WASHINGTON (AP) - The new 114th Congress counts more minorities and women than ever, although lawmakers remain overwhelmingly white and male in the Republican-controlled House and Senate.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida's ban on same-sex marriage ended statewide at the stroke of midnight Monday, and court clerks in some counties wasted no time, issuing marriage licenses and performing weddings for same-sex couples in the early morning hours.
OS ANGELES (AP) - The first Jewish Miss America, who parlayed her stunning 1945 victory into national celebrity, has died. Bess Myerson was 90.
WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker John Boehner's prospects for a new term appeared secure Monday despite grumblings from tea party-aligned dissidents on the eve of a Republican takeover of Congress, while GOP leaders in both houses pointed toward a swift veto showdown with President Barack Obama over the long-stalled Keystone XL pipeline.
Another plunge in the price of oil pushed stocks sharply lower on Monday. Energy companies led the decline as crude dipped below $50 a barrel Monday. Other stocks also fell as traders worried that the drop could indicate a weaker global economy.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's determined efforts to combat global warming face their biggest trial yet as Republicans take full control of Congress this week. The GOP vows to move fast and forcefully to roll back his environmental rules and force his hand on energy development.
NEW YORK (AP) - US stocks opened lower Monday, led by declines in energy stocks as the price of oil plunged again. The euro sank to a nine-year low against the dollar as new doubts surfaced about Greece's future in the common currency bloc.
Stuart Scott, the longtime "SportsCenter" anchor and ESPN personality known for his enthusiasm and ubiquity, died Sunday. He was 49.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Problems with the 2014 malt barley crop in the western United States have resulted in the worst year for malting production in the nation, but beer drinkers likely won't have to shell out an extra couple dollars for their favorite brews.
BOSTON (AP) - Former U.S. Sen. Edward W. Brooke, a liberal Republican who became the first black in U.S. history to win popular election to the Senate, died Saturday. He was 95.
HONOLULU (AP) - The United States imposed fresh sanctions on North Korea on Friday, targeting top state officials and defense-related organizations in an attempt to punish North Korea for a crippling cyberattack against Sony. The sanctions marked the first public act of retribution by the U.S.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Where's the beef?
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A moose buried by an avalanche on an Alaska mountain had its luck changed by three men passing on snowmobiles.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Two West Virginia police officers were injured in a New Year's Day shootout after a traffic stop involving a stolen SUV and a truck with two dead bodies inside, authorities said.
NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are opening the year on a strong note, but energy stocks slipped as the price of crude oil resumed its slide.
NEW YORK (AP) - Good news about car sales, home prices and manufacturing led the stock market higher in light trading Tuesday.
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A Georgia man is being held on bond after police say he had sex with a teenage girl in a southwestern Illinois motel room.
ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta zoo officials say one of the zoo's giant pandas is pregnant with her fourth cub.
BUFORD, Ga. (AP) - Police say the same bullet that a woman used to kill herself accidentally struck and wounded a park ranger.
SNELLVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A metro Atlanta woman is moving forward in her recovery from a battle with flesh-eating bacteria.
ATLANTA (AP) - A set of 130 new laws have gone into effect in Georgia as the 2014 fiscal year begins.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia congressman has introduced legislation to install panic buttons at schools to silently alert police to emergencies.
YARNELL, Ariz. (AP) - As the windblown blaze suddenly swept toward them, an elite crew of firefighting "hotshots" desperately rushed to break out their emergency shelters and take cover on the ground under the foil-lined fabric.
JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) - Police south of Atlanta are investigating a shootout that began after a family set up a meeting to sell an iPhone 5 with someone they met through Facebook.
ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia is unveiling its voluntary three-star child care rating system, which offers financial incentives for providers who participate.
YARNELL, Ariz. (AP) - An elite crew of firefighters trained to battle the nation's fiercest wildfires was overtaken by an out-of-control blaze in Arizona, killing 19 members as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields.
NEW YORK (AP) - The exodus continues.
JEFFERSON, Ga. (AP) - Sheriff's deputies have arrested six people in a raid on what authorities say was a cockfighting arena operating in someone's backyard near Athens.
NEW YORK (AP) - Paula Deen just lost another business partner.
ATLANTA (AP) - Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter says religious leaders, including those in Christianity and Islam, share the blame for mistreatment of women across the world.