VATICAN CITY (AP) - A sweeping Vatican investigation into Roman Catholic nuns in the U.S. that began amid fears they had become too feminist and secular ended up praising the sisters for their selfless work caring for the poor - a major shift in tone that reflected the social justice mindset of Pope Francis.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace made ominous threats Tuesday against movie theaters showing Sony Pictures' film "The Interview" that referenced the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Robin Williams' suicide seared into the world's collective mindset more than anything else this year, based on what people were searching for on Google.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - Market participants were transfixed Tuesday by a stunning slide in the Russian ruble that presented President Vladimir Putin with one of the biggest challenges of his 15-year rule.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Impeded no more by Republican blocking tactics, Democrats are on track to win confirmation of up to 88 of President Barack Obama's top judicial nominations this year, a total that would be the highest for any president in two decades.
PENNSBURG, Pa. (AP) - A woman who told neighbors she feared her ex-husband would kill her was among six people found fatally shot in three suburban Philadelphia homes, and her Marine veteran former husband was on the run.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Electronic cigarettes have surpassed traditional smoking in popularity among teens, the government's annual drug use survey finds.
NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are closing lower, extending losses from last week.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Six years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the lessons of the financial crisis may already be fading from collective memory.
SYDNEY (AP) - A flurry of loud bangs erupted early Tuesday as a swarm of heavily armed police stormed a downtown Sydney cafe where a gunman had been holding an unknown number of people hostage for more than 16 hours.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The families of nine of the 26 people killed and a teacher wounded two years ago at the Sandy Hook Elementary School filed a lawsuit Monday against the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the rifle used in the shooting.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is refusing to allow Arizona to enforce stringent restrictions on medical abortions while a challenge to those rules plays out in lower courts.
ATLANTA (AP) - Seventy-five years after the premiere of the movie "Gone with the Wind," research is shedding light on the racial tensions that existed at the time between the producer and city of Atlanta officials.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Dow Jones industrial average is closing more than 300 points lower, its worst loss in two months.
NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks dropped Friday as the rout in oil continued and a report indicated that growth in China, the world's second-largest economy, continues to slow.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Here's a little secret for all you procrastinators on Tax Day: The Internal Revenue Service doesn't like to talk about it, but as long as you don't owe any additional taxes, there is no penalty for filing a few days late.
ATLANTA (AP) - A police chase briefly shut down the westbound lanes of a freeway that circles Atlanta during the tail end of Monday morning's rush hour.
ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia is featured prominently in a survey of ZIP codes where mortgage holders owe more on their homes than the homes are now worth.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - Hugo Chavez's hand-picked successor, Nicolas Maduro, has won Venezuela's presidential election by a stunningly narrow margin that highlights rising discontent over problems ranging from crime to power blackouts. His rival demanded a recount, portending more headaches for a country shaken by the death of its dominating leader.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Police in Athens say a University of Georgia student is in intensive care after being stabbed during a dispute with another student.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jonathan Winters, the cherub-faced comedian whose breakneck improvisations and misfit characters inspired the likes of Robin Williams and Jim Carrey, has died. He was 87.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - The Masters took a stunning turn for its youngest player ever, and it may cost 14-year-old Guan Tianlang a chance to play on the weekend at Augusta National.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's new plan to raise Medicare premiums for upper-income seniors would create five new income brackets to squeeze more revenue for the government from the top tiers of retirees.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korean pop star PSY's first new single since his viral hit "Gangnam Style" is stealing attention from inter-Korean tensions.
NEW YORK (AP) - A drop in energy and mining companies Friday ended a four-day surge in the stock market.
NEW YORK (AP) - Energy companies led the stock market lower Friday as the price of oil sank 2 percent. Major indexes were still on track to end the week with strong gains.
ATLANTA (AP) - Police say they're continuing to investigate why a motorist driving a luxury car was gunned down on an interstate outside Atlanta.
ATLANTA (AP) - The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for parts of north Georgia including the metro Atlanta area.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Marc Leishman is the surprising early leader at the Masters.
ATLANTA (AP) - A major change to rules governing child care centers across the state is likely to receive final approval soon as lawmakers, state officials and advocacy groups hail the move as an improvement to children's safety.