from his employers, including having been excused by a doctor from work the day he crashed a passenger plane into a mountain, prosecutors said Friday.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The number of people arrested in a multi-state dog fighting investigation has grown to 13.
ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's highest court has upheld a Fulton County court ruling that bars Atlanta Public Schools from using tax dollars to pay for its pension obligations before distributing a share of the money to local charter schools.
MACON, Ga. (AP) - The way the stars aligned inside a Macon planetarium caught a 22-year-old college student by surprise.
ATLANTA (AP) - Police are searching for a suspect in more than a dozen robberies of an adult store's metro Atlanta locations.
VICCO, Ky. (AP) - Eight months after this tiny Appalachian town took a stand against gay-based discrimination, it's basking in a flurry of attention and even an infusion of much-needed cash. All that hoopla has its openly gay mayor dreaming of reviving a place that had long seemed past its prime.
ATLANTA (AP) - Two Georgia community colleges have been awarded $5.68 million from the Obama administration to expand partnerships with local employers.
LOGANVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say two adults and three children were able to escape from their burning home in Loganville when they smelled smoke.
PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) - Princeton University is distributing 5,000 cups that encourage students not to share their beverages as a way to curb the spread of meningitis and promote safe drinking.
ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is blasting accusations that his inner circle tampered with a wide-ranging investigation into his use of campaign money.
MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania man has been charged with driving drunk while carrying an open can of beer - on a riding lawn mower.
ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's unemployment rate has dropped to 8.7 percent.
CARLTON, Ga. (AP) - A low-speed chase is underway for a 50-pound pet tortoise that escaped from its owners in northeast Georgia.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A woman charged with killing her 13-year-old autistic son and 9-year-old daughter in the midst of a custody dispute asked a judge for the death penalty Tuesday during her first court appearance since her arrest.
JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) - In an apparent random home invasion, robbers broke in, demanded money and jewelry and when they were told there was none, abducted a 14-year-old girl and killed the family dog, authorities in the Atlanta area said.
NEW YORK (AP) - Starbucks says guns are no longer welcome in its cafes, though it is stopping short of an outright ban on firearms.